Nuremberg (Germany)

Nuremberg Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Lars Steffens

History reconstructed in Nuremberg

Nuremberg is Bavaria's second largest city after Munich
A history going back to 1140, during which it was the unofficial Holy Roman Empire capital and later home to the infamous nazi rallies
After the war it was reconstructed, the historic old town is well worth checking out, especially when combined with a December Christmas Market!

Nuremberg, it is one of those cities whose name everyone has heard a hundred times but not many know much about what the city is actually like to visit. Nuremberg (Nürnberg in German) lies in Bavaria and is the state's second largest city after Munich with a population of nearly 500,000.

There is no question about the fact that Nuremberg, founded around 1140, is a city with a great history. It is after all the place where the Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire convened, earning it the title of the empire's "unofficial" capital. Nuremberg flourished for centuries as a major trading hub between north and south and as a center of the German Renaissance in the 1400s and 1500s. There is also no question about it that that history took a decidedly dark turn in the middle of the 20th century, when the Nazi party decided to hold the infamous Nuremberg rallies here. During the war, the city suffered numerous allied air raids, in combination with door-to-door fighting in 1945 leading to the destruction of much of its historic center. It took nearly 40 years to reconstruct the city to its former glory, adhering to old city plans and materials traditionally used.

So go and explore Nuremberg. Check out the old town with its Castle Quarter and city walls, cobble stone streets and colorful half timbered houses. The imposing Nuremberg Castle (towering over the city) is not to be missed, as it was home to Germany's kings for 500 years and gives splendid views over the red-roofed old town. Other attractions relate to the Nazi period: the party rally grounds (Reichsparteitagsgelände) and the courtroom of the Nuremberg Trials can both be toured.

In December Nuremberg is home to what many would call one of the best Christmas Markets in Germany. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Nuremberg is a city in Germany's region of Bavaria. It has a population of 495,121, is situated at an altitude of 1024ft and the best airport to fly into is NUE (Nrnberg, Nrnberg)
  • The currency used in Germany is the Euro (EUR)

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Munich, Füssen, Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, Augsburg, Lindau

Nuremberg Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

37 39 48 57 66 73 77 75 66 57 45 39

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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