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About Nuremberg

Nuremberg, located about a hundred miles north of Munich, is Bavaria’s second city and home to around 500,000 people. The best places to stay in Nuremberg for the sightseer are in the centre of town, but for those wishing to explore further afield we have recommendations that are ideal too.

The city probably most immediately comes to mind as the venue for the huge Nazi rallies of the 1930’s and the post war trials but there is so much more to Nuremberg. This was the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. The Imperial Diet met at Nuremberg Castle. The city was at the centre of the German renaissance and became an important place for trade - on the route between Italy and northern Europe. As a result Nuremberg has a rich and influential cultural heritage.

There is much to see and do. The Old Town is dominated by the castle, which is actually a group of fortified medieval buildings on a ridge overlooking the city, and it and its 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 a couple of the numerous churches that 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, and the Tiergarten Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos in Europe, 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 the annual ‘Rock im Park’.

Use our pick of the best places to stay in Nuremberg and start to plan your visit.

For great value in the Old Town

  • 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.
  • 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. Prices start from as little as €89 per night including breakfast.

Slightly Out of Town

  • Gasthaus Rottner is a family run business with the choice of the historic timber framed guesthouse or the modern hotel. All rooms are spacious and the style is country house and fine Franconian dining.
  • Hotel Klughardt is a relaxed Bed and Breakfast with a warm welcoming atmosphere. It is situated in the Oststadt area and is a great base for exploring the city and surrounds. Very family friendly.

City Central

  • Hotel Victoria is right in the middle of town and has comfortable rooms, suites and public areas.It lies beside the medieval Handwerfhof yard and close to the historic Lorenzkirche church.
  • Hotel Drei Raben, a ‘theme’ hotel, is very central - by Hauptmarkt Square - and extremely stylish. All the bedrooms are individually designed and tell various chapters in the story of Nuremberg. It is perfectly placed to make the most of all the city attractions.

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Best Hotels in Nuremberg

  • Hotel Agneshof 74 rooms from $112


    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 Elch 12 rooms from $113


    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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  • 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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  • Gasthaus Rottner 37 rooms from $169


    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 Victoria, Nuremberg 62 rooms from $169


    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 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.
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  • Hotel Drei Raben 22 rooms from $301


    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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