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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