City breaks to Nuremberg come heaped with treats – like freshly baked gingerbread, Bavarian beer, and eye-popping Medieval architecture.

Nuremberg city breaks

As a result of its chequered history, the German city of Nuremberg is packed to the rafters with history. Plus, it’s got a tasty foodie scene and a tonne of things to see and do. Art’s a big deal here, too – Nuremberg was the birthplace of the painter Albrecht Durer. And, there’s a connection to Christmas that’s as strong as Captain America, thanks to the city’s uber-famous Christmas market.

Old town roaming

Nuremberg’s an easy city to jolly around on foot. The old town – aka Altstadt – is the beating heart, and surrounded by intact city walls. Altstadt’s also home to the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg, where all German kings and emperors lived from 1050 to 1571. History bugs should jump on a walking tour of the castle and the walls – it’s a great way to get an in-a-nutshell perspective of Nuremberg’s busy history.

Snap-happy scenes

Other wow-factor parts of the city include Weibgerbergasse and the hauptmarkt – or main market. Weibgerbergasse’s a bit of a VIP when it comes to streets in Nuremberg, thanks to its tall half-timbered houses that are painted in colours like sorbet-yellow, rose-pink and vanilla-white. The hauptmarkt meanwhile is home to a beautiful fountain and daily markets, and is also where you’ll find the fairy-light-spangled Christmas market each December.

All-star dining

Refuelling between sightseeing sprees is easy in Nuremberg. This is a city for foodies, with restaurants, bars and cafés stocked with all kinds of German treats. Our top three nibbles have got to be bratwurst sausages, freshly baked gingerbread – or lebkuchen – and roasted almonds. And when it’s time for a tipple, grab yourself a Bavarian beer. There’s a whopping 700 years of brewing history here, and you can find out about it by popping into one of the city’s many breweries.

At a Glance

  • Sip a mulled wine at a Christmas market
  • Get arty in the footsteps of Durer
  • Take a hike in the Black Forest