Amazing One Day in Nuremberg

Nuremberg is located in Bavaria, Germany. All through Bavaria, you’ll find charming towns, rich history, stunning medieval architecture, and cultural significance. This cute town is a prime example of all of these and more. Here’s how to spend one day in Nuremberg!

I visited as a day trip from Munich on my latest trip to Germany, and it ended up being one of my favorite cities I visited! It’s a great place to easily visit from Munich, and the historic center has plenty to keep you busy during your day in Nuremberg.

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Getting to Nuremberg

By Train

Getting to Nuremberg by train from other major cities such as Munich and Frankfurt is the easiest mode of travel. Munich is just 1 hour by train from here and Frankfurt is just 2 hours by train. Berlin is a bit further at 3 hours away by train.

The train station here is right outside the historic walled city which makes it really convenient and easy to walk right out and start exploring! Trains are also really affordable, starting at $16 on the Deutsche Bahn.

By Car

Another option is to rent a car. Renting a car in Germany is fairly easily and it is fun to drive along the autobahn. It will take you a little over an hour from Munich if you decide to drive about 3 hours if you’re coming from Frankfurt. 

I chose to drive because I was also visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber on another day trip. I was able to easily find parking at the train station and walk from there. 

With a Tour

The last way to get to Nuremberg for one day would be to take a tour that provides transport. It is a popular place for day trips from Munich and Frankfurt, so you’ll find several different tour options available. Below are a few I’d recommend. 

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Tips for Visiting Nuremberg

  1. Wear nice walking shoes: The Altstadt (old town) is where most of the main tourist sites are located. With just a day, you’ll likely spend all your time walking and do a lot of it! 
  2.  Plan ahead: Nuremberg offers different activities depending on which day or time of year you visit. For example, the Nuremberg Market happens Friday through Sunday, and the Christmas Market is only during the holidays.
  3. There’s a lot of history here: Consider joining a guided tour to explore highlights and learn about its history from knowledgeable guides. Walking tours, bus tours, and themed tours are available and offer insights that you might not discover on your own. 
  4. Respect Historic Sites: When visiting historical sites like Nuremberg Castle or the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds, be respectful of the solemnity and significance of these places. Follow any rules or guidelines provided by staff and refrain from disruptive behavior.

Morning in the Alstadt

Once you’ve arrived, start your morning by exploring the Altstadt (Old Town), which includes the medieval wall. I recommend a walking tour to learn about Nuremberg’s long history.

The Old Town has been preserved and restored as a medieval quarter with charming cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses, and beautiful Gothic architecture. 

Nuremberg has played a significant role in German history throughout different time periods. It was once a powerful imperial city during the Holy Roman Empire and later became a center of the Renaissance. In more recent history, it was the site of Nazi propaganda rallies and the subsequent Nuremberg Trials after World War II.

To explore, I recommend either taking a walking tour or a self-guided walking tour. I used this audio tour to explore and enjoyed it! Below are some highlights.

  • Hauptmarkt (Main Market Square)
  • Handwerkerhof Nuremberg (traditional German crafts, great for souveniers)
  • Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
  • Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain)
  • Weißgerbergasse (picturesque alley filled with colorful half-timbered houses)
  • Pegnitz River

Lunch: Traditional Bavarian Food

Treat yourself to lunch at one of the local Bavarian restaurants in the Old Town. Try specialties like Nuremberg sausages with sauerkraut and the delicious gingerbread for dessert. 

There’s also a farmers’ market that happens on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, which is great if you want to try some of the famous Nuremberg sausages and other traditional Bavarian dishes. 

If you aren’t visiting during the weekend,  Bratwursthäusle bei St. Sebald at Rathausplatz is another option. This is a traditional wooden tavern-style restaurant serving up the Nuremberg sausage in all its varieties – grilled, sour, smoked, or “naked.” 

Afternoon at Historic Sites

Nuremberg Castle

The Nuremberg Castle, dating back to the 11th century, dominates the cityscape and offers panoramic views overlooking the historic Aldstat. During the Middle Ages, the Castle was one of the most important imperial palaces in the Holy Roman Empire due to Nuremberg’s central location. For centuries, it stood as the heart of European history and was a secure base for the head of state.

It’s located in the Aldstat, which makes it easy to visit from exploring the morning. Explore the medieval fortress, enjoy panoramic views of the city, and delve into its history at the castle museum.

Choose a Museum

Nuremberg Trials Memorium and Documentation Center

During the Nazi era, Nuremberg was chosen by Adolf Hitler as the site for the annual Nazi Party rallies. The city’s Zeppelin Field and Congress Hall were constructed for these events and are now part of the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds, which serves as a museum and memorial to the victims of National Socialism.

The Nuremberg Trials, held after the war, marked a significant moment in international law and justice. Gain insights into a darker chapter of history at the Nuremberg Trials Memorium. Learn about the post-World War II trials of Nazi leaders, and reflect on the importance of justice and human rights.

Germanisches Nationalmuseum

If you’re interested in art and culture, visit the Germanisches National Museum. It’s the largest museum of cultural history in the German-speaking world, with a vast collection spanning from antiquity to the present day.

Hours: Monday closed, Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: € 10

Evening Explore Beer Halls

Like much of Bavaria, Nuremberg is known for its beer, most famously Rotbier (red beer). The original Nuremberg red beer has been brewed according to local brewing regulations since the Middle Ages, although there is some debate about where it originated!

You can head to a beer hall on your own, or you can join a tour to explore some of these spots, enjoy traditional food, and have some fun with fellow travelers. The Weissgerbergasse (where the iconic timber houses are that you visited earlier in the day) had plenty of beer halls to choose from.

Experience the best of Nuremberg in one day. Immerse yourself in rich history, explore stunning medieval architecture, and soak up the charm.
Experience the best of Nuremberg in one day. Immerse yourself in rich history, explore stunning medieval architecture, and soak up the charm.

One day in Nuremberg will fly by for you on a trip! As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you busy here and lots of picturesque places here. Consider heading out to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, just about an hour from here, and a great place to explore Middle Ages history too.

Meghan

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