Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria after Munich and has a long and distinguished history. For example, for many years it was the seat of Germany’s kings and in the 19th century it was one of the country’s most important industrial cities Many of the building suffered significant damage in January 1945 during the conflicts, but were painstakingly reconstructed in the post-war years. Today it is a lively and bustling city with much to attract the tourist.
Head for the city’s Hauptmarkt where you’ll find daily markets selling everything from handicrafts to local delicacies – and if you’re visiting in December make sure you don’t miss the famous Christmas market, which is one of Germany’s finest examples of this traditional event. At the nearby Frauenkirche you’ll find that every day at midday when the decorative clock strikes twelve automated figures act out a play called the Männleinlaufen. After a fanfare of trumpet and drums, there’s a procession of loyal subjects around the figure of the Holy Roman Emperor. Head for Kaiserberg above the city’s Altstadt and you’ll find a castle that once was the home of the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Emperor. From here you can descend to the grassy Am Ölberg where you’ll get great views over the city Hiring a car in Nuremberg will give you the opportunity to explore a little. A short drive away are the former Nazi party rallying grounds as well as an area called the Zeppelin Field. Work is currently underway to preserve both of these sites because of their great historical significance. Finally, visit Bayreuth, birthplace of composer Richard Wagner where you’ll not only find an annual festival celebrating his music, but also a championship golf course and a thermal spa.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-1800, Sa 0800-1200, Su 1000-1100.
Address: Bahnhofsplatz 9, c/o Deutsche Bahn Reisezentrum / ticket office.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0700-2300, Sa 0900-1800, Su 1000-2300
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-1800 Sa 0800-1200 Su 0900-1100
Address: Beuthener Strasse 65