Nuremberg has been on my wish list for quite some time now and on a weekend in December, we finally planned to visit the city. With about half a million inhabitants, Nuremberg is Bavaria's second largest city after Munich. The city is known for two things: children's toys and their world famous Christmas market, called Christkindlmarkt, which takes place during December. So when visiting in December, we came right in time to explore their market!
arrival, parking & hotel in Nuremberg
We arrived in Nuremberg on a Sunday afternoon. After a short rest in the Hotel Adina, we strolled over the Christmas market. As it was very cold and wet, we spent the evening in the pool, in the sauna and in the gym of our hotel. Our room was really big, very clean and very nicely decorated. I also really liked the white bathroom that looked like marble. The car can be parked in the hotel's underground car park.
HOTEL ADINA: DR.-KURT-SCHUMACHER-STRAßE 1-7, NUREMBERG
sightseeing in Nuremberg
After a delicious breakfast on Monday morning at the hotel, Chris hat business meetings and I got ready to explore Nuremberg. First, I walked to the White Tower, which was once part of the city wall. Right behind the tower I found the so called „Ehekarussel“, which means marriage carousel. This fountain shows several scenes of marriage and is considered the largest figure fountain of the 20th century. Unfortunately, I did not like the fountain as the scenes did not look very loving in my opinion.
So I made my way to the river Pegnitz, which runs through the center of Nuremberg. By chance I reached the river at the Max Bridge, from where you can see the island of love. This place overlooking bridges, river and the island is really pretty and highly recommended. I enjoyed the great view. Funny enough, the bridge that leads to the love island is called Henkersbrücke, which means hangman bridge in English ....
I turned west and walked along the river for a short distance to cross the river via the chain footbridge. This suspension bridge is for pedestrians only and is the oldest bridge of its kind in continental Europe.
From the north side of the river it is only a few meters to the little Weißgerber street, the pretty lane with all its half-timbered houses, which I have already seen many times on Pinterest. Although my tour guide later explained that most of the houses were rebuilt after the war and are not at all as old as you would expect. But since the houses look exactly like the original ones, a visit to the Weißgerber street is really worth it.
For the morning I have planned a visit to the toy museum, which is located in Nuremberg as the city is famous for producing some of the worlds best toys. The ticket price is really low and so I looked at three or four floors of toys. From small shops to play with to railways and trains, porcelain and dolls everything is there. I do not look closely at each exhibit, but stroll through the exhibition and stop wherever I'm interested.
TOY MUSEUM: KARLSTRAßE, 13-15, NUREMBERG
OPEN TUESDAY TILL FRIDAY 10AM - 5PM / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM - 6PM / DURING CHRISTMAS MARKET ALSO MONDAYS 10AM - 5PM
PRICE: ADULTS 6€ / STUDENTS 1,50€
Only a few hundred meters from the museum, lies the main market with its Christmas market. Since it is particularly empty in the morning, I strolled past the stalls and bought some Nuremberg gingerbread. I especially like the Christmas market of the twin cities, which can be found next to the Christmas market. All the twin cities of the city of Nuremberg have their own stall here. So you can find American candy at the Atlanta (USA) stall, shortbread at the Glasgow (Scotland) one, porcelain at Nablus (Palestine) and also some stalls with alcohol (such as Montenegro).
My visit in Nuremberg is not complete without visiting the famous Frauenkirche (women church). This Gothic church was built in 1358 on the site of a demolished synagogue. To commemorate the former Jewish synagogue, a Star of David is embedded in the floor of the choir.
As I booked a walking tour through Nuremberg in advance, we meet at the beautiful fountain at the main market. This 19-meter-high impressive fountain has a gold ring in its wrought-iron railing - you need to rotate it three times.
From here we continue to St. Sebaldus Church. Although this church is Protestant and there are no saints in Protestantism, the church is named after a saint. The reason for this is that the St. Sebaldus church is named after the patron saint of the city of Nuremberg, who is also buried in the church. For this reason, after the Reformation, one did not want to change the name of the church.
