A historic city with a modern vibe
Whether it’s the Imperial Castle, the historic old town, the impressive churches or the beautiful traditional houses – there’s a long list of sights to see in Nuremberg. The city’s cultural scene includes a range of museums and exhibitions, as well as music venues such as Meistersingerhall, Frankenhalle and Tafelhalle. The opera house, the theater, various open air concerts, galleries and workshops add to the extensive selection of cultural activities on offer in Nuremberg.
There are many parks, gardens and other green spaces close to the city center where you can go to relax, such as Dutzendteich, Wöhrder See and Pegnitzauen. In the surrounding area there are plenty of interesting places to explore. The Franconian Lakes, Fränkische Schweiz and the Rangau area are all popular destinations.
If you still feel the urge to travel further afield, you can take the subway to Nuremberg Airport (just seven kilometers away from the old town), which has direct connections to more than 70 destinations in 21 countries.
While Nuremberg’s center is the main attraction, the rest of the city also boasts a range of cultural and gastronomic hotspots. Nevertheless, the center is the perfect starting point, as from here many interesting destinations are within walking distance. Modern art lovers should make sure to visit the Neues Museum (Klarissenplatz). Just a short walk you’ll find the Toy Museum (Karlstraße 13). Another of Nuremberg’s most popular attractions is the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Kartäusergasse 1), which puts on a variety of special exhibitions. Why not enjoy a short tour through the old town, stopping for a cappuccino or two at SkyBar in the Admiral Kino cinema before heading to the Imperial Castle. On the way you may want to visit Meisengeige – a Nuremberg institution. This small cinema specializes in independent films and readings.
If theater is more your thing, you can take the subway to the Opernhaus stop (Richard-Wagner-Platz) to visit the Staatstheater. With world-class concerts, ballet and opera, this is where you will see Nuremberg’s cosmopolitan side. The small but equally brilliant Gostner Hoftheater (Austraße 79) hosts cabaret on its stage, while jazz musicians perform in the cellar and comedians entertain audiences in the Comedy Lounge. While you’re in the area there’s plenty more to see. The Gostenhof neighborhood, often referred to as ‘Goho’ by the locals, has a music scene reminiscent of a small-scale London or Manhattan, as well as many unusual shops. Why not browse the ones on Kernstraße before stopping for a drink at one of the range of pubs inspired by both Franconian tradition and modern bar culture.
Sports fans certainly won’t be disappointed in Nuremberg. The soccer club 1. FC Nürnberg, which plays at the Max-Morlock-Stadium, has many loyal fans who stick by them even when things are going so well. Not far from there you’ll find the ARENA NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNG (Kurt Leucht Weg 11), home to the Nürnberg Ice Tigers who play in Germany’s top ice hockey league, the DEL. In between matches, the ice rink hosts a range of events, providing the stage for musicians and bands such as Robbie Williams, Elton John and Die Ärzte.
Of course, students will also want to explore Nuremberg’s night life. Mach 1 (Kaiserstraße 1) is the place to go to hear current developments in music and see the latest fashion trends. K4 (Königstraße 93) is a great location if you like indie rock, soul music or poetry slams, and you’ll find the perfect atmosphere for an evening out in the bars on Innere Laufer Gasse or around Weißbergergasse.
With so much to see and do, the only thing you need to worry about in Nuremberg is that you aren’t too busy to study.