Nuremberg City Center Tour, Nuremberg

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.
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Nuremberg City Center Tour Map

Guide Name: Nuremberg City Center Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Nuremberg (See other walking tours in Nuremberg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: Ella
Nuremberg Central Railway Station

1) Nuremberg Central Railway Station (must see)

Nuremberg Central Station (German: Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof) is the largest station in north Bavaria and belongs to the 20 stations in the highest category of importance allocated by DB Station&Service. The Hauptbahnhof is located on the southeastern perimeter of Nuremberg's Altstadt.

Nuremberg Hauptbahnhof, which had been originally built as in the neo-Gothic style, was rebuilt by the architect, Karl Zenger, in 1900 largely in the Neo-Baroque style. The most striking feature is the muschelkalk which characterizes the exterior façade. The portals to the individual halls are richly decorated and primarily depict symbols of technological progress, for example a winged wheel above the portal in the Mittelhalle. The lounge, in which the present-day travel center is located, was built in 1904/1905 by Bruno Paul in the Jugendstil. Sections of the walls are decorated with fine mosaics, the roof is ornamented with unobtrusive stucco.

The Jugendstil lounge is one of the few areas of the station, which has survived the destruction of the Second World War. Above the main portal is an advertising column from the early 20th century.

In 1950 plans were made to change the neo-baroque style to a neo-gothic style. Shortly before work began, however, it was stopped, so that only a few areas were changed.

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Old City Wall (Koenigstor and Frauentorturm)

2) Old City Wall (Koenigstor and Frauentorturm) (must see)

The walls and gate to the Old Town are located opposite the Central Railway Station. Having stood for over 500 years, they are an impressive and powerful sight. There are a number of souvenir shops and small bars located nearby.
St. Martha's Church

3) St. Martha's Church

St. Martha’s Church, located on Königstrasse, not far from the gates of the Old Town, was consecrated in 1385. It once served as a shelter for pilgrims to Nürnberg. From 1572 to 1620, Nürnberger Meistersinger held meetings here and in 1800 it became a parish church for the city's Lutheran community.
St. Clara's Church

4) St. Clara's Church

Built in 1241, St. Clara’s Church was adopted by a Protestant congregation in 1591. In 1854 it became a Roman Catholic church. It houses a beautifully decorated altar with a wooden Madonna. Badly damaged during the 1945 bombing, it was reconstructed after the war.

5) Mauthalle

Mauthalle was constructed as Germany’s largest granary. This huge building also served as a customs house, and since 1897 it has been used for commercial purposes. Reconstructed in 1953, it now houses a restaurant.
St. Lawrence's Church

6) 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.

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Filmpalast Admiral

7) Filmpalast Admiral

Filmpalast Admiral, opened in 1957, is a cinema multiplex that contains five theaters, a café and a restaurant. It has been redesigned several times over the years and continues to provide quality entertainment featuring the latest technology in film equipment.
Museum Bridge

8) Museum Bridge

The best way to get to the Sebaldus area in the Old Town is to cross the river by the Museum Bridge (Museumsbruecke) using Königstrasse. This romantic view of the Old Town is lined with many houses dating back to the Middle Ages. The bridge leads directly to the main market and Frauenkirche.
Frauenkirche (Our Lady's Church)

9) Frauenkirche (Our Lady's Church) (must see)

The Frauenkirche, Church of Our Lady, stands on the eastern side of the main market. An example of brick Gothic architecture, it was built on the initiative of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor between 1352 and 1362, in place of the former Jewish synagogue, which was destroyed during the pogrom of 1349 (which followed an outbreak of Black Death).

The church contains many sculptures, some of them heavily restored. Numerous works of art from the Middle Ages are kept in the church, such as the so-called Tucher Altar (c. 1440, originally the high altar of the Augustinian church of St. Vitus), and two monuments by Adam Kraft (c. 1498). Frauenkirche is a hall church with two aisles and a tribune for the emperor. The church contains nine bays supported by four columns. The triforium, named the Imperial Loft or St. Michael's Loft, opens on to the nave by means of an arcade, the arches of which are filled with floating tracery, consisting of three rosettes supported by a segmental arch.

One of the most notable features of the church is the "Männleinlaufen", a mechanical clock that commemorates the Golden Bull of 1356. The clock was installed in the church in 1506. The Holy Roman Emperor is shown seated with the prince-electors surrounding him.

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City Marketplace

10) 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 on December 24, unless that day is a Sunday.

Historians assume that the market has its origins in traditional sales at the weekly market between 1610 and 1639 and that it gradually evolved into an independent market. Originally, the market opened on Thomas’ Day, December 4. Due to the large number of visitors, opening day was rescheduled to the Friday before the start of Advent in 1973 and has remained so ever since.

Operation hours: November 27 - December 24: 10 am - 9 pm

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City Hall (Rathaus)

11) 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 visiting.
St. Sebaldus Church

12) 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 middle 17th century galleries were added and the interior was remodeled in the Baroque fashion.

The church suffered serious damage during World War II and was subsequently reconstructed. Some of the old interior did survive, including the Shrine of St. Sebaldus, works by Veit Stoss and the stained glass windows. he church had an organ by the 14th century, and another by the 15th.

The main organ had been built in 1440–41 by Heinrich Traxdorf, who also built two small organs for Nuremberg's Frauenkirche. Until its destruction in the 20th century it was one of the oldest playable organs in the world, and all the more notable because Traxdorf was one of the first organ builders to depart from the Gothic Blockwerk organ by dividing the windchests and separating the front stops into Flute (Principal) and Octave (see pipe organ).

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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.
Western Nuremberg Tour

Western Nuremberg Tour

Western Nuremberg is known as the Johannis district. It features a number of parks, historical graveyards, beautiful Baroque houses and churches. Its charming gardens are great places to relax and enjoy nature, sculptures and fountains.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 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
Nuremberg Nightlife Tour

Nuremberg Nightlife Tour

Nuremberg offers a wide range of attractions and entertainment in the evening. Bars, restaurants, dance clubs, cinemas and cabaret are all part of the city’s vibrant nightlife, guaranteeing a lot of energy and good times.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Nuremberg Cultural Tour

Nuremberg Cultural Tour

Nuremberg has a rich cultural life with many events including concerts, music festivals and theatrical performances. The citizens of Nuremberg are proud of their cultural heritage and carefully preserve the works of their prominent figures.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 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
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