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Weekend Guide to Nuremberg, Germany With Kids

Weekend Guide to Nuremberg, Germany With Kids

WEEKEND GUIDE TO NUREMBERG, GERMANY WITH KIDS

The charming medieval city of Nuremberg is known as the unofficial capital of Franconia. If you love fairytale landscapes and travelling with little ones, Bavaria’s second largest city is definitely one to add to your European bucket list.

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Nuremberg street | half timbered houses, cobbled stone streets, incredible gothic architecture and spectacular viewpoints.

There is also no denying the sombre tone of some of the city’s landmarks. Nuremberg’s 1000 year history is incredible yet dark and tumultuous. The epicentre for the Nazi Party Rallies and subsequently the Nuremberg Trials, it paid a colossal price for being Hitler’s favourite city. Around 95% was destroyed during World War II in the space of an hour! Over the past few decades it’s been rebuilt with the new blending in with the reconstructed old, whilst still holding onto its original character.

Half timbered houses, cobbled stone streets, incredible gothic architecture and spectacular viewpoints.

Dark tourism aside, it’s a remarkable place to visit with half timbered houses, cobbled stone streets, incredible gothic architecture and spectacular viewpoints. Full of some of the most picturesque family vacation spots in Germany.

Here is a weekend guide to help you navigate a short break to the city:

How to get to nuremberg

The two main ways to travel to Nuremberg is by air or rail. Albrecht Dürer Airport Nuremberg is only 5 miles outside of the city centre. It’s served by several budget and regional airlines and very accessible. Ryanair operate direct services from Manchester and London Stansted.

The easiest way to get into the centre of Nuremberg is by metro U2, it runs every 10 minutes to and from the airport. A metro ride to the central station Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof takes only 13 minutes. Check out the latest flight times and prices here.

WHere to Stay in Nuremberg

When travelling as a family it’s always great to have space. Apartment hotels are an ideal option, where you can receive the best of both worlds – Hotel service with families in mind.

Double bed at Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg | family friendly hotel when travelling to Germany with kids

Family Friendly Hotels In Germany

Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg offers accommodation in Kornmarkt. It offers stylish spacious studio rooms, one and two bedroom apartments. Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, separate living areas, flat-screen TV and a work desk. Plus all the rooms are accessible for disabled people. Guests can also enjoy the fitness centre and wellness facilities, which include a sauna and an indoor pool.

On the outskirts of the old town everything is easily reachable by foot making it a great location.

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For more Nuremberg hotel ideas, inspiration and latest prices head to Tripadvisor.

Best Things to do In nuremberg

Tour Kaiserberg (imperial castle)

VIEW OF KAISERBERG (IMPERIAL CASTLE) WITH GERMAN FLAG

A symbol of the city since the Middle Ages, Kaiserberg Castle was also one of the most important fortified Imperial Palaces of the old Holy Roman Empire. Perched high on a hill fortified by the 13th century walls, the castle is from Burgstresse through the Heavenly Gate located beside the Hasenburg Tower.

small half-timbered house in the centre of A courtyard with children on benches | Germany with kids

Visitors can wander along the winding stone pathways, which connect to the Sinwell Tower, the Deep Well, and a small half-timbered house in the centre of the courtyard.

VIEW OF NUREMBERG FROM CASTLE WALL

One of the best views of the city is from the castle walls, so expect to see lots of tourists trying to see the beautiful cityscape. Try and plan a late afternoon visit so you can see Nuremberg bathed in golden light.

Go to Albrecht Dürer House

One of Nuremberg’s most famous residents was German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. His beautiful timber framed house in Nuremberg’s Old Town where he lived from 1509 until 1528 is set underneath the Imperial Castle. Today it’s a museum dedicated to the artist’s life and displaying some of his most prominent art work.

wander Weissgerbergasse (Tanners Lane)

A stroll down the hill from the castle is the photogenic Weißgerbergasse (Tanner’s Lane).  The charming half-timbered multicoloured historical homes used to house the city’s wealthiest residents, but today serve as cafes, restaurants, boutiques and bars.

view of Weißgerbergasse (Tanner's Lane) with family facing away under umbrella | Germany with kids

Even on the rainiest and greyest day the largest group of artisan houses in Nuremberg still manages to look beautiful. Almost like standing in a magical Bavarian fairytale.

