One Day in Nuremberg: The Best Itinerary

One Day in Nuremberg

How to spend only one day in Nuremberg and make the most of it? Follow our Nuremberg 1-day itinerary. As you may know, we travel with our toddler. Therefore, we need to make sure that we visit the top tourist attractions in Nuremberg at a pleasant pace.

Is one day in Nuremberg enough?

Definitely not, there are so many things to do in Nuremberg! If possible plan to spend here at least two days. Luckily, you can find many of the most exciting tourist attractions within the Altstadt. We visited many of them, therefore, we hope that you enjoy and find useful our 1 day in Nuremberg itinerary.

Why Nuremberg and why only one day?

We are interested in the history of the Second World War, and we love trains, historic architecture, and we enjoy visiting museums. We also wanted to get to know the Franconia region better. Consequently, meeting all of these conditions, Nuremberg became our natural choice. Unfortunately, we had limited time to visit the city, therefore, we are already planning the second trip! Regardless of how many days in Nuremberg you are spending, you can leverage from our tips.

Best time to visit Nuremberg

Nuremberg has a moderate climate, so it is fine to visit the city at any time of the year. The city has many outdoor attractions so it is a good idea to visit Nuremberg in the spring, summer, and early autumn. There are also many museums in which you can spend time if the weather is not pleasant. We recommend visiting Nuremberg in December and attending the famous Christmas Market. You can learn more about it later in our Nuremberg 1 day itinerary.

Top Things to Do in Nuremberg in One Day

Imperial Castle and Imperial Castle Museum

Burg 13
The time you can spend here: 1 – 2 hours

Nuremberg Castle
Imperial Castle

In the Middle Ages, the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg used to be one of the most critical fortified palaces of the Rome Empire, as a result, the castle is currently one of the most famous landmarks in the city.

What to see: Admire beautiful views of the old city, go to Double Chapel and Palas to see the most essential section of the Imperial Palace and finally visit the exhibition “Emperor-Empire-City” to get to know better about the history of the castle. Additionally, you can find here information about the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and the role of Nuremberg in its history. Fans of medieval ages will be delighted seeing the exhibition in the Imperial Castle Museum.

How to get there: Take tram 4, Bus 36 or U-Bahn U1
Opening hours:
April to September: daily 9 am-6 pm;
October to March: daily 10 am-4 pm
Admission: Combination ticket (Palas with Double Chapel + Deep Well + Sinwell Tower +Imperial Castle Museum) 7€ regular, 6€ reduced. Click here to read more.

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View from the Imperial Castle terrace

Tip: you can’t access some of the sights with a stroller but you can leave it safely near the entrance (ask staff for assistance).

Tiergärtnertorplatz

Tiergärtnertorplatz
The time you can spend here: 30 min

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Tiergärtnertorplatz

Tiergärtnertorplatz is located next to the Imperial Castle and it is a lovely place where you can relax and enjoy beautiful view of the historic part of the Old Town and the framework houses. You can have a beer together with the locals or grab a coffee and continue our walking tour.

Albrecht Dürer’s House

Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 39
The time you can spend here: 30 min

One Day in Nuremberg
Albrecht Dürer

If Albrecht Durer’s name does not yet ring a bell, take a look at his self-portrait or any picture on postcards, after that, you will recognize the master immediately! Don’t hesitate to visit Albrecht Durer’s House to admire copies of his paintings and to go back in time while visiting the museum

Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10 am-8 pm
Weekends, holidays: 10 am-6 pm
Admission: 6€ regular, 1.5€ reduced

Nuremberg one day itinerary

Hauptmarkt and the Beautiful Fountain

Altstadt – St. Sebald
The time you can spend here: 30 min – 1 hour

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Beautiful Fountain

Visit the Nuremberg’s main square, the Hauptmarkt, and feel the vibrant atmosphere of the city. There is a daily market (except Sunday), so you can grab some local food, souvenirs or flowers. Don’t forget to take a look at Beautiful Fountain (Schoner Brunner) and compare it with the iconic Christmas version.

