Holiday in Nuremberg, Germany | City break of 2-3 days in the historical city of the region of Bavaria


Castles, a vast history and peace and quiet - this is how the city can be described Nurnberg from Bavaria! Spend a holiday in Germany dream, walking through the narrow streets and discovering the beauty of the city. Imperial CastleThe main attraction of the town, it hides paths that really take you back to the medieval era! Find out all the details you need to plan your holiday in this travel guide! At the end you'll find resources on transport, accommodation and sights - to book tickets.


Nurnberg city centre is about 7 km from the airport and you can use both public transport and taxi (20-30 euros). The metro is the quickest option, as you'll be in town in about 10 minutes. The U2 route (red line) runs from the airport to the city centre and beyond, and tickets on a single route are €2.75/adult and €1.40/child if bought online. The bus (lines 32 and 33) is another affordable option, with the airport bus stop outside departure terminal 1.  

Buy tickets online directly from VGN application - the city's public transport company. I've left the link at the end to the app available on the App Store and Google Play. Purchased from the driver, tickets are more expensive.

What you drive through Nurnberg with

You can take Nurnberg at your leisure, but if you are on holiday with children or want to get around more easily, you can easily opt for the bus, metro or tram. In addition to the standard tickets of 2,75 euro/adult and 1,40 euro/child valid on one route, you can also opt for tickets including 4 trips per day, unlimited 1-day or multi-day trips, for a single person or for a family with prices between 5-11 euro. You can find details on the official website at the end of the article.


Once on holiday in Nurnberg, you can find accommodation right in the city centre from 40 euro/night. If you want a more exclusive accommodation in the heart of the city, prices at 4-star hotels start from 100 euro/night.

Melter Hotel & Apartments is located right in the city centre and is rated 9.2 on Booking. Priced from 80 euro/double room, the place also has a restaurant where you can buy breakfast separately for 15 euro. The Old Centre is 400 metres away, and the place has family rooms, rooms for people with reduced mobility, a fitness room and is pet-friendly.

Tourist attractions

Imperial Castle in Nurnberg

Nurnberg Castle is the city's prized symbol, being one of the most magnificent medieval fortifications in Europe. Its towers, walls and paths have preserved the beauty of the Middle Ages, taking you on a journey through time. Access is free in the castle garden and courtyard, but to visit other attractions you need to purchase different tickets.

To visit everything the Imperial Castle has to offer, such as Imperial Museum, Deep Fountain and Cylindrical Tower, the ticket is 7 euros. To visit only the castle and the museum, you will pay 5,50 euro. The difference is small, but if you're still coming here, we recommend you to discover all this place has to offer. Children under 18 have free access. From April to October, the castle is open from 9am to 6pm, and from October to March - from 10am to 4pm. You can buy tickets at the entrance desk. The castle is located in the city centre and we recommend you to reserve at least 1-2 hours in your schedule here.

Church of St. Sebald

Church of St. Sebald is the oldest in Nurnberg, built in the 1200s in Romanesque style, but renovated in Gothic style in the 1400s. High spires, majestic stained glass windows and paintings that tell all sorts of stories draw tourists to it. It's a beautiful place where you can see the elements of the Gothic style and spend a pleasant afternoon.

Tickets start at 2 euro/adult without a tour guide, and for a guided tour you will pay 5 euro/adult and 3 euro/child. You can buy tickets at the entrance. The church is open to tourists between 9:30-16 (January-March) and 9:30-18 (April-December). The location is also in the city centre, 400 m south of the Imperial Castle.

Kristall Palm Beac

For an oasis of relaxation on your holiday in Nurnberg, we recommend you visit Kristall Palm Beach. It is a SPA complex with swimming pool, jacuzzi, slides and even a restaurant. Waves, palm trees, themed pools and refreshing drinks will take you back to exotic holidays. It's a great place for kids too, fun is guaranteed.

The complex is 9 km from the city centre and you can get there by U2 metro to Rothenbach station, and from outside you can take bus 64 which will drop you off at Rothenbach station. Stein Palm Beachright in front of the complex. The journey will take approximately 30 minutes in total. Tickets vary depending on the hours you want to spend here, your age and the areas you want to reach. Adults will pay between 18-26 euros for 2 hours or between 25-33 euros for the whole day, and 6-15 year olds will pay between 17-22 euros for 2 hours or 24-29 euros for the whole day. Children aged 1-5 years pay between 7-15 euros, regardless of the duration. There is an additional fee of 2 euros if you visit the place on weekends or holidays. You can buy tickets online and we have left a link at the end to the official website.

Nurnberg Zoo

Nurnberg Zoo is home to over 300 species. It is distinguished by the way it is structured, following the animals' natural habitat. Hundred-year-old trees, huge rocks and idyllic lakes interweave flora and fauna. Polar bears, tigers, penguins and monkeys - they all bring smiles to tourists, from the smallest to the largest.

The price per adult is 18 euros, and for a family of 2 adults and 1 child, the ticket cost is 42 euros. Teenagers between 4-17 years pay 13,50 euro and children between 4-13 years 8,50 euro. The Zoo is 8 km from the city centre and you can reach it by bus E5 from the Central Station.

Nazi Rally Grounds Documentation Centre

A place of important historical significance is Nazi Rally Grounds Documentation Centre. The museum has a permanent exhibition related to the causes and consequences of Nazi Germany.

Access costs 6 euro/adult, but there are also packages for families: 2 adults and up to 3 children up to 18 years old - 12,50 euro. These can be purchased at the entrance desk. The museum recommends that children under 14 do not visit the permanent exhibition as it may be unsuitable for them. You can visit the museum from Monday to Sunday between 10-18. The museum is located in the southern area and you can reach it by tram 8 to the Doku-Zentrum station, from where you have to walk about 400 m. The tram ride will take 10 minutes from the city centre.

Willibaldsburg Castle

85 km from Nurnberg is Willibaldsburg Castle built in the 14th century and looking like something out of a fairy tale. If you're on a tour of the Bavaria region, have more days to spend in Nuremberg or love castles, you really must come here. This is also where the beautiful Bastion steps.


Access to the gardens is free, and to visit the castle you will have to buy tickets at the entrance desk for 5 euro/person. From April to October, the castle is open from 9am to 6pm, and from 10am to 4pm in October and March. The castle and gardens are closed on Mondays and the gardens are not open from October to April. The castle is located in Eichstatt and can be reached by direct train RB16 from Nurnberg Central Station. The journey will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

What delights can you enjoy on holiday in Nurnberg?

The region of Bavaria is famous for its meat cuisine with tasty flavours. So, if you're in Nurnberg, you really must try Nurnberg sausages. Unlike other types of sausages, these have strict production rules that may seem bizarre, such as length, weight and a fat percentage that cannot exceed 35%. Only sausages produced here can be called Nurnberg sausages, so this delicacy is not to be missed. More than 3 million Nurnberg sausages are produced every day and exported all over the world. Bavarian pretzels, Schauferle pork and delicious Lebkuchen biscuits are other snacks worth trying for a satisfying and culinary holiday in Germany.

Try all these delicacies at traditional restaurants in Nurnberg! In the north-central area you can try the Restaurant Wirtshaus Hutt'n with average prices or Restaurant Trodelstuben in the south of the centre.


Nurnberg is a city that can be visited even on a weekend to get away from it all. History, special culinary options and idyllic views await you. We recommend a minimum budget of 400 euro/weekend for 2 persons including transport.




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