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Historic Rock-Cut Cellars

The history of Nuremberg is inseparable from the history of beer. At the end of a tour of the historic underground rock-cut cellars and the Hausbrauerei Altstadthof, you can try a traditional Nuremberg red beer.

Historic Rock-Cut Cellars

Historic Rock-Cut Cellars

Tour an Underground Rock Labyrinth

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.

Guided tours through the rock-cut cellars (in English):

Sat - Sun 11.10 am

Prices English tour: 13 € / 10 € reduced / free admission fo children under age of 6 if accompanied by a parent

Guided tours through the rock-cut cellars (in German):

Daily every hour from 11 am to 5 pm

Duration: ca. 60 min.

Prices German tour: 12 € / 9 € reduced / free admission fo children under age of 6 if accompanied by a parent / 50% discount with your NÜRNBERG CARD

Audioguides available for free (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese)

Meeting point: Brewery shop "Brauereiladen Altstadthof", Bergstraße 19

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Tourist Information, Hauptmarkt 18 or from the guide shortly before the tour.

More information about the Historic Rock-Cut Cellars

Provider: NKG GmbH Nürnberger Kellerverwaltungsgesellschaft


For groups:

Price: 135 € (German) / 165 € (foreign-language)

Duration: 60 - 75 minutes

Max. 20 persons per group

Booking via:

Historische Felsengänge, c.o. Hausbrauerei Altstadthof
Phone: +49 (0)911 2449859

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Meeting point

Bergstraße 19, Nürnberg, Deutschland


60 Minutes


13,00 EUR Standard
10,00 EUR Ermäßigt (Schüler und Studenten)
0,00 EUR Kinder (unter 7 Jahren in Begleitung eines Erziehungsberechtigten)
7,50 EUR Nürnberg-Card
5,00 EUR Nürnberg-Card Ermäßigt
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