18 September 2012
What to Do in Nürnberg
Nürnberg or Nuremberg (in English) is a 950 year old German city situated in the Bavaria State and is Franconia’s largest city. The city boasts rich historical and cultural heritage, plus it hosts various events all year round; making Nürnberg an excellent holiday spot for people who wish to see and experience German traditions.
Budget flights to Nuremberg are available allowing you to visit this amazing city for relatively little and finding a great place to stay in this city is effortless; there are many accommodation options. Whether you want to relax in a chain or boutique hotel, enjoy a luxurious holiday in a suite or treat the whole family to a rental home, there is something for every budget and circumstance. Remember to book your hotel in the city centre as this will allow you to have easy access to all the things you want to see and do. Whilst hotels around the airport are slightly cheaper, they are a little further out than you would like to travel on a daily basis. The area just north of the train station is a perfect base for sightseeing, nightlife and shopping.
Of the many museums worth visiting, the popular ones are: The Toy Museum; The Germanic National Museum which is where to go for German culture and art; the Transport Museum, which exhibits train locomotives from throughout German history and contains the Museum of Communications; and the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds, which hosts various events and talks. Don’t miss the Kaiserburg, an imperial castle that will give you the best view of Nürnberg. If you’re with your family, take them to zoo – the Tiergarten, Nürnberg. Also, you might want to see the 15th century home of great artist Albrecht Durer. This gothic home is one of the most visited places in this city, with audio guide ‘Agnes Durer’, wife of Albrecht, taking you back to the time. Henkersteg or the Hangman’s Bridge, despite its gruesome name, is a beautiful place from which to take in the views. Plus there are also plenty of parks, fountains (for example, Schöner Brunnen) and squares (for example, Hauptmarkt) all over the city that make stunning backdrops for those memorable holiday moments.
A holiday is not complete without a trip to the shopping district to browse and buy clothes, food and souvenirs, such as Oktoberfest beer mugs or a charming cuckoo clock. Shopping in Nürnberg is quite a unique experience, as it takes you to spectacular places while you explore the shops. For the best shopping experience, visit the streets of Breite Gasse and Karolinenstraße, which are parallel to each other. They offer a range of goods, even for budget shoppers. When looking for fresh produce, a visit to the Kaiserstraße is a must. Crafts shoppers will be delighted to visit the Handwerkerhof, which offers high quality products from the fine craftsmen of Nürnberg.
Nürnberg is the home of the world’s oldest sausage restaurant called the Zum Guldenen Stern. There is no other place in Germany to try the popular “Nürnberger”, a dish made with roasted pork sausage, than in this restaurant which has been enticing its customers since 1419. For more traditional Franconion food, visit Bratwurst Röslein, the largest Bratwurst restaurant in the world. If sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels aren’t for you, there are plenty of restaurants that will suit your different gastronomic cravings, ranging from Michelin rated bistros to cafes that offer sumptuous meals for a range of budgets.
Party the night away and experience Nürnberg’s opulent nightlife! It offers a different ambiance for all types of people. The countless bars and restaurants are everywhere and cater for exciting partying to simply relaxing and unwinding with a mug of beer with your friends. The Der Hirsch is the place to dance the night away while The Druid will give you the pub experience of your life.
Visiting a city with such rich culture and tradition will definitely nurture all your senses with unforgettable sights and wonderful experiences.
Rita Rova is a travel writer for LoveMyVouchers.co.uk; where discounts and voucher codes are listed to help you explore the world on a budget.
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