Farmers' market, Easter market, Autumn market, Christmas market. As in the olden days, there is a bustle of activity all year round at the Nuremberg Hauptmarkt. If you have some time to spare, despite all the bustle, you can enjoy the many intricate details of the Schönen Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain), or wait for the stroke of 12 o'clock noon to see the famous clockwork figures high up on the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady).
This is where the heart of the city beats
Colourful market stands with fresh fruit and vegetables, bright flowers, crispy bread and other treats. On weekdays at the Nuremberg Hauptmarkt (main market) you can buy regional and international specialities, have a chat with the market woman and enjoy the mediaeval flair of the centuries -old square.
Clear the stage for the Nuremberg Christmas Angel
From the Friday before the first Advent, the Nuremberg Hauptmarkt with its festively decorated red and white wooden stands, illuminated by a sea of one thousand lights, and wafting with the irresistible scent of mulled wine and gingerbread, is entirely under the sign of Christmas. The world famous Christmas Market delights guests from all over the world and it is opened by the Nuremberg Christmas Angel with the famous prologue spoken from the balcony of the Frauenkirche.
Mediaeval architecture in all its splendour
The Hauptmarkt and Schöner Brunnen. The one is inconceivable without the other, and this has been the case since the reign of Emperor Karl IV. in the 14th century. It was he who in 1349 presided over a cruel pogrom against the Jews, putting an end to the old Jewish quarter. At the same time, however, he was also the founder of the Gothic Frauenkirche, which today in all its beauty defines the Hauptmarkt, and was the initiator of this unique Beautiful Fountain.
Casemates – defensive chambers inside the Renaissance bastions of the Imperial Castle – led to the medieval water supply conduits. The impressive, once secret water channels were used well into the 20th c.
Nuremberg's most impressive bunker system penetrates almost 24 m deep into the castle hill. In the reconstructed cellar vaults Nuremberg's most valuable art treasures withstood the bombs of World War II unscathed.
The Town Hall is a complex of several construction periods. The oldest section is the 40 m Gothic hall erected between 1332 and1340, once the largest secular hall construction north of the Alps.
Historical half-timbered middle class houses predominate, in testimony to the wealth created by the leathermaking trade.
Behind the massive city walls craftsmen traditions are still being cultivated in the small workshops. Pewterers, glass cutters, leather workers, gold and silversmiths, stained glass painters, gingerbread-makers, and a doll-maker offer...
The history of Nuremberg is inseparable from the history of beer. At the end of a tour of the historic undergraound rock-cut cellars and the Hausbrauerei Alstadthof, you can try a traditional Nuremberg red beer.