Historic Rock-Cut Cellars

© Historische Felsengänge

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  • Infotelefon: +49 (0)911 2305592 / kartenvorverkauf: +49 (0)911 23602731

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.

At the end of the 14th century in Nuremberg, there were more than 40 breweries for a population that totaled less than 30,000 people. A regulation from the city council required everyone who wanted to brew beer and sell it to have their own beer cellar for fermentation and storing of beer. It is this medieval law that produced today's historical rock-cut cellars.

A Maze of Cellars Spread Over Several Stories

The castle, city wall and St. Lorenz Church are all made of sandstone and create, along with many other buildings, the unique cityscape of Nuremberg. In the sandstone hill underneath the Imperial Castle, a rock-cut labyrinth of cellars was carved out of the stone over the centuries. This maze of cellars was used for brewing and storing beer and for the collection of clean water. Here, many citizens found shelter from bombing raids during the Second World War.

Discover the Underground Nuremberg

More than 20,000 m² of rock-cut cellars create the largest contiguous cellar labyrinth in southern Germany.

In addition to the rock-cut cellars, there are other underground sights in Nuremberg which are worth a visit. Irreplaceable art treasures from Albrecht dürer, Veit Stoß or Martin Behaim were stored in the Historical Art Bunker during World War II. The casemates, underground defensive tunnels in the bastion of the castle, show the skill required to build Renaissance fortifications.

At a glance


Historic Rock-Cut Cellars
Bergstraße 19
90403 Nürnberg
+49 (0)911 2449859
+49 (0)911 2355565

Opening hours

Can only be visited with a guide

Guided tours in english language
every Saturday and Sunday 11.15 am

Tours in German language:
Mon - Fri: 11 am - 5 pm, every full hour
Sat & Sun: 10 am - 5 pm, every full hour

Free audioguides available in the following languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Portuguese

More information on the guided tours

Meeting point: Brauereiladen (brewery shop), Bergstraße 19

Reservation/ tickets: Tourist Information, Hauptmarkt 18; Brauereiladen (brewery shop), Bergstraße 19 &  online





Special opening hours


Adults 9,90 €  / reduced rate 8,25  € incl. 1 € beer ticket
Children under 7 free

50% discount with your NÜRNBERG CARD!

Basic information on accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible!