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48 Hours in Nuremberg & Bamberg, Germany

48 hours in Nuremberg was the perfect amount of time for my first ever visit to Germany and the pretty city of Nuremberg.

Nuremberg has one of Europe’s biggest and most spectacular Christmas Markets so late November seemed the perfect time to visit, despite the frigid temperatures.

Its easy to fly to with cheap and convenient flights from London.  On arrival, you can take Nuremberg’s metro right from the airport into the centre. And for the normal fare… other European cities take note please!


This wonderful cafe was recommended to us by a local, and we are so glad we listened. Cafe Meinheim 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!

48 hours in nuremberg

Our amazing breakfast platters!

Following this, we wandered through Nuremberg.

It’s a very easy city to walk around on foot and all the sites are in a fairly compact area.  As it is essentially a medieval city, most of the main attractions in Nuremberg are within the castle walls.  When you reach higher ground, you can see the four medieval towers marking each corner of the square. Unfortunately though, we experienced a very grey weekend so our pictures are rather dark!

48 hours in nuremberg

Nuremberg centre

Nuremberg’s Christmas Market

The first weekend of the famous Nuremberg Christmas Market was a fantastic time to visit. My first visit to Germany and my first European Christmas Market – in one go!

People 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 Christmas Market!

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!

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

One of the gluhwein mugs!

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

Exploring Nuremberg

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

48 hours in nuremberg

Overlooking the river

Dinner in Nuremberg

As dusk arrived, the city of Nuremberg 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 to 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 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 but I still didn’t finish it!

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

Evening in Nuremberg

The Christmas Market in Nuremberg is very busy in the evening. People stand in huge crowds mingling with each other and you really jostle for space around the bars.

There was also a cauldron of glühwein which I thought was pretty cool – you could have it served up right there!

One of the most fun bars in Nuremberg is one we decided to nickname the ‘Hammer Bar’ for the awesome game that they 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!

48 hours in nuremberg

A cauldron of gluhwein!

48 hours in nuremberg


48 Hours in Nuremberg is still enough time to take a trip to nearby Bamberg. It is located about an hour’s train ride north of Nuremberg and is only about 9 euros return for an adult ticket.

A large part of Bamberg 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 Bamberg’s Christmas Market to Nuremberg’s as it was full of locals, rather than tourists, and it had a really friendly low-key atmosphere.

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 hours in nuremberg

48 Hours in Nuremberg

Overall, these two towns were the perfect introduction to Germany and 48 hours in Nuremberg makes for an ideal weekend break. I would certainly love to return to see Nuremberg and Bamberg in the summer too, and to explore the surrounding countryside!

Are you planning to go to Nuremberg or Bamberg 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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  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. Kathy P.
    February 3, 2017 / 3:36 pm

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

  4. Candy
    February 3, 2017 / 4:15 pm

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

  5. Local Nomads Podcast
    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. Carol @ Get There | Get Lost
    February 3, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    FOOOOOOOD!!!! Lovely photos!

    We love 48 hours in [place] tips! Thanks for this!

  7. Amanda Keeley-Thurman
    February 3, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Nuremberg looks so darn charming! I want to go right now!

  8. Alexandra
    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

  9. 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!

  10. Noreen Kompanik
    February 4, 2017 / 1:28 am

    What a fantastic articles and accompanying photos. Excellent work!

  11. 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.

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

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

  13. Brigitte
    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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