Nuremberg is mostly remembered in the annals of history as being the city where Hitler rallied the nation with a philosophy for supremacy that would later lead them along a path of destruction. But today, Bavaria’s second largest city has so much more it can be remembered by.
Built on the banks of the picturesque Pegnitz River, Nuremberg is a fascinating blend of charming medieval beauty and chic cosmopolitan modernity. Most of the attractions are centred in and around the delightful Altstadt (Old city), fenced in by an imposing medieval wall and reinvented with large pedestrian walkways pronged with narrow arteries filled with antique craft shops and chic boutiques. At Christmas the city’s main market is transformed into the world famous Christkindlmarkt, an impressive open-air market and the oldest in a long-standing German tradition.
One of the most visited centres of Nuremberg is the shopping district of Lorenzerplatz, dominated by the spectacular Gothic structure of St. Lorenze Kirche (Church of St. Lawrence.) Explore the shops and stalls along the quaint cobbled side streets and admire the frothing waters of the beautiful wedding fountain as you take a breather to watch the world go by.
Culture vultures will not be disappointed either with a string of world-class museums and art galleries to inspire the inquisitive mind. The best of Nuremberg’s museums is the Germanic National Museum focusing on German history and culture, and for fans of modern art do not miss the Neues Museum fur Kunst und Design or the Kunsthalle.
If you need to escape the hustle and bustle of hectic city life, take some respite in the relaxing City Park. Stroll around the grounds or hire a bicycle and admire the serene landscape. Alternatively, try the Volkspark Marienberg a sprawling outdoor activity centre and home to the fascinating Zoological Gardens and Planetarium. This particular park area is very popular with families and subsequently over run with children.
Nuremberg’s vibrant and eclectic nightlife has to be experienced to be believed. Whilst heaving rock bars and throbbing hip-hop hang-outs compete for attention there are also a throng of live music venues showcasing talented jazz musicians and the up and coming bands of the underground scene. Or if you’re looking for something more sophisticated, join the locals in the Viper Room. Nuremberg is geared towards tourism and there are plenty of inviting restaurants and comfortable hotels to attend to your every whim.
Travelling to Nuremberg by Ferry
Nuremberg is a long way away from any coastline, it will in fact take 6 hours of driving in any direction to reach the ocean if you live in Nuremberg. So if your planning to drive from the UK to Nuremberg you’ll need to plan for between a 6 and 8 hour drive.
Since there is no ferries to Germany from the UK, you’ll probably to go via Holland, Denmark, Belgium or France. Going via France will give you a shorter ferry crossing, though a longer drive in Europe. The overnight ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam is ideal for anyone living in the north, you’ll arrive refreshed in Amsterdam in time for the 6 hour drive to Nuremberg. If your going by ferry then train, then you’ll need to know that there is no direct trains to Nuremberg from any of the ports, though you’ll get from Amsterdam with just one change.