Browse Hauptmarkt (The Main Square)

The city’s main square, Hauptmarkt is the heart of the city for many Nuremberg inhabitants home to the daily farmers market. Take the opportunity to sample some genuine German street food in the lively square.

farmers market with tables and chairs and stalls

It’s the site of many of the annual festivals and events including the Nuremberg Flea Market and the Old Town Festival. More famously on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday it’s the location for Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. One of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe.

Make a wish at Schöner Brunnen

Built in the 14th century Schöner Brunnen is considered one of the most important attractions in the city and a definite eye-catcher. The fountain is 19 meters high and has the shape of a Gothic spire. It literally translates as ‘beautiful fountain’, and found in the main square of the city next to the town hall.

Schöner Brunnen | Mother and daughter admiring the iron gates around the fountain | Germany with kids

The ornate details of the fountain are impressive, depicting 40 colourful figures representing the worldview of the Holy Roman Empire. Also considered a talisman, many believe turning the Golden Ring on the fountain grille three times will grant a wish.

Explore Handwerkerhof

Handwerkerhof, is a pretty cobbled courtyard within the old town walls. Although not as old as it looks, the courtyard was built in the 1970s to pay tribute to the golden age of craftsmanship in Nuremberg. Well worth a visit to shop for local handcrafted products and wander around the charming medieval looking village.

count all the bridges

Since the Middle Ages bridges have been part of the Nuremberg cityscape. Don’t miss the wooden Henkersteg (Hangman’s Bridge) which connects Trödelmarkt, with its many exclusive shops.

mother and daughters walking away along the wooden Henkersteg  (Hangman's Bridge) | Germany with kids
Henkersteg

Maxbrücke is the oldest stone bridge in the city, linking Unschlittplatz with Maxplatz.

There is a photo op moment on Museumsbrücke as it grants a beautiful view onto Heilig-Geist-Spital (Hospital of the Holy Spirit), Fleischbrücke and Pegnitz.

Two girls overlooking the river from the Maxbrücke | Germany with kids
Museumsbrücke

And Fleischbrücke is a late single arch Renaissance bridge that links the St Sebald and St Lorenz areas of the city built in 1596-98.

Step into a kids world at the toy museum

The museum with its beautiful gabled facade celebrates Nuremberg’s status as the traditional toy-making capital in Germany. When travelling with kids the Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum) is a don’t miss attraction.

two girls playing hopscotch in the Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum) | Germany with kids

There are three floors filled with toys of all kinds. One is dedicated to dolls and also toys of old from wood carvings, stuffed animals, pewter and tin toys all the way to the modern age with Lego, Barbie, Playmobil and Matchbox. Designated play areas next to the entrance and on the third floor will keep the kids happy too with lots of building blocks, board games, retro electronics, and wooden toys for entertainment.

tower of playmobil figures

As we found it’s not only for kids, adults will find it will transport them back to their childhood. Introducing the kids to the 90s version of Nintendo Super Mario Bros. on a rainy day a family highlight!

make some lebkuchen

gingerbread biscuits with coloured topping

If you’re a fan of gingerbread, Nuremberg is the city for you! Their world famous Lebkuchen was first baked by Franconian monks, who created this sweet baked treat as early as the 14th century. The special blend of cinnamon and cardamom, coriander, ginger, and vanilla, honey and a plethora of nuts, for centuries it was considered a holy food.

two girls hand making Lebkuchen | Germany with kids
lady holding tray of baked Lebkuchen with almonds

One of the best ways to try it is to actually bake some yourself. At The Wicklein Lebkuchen Bakery in Hauptmarkt, book a ginger bread making workshop and experience the gingerbread bakers’ handicraft. Learn about the spices, stories and secrets and bake your own batch. For only €14.90 each for a 1.5 hour session, it’s a fantastic family experience.

admire the gothic churches

church view from outside
St. Lorenz Church

Within the walls of the Old Town there are so many magnificent churches.  Simply walk along Koenigstrasse and you’ll stumble upon three stunning churches: Frauenkirche in Hauptmarkt and St. Lorenz Church, a spectacular gothic masterpiece and St. Sebaldus Church. They’re beautiful, both inside and out and worthy of a stop on your city walk.

explore fembohaus – the city museum

Fembohaus is a City Museum in a large late Renaissance merchant’s house dating back to the end of the 16th century. Once a family home and then a printing workshop, it’s now home to municipal museum containing more than 950 years of Nuremberg history.

