Why Nuremberg is a must-see destination?


No matter if you are a student looking for a year-long-program abroad or a future expat in the search of new opportunities overseas… If you are young, adventure and love explore the world you will be in love with Nuremberg. If there is something that characterizes German cities and make them so attractive to students from all around the world, this is the magical combination of history and modernity. There are many cosmopolitan cities that attract expats and young entrepreneurs to live in Germany, but one city that contributes with astonishing landscapes, a rich cultural manifestations and a highly secure environment to live in Europe is Nuremberg (not for nothing it has been recently considered within 25 cities that boast the highest quality of life in the world). 

Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second-largest city and the unofficial capital of Franconia, is an energetic place where young souls can feel at home while they spend a year-long University program or attend a German language school. As one of Bavaria’s biggest draws it is alive with visitors year-round, but especially during the spectacular Christmas market. Let yourself be enchanted by the special and festive atmosphere of the city. With its hundreds of years of history, the traditional market has to offer many things to do and enjoy, for example try the exquisite Nuremberg sausages (There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany) or the traditional Nuremberg gingerbread (There are over 300 different kinds of bread in Germany). Nuremberg is a place obsessed with art, food and beer (There are over 1,500 different beers in Germany) but the really big appeal is the great outdoors – One third of the country is still covered in forests and woodlands, and there are over 2100 castles in Germany, most of then in the Bavarian region.

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For centuries, Nuremberg was the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of most German kings, who kept their crown jewels here. Rich and stuffed with architectural wonders, it was also a magnet for famous artists, though the most famous of all, Albrecht Dürer, was actually born here. ‘Nuremberg shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars,’ gushed Martin Luther. By the 19th century, the city had become a powerhouse in Germany’s industrial revolution.

The Nazis saw a perfect stage for their activities in working class Nuremberg. It was here that the fanatical party rallies were held, the boycott of Jewish businesses began and the infamous Nuremberg Laws outlawing German citizenship for Jewish people were enacted. On 2 January 1945, Allied bombers reduced the city to landfill, killing 6000 people in the process. After World War II the city was chosen as the site of the war crimes tribunal, now known as the Nuremberg Trials. Later, the painstaking reconstruction – using the original stone – of almost all the city’s main buildings, including the castle and old churches in the Altstadt, returned the city to some of its former glory.

  • Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second-largest city and the unofficial capital of Franconia.
  • The Nazis saw a perfect stage for their activities in working class Nuremberg.

Nowadays, people can visit Nuremberg’s castle, Kaiserburg. Situated on a hill overlooking the winding streets below,  has been a symbol of the city since the Middle Ages. There are three sections of the complex: the imperial castle fortress, the bur-grave (headquarters of Medieval regional administration), and the municipal buildings of the Free Imperial City of Nuremberg (when Nuremberg was a city-state). Visitors can pay admission to explore the interior of the castle, including its residential Palace and double chapel, well house, and Sin-well Tower, but some of the best views of the Old City of Nuremberg can be seen from the courtyard, which is free to explore—comfortable shoes are a must for the uphill climb to get there.

Shoppers will delight in The Breite Gasse shopping mile, from the Hauptmarkt to the train station, offers access to a wide array of shopping. Along Königstraße, and in the side streets and alleys, there’s a range of retailers from bargain to traditional, luxury to Lego Store. One of those side streets, running parallel to the Pegnitz River, is Kaiserstraße, where there’s even more high-end shopping to be found—fine leather, home accessories, and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces are some of the best finds here.

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Visitors looking for a hip scene can visit the trendy Gostenhof (GoHo) district on the edge of the city’s center. Stores full of unusual antiques, secondhand goods, and vintage home décor characterize the neighborhood, ensuring a unique change of scenery from the nearby locales.

Remember, German is the language of Goethe, Marx, Nietzsche, and Kafka, of Mann, Brecht, and Grass. Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler, and Schoenberg spoke and wrote German, as did Freud, Weber, Einstein, and Heisenberg, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger. To learn German could open you more than a door in the world and nothing better than study German language in Germany. If you already speak German, could opt to start or continue your career in a well known university in Nuremberg.

If you are a big fan of football (Soccer in North American English) Germany is home to some of the finest professional European clubs and players. 1. FC Nürnberg, known locally as Der Club, was founded in 1900 and plays in the 2. Bundesliga (2017–18 season). Their official colors are red and white, but the traditional colors are red and black. They play in the imponent Max-Morlock-Stadion which was refurbished for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and accommodates 50,000 spectators and surely you would like to visit and experience how Germans live the most popular sport in Germany first hand.

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IFX Transfer News: Villagomez returns to Professional Soccer in Poland

Łomza, Poland– Villagomez transfers to III-Liga club ŁKS Łomza (Poland) during the 2014 winter transfer period after having competed with Dergahspor Nürnberg in the fall. Villagomez is one of a three key players to have left Dergahspor during the transfer period. “I am very excited to return to Poland once again, it feels like a homecoming for me after my previous stints here; to be able to help a club maintain itself in the league is an exciting prospect for myself (Villagomez).” Two other Americans join the roster in addition to Villagomez: Forward Alexander Rodier(Williamstown, NJ) and defender Kevin Ipina (Danbury, CT). Both were distinguished NCAA Division-II athletes at Dominican College (Rodier) andPost University (Ipina). This is their first stop in Europe after having previously been with the Westchester Flames and CFC Azul respectively in the USL-PDL division, effectively the fourth tier of US Soccer behind the third tier USL Pro division.

Opening Day of the second half of the season:

ŁKS Łomza set the tone in the shutout victory with a 1-0 result versus Motor Lubawa. Ipina and Rodier both featured in the victory with Ipina starting and going the distance at left back. Rodier was a second half substitute and unfortunate to not seal the match in the 75th minute as the Lubawa net minder made a point blank save from 11 meters. Villagomez watched from the stands as his certificate has yet to arrive from the Deutscher Fußball-Bund.

Match Review (03.08.14) ŁKS Łomza-Motor Lubawa (1:0)

As for Chris, in his first weeks at our international soccer academy in Nürnberg we saw many strong qualities in him and game composure and consistency that gave us the confidence in him to arrange the opportunity to trial with SG Quelle Fürth. He is a tall, strong, quick and team player that really enjoys the game. He is a possession player, and guarantees accurate passing. The right footer comes to Germany with USA Olympic Development Program U18 team experience and also international experience with various teams and programs in England.

  • IFX partner club SG Quelle is well regarded as a feeder for some of the pro clubs in the area.
  • SG Quelle counts with excelent facilities and Gym opened everyday.

 SG Quelle Fürth U19´s team leads the highly competitive U19 Landesliga, which is the third tier of under 19 youth football in Germany and Bavaria, one level below the Under 19 Bayernliga, a league which Fürth has in previous years competed in regularly. The Fürthers are well regarded as a feeder team for some of the pro clubs in the area like Greuther Furth and the recently promoted to 1. Bundesliga 1. FC Nuremberg.

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