24 hours in Nuremberg

Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is the second largest city in Bavaria. It is full of tourists all year round especially during year end festive season. People from all over the world come to visit Nuremberg German's most famous Christmas Markett.

Getting into Nuremberg

By train
We took train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Nuremberg Hbf. The train station is located right beside Nuremberg old town. It took us 5 hours. Yes, 5 hours! Because we missed the connecting train at Frankfurt due to the train delay and we wasted one hour in Frankfurt to catch the next available train to Nuremberg. So my advice is, try to get direct train service. You can purchase your train ticket from BAHN website. Buy your ticket early if you confirm your itinerary, that will help you save a few bucks. You need to print out your e-ticket and bring the credit card you used to purchase your train ticket for verification.

By plane
Many airlines fly into Nuremberg International Airport from other countries in Europe. Click here for more information. It takes only 12 minutes from airport to city centre by U2 subway line.


Nuremberg city is pretty small. Most attractions can be reached by foot. Stay close to train station is highly recommended especially if you carry big luggage. We stayed at Hotel Victoria which is just right outside the entrance to old town within the city wall and opposite Nuremberg Hbf.

What to do in Nuremberg?

Map credit www.nuernberg.de

Download the full city guide here.

Imperial Castle (refer to map, number 6)

It is an ancient castle featuring double storey chapel, imperial hall, Belvedere tower and a well.

Handwerkerhof / Craftmen's Courtyard (refer to the map, near number 11)

It is just opposite main train station. The first thing we did in Nuremberg was strolling through this place. Many restaurants and workshops can be found there.

Lorenzkirche / St. Lawrence Church (refer to the map, near number 1)

This twin-towered Gothic church is the largest church in Nuremberg.

Hauptmarkt / Main Market Square (refer to map, number 2)

Nuremberg becomes a Christmas city 2 weeks before Christmas every year. Many stalls in marketplace sell Christmas cookies, chocolate, all kinds of gift and specialties. This city comes alive with Christmas lighting.

Christkindlemarkt / Christmas Market

Try the gluhwein. It's a kind of mulled wine produced with a combination of red wine, sugar and spice. It is served warm and can keep you warm in the cold weather.

Maxbrucke bridge

Kirch St. Sebald / St. Sebaldus Church (refer to map, number 4)

We could only afford to spend 24 hours (indeed, less than 24 hours) in Nuremberg during our Germany trip and how I wish we could spend more time in this lovely city.

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