Fembohaus City Museum sign and street view

Wander from a listening station where you can hear three centuries of music composed in the city to maps printed in the Fembohaus in the 17th century. The entire second floor has rooms furnished in the period style of the 1600s giving an insight into family life. On the fourth floor is huge hand-carved scale model of Nuremberg’s Altstadt from the same year the house was built.

father and daughters listening to earphones under chandelier | Germany with kids

Marvel at some of the well preserved architectural gems including a beautifully ornate central room of the house, with a lavish Baroque stucco ceiling.

meet the animals at nuremberg zoo

Nuremberg Zoo (Tiergarten) is set in an extraordinary and unique landscape. Set in a large, densely wooded park visitors can roam around open-air enclosures which moulded out of the red sandstone found in the region.

two girls walking away from camera along path in the wooded park at Nuremberg Zoo | Germany with kids

It’s one of the largest in zoos in Europe an is dedicated to conservation breeding of endangered species. It participates in 46 international programs and is a partner zoo of the Species Conservation Foundation.

women facing away from shot pointing at attraction within Nuremberg Zoo and visiting germany with kids
giraffe laying down at Nuremberg Zoo

Located in the eastern area of the city, it’s a 15 minute tram ride away. No. 6 from the Main Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof Nürnberg) takes you straight to Tiergarten (Zoo).

Visit the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds

A visit to Nuremberg wouldn’t be right without acknowledging one of its darkest chapters. Adolf Hitler chose Nuremberg because it was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire in an attempt to legitimise his regime.

View of the The Zeppelin Tribune from outside

Today the architectural megalomania of these grounds are still there for people to see. The Zeppelin Tribune from where Hitler delivered his Nazi propaganda to his supporters stands but in severe disrepair and with its future unknown. Crumbling, the city is divided as to whether the structure should be maintained or discarded.

view of the unfinished Congress Hall

The unfinished Congress Hall designed to seat 50,000 spectators now features a permanent exhibition called Fascination and Terror, which explains how the Nazi Party influenced the political landscape.

view of duck and flamingo pedalos on a lake

Perhaps not the first place you’d think to take children, however, the only area with an age restriction of 14 and over is the exhibition. The rest of the grounds are free and fine to visit. The surrounding area now serves as a recreational area with a boating lake and popular beer garden. Makes it easier for adults travelling to Germany with kids, and makes for some light relief.

Find the waY of human rights

The Way of Human Rights sculpture is a Nuremberg’s acknowledgement to its past and instead being known as city who now upholds human rights.

Way of Human Rights sculpture

Designed by Israeli artist Dani Karavan, walk through the imposing arch from the Kornmarkt. Each of the 8 metre high, 27 pillars have one article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights engraved in German and a 2nd language.

Don’t Forget the Nürnberg card

Picture of two Nürnberg tourist cards in front of church | Germany with kids

The Nürnberg Card includes free entry to all museums (including the city ZOO and the fortress), plus unlimited free public transportation and is valid for 48 hours. The cost is €28 for adults, €6 for children ages 6-11, and FREE for children aged 5 and under. If you plan to visit Germany with kids and head to three or more attractions in Nuremberg over two consecutive days, it’s definitely worth it.

Read More: Best Places to Eat in Nuremberg for Vegetarians

Have you been to Nuremberg or visited Germany with kids? What did you love? Let me know in the comments box below.

