48 Hours in Nuremberg & Bamburg, Germany

Last weekend, I finally made it to Germany and Nuremberg was our city of choice! It was pretty much the only country in Western Europe that I hadn’t been to (and also my 51st, which I am very chuffed about!)

We went to Nuremberg so we could visit my boyfriend’s best friend. This also meant we could stay at his and had a great guide to the area as he has been living in the city for a few years now.

Firstly, after landing at its airport, it is SO easy to get to the city centre as it’s nicely connected on the subway and is just a normal fare too! So ideal. The city isn’t huge so it doesn’t take long to  nip around on the train, or by foot for that matter.

Breakfast

We ventured to Cafe Meinheim  which, by the way, is the most AMAZING breakfast place! Platters like these need to make their way to the UK ASAP! I opted for the ‘Schwedisches Frühstück’. This means ‘Swedish breakfast’ (I know, I didn’t even have a German meal as my first oops!) but honestly, I can rarely resist salmon! Check out all our plates below!

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Following this, we wandered through Nuremberg. It is essentially a medieval city where most of the main attractions are within the castle walls.  When you reach higher ground, you can see the 4 medieval towers marking each corner of the square. Unfortunately though, we experienced a very grey weekend so our pictures are rather dark!

nuremberg

Nuremberg’s Christkindlmarkt

It is a really pleasant city though and we just happened to be there on the first weekend of Nuremberg’s famous Christmas Market. Please flock from around the world to experience Germany’s Christmas markets.  Interestingly, Nuremberg has established itself as a ‘less tacky’ option than others, so I was very excited to see my first authentic Christkindlmarkt!

There were beautiful horses doing little round-trips as well as a huge array of market stalls to peruse. I opted for a heart-shaped waffle and the others had some glühwein!

nuremberg christmas market

nuremberg christmas market

nuremberg christmas market

nuremberg christmas market

nuremberg christmas market

Exploring Nuremberg

We continued exploring Nuremberg’s streets and loved all the cute bridges linking up the roads. It all looked so magical with the foliage falling into the river!

nuremberg

nuremberg

Dinner

As dusk arrived, the city became all twinkly and pretty!

We decided it was time for drinks and some local Bavarian fare, but warning, in the winter ALWAYS pre-book a table. We had to wander around for nearly an hour to find a table and ended up sharing a massive table with 3 other groups, but with the 4 of us squeezed around the table’s corner. However, the restaurant (Hutt’n Essen & Trinken) was huge and had an amazing feel it it – lots of wooden beams, candles and huge random musical artefacts hanging from the ceiling! Odd but very cosy!

I ended up having the German style of Cordon Bleu together with ‘Kartoffelsalat’ which is like cold potatoes on the side. It doesn’t look particularly appetising but it was delicious! All the other meals that were being brought out were HUGE so I thought this would be a safe bet and I still didn’t finish it!

nuremberg

nuremberg

nuremberg

nuremberg

nuremberg

Evening in Nuremberg

The Christmas Market in Nuremberg is seriously busy in the evening. People stand in huge crowds mingling with each other.

I also noticed a cauldron of glühwein which I thought was pretty cool! We continued on to a few bars including what we decided to nickname the ‘Hammer Bar’ for the awesome game that had in there. It was as simple as a huge log and some nails (which you get from the bar) and you take it in turn to hammer them in, but with the skinny side of the hammer. Whoever gets their nail in first wins!! Sounds very ‘simple’ but is so hard and we had such a laugh playing it, I think we had 3 rounds in the end and we had quite the audience in the bar, all cheering us on. They even have a name for this ‘Hammerschlagen’ and it needs to come to the UK as soon as possible!

nuremberg

nuremberg

Bamburg

The following day, we decided to head to Bamburg which is about an hour’s train ride north of Nuremberg and only about 9 euros return. A large part of the town is a UNESCO world heritage site, but to be honest, I really wasn’t expecting it to be as beautiful as it was! I even preferred its Christmas Markets to Nuremberg’s as they were full of locals, rather than tourists, and had a really friendly low-key atmosphere.

bamburg

bamburg

bamburg

bamburg

bamburg

bamburg

bamburg

bamburg

nuremberg

 

Overall, these two towns were the perfect introduction to Germany. I’ve realised I’d love to see them in the summer too and to explore the surrounding countryside!

Are you planning to go to Nuremberg or Bamburg soon, or have you already been? Let me know in the comments if you have any more top tips or any feedback! I’d love to hear from you 🙂 x

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13 Comments

  1. Greta
    January 30, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    I love this! Nuremberg looks like such a lovely place! Very stereotypical German but so cute! And I love all the food photos, don’t blame you for going for a Swedish breakfast in Germany haha I also love salmon! The heart waffle is also adorable! 🙂

  2. Polly
    February 3, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Oh my god look at all that food!! That waffle is the cutest thing!! I’m hungry just looking at this!

  3. February 3, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Great photos! This is really piquing my interest about Germany!

  4. February 3, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time. All the food looks so yummy too!

  5. February 3, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I used to work in a German restaurant and those food photos have me drooling all over my keyboard… Is that a Sauerbraten I see? I’m also jealous of the glühwein and the many delicious beers I see represented in your photos!

  6. February 3, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    What a sweet town! I never knew Nuremberg was so lovely. Your breakfast looks so scrumptious. It looks like you travel like me – in almost every picture with food or drink in hand! haha

  7. Tom Warren
    February 3, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Germany is definitely on my short list between kayak expeditions this summer. Would like to spend some time trekking the Black Forest, and after reading your post Nuremberg will be slated for a few days too!

  8. February 4, 2017 / 1:28 am

    What a fantastic articles and accompanying photos. Excellent work!

  9. Laryssa Gobets
    February 4, 2017 / 2:16 am

    what a great post. Lots of info and great photos. I love Germany but we haven’t been to Nuremburg.

  10. Iftekhar Idris Asif
    February 4, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Mesmerizing places, delicious foods & awesome photos. Really amazed to read this. Thanks for sharing.

  11. February 5, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Both places look really great, looks like I should make my way south from Hamburg soonish!

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