Welcome to Nuremberg & Franconia

Somewhere between Ingolstadt and Nuremberg, Bavaria’s accent mellows, the oompah bands play that little bit quieter and wine competes with beer as the local tipple. This is Franconia (Franken) and, as every local will tell you, Franconians, who inhabit the wooded hills and the banks of the Main River in Bavaria’s northern reaches, are a breed apart from their brash and extrovert cousins to the south.In the... Read More

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$25.13 Tours & Sightseeing

Nuremberg Nazi Rally Sites and Old Town Tour

Meet your guide in front of Nuremberg Station, and stroll around the city’s Old Town, admiring the pretty timber-framed houses and cobblestone streets clustered around Nuremberg Castle and the Hauptmarkt – the bustling central square. As you walk, hear tales of the city’s past – from bygone days as a center of the Holy Roman Empire to its days under the dark spell of the Nazis during the Third Reich.Nuremberg’s architecture beckons to its layered history, too, and many examples of the city’s different architectural styles are covered on your tour. Admire St Lawrence Church – rebuilt after World War II – and pass Schöner Brunnen, a replica of a 14th-century water feature that aptly translates as the ‘beautiful fountain.’ Walk around the medieval city walls, stop for photos outside Albrecht Dürer House and stroll through Nuremberg Castle’s Imperial courtyards. The next part of your tour involves a trip by the town’s efficient public transport – either by bus or train. Your ticket is included in your tour so simply hop aboard with your guide, and then disembark at the Nuremberg’s Nazi party rally grounds.Head inside and explore the grounds with your guide, seeing intriguing places like the half-finished Congress Hall – a gigantic building that Hitler planned to use for party meetings – and the Great Street that was designed purely for parades. Gaze at the largest Third Reich buildings where Hitler inspected members of the Schutzstaffel (the SS, the Nazi secret police). Your visit also includes entry to the Documentation Center (own expense), the large on-site museum that exhibits information on key wartime and post-war events like the Nuremberg Trials. If you want to spend longer at the Documentation Center, then finish your tour inside and browse the exhibitions independently. Alternatively, return to central Nuremberg by public transport with your guide, finishing your tour by the start point.

$11.42 Walking & Biking Tours

Nuremberg Old Town Walking Tour

Meet your guide in front of the Nuremberg Station, and then set off on your stroll around the city’s Old Town. The walled city straddles the River Pegnitz and its pretty streetscape – with tall, timber-framed houses and cobblestone streets – makes for a scenic amble.While walking around Nuremberg Castle hear about the city’s past, learning about key events that took place on its streets. See sites where emperors were crowned and saints were buried, and then see where awe-inspiring works were painted at Albert Dürer House. Learn of the city’s dark Nazi legacy and hear tales of the chilling rallies that the city hosted during the days of the Third Reich.Nuremberg’s architecture beckons to its layered history, too, and many examples of the city’s different architectural styles are covered on your tour. Admire St Lawrence Church – rebuilt after World War II – and then stop for photos in front of Schöner Brunnen, a replica of a 14th-century water feature that that aptly translates as the ‘beautiful fountain.’ Walk around the medieval city walls and stroll through Nuremberg Castle’s Imperial courtyards.Your tour finishes in Hauptmarkt, the bustling central square that’s home to the annual Christkindlesmarkt. Hear of the world-famous Christmas market, which is held during the month of December, and then say your goodbyes to your guide.

$25.37 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Nuremberg Nazi Sites and Old Town

Meet your private guide at your Nuremberg hotel, and stroll around the city’s Old Town, admiring the pretty timber-framed houses and cobblestone streets clustered around Nuremberg Castle and the Hauptmarkt – the bustling central square. As you walk your guide will talk to you about Nuremberg and also about the things that you want to see. The itinerary is tailored to your interests, so if there’s something you want to see more or less of, simply let your guide know! While walking, hear tales of the city’s past – from bygone days as a center of the Holy Roman Empire to its days under the dark spell of the Nazis during the Third Reich. Nuremberg’s architecture beckons to its layered history, too, and many examples of the city’s different architectural styles are covered on your tour. Admire St Lawrence Church – rebuilt after World War II – and pass Schöner Brunnen, a replica of a 14th-century water feature that aptly translates as the ‘beautiful fountain.’ Walk around the medieval city walls, stop for photos outside Albrecht Dürer House and stroll through Nuremberg Castle’s Imperial courtyards. After a break for lunch or a snack (own expense), board a public bus and travel to Nuremberg’s Nazi party rally grounds, a short journey away from the Old Town. Head inside and explore the grounds with your guide, seeing intriguing places like Luitpold Arena and the half-finished Congress Hall – a vast building that Hitler planned to use for party meetings. Gaze at the largest Third Reich buildings where Hitler inspected members of the Schutzstaffel (Nazi secret police), and then see where crowds once gathered on Great Street. You'll also visit the Documentation Center (own expense), the large on-site museum that exhibits information on key wartime and post-war events like the Nuremberg Trials. If you want to spend longer at the Documentation Center, then finish your tour inside and browse the exhibitions independently. Alternatively, return to your central Nuremberg hotel with your guide.

