Morning: Dive into Nuremberg’s history
Take a break from all the holiday festivities to complete your Nuremberg sightseeing tour. Just south of the Old Town, the Nazi party rally grounds provide a fascinating insight into the city’s WWII history. Opt for a guided tour to learn more about Nuremberg’s notorious Nazi rallies, see the half-finished Congress Hall and other Third Reich buildings, and visit the Documentation Center.
Then, continue to the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, where the infamous Nuremberg Trials took place, before hopping on the train back to the Old Town.
Afternoon: Visit the Children’s Market
Get back in the holiday spirit with a visit to Nuremberg’s two alternative Christmas markets. Family fun awaits at the Children’s Market on Hans-Sachs-Platz, where kids can take part in a host of hands-on activities, from crafting to making festive treats. Even sans kids, it’s worth a visit to admire the traditional carousel, Ferris wheel, and miniature steam railway.
Next to the main market, the Sister Cities Market has themed stalls from more than a dozen of Nuremberg’s “sister cities,” bringing an international flavor to the festivities. This is the place to purchase some Scottish shortbread, carved wooden angels from the Czech Republic, sweet Provencal lavender honey, or Ukrainian matryoshka dolls.
Evening: Fill up on seasonal specialties
Feasting on festive foods is a highlight of any Christmas getaway, and nowhere does hearty winter cuisine like Bavaria. Sample all the city’s festive eats, starting with a classic Rostbratwurst (traditional finger-sized pork sausages, also known as Nurembergers) topped with mustard or sauerkraut. Flammkuchen (flatbread pizza), Gebrannte Mandeln (roasted almonds), and the city’s ubiquitous Lebkuchen (gingerbread) are also unmissable.
And don’t forget to wash it down with a festive tipple. Choose from Gerstacker glühwein, unique to Nuremberg and made with blueberry wine, and the city’s famous Feruzangenbowle, a hot rum punch topped with a flaming sugarloaf served from a gigantic pot.