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23 Comments

  • Zara Collings 3rd September 2019 at 11:02 am

    I actually lived in Nuremberg for a year teaching English so seeing your post brought back so many happy memories for me!
    I would definitely say the toy museum is not just for kids as well, we absolutely loved it when we visited! I would also recommend trying one of the traditional restaurants that serve the Nuremberg sausages, there is an excellent one just to the North of the Hauptmarkt. In traditional Bavarian style all the tables are just long benches and all the servers wear the traditional ledehosen and dirndl’s so it’s a really great experience! If you can time your visit with either the Christmas market or an event called Blaue Nacht then it will be extra special!! xx
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    • the Curious Pixie 3rd September 2019 at 1:42 pm

      Ahh that must have been great. It’s such a picturesque city. I’m veggie, so steered clear of the sausages but I bet it is quite an experience. I’d also love to visit at Christmas I bet the markets are magical. Have you been back recently?

  • Angie SilverSpoon 4th September 2019 at 8:29 am

    I really need to see more of Germany! Looks like a great family trip!

  • Bejal 4th September 2019 at 10:28 am

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I NEED to go especially due to my links with this place and the day job! It looks incredible and definitely a lot to do. Right up my street! Just got to fit it in now!!

    • the Curious Pixie 5th September 2019 at 1:22 pm

      Where there’s a will there’s a way. Hope you make it there soon x

  • Kathryn Burrington 5th September 2019 at 10:56 am

    It does look pretty even in the rain. I’ve only been to Germany once and would love to go back to see more. Nuremberg is now on my hit list (and I’ll be sure to check out the toy museum while I’m there!)

    • the Curious Pixie 5th September 2019 at 1:22 pm

      It’s a great city and not on the radar for many people. Definitely one to add to your list Kat.

  • Stuart Forster 5th September 2019 at 11:56 am

    It’s a cool city. The memorial at the courthouse where the Nuremburg Trails were held is thought provoking.

    • the Curious Pixie 5th September 2019 at 1:22 pm

      Yeah, so much to see. I had a fair few thought provoking moments walking around.

  • Karen Davies 7th September 2019 at 5:25 am

    perfect timing as we’ll be there in a couple of weeks with our camper. kx

    • the Curious Pixie 7th September 2019 at 3:20 pm

      Oh wow really! So jealous. I have more foodie posts coming out in the next couple of weeks which will come in handy. Where else have you been in the camper van? x

      • Karen Davies 7th September 2019 at 4:15 pm

        Perfect. We are full-time in our camper van – have been since March 2016 so have been all over Europe. 21 countries to date. We’ve just had the summer in Scandinavia and are in Poland heading towards Czechia and then into Germany again. Kx

      • Karen Davies 7th September 2019 at 4:15 pm

        Perfect. We are full-time in our camper van – have been since March 2016 so have been all over Europe. 21 countries to date. We’ve just had the summer in Scandinavia and are in Poland heading towards Czechia and then into Germany again. Kx

        • the Curious Pixie 8th September 2019 at 5:55 pm

          Oh wow! This sounds amazing Karen. What an utterly incredible experience for you all. What has been your favourite place?

  • OurWorldforYou 7th September 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Nuremburg is such an interesting city, we visited at Christmas a couple of years ago and the markets are fantastic. When then visited the Nazi Party Rally grounds a few months ago and the museum is incredibly moving. Great tips.

    • the Curious Pixie 8th September 2019 at 5:55 pm

      I’d love to visit at Christmas now, I bet it’s so magical.

  • Tin Box Traveller 9th September 2019 at 9:40 am

    It really is very pretty in the rain. Love the brolley! I bet the Christmas markets here are amazing. Handy tip on the Nürnberg Card #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th September 2019 at 4:02 pm

      The rain didn’t deter us. I’d love to go for the Christmas markets, it’d be magical.

  • Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi 11th September 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Now I absolutely need a revisit to Nuremburg! You’ve certainly inspired me!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th September 2019 at 5:44 pm

      I always love revisiting, always places you miss or can’t see with time constraints.

  • Dylan Jones 12th September 2019 at 6:51 am

    Another German city to add to my list. I love the Bavarian architecture and it’s amazing to think that so much has been rebuilt since the second world war. It looks like a city with plenty to pack in, and it’s also really important to experience and learn about the darker side of the city.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 12th September 2019 at 9:10 am

      I’d highly recommend it Dylan and perfect timewise for a weekend getaway.

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