Beaches by the lakes
You might have thought you wouldn’t see a beach on your holiday to Nuremberg – and that’s not surprising, considering Germany’s seaside beaches are all at least a seven-hour drive north. Zip south for an hour, however, and you’ll find yourself in the polaroid-perfect Franconian Lake District. You can flake out on lakeside beaches, paddle in gin-clear water, or pootle about on a boat trip.
A cheap way to take home a part of Nuremberg is to splash a few euros on a zwetschgenmannle – a hand-carved prune figurine. These traditional little characters date back to the 18th century, and you can choose from over 350 dinky figures, from mushroom-pickers and cooks to pianists and guitar players.
Christmas is a year-round bonanza in Nuremberg if you pop into Kathe Wohlfahrt. This Christmas shop brings festive cheer to its customers 52 weeks a year. There’s a real range of prices in here, with something to suit all budgets – from nutcracker dolls to elegant music boxes.
A spot of luxury retail therapy’s all yours in Nuremberg. The shopping scene’s great here, particularly along the Kaiserstrasse promenade. Clothes shops down here sport all kinds of household names, from Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Saint Laurent, to Céline, Valentino and Balenciaga.
B is for beer in Nuremberg, and the best of it can be found in some of the city’s breweries. The main beer makers include Tucher, Schanzenbrau and Hausbrauerei. Start your evening earlier by taking a brewery tour, then sit down to a couple of steins at sundown in one of the brewery beer gardens.
The city centre gets beehive-buzzy after dark, with a heap of nightclubs and bars to pick ‘n’ mix on a night out. Head to Weibgerbergasse Street for dance pads that tend to open around midnight and keep the bass thumping ‘til dawn.
Fresh-from-the-oven gingerbread is a must-nibble in Nuremberg. It’s got the moniker lebkuchen and has a unique flavour thanks to its ingredients – flour, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nuts. The recipe’s an old one, dating back to the 13th century. It’s made exactly the same way today as it was then.
Gluhwein – AKA mulled wine – is a staple in German’s food and drink scene, particularly around the festive period. It’s easy-as-pie to pick up a glass. Simply head to the Nuremberg Christmas market and sweep the stalls. You’ll smell it before you see it, thanks to ingredients like spices, raisins and of course, red wine.
If beer’s more your tipple than a glass of vino, you’re in the right place. Traditional Nuremberg beer is red, but you can also get light or dark beers. The three most famous breweries in the city are Tucher, Hausbrauerei and Schanzenbrau. Visit them for a tour and a tasting, or pop into any pub in town for a stein of something local.
A slinky little sausage no bigger than your finger, the Nuremberg bratwurst is a protected food with PGI status – like a Melton Mowbray porkpie. It’s only a Nuremberg bratwurst if it’s been produced here, so it’s fitting to nibble a few during your visit. They’re super easy to come by, and you’ll find them in food vendors, restaurants and pubs.
If you fancy a little local snack for while you’re on the go, a bag bursting with roasted almonds is both tasty and full of energy. They’re another popular nibble at the Christmas market, too. Most places sell them plain but sometimes you’ll find them speckled with sugar.
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