Flights to Nuremberg
Nuremberg is a beautiful city in the state of Bavaria, in southern Germany. It is the region’s second largest city after Munich and has a wonderful old town with the sort of charming historic architecture you would expect to see in Bavaria!
Nuremberg Airport (airport code: NUE) is the second-largest airport in Bavaria, handling more than 4 million passengers per year. There is a public bus route as well as a metro rail line that connects the airport to the city. Both Swiss Air and South African Airways have the same flight to Nuremberg from South Africa that connects in Zurich, but Lufthansa goes through Munich instead. If you choose a flight to Nuremberg with Virgin Atlantic, you’ll have two transfers, in London as well as in Paris.
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The Tourist Attractions of Nuremberg:
Nuremberg really is a beautiful city with the kind of buildings you would usually see on postcards or tourist industry posters. The Old Town (Aldstadt) is picture perfect after all, and is dominated by the Castle.
In the north west corner of the Old Town is Nuremberg Castle. This large complex consists of three separate parts, each as impressive as the other. The Five Cornered Tower is the oldest building on the complex, dating back to before 1050, and this also makes it the oldest in Nuremberg as a whole. Being on a hill you can get some great views over Nuremberg from the Castle, but for the best, go through the castle gate to the Freiung, or climb one of the towers for an even more elevated view!
If you’re interested in finding out more about Nuremberg Castle and its history, you can visit the Castle Museum in the Palas building.
The Castle Quarter of Nuremberg Old Town has a number of buildings that are originals, having survived bombings during the war. These include some lovely timber framed houses.
In September the Old Town Festival (Aldstadtfest) brings the old town even more to life. This is the largest folklore festival in Germany when the streets are filled with various attractions including parades and concerts. This is also a great time to explore some of the local cuisine as there’s a gastronomy market.
Nuremberg Market Square
The main Market Square of Nuremberg, called Hauptmarkt in German, has several attractions, depending on what time of year you come. The market square itself is pretty and features the ‘Beautiful Fountain’, the original of which was put here in 1385. In terms of what you can buy in this market place it is famous for gingerbread through most of the year, while over the Christmas period this is home to the most popular Christmas market in Germany, Christkindlesmarkt.
Out of the city centre Nuremberg Zoo is another popular attraction. It’s reputed to be one of the most beautiful zoos in Europe and covers a large area within a forest, giving it a very natural atmosphere. There are around 300 different species of animals here and they live in large, natural enclosures. The animals come from all over the world.
When Should You Visit?:
If you’re coming to Nuremberg to see the sights, try to avoid visiting during one of the city’s major festivals as it will be more crowded than usual. Summertime is warm, but fairly rainy, with average highs peaking to 24C in July. Over winter it is cool, though the average highs do stay above freezing.