$85.68 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Nuremberg Arrival Airport Transfer to Nuremberg City Center

Be met at the airport by your private driver who will then take you and your luggage to any location within the city center of Nuremberg. Just provide flight arrival time and your flight number at the time of booking and your professional driver will be waiting for you upon your arrival. Whether you want to be taken to your hotel, the train station or the old town, normal travel time is 30 minutes or less. Transfers to other locations further away may also be possible for an added fee but need to be confirmed and agreed to ahead of time.

$67.40 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Nuremberg Sightseeing

Meet your private guide at your central Nuremberg hotel in the morning or afternoon, and set off on your 2- or 3-hour private tour. The itinerary can be tailored to your particular interests, so if there are places you want to spend more or less time at, talk to your guide.Drive around the walled Old Town as your guide recounts Nuremberg’s troubled past. From the Reformation to the Renaissance and Nazi Third Reich, the city was pivotal to many world-changing historical events.Admire the timber-framed houses and take in the Beautiful Fountain (Schöner Brunnen) and cobbled marketplace (Hauptmarkt), where Nuremberg hosts its annual Christmas market (Christkindlmarkt).As you drive, hear about Nuremberg’s days as a center of the Holy Roman Empire, and note its medley of architecture. See the Gothic St Sebaldus Church (Sebalduskirche), take photos of Albrecht-Dürer-Haus, the 15th-century home of Renaissance artist Dürer, and view the city walls and Nuremberg Castle.Next, take in some of Nuremberg’s Nazi monuments. When Adolf Hitler took power in Germany 1933, the city became a hub of Nazi propaganda, and as such, was chosen as the site of the post-World War II trials of Nazi leaders.Drive to the Nazi Party rally grounds, used by Hitler to glorify the Nazi cult. Go inside the complex and see the Luitpold Arena, Congress Hall and Zeppelin Field, all used for mass rallies and military parades.Continue to the Nuremberg Palace of Justice (Justizpalast), where the 1945-49 Nuremberg War Trials were staged. Take in the exterior and, if you wish, visit Nuremberg Trial Courthouse (own expense, and if court is not in use), scene of the notorious 1945-46 trial of 24 Nazi criminals.Finish with a drop-off at your hotel, or, if you want to continue exploring, at the old marketplace or one of Nuremberg’s museums.

$758.57 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Self-Drive Tour from Augsburg to Trier including Heidelberg, Wiesbaden and Koblenz with Loreley Boat Tour

Your ‘All About Beer’ package begins in Augsburg, the city with the longest tradition of beer brewing in Germany. The tradition in Augsburg stretches back to the 12th century, when a decree was made about the brewing of beer and its contents. This decree is significantly older than the Bavarian purity laws and is therefore the first of these laws in Germany. Enjoy an overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Augsburg including buffet breakfast and a 3-course dinner at your hotel restaurant (drinks not included) before you continue your self-drive trip to Heidelberg. This is where you will find one of Europe’s most modern breweries. Spend another overnight stay here in a 3-star superior hotel and enjoy a glass of sparkling or mulled wine (depending on the season) upon your arrival at the hotel. Indulge in a 3-course dinner at a partner restaurant (drinks not included) in Heidelberg.The next day, you will start your day with a hearty breakfast, before continuing your journey to Wiesbaden. The city is better known for its wine-growing than its beer but it is a wonderful place to step into the history of beer making. Enjoy an overnight stay in a 3-star superior hotel in Wiesbaden including buffet breakfast and free entrance to the Casino in Wiesbaden.The next day will bring you to Koblenz. It is recommended to visit the ‘Bierbörse’ festival during your stay, which takes place every year along the banks of the Rhine. On your first evening, you will be warmly welcomed to your hotel with a 4-course meal. You will spend 2 nights in a 4-star superior hotel in Koblenz including buffet breakfast as well as complimentary use of the hotel spa. On top of that, you can indulge in a delicious 4-course dinner for two in the hotel restaurant (drinks not included) as well as a seasonal dinner (drinks not included). a 2.5-hour boat tour to Loreley will show you the sights from the water. Your self-drive journey will finish up in the historic city of Trier where you will spend your last overnight in a 3-star hotel including breakfast buffet and a 3-course dinner (drinks not included) at the hotel restaurant. The best way to end your trip is with a cold beer in one of Trier’s many beer gardens.