Nuremberg Museums and Galleries Tour, Nuremberg (Self Guided)

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.
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Nuremberg Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Nuremberg Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Nuremberg (See other walking tours in Nuremberg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: Ella
Nuremberg Transport Museum

1) Nuremberg Transport Museum (must see)

One of the oldest technical history museums in Europe, the Nuremberg Transport Museum consists of the Deutsche Bahn's (German Railways) own DB Museum and the Museum für Kommunikation. It also has two satellite museums at Koblenz-Lützel (the DB Museum Koblenz) and Halle (DB Museum Halle).

A big draw of the museum is its collection of 160, 1:10 scale models occupying 1000 m². These models have been built over the years since the end of the 19th century and are very finely detailed. The first few were made in 1882 by apprentices of the Royal Bavarian State Railways. Additionally, a model railway covering an area of 80 m² is used to demonstrate prototypical railway operations. During museum opening hours there is a ten-minute demonstration hourly, on the half-hour, with explanations of the key concepts of railway operating.

The "Kommunikation" section was inherited from the royal Bavarian postal museum and was integrated into the Transport Museum in 1902. It displays over 500 years of postal and telecommunication services history in Bavaria from the Middle Ages to the present.

Why You Should Visit:
Both museums are very visitor-friendly; in the DB section one can not only see but also touch some of the historic exhibits (locomotives, carriages, equipment, etc.) and the communication section has plenty of interactive objects that everyone can try out. Additionally, there's a good choice of original gifts in the gift shop, as well as a pleasant café.

For the Railway museum, it really makes sense to take a free audio guide. Though there's enough information to read, the guide would probably help to organize your visit better.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat, Sun & Holidays: 10am-6pm
Also open during the Christmas Market: 9am-5pm
Closed: January 1, Good Friday, May 1, Dec 24/25/31
Sight description based on wikipedia
German National Museum

2) German National Museum (must see)

Founded in 1852, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum houses a significant German art collection, ranging from medieval painting, sculpture and arts & crafts, to fairly recent German works and history. It also offers a great insight into the daily lives of people living in a German city and shows how life was back several centuries ago, exhibiting such common objects as glassware, musical instruments, or watches.

Out of the museum's total holding of some 1.3 million objects (including the holdings of the library and the Department of Prints and Drawings), approximately 25,000 are exhibited. Also interesting is the actual architecture of the museum. Modern glass structures and art galleries have been built around a preserved but ruined church. As with every attraction in Nuremberg, the English audio guide is great. A bonus is that about 80% of the exhibits have signage in English.

The museum is open late on a Wednesday and free of charge after 6pm, though you would still need a few more hours to see everything.
Study the map you get at the start and try to plan your visit, as the museum areas don't flow into each other and you could spend much time backtracking.

Opening Hours:
[Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions] Tue, Thu-Sun: 10am-6pm; Wed: 10am-9pm
[Archive, Department of Prints & Drawings, Numismatic Collection] Tue-Fri: 9am-4pm
[Library] Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:30am-6pm; Wed: 9:30am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
New Museum for Art and Design (Neues Museum für Kunst und Design)

3) New Museum for Art and Design (Neues Museum für Kunst und Design)

Located not far from the Central Railway Station, the architecture of the New Museum for Art and Design is extraordinary. Its collection of modern art and the applied arts will impress any visitor.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm; Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Naturhistorisches Museum

4) Naturhistorisches Museum (must see)

Opened nearly 200 years ago, the Natural History Museum is one of the oldest museums in Nuremberg. Its exhibits include many fascinating archaeological artifacts detailing the development of life on Earth. Ideally visited with young kids since although there are interesting exhibits from around the world, it is rather small and you cover it before they get bored and tired.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Thu, Sun: 10am-5pm; Fri: 10am-9pm; Sat: 1-5pm
Nuremberg Toy Museum

5) Nuremberg Toy Museum (must see)

Nuremberg is considered one of the great Toy capitals, and faithful to its popularity offers the possibility of visiting the 'Spielzeugmuseum', or Toy Museum. This is one of the most impressive museums in Europe with a very extensive collection, and quality in each of the exhibits. It opened in 1974 and offers collections of all ages (especially the last 200 years) and ethnicities. You can find all kinds of toys – from simple ones made of normal material such as wood, metal, porcelain, cardboard, etc., to the sophisticated things visible nowadays in the relevant shops. Both adults and particularly children may be interested in visiting; when tired, they may occupy themselves with real play.

If you don't speak German, be sure to request the audio guide when you purchase your ticket so you can get the most out of your visit.
The best part of the museum is the top floor with all the train collections. Avid toy train collectors would probably enjoy this museum the best!

Opening Hours:
Mon (during Christmas market): 10am-5pm; Tue-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun: 10am-6pm; Daily (during the International Toy Fair): 10am-8pm
Fembo-Haus (City Museum)

6) Fembo-Haus (City Museum) (must see)

The impressive façade and interior of Fembo-Haus – the only original merchant's house left standing after WWII in Nuremberg – attracts many visitors. The museum’s rooms display a vast collection of furniture, paintings and other items related to the city’s colorful history. The visit begins with a very clever multi-media introduction – on the top 4th floor – and if you follow your audio guide, which is included in the entry fee, you move down through this magnificent house, to a commentary which is both very personal and very informative. Among other things, you will learn how a city of few natural resources can really prosper with the right entrepreneurial, worker, and governmental mindset.

Why You Should Visit:
If you want an interesting history of Nuremberg, this is a good place for a great (not too heavy) mix of items. The audio guide is good and you can choose what to listen to and what not.

Being a municipal museum, for an extra €2.5, you can transform your ticket and visit any other municipal museum if you have time on the same day.

Opening Hours:
Mon (only during Christmas market), Tue-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun, Holidays: 10am-6pm
Historic Art Shelter

7) Historic Art Shelter

Twenty-four meters beneath the hill on which Kaiserburg Castle stands, the most valuable art masterpieces were sheltered during World War II. This well-preserved bomb-proof underground museum still uses the original ventilation system. It features many fascinating film and sound recordings. Though many works were returned after the war, some remain on display here.

Operation hours: Thursday-Saturday: 4 pm- 8 pm; Sunday: 1 :45 pm-6 pm.
Tucher Mansion Museum

8) Tucher Mansion Museum

The Tucher Mansion Museum, the residence of a merchant family, houses a collection of the furniture, fine ceiling paintings by Georg Pencz and Renaissance interior décor. The museum’s theater features films about the Nuremberg Golden Age.

Operation hours: Monday: 10 am - 3 pm; Thursday: 1 pm - 5 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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.
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
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
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
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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Nuremberg for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Nuremberg has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Nuremberg, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.