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About Nuremberg

It's better to come out and say it, for most of us hearing the name of this city conjurers up images of the Nazi rallies of the 30s and the post-war trials. But there’s much, much more to Nuremberg than its dramatic history - though it has been the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire for centuries and was a powerhouse of the industrial revolution… Lively and full of visitors, modern Nuremberg is the gateway to spectacular, romantic Bavaria for many. It is a great place to come to enjoy yourself. And the best places to stay in Nuremberg really know how to show you a good time.

What not to Miss

When exploring Nuremberg’s beautiful buildings you should probably keep in mind that around 90% of them were destroyed by Allied bombing during WW2. After the conflict the decision was taken that instead of clearing the rubble and rebuilding a fresh city they would painstakingly restore the original buildings - a process which took almost forty years. Many monuments and buildings were salvaged, repaired and reinstated, so what you see is a patchwork of the city before the 40s.

  • The Old Town is dominated by the castle, which is actually a group of fortified medieval buildings on a ridge overlooking the city, the castle and walls were designed to represent the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Then there's the fourteenth century Helig-Geist-Spital, or Hospital of the Holy Spirit and the gothic Lorenzkirche which dates from the thirteenth century - to name but two of the numerous churches which are worth a look.
  • The Germanisches Nationalmuseum is Germany’s largest museum of cultural history and houses many important paintings and artefacts.
  • The Kettensteg Chain Bridge was the first chain bridge on the continent,
  • The Tiergarten Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos in Europe - it is situated on Schmausenbuck hill.
  • Culturally, the Academy of Fine Arts is the oldest in central Europe and the Nuremberg State Theatre hosts opera, ballet and stage productions. The city has its own symphony orchestra and there is a chamber music festival in September. For those who prefer their music more up to date, there is an annual ‘Rock im Park’.
  • Of course most of us will feel Nuremberg is unfinished without a visit to the Palace of Justice, which now hosts a permanent exhibition charting the events leading up to the Nuremberg trials, the trials and their repercussions.

The city is quite a popular destination so to be sure of staying in one of the best places to stay in Nuremberg do plan ahead and book early.

The best places to stay in Nuremberg

In the Old Town

  • The Hotel Agneshof offers relaxed and homely accommodation in a quiet corner of the Old Town. The rooms are neat and comfortable and there is a welcoming bar and terrace garden. It's very convenient for the castle and surrounding sights.
  • Right in the centre of town, beside the medieval Handwerfhof yard and close to the historic Lorenzkirche church, the Hotel Victoria is collection of 62 rooms and spacious suites. There is a tea room, bar and private lounge.
  • The Hotel Elch is a great value, family run hotel right by the castle. It’s been carefully converted from a timber framed, 14th century building and is full of historic charm - think all wooden floors but with stylish, modern rooms.
  • Close to Hauptmarkt Square, the Hotel Drei Raben is a quirky, theme hotel with 22 rooms each “telling their own story”. There’s a great, brightly lit cocktail bar and lots of restaurants, bars and cafes nearby.

For Families

  • The Hotel Klughardt is a relaxed, homely B&B with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. You’re outside the centre of town, but there’s plenty of free parking and there are cafes and restaurants nearby.
  • The Villa Giulia is a comfortable, self-catering or B&B apartment. The house can accommodate eight, with plenty of space for kids and you’re just a 15minute walk from Nuremberg Castle. There are cafes, bakeries, restaurants and food-markets close by.

For Great Value

  • The Hotel Elch is a family run hotel right by the castle. It's a timber framed fourteenth century building and full of historic charm - all wooden floors but with stylish modern rooms.
  • The Hotel Agneshof offers relaxed and homely accommodation in a quiet corner of the Old Town. The rooms are neat and comfortable and there is a welcoming bar and terrace garden. It's very convenient for the castle and surrounding sights. Rooms start from around £90 per night.

Just out of town

  • Gasthaus Rottner is a family run business offering the choice of a room in the historic, timber framed guesthouse or the modern hotel. All rooms are spacious, there's fine Franconian dining and the vibe is classic, relaxed country house.
  • The Hotel Klughardt is a relaxed, homely B&B with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. You’re outside the centre of town, but there’s plenty of free parking and there are cafes and restaurants nearby.

For an Apartment or villa

If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Nuremberg Airport is Bavaria’s second largest international airport, but at the moment you can only get a direct flight from the UK ex. Stansted. From the airport you’re only about 12minutes from the centre of town on the metro, or between 15 and 20minutes by taxi.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in Nuremberg and want to see more of Bavaria - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Christmas is charming in Nuremberg - and in Bavaria generally, but if you’re not too keen on cold weather then the best time to visit is between about May and September, as the temperature starts dropping rapidly come October.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Nuremberg

  • Gasthaus Rottner 37 rooms from $169

    Nuremberg

    A family-run luxury hotel with two contrasting properties; the first is a historic timber framed guesthouse and second a contemporary hotel. Spacious rooms are simply designed in a county-house style. Enjoy Franconian specialities served in traditional surrounds. Just 20 mins from Nuremberg.

