The name Nuremberg conjures up images of Nazi Germany and the Nuremberg Trials, but in truth this 11th century Franconian city offers a great deal more. The city’s Old Town is among the most charming in Germany with its Gothic churches and romantic nooks and crannies.
Visit the castle that dominates the northwestern corner of the Old Town. Walk through the castle gate to the Freiung, where you will enjoy one of the best views of the Old Town and the round tower (Sinwellturm) in the first court of the castle if you want to see further afield. At least 4km of the City Walls still stand, as does the city moat that was never filled with water. In Castle Quarter, you’ll find numerous old buildings that survived the war; Fuell with its merchant sandstone houses and Untere Kraemersgasse with its timber-framed houses are also a must-visit. The famous Christmas market, Christkindlesmarkt, is held every year from Friday before the first advent Sunday to December 23.