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Travel Guide Budget and Itinerary for Nuremberg

I wanted to visit Germany during my trip around Europe. One of the easiest places to visit from Prague was Nuremberg. It was also an interesting place to visit because of its history and it's also a transportation hub for some of the small towns that were part of my itinerary.

Nuremberg The Wandering Juan

I was eager to explore Nuremberg even if I was staying for only a few days. 

Travel Guide Budget and Itinerary for Nuremberg

Nuremberg is a state in Bavaria, Germany and one of its biggest. Nuremberg Castle (located in the old town) is one of the biggest in the continent. The first documented mention of Nuremberg dates to 1050. The city grew in size and influence over the centuries since its first mention in 1050. Its location along important trade routes was a big factor in the city's growth. Nuremberg Castle was often chosen as the location for the Imperial Diet. The Nazis had a strong attachment to the city because of its relevance to the Holy Roman Empire and its central location. The Nazis held many Nuremberg rallies and propaganda events in the city. The city was also the site for the Nuremberg Trials where many Nazi officials were prosecuted and then later executed.

Getting a Visa

Once you have a Schengen visa from any member state, you can enter any country in the Schengen zone, including Germany. I got my first Schengen visa from Austria, my second one from Czechia and my third one from Poland. The requirements are similar for all of them, but you have to schedule an appointment through VFS or their embassy's official website. Certain countries don't need a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen zone.

Read more here: how to get a Schengen visa for Filipinos

How to Get to Nuremberg

You have options when it comes to entering and planning your budget and itinerary for Nuremberg.

By Plane

There's an airport a few kilometers from the city center. There are flights from select destinations to Nuremberg.

By Bus

You can take the bus to Nuremberg from some cities in Czechia and Germany. Some buses don't travel directly to the city, check first before booking. I took the direct bus from Prague to Nuremberg. I booked through www.flixbus.com.   


By Train

You can also travel by train to Nuremberg. Again, not all trains will take you directly to the city, this depends on where you're coming from. You can look at connections and schedules here: https://www.bahn.com/

Things to Do in Nuremberg

If you're preparing your budget and itinerary for Nuremberg, here are some of the things to do and places to visit.

Nuremberg Castle

Nuremberg Castle The Wandering Juan

Nuremberg Castle dominates the city's skyline. It's a huge complex with multiple historic structures. It's centuries old and was the residence of many German kings from 1050 to 1571. Inside you'll find refurbished rooms, displays of medieval weapons, and other exhibits. The castle also provides visitors with beautiful overlooking views of the city.

Entrance fee: €7 for a combo ticket


Hauptmarkt The Wandering Juan

The Hauptmarkt is the center of daily life in Nuremberg. Its most attention grabbing structure is the Beautiful Fountain with its golden and elaborate exterior. Here you'll also find the Old Town Hall that dates to 1616. If you're here during the winter, you'll be just in time for the Christmas Market.


Lorenzkirche The Wandering Juan

This beautiful Gothic church dates to the 14th century. It is Nuremberg's largest church. Inside you'll find a three-part organ with more than 12,000 pipes, Krell altar, a 15th century tabernacle, and elaborate sculptures.


Frauenkirche The Wandering Juan

This Gothic-influenced Catholic church dates to 1352. It's one of the first things you'll notice once you enter Hauptmarkt. The elaborate facade will immediately grab your attention. 

St. Sebaldus Church

St. Sebaldus Church The Wandering Juan

This Protestant Church dates to 1225. Inside you'll find the tomb of St. Sebaldus and the funerary memorial of Schreyer-Landauer. 

Albrecht Dürer's House

Albrecht Dürer's House The Wandering Juan

Not too far from the castle, you'll find Albrecht Dürer's House. The German Renaissance artist called this house home for more than a decade. The house dates to 1420 and is now a museum. It has displays of the artist's works and some period furniture.

Entrance fee: €6 for adults

Old Town

Nuremberg The Wandering Juan

The old town or altstadt is a charming area lined with traditional buildings. Here's you'll find centuries old buildings, shops, and restaurants. It's a nice area to walk around in after visiting some of the city's museums and attractions. 