With the walking tour I walked in the direction of the castle of Nuremberg, which was built around 1050 by Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa. From up here you have a great view over the city. If you are interested, you can also visit the castle from the inside. But as the castle wasn’t inhabited continuously, there is no interior to see.
Back to the city center, we walkes along the Albrecht Dürer house. The famous painter lived here from 1509 until his death in 1528. Today it houses a museum and shows the bourgeois life of the 16th century.
Around the corner you can find the entrance to the city's famous historic rock corridors. Corridors and vaults meander through the entire city and it is easy to get lost in this labyrinth. Therefore, entry is only possible with a tour. Unfortunately, I reserved tickets too late and could not admire the rocky paths, I will certainly catch up on that next time.
The concept store Bohne & Kleid (bean & dress - named like Bonny & Clyde) is worth a visit: Here, in addition to clothing and accessories, there are also decorative and gift items - I could have bought everything, everything was so pretty.
BOHNE & KLEID: BERGSTRAßE 11, NUREMBERG
The tour continues to the south side of the city, where I started my sightseeing in the morning. We looked at the St. Lawrence Church and the House of the Nassauer, which were built in the 13th century. The Nassauer Haus is impressive and the oldest patrician house in the city.
In the afternoon I make my way to the train station to start the journey home. On the way I visit the Sein & Haben (translates to Be & Have) Concept Store. I immediately fell in love with everything that was on sale - unfortunately I did not have enough space in my suitcase. But an online shop is already being set up - so I'm looking forward to ordering some pretty things soon.
SEIN & HABEN: AN DER SPARKASSE 4, NUREMBERG
Unfortunately the New Museum of Nuremberg was closed on Mondays and so I missed out on a great exhibition. But I could not resist watching the museum from the outside - through the huge windows I can see a few works and also the great staircase everyones taking pictures with. If you have enough time in Nuremberg, you should also visit the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the German National Museum in addition to this great museum.
NEW MUSEUM NUREMBERG: LUITPOLDSTRAßE 5, NUREMBERG
OPEN TUESDAY TO WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY TILL SUNDAY 10AM - 6PM / THURSDAY 10AM - 8PM
PRICE: ADULTS 5€ / STUDENTS 4€
DOCUMENTATION CENTER NAZI PARTY RALLY GROUNDS: BAYERNSTRAßE 110, NUREMBERG
(NOT IN THE CITY CENTER - GO THERE BY CAR OR TRAM)
OPEN MONDAY TILL FRIDAY 9AM - 6PM / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM - 6PM
PRICE: ADULTS 6€ / STUDENTS 1,50€
GERMAN NATIONAL MUSEUM: KARTHÄUSERGASSE 1, NUREMBERG
OPEN TUESDAY & THURSDAY TILL SUNDAY 10AM - 6PM / WEDNESDAYS 10AM - 9PM
PRICE: ADULTS 8€ / STUDENTS 5€
breakfast, lunch and restaurants in Nuremberg
Our breakfast at Hotel Adina was delicious. Anyone can come here for breakfast, not just hotel guests, so as I haven’t see any pretty cafés around, I’d recommend having breakfast at your hotel or come to eat at Hotel Adina.
Unfortunately, Nuremberg does not offer many cafés. During my sightseeing day I take a little break at the bar Celona. I had a window seat and watched the people outside passing by. The coffee was good - but overall I didn’t like the atmosphere as I prefer individual cafés.
Restaurants are all around: Chris and I had dinner at the restaurant Oberkrainer on Sunday evening without a reservation. The food was delicious, but nothing fancy. My friend Lena had instead recommended the restaurant Hüttn, in which, unfortunately, this Sunday we did not get a table anymore. I also noticed the restaurant Fränk'ness when passing by.
HÜTT'N: BERGSTRAßE 20, NUREMBERG
FRÄNK'NESS: KÖNIGSTRAßE 70, NUREMBERG
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What about you?
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