The city of Nuermberg is located in the largest state of Germany, Bavaria, which, along with its neighbour state Baden-Württemberg, is also one of the two southernmost states in the country. Many people will know Nuremberg as being the city in which the famous Nuremberg Trials took place, but this is a city which has a lot more than just attractions for those who are interested in its history. Nuremberg is situated in a beautiful location with both the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal and the River Pegnitz flowing through it. With its pretty half-timbered houses and gothic churches, it lives up to many people's expectation of what a typical German city looks like, especially in the Historic Centre, where the houses are so colourful they look like something off a postcard. If impressive, German architecture, Bratwurst and traditional gingerbread, Lebkuchen are the kind of things you're longing for during your next vacation, then book a private holiday home in Nuremberg and experience it for yourself - you won't regret it!
Fun for all the family in Nuremberg
If you plan to travel with the children, then you've definitely chosen the right destination, as there are plenty of activities to keep them interested during your stay in one of the Nuremberg holiday homes which are available for booking. For a winter vacation, the ideal time to come is when the magical Christmas market, or Christkindlesmarkt is on (usually from the end of November up until Christmas), during which children can take part in hands-on craft activities, a parade with their own handmade lanterns, watch plays of stories and fairy tales and ride on horse-drawn coaches, as well as of course on the sparkling carousel. The market attracts over a million visitors each year thanks to its wealth of handmade treasures and delicacies. Other attractions for children are the range of amusement parks, the zoo and the planetarium. Nuremberg also houses the Toy Museum, showing toys from the past and present, which also hosts creative workshops for little hands, and the Children's and Young People's Museum, which contains exhibitions on all sorts of different topics throughout the ages, where taking part is not only optional, but an essential part of the fun. Here, you will find something interesting for children of all ages, including adults! For older children (and parents!), there is also the DB Museum Nürnberg, the Transport Museum, where there are many scale models and interactive activities to take part in, including a collection of royal trains and steam engines, and even a working replica of Germany's very first train.
History in Nuremberg
With Nuremberg being the place in whose courtrooms the Nuremberg Trials of 1945 were held, it obviously has a lot of history behind it. Not only are there the museums which were previously mentioned, but also the Memorial of the Nuremberg Trials, a permanent exhibition showing the lead-up, proceedings and aftermath of the notorious trials, which includes real audio and visual recordings from the time. The Documentation Centre Part Rally Grounds is a 1,300m2 area filled with an exhibition called “Fascination and Terror”, providing endless information about the Nazi period in Germany. Here, you will also find the Museum of Natural History which houses both permanent and special exhibitions on a wide variety of different topics.
An important centre for arts and culture
Nuremberg is well known for being an important area for the arts, hosting popular festivals such as the ten-day-long Old Town Festival, a folk festival in late September with over 60 free events, which attracts people from all over the world who come to hear the folklore, celebrate the regional tradition (and cuisine!), and visit the Nuermberg Autumn Market. Don't miss the Fishermen's Joust, a tradition which has been kept up since the Middle Ages, whereby the fishermen joust in boats on the River Pegnitz. The tradition of jousting is also kept up in the nearby French region of Alsace. Book a rental holiday apartment in Nuremberg in late June/mid July if you want to experience one of Europe's biggest, oldest festivals celebrating sacred music – International Organ Week – where there is always an abundance of classical performances; symphony music, choirs and even organ-improvisation. If you're a fan of art, then there will also be many reasons for you to rent a holiday home in Nuremberg with its stunning architecture, where you can visit the National Germanic Museum – a collection of old coins, paintings, decorative arts and old musical instruments. There is also a great fine arts archive. The Renaissance painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer was born in Nuremberg, and in his beautiful 5 story, 15th century house, you will now find a museum for his works, where everything has been recreated to appear as it did during his lifetime.
Architecture and unmissable buildings
A large amount of the city was destroyed during WW2, but many of the old medieval buildings have been restored to their former impressive glory, which means that during your holidays staying in a private rental holiday home in Nuremberg in the city centre, you will be able to appreciate them fully! This includes the formidable Nürnberger Burg, or Nuremberg Castle, a medieval fortification which consists not only of the imperial castle itself, but also buildings of the Burgraves of Nuremberg and municipal buildings of the Imperial City. Much of it was destroyed during the war but it has been fully rebuilt and is now a popular tourist site. Travel to Coburg during your stay if you want to see some other remarkable castles such as Callenberg, or if you want to go further afield, how about a trip to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle which is also in Bavaria, in Schwangau, Mont Saint Michel in Lower Normandy, or Malbork Castle near Gdansk, Poland? The Bavarian city of Nuremberg is enclosed by the old town walls, dating back to the 14th to 15th century, which have been preserved to this day. For the best views of the walls and the Burg, and a good photo opportunity, go to Fürther Tor. Close to Nuremberg Castle, you will find a 16th century merchant's house which has been restored to its historical form, the Fembohaus, whose inside is now a museum. Other buildings which are worth seeing are churches such as St Lawrence (the biggest in the city, which boasts a large rose-shaped stained-glass window). In this area, you'll see plenty of old half-timbered houses as well as the Tugendbrunnen, the Fountain of Virtue with its statues of the 7 virtues. Another famous fountain nearby is the very ornate 14th century Schöner Brunnen in the square of the Hauptmarkt. This is where you will find the Christmas market, and it is home to the Roman Catholic Gothic Frauenkirche which was built in 1352. The front of this church exhibits a large clock called Männleinlaufen, and if you are here at noon, you can view its moving figures when the clock strikes. The Old Town Hall is also in this square, and next to it is another famous fountain called Gänsemännchen, a man holding a goose in each hand with water spouting out from their beaks. When coming to rental properties in Nuremberg, it is best to stay for good few days or a week to be able to really make the most of your time here, as there are so many activities to do, and time flies when you're having fun! Book your holiday rentals today and have a great vacation.