"Nuremberg" Top 5 Page for this destination Nürnberg by antistar

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It's easy to overlook what is in your own backyard. There are so many places to see and there will always be a weekend for those places near to home. That's how I have thought about Nuremberg for nearly a year now. It's been my local city since I moved to Germany, but I've spent all my holidays travelling to the extremities of the country and ignoring the domestic. What a mistake.

Nuremberg was nearly completely destroyed by Allied bombing during World War 2. It rose like a phoenix from the ashes, and puts to shame the post-war monstrosities that were created by the British. Like the German elite protected its citizens from the bombs while the poor of East London where left to fend for themselves, the Germans rebuilt Nuremberg for the people, recreating its original beauty, while British cities like Coventry were turned into concrete hell holes nearly as bad as the burned out ruins themselves.

Nuremberg is an amazing city. Relaxed, compact, friendly, beautiful, and full of surprises. One of my colleagues described the city as "Coburg only bigger", and it really does feel just like a big town, but with all the things you associate with a big city. It is even the smallest city in Europe (at just under 500,000 people) to have its own proper underground.

The main attractions of the city can be split into three sections:

1. The Kaiserburg (the magnificent Imperial castle);
2. The Altstadt (fantastic reconstruction of the medieval core);
3. The Nazis (from the rallies to the retribution).

There's so much here to see and do, with many great towns and cities nearby, that three days would be a minimum just to skim the surface.

Nuremberg is in Bavaria, but it's really the provincial capital of a region called Franconia, a beautiful and distinctive part of Germany that has some of the greatest places to visit in the entire country, like Würzburg and Bamberg, the city that the Lonely Planet guide goes crazy about. It has an incredible history, stretching back deep into the medieval ages where it once was the unofficial capital of Germany. The history has left it a rich heritage of art and culture, and the museums hold riches of some of the greatest artists, like Albrecht Dürer.

Walking around the walled Altstadt, admiring the grand buildings and protective towers, you'll have difficulty believing that the city was 90% destroyed by bombs only 60 years ago. The care with which the city has been rebuilt has left an impression on the people, who seem to walk around with the most contented smile on their faces, knowing that they are living in one of the most pleasant cities in the world, one that is consistently rated as one of the ten most liveable cities on the planet.

Things I Loved

The castle, the walks along the river, strolling about the town, the incredibly relaxed feel, the medieval towers, the Germanisches National Museum and Courtroom 600.

Disappointments

The nightlife was a bit quiet on a weekend.

  • Last visit to Nürnberg: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 3, 2013
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  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    What a fantastic and fascinating page. I'm very excited about visiting here now. Just wish we were going for more than one night. Keep up the good work. Irene

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Hi Tim As always, a fantastic introduction to a lovely city! Quite simply you're my favourite writer on European cities - when planning my trips, consulting your travel pages is my first point of reference! Regards Cathy

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    The most beautiful city in Germany. volopolo

  • flyingscot4's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Dynamite pages on Nürnberg, my absolute favorite continental city. Favorite is Edinburgh, but Nürnberg is special. I was stationed here for 3 years in the early 60's and would live there in a minute.Your pages are among the best that I have seen.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2006 at 11:42 AM

    A very informative page with wonderful pictures!

  • 1courage's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2006 at 12:30 PM

    I enjoyed your page very much. Thanks for sharing these great photos and for the useful infos.

  • FrostyJW's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2006 at 3:59 AM

    Thanks for all the information in your Nuremberg pages, very helpful and encouraging. Looking forward to a 3 day stay from Oct 21st 2006, to enjoy the sights and beers! John W (Birmingham UK)

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2006 at 2:56 PM

    great tips!

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2005 at 1:18 AM

    Likewise :) Finally a page with not just Christmas markets!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2005 at 2:59 AM

    I especially liked your tips on the Germanisches National Museum and the Transport Museum, but the really outstanding one in my opinion is the Doku-Zentrum in one corner of the Kongressbau. Have a look next time if you haven't been there yet.

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