Nuremberg Germany: 2-day Itinerary

Nuremberg is Bavaria‘s second-largest city after Munich. It is an important center of arts and culture in Germany.

Nuremberg GermanyNuremberg Germany – Photo Credit: Jonathan Wolf

How to spend 2 days in Nuremberg Germany

In this 2-day itinerary in Nuremberg, discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Nuremberg

Start the day by visiting the Hauptmarkt, a square in the old town that is home to the Frauenkirche and Schöner Brunnen. Near the Frauenkirche is the Sebalduskirche, a medieval church built between 1225-73.

Head to Nuremberg Castle, the city’s must-see attraction. The complex consists of a castle, palace, and gardens with beautiful views of the city. The Albrecht Dürer Haus is another attraction of Nuremberg, it is the house where the famous German Renaissance artist lived from 1509 until his death in 1528. The museum is dedicated to Dürer’s life.

Things to see

  • Hauptmarkt
  • Frauenkirche
  • Sebalduskirche
  • Nuremberg Castle
  • Albrecht Dürer Haus

Day 1 Itinerary Map

Day 2 in Nuremberg

On the second day in Nuremberg, start by visiting the Dokumentationszentrum, one of the most important museums in Germany dedicated to the darkest period of the country’s history. In one wing of the Congress Hall where Nazi Party rallies were held, is the most notable “Fascination and Terror” exhibition.

Head to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, a museum that houses the largest collection of German art and culture in the country. Near the museum is the Lorenzkirche, a 14th-century Gothic church.

Things to see

  • Dokumentationszentrum
  • Germanisches Nationalmuseum
  • Lorenzkirche

Day 2 Itinerary Map

Sights in Nuremberg

1. Nuremberg Castle

Nuremberg Castle

The Nuremberg Castle is located in the north of the old city. It is a structure of 351 meters of height that dominates the horizon.

It was the residence of royal German kings and emperors from 1050 to 1571.

Burg 13, 90403 

2. Germanisches Nationalmuseum

Germanisches Nationalmuseum

The Germanisches Nationalmuseum was founded in 1852, it houses the largest collection of German art and culture in the country.

Kartäusergasse 1, 90402

3. Stadtmauer

Stadtmauer

Nuremberg has most of its circuit of ancient walls preserved. The construction was finished officially in the 16th century.

Stadtmauer, 90403

4. Lorenzkirche

Lorenzkirche

The Lorenzkirche is a spectacular Gothic church of the 14th century and the largest in the city.

It was severely damaged during World War II and later restored.

Lorenzer Pl. 1, 90402

5. Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche

The Frauenkirche dates back to 1352. The church is famous for its central clock called the Männleinlaufen.

Hauptmarkt, 90403

6. Hauptmarkt

Hauptmarkt

The Hauptmarkt is home to the 14th century Schönen Brunnen and Frauenkirche.

In the square takes place the famous Christmas Market of Nuremberg.

Hauptmarkt

7. Sebalduskirche

Sebalduskirche

The Sebalduskirche is a medieval church built between 1225 -73. It is one of the most important churches of the city, and also one of the oldest.

Winklerstraße 26, 90403

8. Nuremberg Zoo

Nuremberg Zoo

The Nuremberg Zoo is located in the southeast of the city. It has an area of 67 hectares with about 300 species of animals.

Am Tiergarten 30, 90480 

9. Documentation Centre

Documentation Centre

The Documentation Center is one of the most important museums in Germany dedicated to the darkest period of the country.

The permanent exhibition “Fascination and Terror” is concerned with the causes, connections, and consequences of Nazi Germany.

Guided tours are available in English.

Bayernstraße 110, 90478 

10. Albrecht Dürer Haus

Albrecht Dürer Haus

Near the Nuremberg Castle is the Albrecht Dürer Haus, where the famous German Renaissance artist lived from 1509 until his death in 1528.

The museum is dedicated to the life of Dürer.

Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 39, 90403

11. Neues Museum

Neues Museum

The Neues Museum was opened in 2000. It is a museum of modern and contemporary art.

Luitpoldstraße 5, 90402

Where to stay in Nuremberg

1. Maritim Nuremberg

Maritim Nuremberg©Maritim

The Maritim Nuremberg is located close to the Central Station.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, safe.

The hotel has a swimming pool and a sauna.

Frauentorgraben 11, 90443

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2. Le Méridien Nuremberg

Le Méridien Nuremberg©Le Méridien

The Le Méridien Nuremberg is located close to the Central Station.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, safe.

Bahnhofstraße 1-3, 90402

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3. Sheraton Carlton Nuremberg

Sheraton Carlton Nuremberg©Sheraton

The Sheraton Carlton Nuremberg is located in the heart of the city.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, work desk.

Eilgutstraße 15, 90443

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Shopping in Nuremberg

1. City Point Nuremberg

The City Point is located 220 meters from the Lorenzkirche.

Brands: Tom Tailor, New Yorker, Street One.

Breite G. 5, 90402

2. Karstadt Nuremberg

Karstadt is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Cacharel, Clarins, Coach, Desigual, Estée Lauder.

Königstraße 14, 90402

3. Franken Center Nuremberg

The Franken Center is located 8 km from the city center.

Brands: Karstadt, Deichmann Schuhe, Zero Store.

Glogauer Str. 30-38, 90473

4. Galeria Kaufhof Nuremberg

Galeria Kaufhof is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Esprit, S. Oliver, Tom Taylor, Gerry Weber, Tommy Hilfiger, Bugatti, Olymp.

Königstraße 42-52, 90402

5. Mercado Nuremberg

The Mercado Nuremberg is located 3 km from the city center.

Brands: Tom Tailor, Bonita, Gina Laura.

Äußere Bayreuther Str. 80, 90491

Plan your Trip

Nuremberg has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart.

Distances

Frankfurt – 224 km (139 miles)

Munich – 169 km (105 miles)

Stuttgart – 211 km (131 miles)

Leipzig –  276 km (171 miles)

Augsburg – 146 km (90.9 miles)

Ulm – 204 km (127 miles)

Regensburg – 107 km (66.8 miles)

Bamberg – 62.1 km (38.6 miles)

Würzburg – 110 km (68.2 miles)

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