Other places you might be interested in visiting include:

  • Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds
  • Nuremberg Zoo
  • Neues Museum Nürnberg
  • Museum of Industrial Culture
  • Playmobil FunPark
  • City Museum at Fembo House
  • City Walls
  • Nuremberg Transport Museum

Nuremberg has enough attractions and things to do to fill out your itinerary. It provides you with a glimpse of its culture and modern and ancient history. A lot of people visit to learn more about World War II and the Nazi Party.

Getting around Nuremberg

It's easy to get around Nuremberg, there are buses, trams, and the metro to take you anywhere in the city. Many of the main attractions such as the old town, churches, and castle are within walking distance from each other. Depending on your itinerary, you might not have to take public transportation. A one-way ticket costs around €3.20 for adults and €1.60 for children. You can purchase a full-day ticket for €8.20. The ticket is valid for trams, buses, metro, local trains, and the S-Bahn witin city limits. Don't forget to validate your ticket at one of the machines. You'll be fined even if you play the tourist card.

Day Trips

When planning your budget and itinerary for Nuremberg, you can include a few day trips. The city is a transportation hub for some places of interest.


Bamberg The Wandering Juan

If you want to visit a UNESCO World Heritage, you can add Bamberg to your itinerary. It's old town is quite charming, it's full of winding lanes, and traditional houses and shops. It has a long history that dates to the 9th century. It became part of Bavaria in 1803. Some notable places include the Bamberg Town Hall, Bamberg Cathedral, Old Court, and Grüner Markt just to name a few. The Town Hall is the building you often see whenever you do a quick search of Bamberg.

How to go: You can take the train directly to Bamberg from Nuremberg. 


Regensburg The Wandering Juan

Regensburg The Wandering Juan

I like visiting old towns, especially whenever I'm in Europe. I didn't pass up on the chance to visit one while in Nuremberg. I went to Regensburg and spent the night there. It's possible to do just a day trip because some of the main attractions are within walking distance from each other. Regensburg's medieval old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its traditional buildings, shops, and houses, and centuries old churches. Some of the notable attractions include the Regensburg Cathedral, Old Stone Bridge, Old Town Hall, and the Scots Monastery. 

How to go: You can take a train from Nuremberg that travels directly to Regensburg.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber The Wandering Juan

Bavaria is quite famous for its quaint villages and towns. If you like these kinds of places, better add Rothenburg ob der Tauber to your itinerary. It's several centuries old and has many carefully preserved houses, shops, and structures. It's also one of the stops along Germany's famous Romantic Road. Plönlein is one of the town's most photogenic spots, it's an intersection with a quaint house in the middle. The whole town looks like it came out of a fairytale with its pastel colors and traditional architecture.

Read more here: how to get to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

*You can purchase a Bayern ticket if you're planning to visit multiple towns and cities in one day. The ticket costs around €28. 

Where to Stay in Nuremberg

I usually stay in dorms whenever I travel because they're often the budget-friendly option. There are a few hostel dorm options for a Nuremberg on a budget trip. I stayed at a&o during my trip. It's near the main train station so it's easy to get anywhere. It's also just a few minutes away from the main attractions in the city. I book accommodation through www.booking.com. You can also find different types of accommodation right for your budget. 

Budget for Nuremberg

Germany in general is an expensive country to visit, especially if you just arrive from Czechia. It's possible to reduce your spending while in Nuremberg. When planning your budget and itinerary for Nuremberg, €60 a day is enough to cover a bed in a dorm, occasionally eating out, taking public transportation, a few paid attractions, and a few day trips to nearby destinations. You'll save money by buying food at supermarkets and staying in a hostel. You'll spend more or less than €60 a day depending on your spending habits. If you like going out, you'll most likely go over that amount easily. Staying in a private room costs a lot of money as well.

Itinerary for Nuremberg

Ideally, plan on spending 3-4 days in Nuremberg to cover its main attractions and go on a few day trips to see more of the region.

Here's a sample itinerary.

*This assumes you start with one full day.

Day 1

Old Town

Nuremberg Castle



St. Sebaldus Church


Day 2

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Half-day trip to Bamberg

Day 3

Trip to Rothenburg

You can add or remove places depending on the things you want to do and budget. If you're staying only in Nuremberg, two days is enough to see the highlights.

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