Hospital of the Holy Spirit

Spitalgasse 16
The time to spend here: 15 minutes

Hospital of the Holy Spirit
Hospital of the Holy Spirit

This picturesque view is our favorite spot in Nuremberg. The hospital was established in the XIV century, and it was the largest private endowment in the Holy Roman Empire up to the beginning of the XVI century. There used to be a local restaurant there, but currently, it is closed for visitors.

Fleisch Bridge

An der Fleischbrücke
The time to spend here: 15 minutes

Fleisch Bridge
Fleisch Bridge

The Fleisch Bridge links districts St. Sebald and St. Lorenz, and it is another picturesque place in Nuremberg situated a few steps from the Hospital of the Holy Spirit. Apart from being the largest masonry bridge arch in Germany at the time of its construction, the Fleisch Bridge has practically remained unchanged since 1599 and survived World War II almost unharmed.

Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum)

Karlstraße 13-15
The time to spend here: 30 min – 1 hour

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Toy Museum

Our toddler may still be too little to appreciate this place – but we are all children 🙂 We recommend visiting the Toy Museum because Nuremberg has long been a center of toy manufacturing. You can see here traditional wooden toys, cars, trains, LEGO, Barbie, computer games and Lehmann tin toys. Did you know that teddy bears were developed in Germany and in the USA nearly at the same time? You can learn more interesting facts there. Likewise, your kids definitely appreciate the separate play area, as the toy exhibition is mostly behind the glass.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Weekends, holidays: 10 am-6 pm
Admission: 6€ regular, 1.5€ reduced

Nuremberg Transport Museum

Lessingstrasse 6
The time you can spend here: 1 – 2 hours

Transport Museum

What to see: This is one of the most surprising and also the most interesting museums we have recently visited. You don’t need to be a railway fan to enjoy it, therefore, it is our must-see in Nuremberg!
DB Museum is the oldest railway museum in the world! You can get to know the history of the railway in Germany, see around 40 rail legends, over 2,000 models and the digital model of the Adler – famous steam locomotive.

How to get there: 15 minutes walk from the Old Town
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 9 am-5 pm
Weekends and holidays: 10 am-6 pm
Admission: 6€ regular, 5€ reduced

Christmas Market in Nuremberg

christmas market in Nuremberg

Nuremberg Christmas Market in 2019: 29.11 – 24.12.2019

The Christmas Market in Nuremberg is called the Christkindlesmarkt. You have a chance to meet the Christkind who visits the Christkindlesmarkt from Tuesday to Friday at 3 PM. Walk between the stalls full of unique handicrafts, Christmas ornaments, and souvenirs with warming mulled wine in hand and feel the medieval atmosphere of this place. You can also join a charmful stagecoach tour or watch the procession with lights, heading towards the Nuremberg castle.

Don’t miss the Christmas Carol concerts held in the nearby churches. They will surely leave you with a warm festive glow. If you are visiting the city in December and you are not sure what to do in Nuremberg in one day, this is probably the best choice.
The special treat you must try once there are the original Nuremberg gingerbread called Lebkuchen which are recognized in Europe as a protected geographical indication. They are baked in Nuremberg for more than 600 years and packed with a lot of spices, almonds, nuts, and almost no flour.

5 interesting facts about Nuremberg

  • The Christmas Market in Nuremberg is considered as one of the best in Europe.
  • A series of 13 Nuremberg trials were held in the city between 1945 and 1949 to bring the Nazi war criminals to justice.
  • The Nuremberg code is a set of research ethics principles for human experimentation.
  • The very first railway in Germany was opened in Nuremberg, in 1835.
  • Albrecht Durer, the famous painter, printmaker, and theorist, was born in Nuremberg

Getting around Nuremberg

On your feet

Choose walking and get a feel for the beat of the city. Walk on the cozy Nuremberg streets, meet the locals, and feel like you are a part of the town. Also, you can discover things the city guides don’t mention.

