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.