If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I am partial to a last minute getaway and I’m constantly looking for my next trip. At the end of November, I spent three days in the German city of Nuremberg A) because I’d never been there before and I love exploring somewhere new B) Ryanair do some super cheap flights there at really good times and C) who doesn’t love a little festive getaway just before Christmas?
I can’t say I knew too much about Nuremberg, or even that it was at the top of my list, but I am always up for discovering a new place and I am a big fan of visiting Germany (read my posts on Berlin and Cologne) and have made some amazing memories in the country so I couldn’t wait to get back
Today I’ve rounded up all the things we did in the 48 hours we were in Nuremberg.
First things first, I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Hotel Melter for very kindly offering us a place to stay for two nights. We had our own apartment, which was a really good size, and a gorgeous bathroom which has made me want new tiles in ours ASAP.
The location of the hotel could not have been better too. It was on the quieter side of the river, but as the city is quite small, it was really walkable, and it was just down the road from a couple of supermarkets if you fancied making food in your own place.
The staff were so lovely and accommodating too, and really made us feel special and so welcome when we arrived. They gave us recommendations of where to get food and drink too and really went the extra mile to make our stay as comfortable as possible.
The great thing about visiting a German city before Christmas is how festive it feels. We couldn’t walk more than a couple of steps without coming across a takeaway mulled wine store with tables outside and they all had really lovely festive mugs too! Our favourite was called Pizza & Via, opposite our hotel as it only cost €2!
One of my favourite things to do in any city I visit is going to a rooftop bar if there is one as it makes me feel a little bit fancy and always gives the best views of the city. The Sky Bar in Nuremberg is above a cinema and restaurant complex, so if you fancied a bit of a food (or a German film) then I would suggest heading there.
We headed here on our last night as it was opposite the restaurant we had eaten at, and it was great. I went for a simple gin and tonic for €5 and Noemie had a beer. The atmosphere was great inside and it was so busy and lively that you couldn’t help but smile. They also had an incredible playlist with loads of 90s classics!
I had read about this place from my lovely friend Lily’s blog who visited back in January and it didn’t disappoint at all. Noemie had recommended that we tried Flammkuchen which is a sourdough base, with cheese and different toppings. The classic one is with bacon and onions, so I decided to try this with the dates as well, which was delicious. They also had a whole buffet breakfast on offer too which had some amazing things on it if you wanted a bit of variety.
Whenever I go away, I always seem to end up in an Italian restaurant, but it is one of my favourite cuisines. We had been recommended Padelle D’Italia from our hotel as they did the best Aperol Spritz in Nuremberg. We didn’t have a reservation (which I would recommend doing if you do go on a weekend) so instead of waiting for an hour, we decided to brave the November weather and sit outside. I went for a margarita pizza with prawns on and it absolutely delicious with some of the freshest tomatoes on that I’ve ever had, and the Aperol was amazing too!
We had tried to get into Zeit & Raum for dinner one night, but unfortunately, it was full, so we headed to a nearby restaurant, Cafe Luftsprung because the specials menu on the outside looked amazing. I went for a creamy pasta with shrimp and salmon and it was delicious. I also had a cocktail with lychee and honey with a Mars bar celebration on top!
Some of the best food we had was from the street vendors, including pretzels and bratwurst in a bun. There is a lot of choice from falafels and sushi to vegan choices too. You won’t have to walk far to find some tasty food! We were there the week before the markets officially opened, but there was still loads available including some festive favourites.
Something that I wasn’t expecting from Germany was the number of bakeries and sweet treats they had on offer. Casa Pane was on the same road as our hotel and we headed there more than once because the food was amazing from cheesy bread rolls to chocolate pecan swirls. They were all under €2 too!
Although learning about the Nazi rise to power may not be at the top of your list for a little city break, it is an important part of the city, and seeing the vastness of the tragedy was utterly indescribable. It is easy to get to on the tram and only costs a couple of euros. The museum is so interesting but heartbreaking, but the real breath-taking moment is going out on the bridge into the middle of the rally grounds and really comprehending how big it really was. A definite must-visit.
The Nuremberg Castle is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen and really looks like it is from a fairytale. It costs around €7 to get in, or it is included if you pick up a Nuremberg card, which also gives you free travel on the public transport. The castle is at the top of a hill, so the views across the city are amazing, and it was interesting to learn about the history of the city.
If Nuremberg does one thing right, it’s the beautiful bridges. The city is separated by a river, with a really cute island in the middle called Trödelmarkt, which had some of the most expensive shops on in the city. Some of the bridges were suspension bridges, some were wooden, and the rest were normal stone ones. If I could suggest one (free) thing to do it would be to wander alongside them as they give you some of the best views of the city too.
We did a free walking tour with Nuremberg Free Walking Tour, which started at 11:30am in the market square and lasted around 2 and a half hours. I love doing a walking tour in a city because not only does it help you to get your bearings, it also allows you to get to places that you may not have been able to on a bus or boat, and you learn so much more about the history. We walked all over the city in this time, from up to the castle, to been shown where the best place to get mulled wine and bratwurst was from – a definite must from me.
I hope you have enjoyed this travel post and it has given you some inspiration to visit the beautiful German city of Nuremberg. It is a lot cheaper than other cities I’ve been to this year too, and the flights were so reasonable as well that you can definitely nip there for a weekend. Watch my vlog from the trip here.
Have you been to Nuremberg? What did you think?
Our stay at Hotel Melter was complimentary in exchange for an honest mention in this blog. All views are my own.