Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg) is a city in the German state of Bavaria, situated in the administrative section of Middle Franconia. With TourGermany.com you can see this special city for your own eyes and discover its unique history and style. Nuremberg is placed about 105 miles north of Munich. It is located on the Pegnitz River and the (Rhine-) Main-Danube Canal, which offers a great view and a rare combination of raw nature and an urban area.
When one thinks of Nuremberg, they usually think of Gingerbread, Toys, Christmas or on Reich Party Rally Grounds or the Nuremberg Trials. But the ancient town of Nuremberg in the shadow of the lofty regal castle is much more than that. Gothic churches, splendid aristocratic houses and romantic corners and spots. An ambiance of vibrant co-existence between medieval and modern, the past and the present, all prevails in Nuremberg.
As previously mentioned, for many people Nuremberg is very much connected to traditional gingerbread (Lebkuchen) products, sausages and handmade toys. The first pocket watches, the Nürnberg eggs, were manufactured there in the 16th century. Yet in the 19th century, Nuremberg became the "industrial heart" of Bavaria. Companies like Siemens and MAN had their roots in there. Nowadays Nuremberg is still a major industrial core with a powerful position towards markets in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Nuremberg Toy Fair is the largest worldwide, and several specialized high-technology fairs attract visitors from all over the world once a year.
Attraction Sites of Nuremberg
Solid walls with 80 towers surround the historical old quarter. An abundance of attractions in the old quarter bring history vibrantly to life. You definitely wouldn't want to miss the medieval Kaiserburg Castle with its museum which is absolutely one of them. Impressive works of art in the Gothic churches of Nuremberg's ancient city are being live evidence to the city's glory days. Guests are more than welcome to appreciate traditional handicrafts in the Handwerkerhof craft center.
City walls and Kaiserburg Castle
Kaiserburg Castle, Nuremberg's famous landmark, rises above the medieval old quarter which is encircled by a five kilometre town wall with a total of 80 towers. It sits on a sandstone ridge on the northern edge of the old town and, until the 16th century, was the setting for many imperial diets and the occasional residence of German kaisers and kings.
The old quarter, with the churches of St. Lawrence and St. Sebaldus
The River Pegnitz splits the old quarter into the Lorenz side and the Sebald side (where the castle is located). Next to the railway station, the stunning Königstor tower and the Königstor gate on the city wall give a good start for a tour of the medieval structures, the Gothic Church of St. Lawrence with the "Angelic Salutation" by sculptor Veit Stoss or the Church of St. Sebaldus with the crucifixion group, by Veit Stoss, as well.
The Handwerkerhof craft center
The craft centre next to Königstor gate was erected in 1971 - "Dürer Year" - right behind the Frauentor wall. History is coming to life here. The patio is packed with old timber-framed structures lodging a variety of craft workshops and a gingerbread bakery. Visitors can also take pleasure in bratwurst and a glass of wine or beer.