Today I am taking you to Nuremberg, for a quick family gateway that everyone will love! We have always enjoyed taking a road trip. There is something fun and carefree about it. Packing a small suitcase for a short adventure, bringing as many liquids as we want… Now that’s what I call real luxury!
And since we are now based in Germany, we want to get to know the country better, one city at a time. This was a quick gateway with a two-night stay and one full day of exploration. We could have easily spent another day or two, and we hope to return another time . There is so much more to see in this town! The architecture alone is worth the visit.
Under 3 hours from Frankfurt and Stuttgart, less than 2 hours from Munich by car, Nuremberg is a charming medieval town in Northern Bavaria– currently famous for it’s annual Spielwarren, a toy fair that brings in people from all around the world. It’s also one of those towns one probably heard of during history lessons, as it was made infamous by the Nazi party who had numerous rallies there in the 1930s. It’s location makes it ideal for a quick german gateway! Nuremberg is also the first city to be granted the UNESCO Award for Human Rights Education, awarded in the year 2000, and it continues its important work against discrimination. We look to return in the future to explore more in depth that part of Nuremberg’s history when our daughter is a bit older.
Nuremberg has many attractions that are available to visit with younger children! Here are the ones we visited this time around. Though the weather was a little cool, we had a great time strolling through the town. All we needed was some good shoes to walk the cobblestones streets and a sense of adventure.
- enter the Old town through the medieval walls and see the moat that encircles the Stadtmitte;
- the Nürnberger Hauptmarkt outdoor market stretches between the two main squares;
- the many churches: St. Lorenz Kirche, St. Sebaldus Kirche and Frauenkirche (Our Lady of Nuremberg) all within a few minutes walk from each other;
- the Imperial Castle grounds and its famous Sinwell Tower;
- the Nuremberg toy museum, Spielzeugmuseum, with its extensive collection organised on several floors by era and then decades. Information is available in German, English, French and Italian;
- the many beautiful bridges striding over the Pegnitz river : Schlayerturm a historic landmark, Maxbrücke with its amazing views, the old wooden bridge of Henkersteg, Karlsbücke and Museumsbrücke amongst others, each providing a unique point of view of the river banks;
- the Germanisches Nationalmuseum with its corridors and rooms filled with German history, literature and art masterpieces (though we didn’t get to visit it this time around, we heard it was fantastic).
- We chose to stock up at the town market. We selected some fresh fruits and vegetables that just needed to be washed and enjoyed on the go. You could also picnic in a small green stretch, on the north bank of the Pignitz river. However, we didn’t find that spot in time;
- There are also many food carts that offer everything from wursts sandwiches to waffles and savoury crepes in the main town squares;
- Numerous restaurants offer the city’s signature dish of Nürnberg bratwurst on a bed of mash potatoes and sauerkrauet, though vegetarian options are also available on the menu;
- Stop at the Lebkuchen-Schmidt candy and tea / coffee shop to enjoy an afternoon snack of delicious local gingerbreads, some even dipped in chocolate! Lebkuchen shops specialise in the Nuremberg gingerbread-making tradition!
- Die Spielzeugkiste toy shop is a magical place full of German-made treasures. It’s located on one of the river islands in the Stadtmitte (at Trödelmarket number 15-19). And it has a wonderful wooden toy selection, any child can find something special there;
- Grab some authentic local delicatessen sweets in a beautiful tin box as a souvenir from Lebkuchen-Schmidt at Plobenhofstraße number 6, located in the old town, north of the Pegnitz river in the Stadtmitte;
- For avid rare German books lovers, don’t miss the renowned Heubeck book shop on Albrecht-Dürer-Platz number 3.
- Motel 1 is an affordable hotel option that offer compact but comfortable rooms. They also offer a fantastic breakfast buffet, complete with all German options of cheeses, cold meats, veggie tray, yogurt and müsli, eggs, cakes and viennoiseries, juices and a selection of warm drinks. And in the evening, the hotel offers an extensive drink menu of local German gins, expertly paired with tonics, and of course soft drinks too.
- This time, we stayed at the Sheraton-Carlton, a Marriott hotel, located outside the old town wall. It has a fantastic rooftop pool with panoramic views of the city of Nuremberg and has an excellent spa. It also has a great breakfast buffet and a cosy bar for evening drinks, including many fresh fruit juices options. The room are large and comfortable. The staff was so friendly and helpful. They even tracked down and mailed us back a favourite toy my daughter, Nayou, had forgotten in the room after we had left.
Nuremberg is a great city to visit, even without children. Whether you choose to come with friends or you significant other, you will find plenty to do! You can see a lot more week-end gateways ideas here 🙂