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Main Market Square

Discover the heart of Nuremberg when you visit the city’s historic central square, which is used regularly as a marketplace to this day.

Nuremberg’s Main Market Square (Nürnberger Hauptmarkt) is a historic civic landmark that has been the center of activity in the city since medieval times. Attend seasonal markets, pick up fresh fruits and vegetables and admire the historic architecture that surrounds the square. Try regional specialties or sample something more international at the daily market stalls. Take a seat and enjoy the medieval ambiance and bustling atmosphere of the square.

Stroll around the market Monday through Saturday and enjoy the sights and smells of the Wochenmarkt (Weekly Market). Seasonal fruits and vegetables, freshly baked bread and pretty flowers are among the products offered for sale at the stalls. Pick up delicious treats and quick meals from Bavaria and around the world from the daily snack vendors.

Relax as you stroll through the square and enjoy the picturesque streetscape. You’ll see the ornate detail of the tall Schönen Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain), as well as the awe-inspiring Gothic façade of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), which dates back to the 14th century. Visit at midday to watch the procession of medieval figurines on the central tower of the church and listen to the bells chiming.

Learn about German customs when you visit in September for the special Autumn Market and try a variety of treats made from seasonal ingredients, such as pumpkin. The Main Market Square also hosts a seasonal Easter Market. Prior to Christmas, experience the spectacular Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Markets). Peruse traditional Christmas gifts and see the market aglow with pretty lights reflecting off the snow-dusted square. Other events held here regularly include the Nuremberg Flea Market and Nuremberg Old Town Festival.

The Main Market Square is located near the northern banks of the Pegnitz River in Nuremberg’s Old Town. There is a bus stop nearby. Visit Hauptmarkt square for free at any time. Food and fresh-produce stalls are available daily, except Sundays. Other markets occur on a seasonal basis, so check with a local to find out what market you can expect next.


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Lodging Near Main Market Square

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$113
Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg

Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg

Dr.-Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 1-7, Nuremberg
4.7
of 5, from 224 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Mitte, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Way of Human Rights and City Point Nuremberg. Nuremberg Opera House and St. Lorenz Church are also within 10 minutes.

$65
IntercityHotel Nürnberg

IntercityHotel Nürnberg

Eilgutstr. 8, Nuremberg
4.0
of 5, from 708 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Communication and Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum. German National Museum and St. Lorenz Church are also within 15 minutes.

$93
Park Plaza Nuremberg

Park Plaza Nuremberg

Bahnhofstraße 5, Nuremberg
4.5
of 5, from 122 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Handwerkerhof, St. Lorenz Church, and German National Museum. Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum and Heilig Geist Spital are also within 15 minutes.

$90
Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

Frauentorgraben 11, Nuremberg
4.0
of 5, from 486 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Nuremberg hotel is 200 meters from the train station and just outside the walls of the Old City. The Nuremberg Opera House is at only 200 meters (0.1 miles) away, the Hauptmarkt and Heilig-Geist-Spital are within 0.8 km (0.5 mi). Nuremberg Castle is 1.3 km (0.8 mi) away.

$110
Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg

Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg

Bahnhofstrasse 1-3, Nuremberg
4.2
of 5, from 584 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated at the entrance to the historic city center, this renovated 19th-century hotel is across from the main railway station and a short distance from the Christkindlmarkt and Kaiserburg Castle.

$119
Novotel Nuernberg Centre Ville

Novotel Nuernberg Centre Ville

Bahnhofstrasse 12, Nuremberg
4.5
of 5, from 475 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Handwerkerhof, St. Lorenz Church, and German National Museum. Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum and Heilig Geist Spital are also within 15 minutes.

$113
Hotel Avenue

Hotel Avenue

Josephsplatz 10, Nuremberg
4.0
of 5, from 271 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maxbrucke and Nuremberg Toy Museum. German National Museum and Albrecht Duerer House are also within 10 minutes.

$105
Sorat Hotel Saxx Nürnberg

Sorat Hotel Saxx Nürnberg

Hauptmarkt 17, Nuremberg
4.6
of 5, from 504 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Mitte, this hotel is steps from Main Market Square, Schoener Brunnen, and Frauenkirche. Heilig Geist Spital and St. Sebaldus Church are also within 5 minutes.