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Once the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, center for Nazi rallies, and trials for their crimes, Nuremberg takes visitors on a tour that spans a millennium of history. Though devastated in WWII, the city rose from the rubble and meticulously rebuilt itself again.

Nuremberg Castle

Nuremberg Castle

Also known as the Kaiserburg, it took 400 years to build, and its 154-foot "Deep Well" still provides drinking water. The castle miraculously survived Allied bombings in 1945.

Albrecht Dürer's House
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Albrecht Dürer's House

A visit to the home of the Renaissance draftsman, who made a name for himself by his early twenties, includes examples of his artistry in his painting and printing workshop.

St. Sebaldus Church

St. Sebaldus Church

It's the city's oldest church from the 13th century and takes its name from Nuremberg's patron saint, St. Sebald, whose bronze shrine in the parish took 11 years to complete.

St. Lorenz Church

St. Lorenz Church

The striking feature here is the stained glass rosetta window that measures 9.5 feet in diameter. Though bombed in WWII, the church kept its treasures in a bunker under the castle.

Nuremberg Zoo

Nuremberg Zoo

One of Europe's largest zoos, it houses the big cats, gorillas, a new dolphinarium, and manatee house. Don't miss the lions' feeding time daily at 2:30PM, except Mondays and Thursdays.

Germanisches Nationalmuseum

Germanisches Nationalmuseum

For a great lesson in German culture and history, this museum won't disappoint. The collection ranges from art to relics, and it also includes many of Dürer's priceless work.

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds
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Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

The "Fascination and Terror" exhibit delves into the rise of the Nazis, their propaganda rallies, which took place on the grounds nearby, and the Nuremberg Trials after the war.

Planning Your Nuremberg Visit

How many days to spend in Nuremberg?

Three full days will allow you to tour Nuremberg at a leisurely pace. Add an extra day if you're planning to visit the city's famous Christmas Market (Christkindlesmarkt) during the Holidays.

Getting around

The city wall encompasses the historical center, and it's very easy and pleasant to walk from one attraction to the next. To reach the Document Center and Nazi Party Rally Grounds, take tram 4 to Duzendteich or tram 9 to Luidpoldhain, both of which pass through the city's main station (Hauptbahnhof). For a trip to the grounds, a day-ticket is the best bet. If you're visiting on a weekend, it's valid for that time.

Where to stay in Nuremberg

Your best bet is to stay in the historical center and have everything at your finger tips. If your idea is to come for the Christmas market, then book a room well in advance, especially if you plan to be in Nuremburg over an Advent weekend.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and autumn are the best times to visit, when the temperatures are still pleasant, rainfall is lower, and crowds are fewer. The Christmas Markets are definitely worth the visit in December, but it will be cold, and there will be over a million people in the city.

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What people are saying about Nuremberg

Fun walk thru Old Town and Visit Natl Soc Worker's Party Rally Ground

Our guide was late for our tour due to train problems linking Munich to Nuremberg. Our guide had to pick up guests from Munich. Overall, for the price I had to pay (like 25 USD) it was a good walk through town Nürnberg and visiting a few key sites during the Holy Roman Empire and a visit to Nürnberg Rally Grounds. Nationalist Socialist Worker's Party (aka Nazi) try to link their institution with the Holy Roman Empire. Just like what Mussolini did with the Roman Empire. It was very informative and I visited the Documentation Center near the Rally grounds on my own after the tour. The Documentation Center did a wonderful presentation of the Nazi Era. There is lot of good information in English (including an English audio guide). I arrived in the afternoon so I could not see the entire program like I would have if I had the whole day. But given what I could see I would recommend the entire center. There is an interesting section on International Press perspective of Hitler and the Nazi.

Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 12/08/2016

amazing experience: seen the most in 4 hours from Nuremberg

The guide, Chris was very knowledgeable about the town, engaged with everyone from the group and gave us enough time to explore. Being a tour guide myself, I found it hard to locate the tour in front of the Main Train station, as it is a very busy place and the guide did not hold the sign up, but held it in front of him, so we had to look very carefully for the group. Despite the constant danger of the sky coming down on us at any minute, we did make the most out of this tour and the town, which is so rich in culture and history. Thank you!!!!

Very good - our guide Keith made this a fantastic trip!

Our guide Keith was very knowledgeable and approachable. Highlights were the Nazi Rally Ground, Trial Courthouse and the Old Town - Keith has given us a lot of background info about WWII, far more than these places. Felt like exploring Nuremberg with a friend. Thanks a lot Keith!

Nuremberg: Day Trip from Munich by Train Reviewed by Win Yin, 11/28/2015

Excellent, best city walking tour I have ever been on!

Superb, our guide Brent was absolutely first class nothing was too much trouble. His knowledge and detail provided was first class. Also, his knowledge of the brewery pubs and the city eating establishments was brilliant!

Our guide (Kevin from Ireland) was flawless.

An efficient, comprehensive, historical contextualizing tour with a pleasant, considerate, informed guide. There is simply no better way, with limited time, to appreciate the key landmarks and their place and meaning.