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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 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
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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