Nuremberg was at the top of the list of my must-see places to visit in Germany. Being a huge WWII buff, I always wanted to visit the city where it all started and where the trials happened. I wanted to see the Nuremberg Trials courtroom but believe me Nuremberg is more than that. I visited Nuremberg for one day and covered almost everything which was possible. This is my Nuremberg itinerary where I’ll list down all the places to visit in one day in Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg Itinerary – One day in Nuremberg
To travel around the city, head to the train station and buy a single-day ticket. I used a single-day ticket only to visit Nuremberg Trials Memorium, but you can use the ticket to explore more from the city.
Nuremberg Trials Memorium
It takes approx. 10 minutes to reach the Nuremberg Trials Memorium by subway. Take a U-Bahn from the main station aka Hauptbanhof towards Barenschanze. There are clear signposts which will lead you to the Memorium. Enter the Memorium and get a ticket for 6.00€ for the audio tour. The tour will take you through the entire history of how WWI started and the entire build-up behind it. The trials happened in courtroom 600, The day I visited the memorial, courtroom 600 was open to tourists. However, tourists are not allowed when there are live trials going on in courtroom 600.
In German it is known as ‘Hauptmarkt’, the central market of Nuremberg. The square is as beautiful as you can expect, I was mesmerized by the moment I stepped foot in the square. The place is full of places to eat and also shop. If you only have one day in Nuremberg, you cannot miss Market Square. The market is a great place to start exploring the city’s culture. When I visited Christmas market was being set up and the vibe was just so lively.
Europe is famous for its magical Christmas and beautiful Christmas market. Whenever you’re in Europe during Christmas, I highly recommend visiting a market. Here’s your guide on how you can truly enjoy Christmas markets in Europe.
The Nuremberg itinerary is not complete without a visit to the Nuremberg castle. Once lost its historical glory, the castle’s prestige got revived during Nazi rule during the Nuremberg Party Rally of 1936. Check the official website for visit timings.
It is a pretty easy walk from the market square to the castle built on a sandstone ridge. A steep 30-minute climb with picturesque views will take you to the top of Nuremberg Castle. There are other options too if you want to walk, bus 36 and tram 4 will take you to the castle. The glorious views of the city from the top of the hill will leave you mesmerized.
You will also notice the typical Bavarian-styled architecture here. Fun fact – you can also stay in the castle – yes you read that right!! The castle houses a Youth Hostel with 93 rooms available.
The castle has medieval fortifications. and is a huge symbol of the Roman Empire when the kings roamed around from one castle to the other. The castle contains a courtyard, an Imperial castle museum and the famous Sinwell Tower. You can buy tickets (7€) for the castle and Sinwell Tower.
Dating back to the 1200s, the Gothic church is dedicated to. St. Laurence. It has splendid architecture however was destroyed badly in WWII. In your one day in Nuremberg. don’t forget to explore the Gothic church which is now restored to its glory.
Fun fact – The church contains the largest pipe organ in the world and there are concerts for the walking crowd. Check for the timings of the concert before your visit.
The street – Weißgerbergasse – is the one which will give you true Bavarian vibes. If you have seen some gorgeous pictures from Bavaria, they’re probably from here. Located pretty close to the Market Square, while exiting the Castle, take a right towards a parallel lane to the main market. Keep walking and you’ll reach one of the most beautiful streets in Bavaria, and no, I am not exaggerating.
Schöner Brunnen ‘wish tower’
The wish tower is located in the central square and you’ll easily spot it on the way to the Castle (if you’re walking). The 13th-century fountain is in the shape of a Gothic spire. Legend says it grants your wishes when you rotate the gold rings thrice. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Nuremberg, so wish away when you’re here.
Translated to the pedestrian street, you’ll find numerous shopping options, eat local food, or try local chocolates. It is such a beautiful street, you could walk here all day and not get bored at all.
What to eat in Nuremberg
Whenever I travel, I try to eat as much as local cuisine as possible. Meat is the central component of German cuisine, and I absolutely love grilled sausages. Try schnitzel, meatballs, mulled wine, and beer when you’re in Nuremberg. In Nuremberg, I found the best hot chocolate and waffles.
Where to stay in Nuremberg
I didn’t stay in Nuremberg, but if you’d like to spend a few days here. here are my picks for the best places to stay in Nuremberg –
- Steichele Hotel & Weinrestaurant – Located just 2 stops away from Nuremberg central station, it is perfect for those who’d like to stay near the centre. Hotel with beautiful exteriors, they also provide airport taxis with a friendly staff. You’d definitely enjoy your stay here.
- Park Inn by Radisson – A well-known name, a gorgeous hotel located within 200 meters of the city centre should be on your list of top places to stay in Nuremberg. With amazing facilities like a sauna, gym and a buffet breakfast, Park Inn is a star.
- Leonardo Royal Hotel – A modern-style hotel, within 1km of the old historic centre, the hotel is a decent choice if you’d prefer to save up on hotel expenses. With the big rooms, with a dedicated seating area, TV, a locker and the option to choose buffet breakfast this is easily one of the top places to stay in Nuremberg.
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