    Local exploring  -  A country property just 20 minutes from Nuremberg giving the best of both world's; city and countryside.
    Cooking classes  -  Take part in the interactive courses at the hotel's Siemens Life Cookery School.
    Great walks  -  Head off to explore the coutryside, with many tracks and trails nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the imposing Nuremberg castle.
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  • Hotel Drei Raben 22 rooms from $301

    Nuremberg

    A quirky theme hotel with a number of individually created bedrooms that each tell their own story. The hotel has a bright, neon lit cocktail bar and offers breakfast only. Centrally located, there are lots of restaurants to choose from nearby and top city sights on the doorstep.

    City Style  -  Centrally located, just minutes from Hauptmarket square with achingly stylish rooms chronicling legends and tales of Nürnberg.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the stunning Kaiserburg castle, a historic sandstone castle dating to the Middle Ages.
    Great walks  -  Head to the nearby Skulpturengarten, a charming outdoor sculpture museum.
    Local markets  -  Just minutes from the beautiful medieval market square of Hauptmarkt.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Hotel Elch 12 rooms from $113

    Nuremberg

    A simple family-run hotel, in the charming castle area of Nuremberg. Located in a 14th century timber framed house oozing with antiquated charm. The sleek wood floored bedrooms have a more contemporary, homely feel. A great spot for those interested in history and museums.

    City Style  -  A charming and historic 14th century timbered house, in Nuremberg's castle district, featuring stylish and modern rooms.
    Local markets  -  Nuremberg is famed for its Christmas markets, be sure to check it out if you visit in Winter.
    Great walks  -  Take a walk through Nuremberg's beautiful old town, wander along the picturesque castle hill.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a few minute walk to the lovely Nuremberg Castle, with splendid views of the city.
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  • Hotel Victoria, Nuremberg 62 rooms from $169

    Nuremberg

    Unpretentious accommodation, fantastically located in the Nuremberg's charming Old Town. Colourful bedrooms and larger spacious suites with private lounge area. A tea room and bar are open to hotel guests. With meeting rooms and a range of event spaces, the hotel can cater to a variety of needs.

    Romantic Break  -  For an enchanting romantic getaway be sure to take the suite, with lounge, balcony and views over Nürnberg’s old town.
    Local markets  -  Just beside the charming medieval crafts yard of Handwerkerhof, packed with German craft delights.
    Sights nearby  -  Just down the road from the medieval Lorenzkirche Church, steeped in history.
    Full of character
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  • Hotel Agneshof 74 rooms from $112

    Nuremberg

    Simple, homely accomodation with a relaxed atmosphere; perfectly located in a quieter spot in the beautiful old town. Bedrooms are comfortable and neatly furnished. A great little lobby bar and peaceful garden terrace. Ideal for those looking to get out and explore this charming city.

    City Style  -  A sleek choice, quaint cobbled lanes leading to a clean cut contemporary hotel with courtyard garden, hot tub and sauna.
    Local markets  -  Ideally located for Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt, be sure to check it out if you're here in winter.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a seven minute walk along cobbled lanes to Nuremburg Castle.
    Great walks  -  Wander the historical stone corridors in the castle district.
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  • Hotel Klughardt 33 rooms from $205

    Nuremberg (Oststadt)

    A relaxed, homely bed and breakfast with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Slightly outside Nuremberg city centre, there is plenty of free parking and the owners are more than happy to offer dining recommendations nearby. Quiet with caring and friendly staff.

    Families  -  The perfect spot to base your family, with a lovely garden, babysitting services, and free access to bikes.
    Great walks  -  There is a park right across from the hotel, ideal for a morning stroll.
    Sights nearby  -  Take the tram right into the city centre and explore the old city.
    Traditional
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  • Villa Giulia, Nuremberg from $150

    Nuremberg (Oststadt)

    Villa Giulia is a homely, comfortable apartment offering self catered accommodation with a bed and breakfast option. The house has a full kitchen and a small sitting room. Perfect for those looking to get out and explore Nuremberg.

    Families  -  This self catering eight person apartment is ideal for families, with plenty of space for kids to run around.
    Sights nearby  -  A 15 minute walk will bring you to the Nuremberg Castle, boasting excellent views over the city.
    Local markets  -  There are bakeries, foodstalls and restaurants within a three minute walk of the apartment.
    Great walks  -  Wander around this leafy residential area, and enjoy the peace a quiet.
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