Since we got to Germany roughly two months ago, we had been waiting to be somewhat settled in and get used to Lance’s work schedule to venture out.
Last weekend was a four day weekend and therefore perfect for traveling but we still kept it close to home. On Friday we went to Regensburg for a date night and Tuesday, the whole family went to Nuremberg for a quick day trip.
Getting to Nuremberg
We decided to keep it simple and ride the train into the city. We are still pretty unsure about most of the parking situation all around so why risk a fine or paying lots of money?
Even so we ended up spending a good 10 minutes trying to figure out how to buy the group all-day ticket when we got to the station. Thankfully, a German man took pity on us and dealt with the machine while explaining to us through a lot of pointing and hand signals what we’re supposed to do for next time.
Seeing The Sights
For our first time in Nuremberg (because they’ll definitely be more visits!) we kept pretty simple and basically walked and stopped when we saw something interesting. Which in Nuremberg, it’s A LOT. After leaving the train station, we made the Imperial Castle our goal and walked north towards it.
St. Lawrence Church
Our first stop was St. Lawrence Church. We walked right into and our breaths were taken away by its beautiful architecture. I’m not a religious person but man, if I don’t love a beautiful old church.
If there’s anything to know about me is my love for beautiful pens and pencils. I have a few favorite brands but some of my favorite drawing pencils, planner pens, and markers are made by Staedtler. So color me excited when we ran into a Staedtler store.
Highly unusual stop in Nuremberg but well worth it for me. I was in awe the entire time in there and bought myself a few birthday presents before the end of the day. As we were leaving I told Lance one day soon I’d go back in there with 100€ and blow it all on art supplies haha
Main Market Square and Our Lady’s Church
Once we made it passed the river, we walked right into the Main Marker Square with delicious fruit (though pricey!) and beautiful sights of the Our Lady’s Church.
Lunch at Bratwurst Röslein
Once we walked through the Main Market Square we realized just how hungry we were so we started looking for a place to eat. We didn’t make it very far before finding Bratwurst Röslein. Since this was my mom’s first real outing, we really wanted to do some traditional German food and this place did not dissapoint. We ordered a big platter with 6 different kinds of sausages, warm potato salad, cabbage, and bread. It was a little pricey but well worth it in the end.
Bonus points: the staff spoke English and they had copies of their menu in English.
Imperial Castle / Kaiserburg
Our end destination, as it were, and the walk was so worth it. The castle dates back to the 11th Century and hosted gatherings of the court, Diets and juridical sessions of all German emperors and kings of the Roman Empire.
The double chapel still dates back to the 12th century, while much of the rest was converted to the Late Gothic style starting in 1440.
You can walk the grounds for free and there’s a museum inside that you can enter for a fee. We skipped the museum because there was a large group of middle school kids in a field trip and didn’t think Joey would really do well in there.
If you like history, old buildings, and beautiful churches, Nuremberg will not disappoint! I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the city. I know for sure we’ll be going back to the zoo and to see the WWII sites.
Nuremberg Cheat sheet
Getting to Nuremberg – Definitely recommend the train. At the ticket booth, look at the VGN tickets or Bayern Tickets. Both will give you an option to buy all-day passes for a group. You only need to pay for adults, little kids travel free. If available, VGN tickets are cheaper.
Kid / Stroller Friendly? Depends on the stroller. Nuremberg is all cobblestones so if you a jogging stroller is the best option.