I was lucky enough to visit Nuremberg in mid-December to check out their famous Christmas Market and explore the Old Town.
During my trip I was given a Nuremberg Card by the city tourism board and I was pretty excited to check out everything that had to offer.
Unfortunately, I only had one day in the city so I was on a very limited time-schedule when it came to the places I could explore and the features of the Nuremberg Card that I could take advantage of.
Even though the card provided free and discounted entrance/admission to a bunch of different places, museums, exhibits and other historical locations that I wanted to check out I ultimately had to just pick one.
Unfortunately, my time was stretched too thin between exploring the Old Town, the Christmas Market and all of the sights in the city.
I decided that I wanted to spend half the day exploring the Nuremberg Castle, which is included in the card, so early in the morning I made my way there.
Before I get into my experience with the Nuremberg Card itself let me tell you a little more about what it is, what it offers and whether or not it’s worth it.
The Nuremberg Card
What is It?
The Nuremberg Card is a city tourist card that offers a convenient and easy way to explore the city.
It can be used for two whole days and give you the opportunity to explore places and check out different areas in the city that you otherwise wouldn’t have unless you had the card.
Along with giving you access to the city of Nuremberg there are also some exhibits and other attractions worth checking out in the nearby city of Furth.
The tourist cards are great for people who don’t want to bother wasting anytime buying tickets or trying to organize their day around a few specific sites and attractions.
Rather, they’re a great choice for travelers and tourists that want to be able to explore everything they can without having to deal with the less important, more time-consuming aspects of getting into places and checking things out.
There are quite a few features that are included with the Nuremberg Card.
For starters you get free admission to almost every museum and attraction in the city.
You also can take advantage of free travel on the local public transportation all throughout Nuremberg and including the nearby areas of Furth and Stein.
There are more than 40 different museums, sites and attractions included with the card and if you’re visiting the city for two days you can definitely take advantage of the free public transportation and see a lot more of the places than just one or two.
Keep in mind that you can only use the card if you’re spending the night in Nuremberg.
If you’re only visiting for the day you might not be able to purchase it but if you explain your situation and you’re upfront about using it I can’t imagine you’d experience any problems.
These are just a small handful of the many different sights, attractions and things to do in Nuremberg that you’ll have free or discounted access to.
How Much Does it Cost?
- 25 Euros for two days of use
Nuremberg Card Review
Like I mentioned up above I didn’t have that much time in the city and I really only was able to explore the Nuremberg Castle.
I would have loved to visit many of the other sights and attractions but another problem that I encountered was that many of them were closed because it was so close to Christmas or they had very weird hours and weren’t open much later than three or four in the afternoon.
However, I was fortunate enough to visit the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg.
Without the card I definitely would have checked out the castle but the card gave me free access to a few different exhibits and other places in the castle, such as the Tower, that I normally would have had to pay extra for.
Thankfully, everything at the castle was included in the card and I spent more than three hours exploring the interior, walking around the grounds, checking out the famous well and taking in the view from the castle tower.
Using the card was very straightforward.
To get my ticket I just had to walk up to the information counter, show them my card and then I was given a map and all of the relevant details I needed on where to go.
I think I was very lucky to visit so late in December and so close to Christmas because the castle was basically empty and it seemed that I had the entire place to myself.
The Nuremberg Castle, during the Middle Ages, was one of the most important castles in all of the Holy Roman Empire.
The complex and grounds were built by the Hohenstaufens and it’s one of the most important and recognizable symbols of the city.
Walking through the inside I was surprised to find so many different exhibits and countless signs in English that provided me with more information about the castle and its history.
One of the most impressive areas is the Imperial Chapel.
The chapel was built around 1200 and is one of the oldest remaining parts of the entire complex.
It’s actually a double chapel, taking up two floors, and the high archways with the imposing columns give it a very natural and Medieval feel.
As I continued my walk through the Castle I was pleased to find many of the imperial state and residential rooms to be in pristine condition.
Some of them still had their medieval and Renaissance paneling on display making for a very picturesque photo opportunity.
After exploring the interior rooms of the Castle I finally came back outside into the courtyard.
I started making my way to the tower and decided to check out the Deep Well before heading up to the viewpoint.
The Deep Well was the castles main and most important water source.
It saved the people living in the Castle and surrounding area many times during wars and sieges.
It’s another one of the oldest structures in the complex and historians believe that it’s as old as the complex itself.
After watching the short exhibit that happens every 30-minutes at the well I finally climbed up the tower to take in one of the best views of Nuremberg.
The tower, known as the Sinwell Tower, was constructed during the 13th century and is one of the main defensive points of the whole complex.
Not only is there an incredible view at the top but there is a small exhibition that shows a collection of photos of what the city looked like before and after the destruction that it experienced during World War II.
From the tower there was a great vantage point and it was interesting, yet eerie, to look at the photos and compare the current view to what it looked like in 1945.
The view from the Sinwell Tower was the highlight of my visit to the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for the best views of the city down below as well as the surrounding area.
After spending a few hours exploring the castle it was time to head back and put some more layers on in preparation for the Christmas Market at night.
I definitely had a memorable experience at the Castle and I don’t think I would have checked everything out if it wasn’t for the card.
Is the Nuremberg Card Worth it?
I think if you’re spending at least one full day in the city and you’re interested in learning more about its culture and history then yes, the Nuremberg Card is definitely worth it.
Along with free admission to some of the best museums and attractions in the city it also offers free admission on public transportation which makes it easier to get around and get to some of the attractions that aren’t in the city center.
I really would how loved to check out the Nuremberg Trials memorial and the museum there but I didn’t have enough time.
If that’s something you’re interested in experiencing, along with a few other attractions, museums and even the castle, but I definitely recommend picking up the card and using it to your advantage.
Without the card I found that Nuremberg was quite a small city, especially the center Old Town area, and if you’re not interested in any of the attractions or sights that you have to pay for then a day, or even an afternoon, is more than enough time to explore the city.