It’s not normally a city which makes it on to people’s radars to visit when coming to Germany – they mainly focus on Berlin, Munich and Neuschwanstein. But this region of Germany is absolutely beautiful! Nuremberg is home to everything from the best sausages ever made, picturesque lakes and walks, a sobering past memorialised in a way that honours the victims, beautiful rivers and an Imperial Castle.
Here are a few of the reasons why it’s my favourite German city, and why it’s so worth a visit if you’re planning on exploring Germany.
1. It has so much Medieval history
Kaiserburg, the imperial castle in Nuremberg, lies just off one of the main squares full of beautiful timbered buildings. The castle has a really great museum which documents its use within the Holy Roman Empire, with a selection from its armoury. The gardens surrounding the castle are also lovely with great views out to the city. The walk up is a bit of a steep slope, and you can easily spend half a day here.
2. The Old Town is charming
The old town in Nuremberg is absolutely stunning. There are Gothic churches to explore, a lovely old town hall (Rathaus), a cobbled market square, and lots of riverside views. The river running through Nuremberg is The Pegnitz and there are multiple bridges crossing the river, including Maxbrucke, Karlsbrucke, Fleischbrucke and Museumsbrucke which give some great shots of the river and old timbered buildings.
3. It faces in to its Nazi history
Nuremberg was the city of Nazi Party rallies. The former rally grounds still exist just outside of the main city centre, made up of a circular walk taking in various parts of the rally grounds. The central Congress Hall itself is now converted in to a Documentation Centre on the National Socialist regime, honouring the victims. It has a dagger shaped museum running through it – symbolising a dagger to the heart of the regime. You can reach the site by short taxi ride or bus, and when there follow the boards to do a nice walk and finish in the museum. We spent a full day doing just this. I didn’t take any photos in the Documentation Centre, but this is a view of the Congress Hall from across the water.
4. There are some amazing museums to discover
Aside from the Nazi party rally grounds and Nuremberg Trial museums, there are also some really interesting museums in the city centre. These include the Albrecht Durer House (if you’re in to art), the Fembo Haus (about Nuremberg’s history) and the Toy Museum. We visited them all and found the Nuremberg city museum to be our favourite. It’s just up the road from the main market square as well.
5. Nurnberger Sausages are unbeatable
No words needed. Have them in a bun, have them with Kartoffelsalat (potatoes) or try Sauerkraut. They are unbeatable, in my humble sausage opinion!