City Orientation Walk, Nuremberg

Prior to WWII and the ensued military tribunals over the Nazi leaders, the north Bavarian city of Nuremberg had long made name for itself as the home of magnificent medieval architecture, comprising solid fortifications and stone towers of the Old Town, Kaiserburg Castle, Hauptmarkt (central square) complete with Frauenkirche, a 14th-century Gothic church, and more. If you are in Nuremberg, make time to explore these and other notable sights of the city with the help of this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Germany » Nuremberg (See other walking tours in Nuremberg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 18
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Author: Ella
City Marketplace

1) City Marketplace (must see)

Christkindlesmarkt, or the City Marketplace, is a Christmas market that is held annually in Nuremberg. It takes place during Advent in the Hauptmarkt, the central squaree in Nuremberg’s old town, and in adjoining squares and streets. With about two million visitors a year the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt is one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany and one of the most famous in the world. Every year the Christmas market begins on the Friday preceding the first Sunday in Advent and ends...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Our Lady's Church

2) Our Lady's Church (must see)

The Frauenkirche represents a catholic parish church which is considered to be one of the major churches of Nuremberg. It was built at the order of Emperor Charles. Inside there are numerous works of art that survived from the Middle Ages. Don't miss the chance to visit Nuremberg's most famous and marvelous Gothic...   view more
City Hall (Rathaus)

3) City Hall (Rathaus)

The City Hall was constructed between the 14th and 17th centuries. The figures decorating the building symbolize Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome and the Roman Catholic Church. The torture chamber beneath the main building is also worth...   view more
St. Sebaldus Church

4) St. Sebaldus Church (must see)

St. Sebaldus Church is located at the Albrecht-Dürer-Platz, in front of the old city hall. It takes its name from Sebaldus, an 8th century hermit and missionary and patron saint of Nuremberg. It has been a Lutheran parish church since the Reformation. The construction of the building began in 1230s, the church achieved parish church status in 1255 and was completed by 1273-75. It was originally built as a Romanesque basilica with two choirs. The two towers were added in the 15th century. In the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nuremberg Castle

5) Nuremberg Castle (must see)

Nuremberg Castle is a historical building on a sandstone rock in the north of this historical city. It comprises three sections: the imperial castle ("Kaiserburg"), some buildings of the Burgraves of Nuremberg ("Burggrafenburg"), and the municipal buildings of the Imperial City at the eastern site ("Reichsstädtische Bauten").

Nuremberg was first recorded in 1050, when Henry III visited the town, but there is no specific mention of the castle. The castle does...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tiergärtner and the Old Town Wall

6) Tiergärtner and the Old Town Wall (must see)

The city wall and its 128 towers, built in the Middle Ages, served as Nuremberg’s fortifications. Many of the towers and the wall are still in good condition. The tower, Tiergärtner, and its gates served as the main portal into the city. Due to the town’s growth, larger gates were subsequently...   view more
Castle Garden (Burggarten)

7) Castle Garden (Burggarten)

The gardens were laid out around the castle in the 11th century when Emperor Federic resided here. Since then, they have changed many times but are still a marvelous sight. The meticulously tended gardens contain various trees, bushes and flowers that change beautifully with the...   view more
Albrecht Durer's House

8) Albrecht Durer's House (must see)

Albrecht Dürer's House was the home of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer from 1509 to his death in 1528. The House lies in the extreme north-east of Nuremberg's Altstadt, near the Kaiserburg section of the Nuremberg Castle and the Tiergartentor of Nuremberg's city walls.

The house was built around 1420. It has five stories; the bottom two have sandstone walls, while the upper stories are timber framed; the entire structure is topped by a half-hip roof. In 1501, it was...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Toy Museum

9) Toy Museum (must see)

Since 1971, the Toy Museum has been very popular among children and adults. This four-story museum features toy collections from the Middle Ages to today, from handmade to high-tech. It is a great place to learn about the history of toys and see the dolls and train sets from your childhood again.

Operation hours: Monday (July - September and December during Christmas market): 10 am - 5 pm; Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm; Daily (During the International Toy...   view more
Hangman's Bridge (Henkerssteg)

10) Hangman's Bridge (Henkerssteg)

This wooden bridge was built in 1457 for the town’s hangman who lived in a tower outside of the community. After a flood in 1595, the bridge was reconstructed and a tiled roof was...   view more
Ludwigsplatz (Ludwig's Square)

11) Ludwigsplatz (Ludwig's Square)

Ludwig’s Square (Ludwigsplatz) is famous for its unique fountain reflecting the stages of married life. The expressive bronze statues of the Marriage Carousel were created by Professor Jürgen Weber in 1984, whose statue stands in the center of the fountain mocking the figures of the couple depicting the marriage...   view more

