Just an hour from Munich by train, the beautiful city of Nuremberg finds its place on an important medieval trade route called Castle Road. Although, in ancient times, it was overshadowed by the more popular nearby Rothenburg, Nuremberg flourished between 1400 and 1600, becoming one of the most interesting cities of the Middle Ages.
Located on the Pegnitz River, the charming Bavarian city is currently populated by about 500,000 people and is considered not only one of the most important German cities from a financial point of view, but also one of the most important tourist places in the country. It has an amazing medieval center which, although largely destroyed after a 1945 attack, was carefully restored. At the same time, Nuremberg is host to a lot of various tourist attractions, attracting the interest of both architecture enthusiasts and lovers of history, art and food.
Here are some of the main tourist attractions in Nuremberg:
Nuremberg Castle. Considered by experts to be one of the best-preserved medieval cities, the Nuremberg Castle was built in the 12th – 13th centuries to symbolize the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire. Here will find plenty of interesting attractions such as the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg. It was built on two levels: one for the emperor and the other for the rest of the people. It should be noted that this castle was almost completely destroyed in World War II, but in the 1950s it was carefully rebuilt.
Weinstadel. Weinstadel is a typical medieval winery, one of the most important urban structures in the heart of the historic city center. The building itself is a masterpiece in terms of traditional architecture, with a charming facade decorated with wooden elements and various tile types.
Frauenkirche. A beautiful architectural masterpiece that reflects Gothic architecture, built in the eastern part of the city’s main market. This Catholic church was erected by Emperor Charles IV in the 14th century. Also, make sure you don’t miss the sculptures of medieval master Adam Kraft in the main body of the church.
German National Museum. There is no better introduction to German culture than a visit to the German National Museum, which you can find at the southern end of the Old Town. First opened in 1852, the museum hosts many amazing collections with exhibits dating back to the Middle Ages, the Baroque and the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the many exhibits you will find shields, musical instruments, clothes and toys. Another interesting collection of the museum is art, which consists of works produced by many internationally renowned artists, such as Lucas Cranach the Elder, Dürer and Rembrandt.
Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände. Unfortunately, Nuremberg also has a less bright side. In the 1930s, the Nazi Party used this place as a Congress Hall to host mass rallies to demonize the party’s enemies. Today, the place has been transformed into a mueum of the Nazi Party which offers information on the causes and consequences of Nazi Germany.
Weißgerbergasse. This is probably the most charming street in Nuremberg, with multicolored houses with impressive architecture. In a medieval landscape that seems to be detached from fairytales, this is the favorite place of relaxation for locals and tourists alike. The houses here have a lot to say about the city’s history and traditions – all the houses were built at the same height, but with different styles of Baroque and Rococo architecture. We can say that the Weißgerbergasse is a testimony to the wealth and craftsmanship of the medieval Nuremberg era.
On your holiday to this picturesque Bavarian city you have the opportunity to stay either in hotels, motels or in apartments that you can rent online or directly from the locals.