**Updated : October 2023**
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Is Nuremberg Safe? (+3 Things to Know)
Before visiting Nuremberg, one of the most searched terms is "is Nuremberg safe?" Well, you'll be happy to know that - yes, we felt completely safe. We walked around Old Town at almost all parts of the day and at night and had no issues, even with our camera out. Of course, we would recommend staying aware of your belongings, especially in crowded areas, and using extra precautions to prevent pickpocketing, but overall we felt very safe in Nuremberg. Before your visit however, there are a few other things you might want to know.
Looking for somewhere to stay near Nuremberg? We stayed at the Hampton Inn and loved it's proximity to walk to Old Town!
8 Things to Do in 2 Days at Nuremberg
After spending 2 days in Nuremberg ourselves, we truly believe you can accomplish everything on our list. If you're looking to take it a little slower, then we recommend adding a day or two to your itinerary and spreading things out!
1. Explore Old Town by Foot
Expected Time : Half a Day to a Full Day
Old Town is a very walkable area of Nuremberg, and depending on how many places you stop at it could take all day to explore - or only 30 minutes with no stops. With multiple local markets, places to eat, and old churches to explore in addition to the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg, there's plenty to take in. However, arguably the most popular area to visit, there will most likely be crowds of people around you all day. We recommend stopping by the Imperial Castle, the Schoner Brunnen Wish Tower, the Lorenzkirche & St. Klara Churches, and the Hauptmarkt with the giant cuckoo clock at Frauenkirche, and make sure to try a "Drei im Weggla" when you see a local food cart! (You can continue to read more about these below!)
2. Hop On Hop Off Bus
Expected Time : Half a Day to Full Day
With only 6 stops, we stayed on the bus the entire time and the route took us about 2 hours. We loved having this option to learn more about the history of Nuremberg, as well as the trials that were held here. Not only did we get to stop by the Nazi Party Rally Grounds but also the location of past Nazi Party Offices and the location of where the trials were held - with constant narration filled with information and past stories about the city. This Hop on Hop Off Bus also stops in Old Town, making it the perfect way to get around the city.
3. Imperial Castle of Nuremberg
Expected Time : 2-3 Hours
Located on the Northern End of Old Town, the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg has been around since the medieval times, and even though most the buildings have been rebuilt it's quite the sight to see. We recommend getting the "Imperial Castle Combination Ticket" for 7 Euros per Adult - this way you can go up the Sinwell Tower for some amazing views overlooking the city and explore inside the castle through the Imperial Castle Museum.
4. Rub Schoner Brunnen Wish Tower
Expected Time : 15 minutes
A quirky little stop in Old Town, you'll find the Schoner Brunnen Wish Tower in Hauptmarkt. Built in the 14th Century, this fountain is said to grant three wishes to all those that turn the golden ring three times. Even though the fountain is completely gated off, you can find the golden ring on the gate - there might just be a line to wait in for your turn at 3 wishes!
5. Explore the Old Churches
Expected Time : 30 minutes per Church
Scattered throughout Nuremberg you'll find multiple, old, beautiful churches. A few are located right in Old Town, and some aren't. We recommend checking out the following :
6. Shop the Local Markets
Expected Time : 1 hour each (or shop till you drop haha)
There are multiple markets scattered throughout Nuremberg, some which are much more popular and crowded than others. With special events like the Old Town Festival, Easter Markets and Christmas Markets (depending on the season), we recommend stopping at a few to find that perfect present or souvenir.
7. Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Expected Time : 1 hour
I'll be honest we only visited this spot from the comfort of our Hop On Hop Off bus tour, and although we had every intention of getting out to explore at this stop once we arrived we felt as though we'd seen everything worth seeing from the open air bus. The Nazi Party Rally Grounds are exactly what they sound like, the spot where the Nazi Party held their rallies from 1933 to 1938. Nowadays it looks more like some crumbling steps and an old abandoned and fenced off recreational field - needless to say it doesn't look like much, but it is an eerie though to know what this place used to be.
8. Try a "Drei im Weggla"
Expected Time : 20 minutes
A popular street food here in Nuremberg, "Drei im Weggle" literally translates to "three in the way" - and refers to a sausage sandwich. Made with a circular bun and 3 sausages on the inside, our favorite way to have them was with sauerkraut and mustard. The saying goes that in the old days prisoners had to be fed through the keyhole of the door, and that these sausages were some of the only things skinny enough to fit through. Nowadays you'll see small white and red carts selling these all over Nuremberg, especially in Old Town! If this doesn't sound like something you'd like, or you're looking for a place to sit down and enjoy a warm meal, we recommend checking out Finnegan's Harp (Irish food, but can't say no to a warm, homemade meal), Restaurant Bratwurstglöcklein im Handwerkerhof (traditional Bavarian food, located in the Handwerkerhof Markt), and Bocksbeutel-Stube im Pillhofer (for another traditional Bavarian meal).
Some things we're saving for next time include the Pigeon Museum, World’s Oldest Globe, and walking Tanners Lane.
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