12) Breitengasse

The Breitegasse is a shopping street in Nuremberg, where there are many shops. Accordingly, it is there. The rents are so high that almost all retail stores have been replaced by chain stores.
The "Breite Gasse" is pedestrian zone. It is best to take the metro line U 1 from the stops Lorenzkirche or Weißer Turm . These two metro stops are the "Breite...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Elizabeth's Cathedral

13) St. Elizabeth's Cathedral

St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral initially belonged to the German Knights Order. In 1785 it was rebuilt in a neoclassical style with a large dome. Damaged during World War II, it was reconstructed between 1947 and 1959. Further restoration of its exterior were performed from 1975 to...   view more
St. Jacob's Church

14) St. Jacob's Church

St. Jacob's Church, built in the 14th century in the Gothic style, formerly served as a hospice for the elderly. It was damaged during World War II and subsequently reconstructed. Its beautifully decorated late Gothic Twelve Messenger Altar is particularly impressive, as well as the Mourning of Christ sculpture, created by an unknown artist in the 16th...   view more
German National Museum

15) German National Museum (must see)

The German National Museum, founded in 1852, houses a large collection of items relating to German culture and art extending from prehistoric times through to the present day. With current overall holdings of about 1.2 million objects, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum is Germany's largest museum of cultural history.

Formerly the Germanisches Museum, it was founded by a group of individuals led by Franconian baron, Hans von und zu Aufsess, whose goal was to assemble a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

16) Handwerkerhof

Just opposite the Central Railway Station, through the gates of the medieval tower Altstadt, you’ll find yourself in Handwerkerhof (Crafts Yard). Find original handmade souvenirs, including dolls, glasswork, gingerbread, bags, jewelry and much more. German style workshops and the great hospitality of the craftsmen create a pleasant atmosphere. Also, it’s the best place for fresh beer and Nuremberg...   view more
St. Lawrence's Church

17) St. Lawrence's Church (must see)

St. Lawrence is one of the most venerated saints of the Roman Catholic Church. Badly damaged during World War II and later rebuilt, it is now one of the most prominent churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. The church’s Gothic choir was designed by medieval master mason Konrad Roriczer in 1445.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Heilig-Geist-Spital (Hospice of the Holy Spirit)

18) Heilig-Geist-Spital (Hospice of the Holy Spirit)

Heilig-Geist-Spital (Hospice of the Holy Spirit) was built in 1332 by Konrad Gross, city mayor one of the richest men in town. You can get the most beautiful view of the biggest institution for the poor in the imperial city. The inner courtyards are accessible from the Spitalgasse through the restaurant’s...   view more

Walking Tours in Nuremberg, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Nuremberg

Create Your Own Walk in Nuremberg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nuremberg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nuremberg City Center Tour

Nuremberg City Center Tour

Nuremberg, the second largest city in Bavaria, has a wonderful assortment of Middle Age and modern architecture. Considered the center of German humanism, it is also the birthplace of the German railway. It is the famous place where fascism was put on trial following World War II. Take this self-guided tour and enjoy the splendid views of this old city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Nuremberg Museums and Galleries Tour

Nuremberg Museums and Galleries Tour

Nuremberg houses a variety of history and art museums. Visitors can discover the city's history at Fembo House, explore the development of communications at the Transport and Communications Museum, enjoy art exhibits at the New Museum of Art and Design and return to one’s childhood at the Toy Museum.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Southeastern Nuremberg Tour

Southeastern Nuremberg Tour

Nuremberg is full of historical attractions. The southeastern portion of the city features extensive public parks, which host many events, and one of the biggest exhibition centers in Germany.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Kids Entertainment Tour in Nuremberg

Kids Entertainment Tour in Nuremberg

Nuremberg offers a wide variety of entertainment for children and adults. The city pays great attention to the cultural needs of its citizens and the development of the rising generation. The family oriented nature of the city provides many wonderful leisure activities for children.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 km
Hitler's Nuremberg Tour

Hitler's Nuremberg Tour

Adolf Hitler referred to Nuremberg as the City of the Party Rallies, considering it the standard for German cities. The monumental Party Rally Grounds is located on a 24.5 hectare territory in southern Nuremberg. The huge buildings resemble ancient Roman architecture. Nowadays, this enormous complex represents the fall of the Third Reich.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.1 km
Shopping Tour in Nuremberg Altstadt

Shopping Tour in Nuremberg Altstadt

Historical Nuremberg attracts thousands of tourists each year. Known for its Christmas markets, beer, sausage, gingerbread and toys, the city center is rich in small shops and large markets. Just walk down Altstadt and you’ll find anything you want.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km