Have you been to Nuremberg, Germany? We ended up making a late change to our itinerary on our last trip to Europe to include a stop in this enchanting town. I’m so glad we did! If you are touring Germany and not sure whether to visit Nuremberg, here are some reasons to go.
Nuremberg Is Lovely
Nuremberg features the half-timbered buildings found throughout Germany. The old town is still surrounded by the medieval wall that somehow survived intense bombing during WWII.
Art in the form of murals and sculptures can be found as you stroll along.
We learned that the city was about 90 percent destroyed during WWII. The controversial decision was made to rebuild in the original style of old Germany with the red roofs. Apparently some people still object, but I think the reconstructed buildings hold so much charm.
Yes, It Has a Castle
The castle was built in sections from the year 1037 on. German kings traveled from castle to castle, having no permanent residence, so for centuries this castle housed royalty. Much of the castle fell victim to WWII bombs, but it has been rebuilt in the original style.
The courtyard is a peaceful place of beauty.
Some of the artwork survived and can be viewed in the museum. I love the pitchfork in front of the battle scene mural.
Nuremberg holds hundreds of years of history. The most fascinating place for me is the Documentation Center and Rally Grounds. The building is what Adolf Hitler designed, and the rally grounds attached are where he spoke to thousands. The entire area is now a museum to document what took place here. The hope is that such a horror would never happen again.
The Art Bunker is another fascinating WWII museum. It’s in a tunnel system under the castle that was built to make beer. The beer cellar here became a hiding place for art during the war. Hitler and just a few of his trusted men knew about it. Paintings, jewels, and other treasures remained hidden here until the end of the war. Some of it went back into place in Nuremberg and other items were sent by the Allies to different countries.
To tour the bunker, you buy tickets around the corner. The tour runs only once a day. Audio guides are usually given out, but all 6 of us on my tour spoke English, so the guide used her excellent English and told us so much about what took place down here.
We spent a rainy morning inside the German Railway Museum. Nuremberg is a rail hub with a bustling station today. This museum is built on old tracks and contains full-size retired train cars as well as displays on trains through the decades. It also offers a large model railroad demonstrated by the master engineer. Young and old will enjoy the romance of trains in this fine museum.
You’ll Find Superb Lodging and Dining
Partly by lucky chance, I chose a hotel that turned out to be the oldest standing hotel in the walled old town, built in the 14th century. The outside may be historic, but the inside is modern and proved to be our favorite hotel of this trip. Hotel Elch is only a block from the wall and a couple of blocks from the castle. The rooms have a pleasant color scheme. And here I encountered my first towel warming rack, which is awesome. The buffet breakfast is luscious and all the hotel personnel were friendly. We even decided to use the hotel laundry service (another first for me) and sent an entire laundry bag out for 5 euro. When we got to our next hotel in Paris, I figured we could try the same thing. But there one shirt was 5 euro, so we went back to our bathroom sink method.
Every meal in Nuremberg was delicious. One lunchtime we found the Goldenes Posthorn, built in 1498. The only vegetarian dish they served that day was macaroni and cheese, so I ordered it, with visions of boxed Kraft mac ‘n cheese. What I got was a pasta dish that melted in my mouth, just amazing.