Tip: if you travel with a toddler don’t forget your baby carrier as there are some places where it is more comfortable carrying your little one than walking with a stroller through paving roads.

Nuremberg with a toddler
One day in Nuremberg

Public transport Nuremberg

Explore the city of Nuremberg and surroundings with the U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (rapid transit) and regional trains.

Tickets: find more information about tickets and fares under this link: https://www.vgn.de/en/tickets/

Prices in Nuremberg

(June 2019)

  • A meal in the inexpensive restaurant: 10€
  • Beer 0.5 liter in a restaurant: 3.40€
  • Water 1.5 liter in the market: 0.33€
  • Cappuccino: 2.90€
  • Local transport – one-way ticket: 3 €
  • Gasoline 1 liter: 1.40€
  • Cigarettes 20 pack: 6.40€

Tourist Office

Firstly, before your visit to Nuremberg, we highly recommend visiting a webpage of the Convention and Tourist Board Nuremberg to get the latest news about events in Nuremberg which will take place during your stay and read more about this fantastic city. In addition, during your stay, you can always head to the Tourist Information Nuremberg (Konigstrasse 93) for more information and further recommendation which places to visit in Nuremberg during your trip.

Nürnberg Card

You may consider buying the Nürnberg Card (+Fürth), which contains a free entry to more than 40 museums and free public transport in Zone A for 2 days. That is to say, it is a great deal if you plan intense sightseeing in Nuremberg! Click here to buy your Nürnberg Card.
In short, the cost of the card for an adult is 28€, for children from 6 to 11 years the price is 6€.

Nuremberg card
Nurnberg Card

What to eat in Nuremberg

If you plan to spend only a day in Nuremberg, you must try the local cuisine which is made based on the best ingredients and traditional recipes. Luckily, you have the entire day to enjoy Bavarian and Franconian food, so make most of it. To sum up, here are our favorites:

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Bretzel

  • Kellerbier – try the Nuremberg master beer and after that buy a six-pack to take home with you!
  • Schaufele – it is made from pig’s shoulder and roasted on the bone. You can order it, for example, with cabbage and potato dumplings filled with bread cubes. To clarify, it is a typical dish from the region!
  • Drei im Weggla – three sausages in a single bun is a perfect Nuremberg street food so enjoy it on the go.
  • Grilled sausages – in 2003 the Nuremberg sausage was the first sausage in Europe to be designated a “Protected Geographical Indication” in the EU, so don’t hesitate to try it yourself!
  • Bretzel – it is also known as a pretzel. Certainly, a must-try snack in Nuremberg!
  • Lebkuchen – so delicious! Lebkuchen is a very popular gingerbread in Franconia because of its unique taste. It is packed with a lot of spices, almonds, nuts, and almost no flour! Buy some more as they are also in gift packs!

Where to stay in Nuremberg

Melter Hotel & Apartments

Königstraße 41

Melter Hotel & Apartments

If you plan to visit the city, certainly there is no better hotel in Nuremberg. The Melter Hotel & Apartments is located in Nuremberg old town, next to the pedestrian zone. A few steps from the hotel there are restaurants, pubs, and shops.

Modern and functional apartments are equipped with comfortable beds, a day zone, a kitchenette with all accessories (for example coffee machine), flat TV, fast Wi-Fi, and a spacious bathroom. The room easily accommodates a cot, and there is also plenty of space to play. Friendly and professional staff will gladly advise you what to see in Nuremberg in one day and answer all your questions during your stay. Tasty breakfast is served in the neighboring restaurant. In conclusion, we spent a wonderful time in this place, and we can genuinely recommend it to everyone.

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Nuremberg in a day – summary

We hope that you enjoyed our Nuremberg travel guide, so you know now how to plan your perfect day in the city. As you can see, there are many exciting things to do in Nuremberg in one day, and believe us – there is much more to see! We carefully chose places to visit in Nuremberg in 1 day based on our experience, however, feel free to add your ideas in the comments below. If you are visting Bavaria, don’t miss our itinerary for one day in Munich.

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