One Day in Nuremberg: The Best Itinerary

How to spend only one day in Nuremberg and take 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.

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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 one 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!

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.

steps 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 adult is 28€, for children from 6 to 11 years the price is 6€ .

nurnberg card

3 Top Things to Do in Nuremberg in One Day

Imperial Castle and Imperial Castle Museum

The time you can spend here: 1-2h

imperial castle
castle in nuremberg
imperial castle museum
nuremberg museum

How to get there: Take tram 4, Bus 36 or U-Bahn U1

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 history of the castle. Additionally, you can find here information about Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and role of Nuremberg in its history. Fans of medieval ages will be delighted seeing the exhibition in the Imperial Castle Museum.

city view nuremberg

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

Old Town Nuremberg

The time you can spend here: 3-4h

old town nuremberg

How to get there: 10 minutes walk from the Imperial Castle

What to see: Prepare yourself for a beautiful and interesting walk.

  • visit the main square, the Hauptmarkt, and feel the vibrant atmosphere of the city
  • take a look at Beautiful Fountain (Schoner Brunner) and compare it with the iconic Christmas version

beautiful fountain nuremberg

  • visit the City Museum at the Fembo House (Stadtmuseum Fembohaus) and familiarize yourself with the long and exciting history of the city
  • 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

albrecht durer
  • our toddler may still be too little to appreciate this place – but we are all children 🙂 We recommend visiting the Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum) 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. Likewise, your kids definitely appreciate the play area.

DB Railway Museum

Lessingstrasse 6

The time you can spend here: 1-2h

db railway museum

How to get there: 15 minutes walk from the Old Town

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.

What to eat in Nuremberg

During your stay 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:

beer and 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 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 and 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. A friendly and professional staff will gladly advise you what to see in the city 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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A few words from us

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.

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