In the German city of Nuremberg (Nürnberg) in the state of Bavariapast and present go hand in hand. Modern city districts are interspersed with the greatest of ease by historic characteristic buildings. It is said that the city had great influence on the Holy Roman Empire and was an important part of the trade route between Italy and Northern Europe. According to healthvv, the city has also made an impression on a cultural level. The architecture is still there to enjoy and in terms of fascinating museums there is more than enough choice. Do you want to do some shopping in between? That’s no problem either. The city has an excellent shopping district, some parts of which are wonderfully car-free. The nicest shops are located on and around the Kaiserstraße, Karolinenstrae and Breite Gasse. In December you should definitely not miss the Nuremberg Christmas market on the Hauptmarkt. It is not for nothing that it is one of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Germany or even in the world.
Nuremberg ‘s Top 10 Things to Do
#1. Nürnberger Burg
As the most important monument of the city of Nuremberg, the Nürnberger Burg can count on thousands of tourists every year. Because it is also located on the ‘historical mile of Nuremberg’, it is visited by almost every visitor to the city. The history of this castle tells the story of imperial powers, the Middle Ages, the golden age and the city of Nuremberg. And all this time, this place has served an important function. Several archaeological excavations have shown that a settlement existed before the eleventh century. Today Nürnberger Burg is open to the public and you will find, among other things, an exhibition about the Holy Roman Empire, the role of the German nation and Nuremberg during the late Middle Ages. In the Castle Museum you can admire weapons, equipment and illustrations about fighting techniques.
#2. Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt
Nuremberg’s annual Christmas market is always a real spectacle. Ever since its origins in the sixteenth century, it has been pulled out of the closet to animate visitors. The city center exudes so much atmosphere these days that you don’t know where to look. The Christmas atmosphere is beautifully displayed on the Hauptmarkt in particular. Many stalls are filled with various products such as hats, Christmas decorations, tablecloths, jewelry and other gadgets. Meanwhile, other senses are stimulated with delicious scents of gluwein, bratwurst and roasted nuts. The Nuremberg ‘Christkindlesmarkt’ is opened every year with an impressive ceremony.
#3. Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Since its opening in 1852, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum has been able to delve into the Germanic coast and culture. Its founder, Hans Freiherr von Aufseß, was a German baron with a penchant for German antiquity. This eventually led to the establishment of this museum. The collection now consists of 25,000 objects such as medieval sculptures, a self-portrait by Rembrandt and various objects from the Stone Age.
#4. Saint Laurentius Church
The striking towers of the St. Laurentius Church in Nuremberg create a stately impression. The Protestant church building goes way back in history, as some parts from the thirteenth century seem to exist. Over the centuries, it has of course been regularly damaged, refurbished and enlarged. The building suffered a lot of damage, especially during the Second World War. After a long period of restoration, the doors opened again in 1952. Inside the Sint-Laurentiuskerk you can see a beautiful interior. The fifteenth-century Anne altar, the Kaiser and Knorr stained glass windows, the sacrament house and the Rochus altar can always count on much admiration.
#5. Toy Museum
The making of dolls goes back centuries in the history of Nuremberg. And that is clearly reflected in the toy museum. But you will not only find dolls here. There are all kinds of nice objects on display here where you probably regularly recognize things from your own childhood. That is why the museum is great fun for young and old.
#6. Nürnberg Zoo
The Nuremberg Zoo is a beautifully landscaped park. Both the animal enclosures and the park around it are well cared for. Nürnberg Zoo has a lot of animals in the house. You can admire birds of prey, reptiles, bats, zebras, wolves, giraffes, prairie dogs and monkeys. You can regularly see how the animals are fed or events are organized. The dolphin show can also count on many visitors every day.
The characteristic house of the artist Albrecht Dürer is located in the northwest of the city on Albrecht Dürer Straße. Much of his work is on display in the museum. Of course it makes it very special to be able to admire that work in the house where it was most likely made. The house was built in 1420 and has no less than five floors.
This part of Nuremberg gives a clear picture of how the craftsmen used to do their work. Gold is still forged in the traditional way, pots are baked and dolls are made. In the meantime you can enjoy a delicious beer or other delicacy. The houses at the foot of the Frauentorturm have been recreated and are therefore not as old as they seem. It is without a doubt a special part of the city of Nuremberg.
#9. Weißer Turm
Although the name suggests that we are talking about a white tower gate, this is an ordinary brick red/brown tower. But in the past there used to be white plaster over the brick. The Weißer Turm is located in the old town on Ludwig Lorenz platz where it was once part of the city wall. In front of the Weißer Turm is the ehekarussell ‘wedding carousel’. This controversial fountain was designed by the sculptor Jürgen Weber and built in 1984. It is considered vulgar by some and modern art by others.
#10. Home brewery Barfüßer
The most enjoyable home brewery is undisputedly Barfüßer. Via a staircase you reach a cozy cellar in which the Brauhaus likes to spoil its guests. Originally the building from the early sixteenth century served as a granary. Some time later, in addition to grain, salt and wine were also stored. Unfortunately, much of this was lost during the Second War. In addition to delicious beers, the menu also includes tasty dishes, most of which can be described as authentic.