City breaks are great. Short, snappy, filled to the brim with adventures and sightseeing. Tight schedule and swift pace were exactly how I spent just over 24 hours in Nuremberg, Germany.
A moment of honesty? Nuremberg had not really been on my wanderlust list. Germany and the fairy tales castles- yes. However, when you can snap a super cheap return fare and you are on almost 6 weeks holidays, the world is your oyster! After a short flight from Manchester airport (disheartening 17 degrees), I landed in Nuremeberg, greeted with sunshine and almost 30 degrees! Great start, if you ask me. Getting from the airport to Nuremberg and around Nuremberg using the metro is extremely easy. And that comes from a person who is not particularly fond of colourful lines that equal the trajectory of your journey. The ride on the U2 line of the metro costs 3 euros and lasts for about 12 minutes. You get off in the heart of Nuremberg and you are ready to start exploring the beautiful and compact city of Nuremberg.
The very first afternoon I arrived in Nuremberg I took a quick glance and a stroll round the main square and grabbed a bite to eat, and since it started to rain and since trying to snap a really good deal on a hotel (meaning it was not very central!), I decided to have a proper rest and be full of energy and refreshed for the very next day filled with adventures.
Sooner or later (probably sooner than you think), your feet will lead you to the main square in the city of Nuremberg. It is tranquil, even a bit lazy early in the morning so it is a perfect place to wander round with a pretzel in your hand. Schöner Brunnen, or Beautiful Fountain is one of the main landmarks in the market- Gothic in style and composed of 40 figures. While it’s still quiet and sleepy you can enjoy the churches and cathedrals nearby: St Lawrence Cathedral, Church of Our Lady and St Sebald Church. Just after 8 you can witness the square springing to life as the fruit and flower sellers set up their stalls.
The pivotal point of your trip to Nuremberg definitely will be the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg. Full of history, beautiful views over the city and a great measure of your overall health as the street leading to the castle is very steep! The admission is only 7 euros and it gives you access to the castle grounds, museum, Sinwell Tower and Deep Well. Sinewell Tower offers absolutely breath-taking views and it really is worth climbing the stairs to reach the top of the round tower. You can also join a very short, guided tour about Deep Well (mostly in German, but with visuals- a camera and candles descending into the 50 metre well).
It seemed to me that no matter which way I went I almost always ended up in the main square of Nuremberg. There are plenty of café and restaurants to choose from, no matter if you’re looking for a quick pick me up espresso and a sandwich or more traditional, local cuisine. I opted up for the former, so unfortunately cannot comment on how great the Bavarian beer, sausages or sauerkraut are, but I am going to take a wild guess and say that they are great!
Nuremberg is famous for its Christmas market and as a place where trials after the WWII took place. Since it was he middle of August and no Christmas market was in sight (although there was an all year round Christmas shop) and I decided not to follow the grim and dark path of history, I wandered (very often) quite aimlessly up and down colourful and charming streets of Nuremberg. Without a clear plan or a destination I was happy to get lost on almost deserted little alleys, small roads and paths. One street worth visiting (you know…to snap that perfect picture) is Weissgerbergasse- colourful houses with flowers boxes, several restaurants to enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. If you want to indulge into the German spirit and you are looking for some souvenirs, then you should head towards Handwerkerhof, just opposite the main train station. It is a complex of restaurants and shops located in small, wooden huts, selling German specialities.
If you are a culture vulture or if the weather is exceptionally bad that staying inside is the only option, then you might want to consider buying a 2 day city card (25 euros) that grants you access to most museums and allows you to travel freely on the public transport. One museum that will appeal to the big and the small ones is the Toy Museum (5 euros). A great collection of toys from across the ages; some mesmerising, creative, shocking, some just purely spooky! The doll houses in particular! The attention to details- freaky!
Almost 17 kilometres later I was ready to head back to my hotel, pack my bag pack and early the very next morning head for the airport again. Danke Nuremberg!