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Nuremberg Castle

Explore within the sturdy walls of this ancient fortified palace and learn about the hilltop castle that has defined the Nuremberg cityscape for nearly 1,000 years.

Nuremberg Castle (Kaiserburg Nürnberg) looks out over the city from a rocky hilltop, its high sandstone walls symbolizing the city’s imperial power over the centuries. Dating back at least to 1050, the castle hosted kings and rulers from around the Holy Roman Empire and the Kingdom of Bavaria throughout the ages. Make your way through the legendary fortifications and discover the imperial complex within. Wander around the medieval courtyard and check out sites imbued with ancient history, as well as a fascinating museum.

The Nuremberg Castle’s central courtyard has an intriguing panorama of historic structures. See the Heidenturm (Heathens’ Tower) and the Kaiserkapelle (Emperor’s Chapel) on one side and the Tiefer Brunnen (Deep Well) and the Sinwellturm (Sinwell Tower) on the other.

Investigate the ancient well shaft in the Deep Well building. This small half-timbered building has a pretty gabled roof and contains an eerie well shaft about 160 feet (50 meters) deep. Begin your climb up the stairway of the Sinwell Tower, which is a tall circular structure that was built as a keep in the 13th century. The tower has an upper floor with timbered interiors added in the 16th century. Discover the tower’s high observation platform and look out over the city of Nuremberg. Scan the medieval city walls, church steeples and historic landmarks, as medieval watchmen would have done centuries ago.

Walk to the Kemenate, a former women’s residential building that now contains the Imperial Castle Museum. Run by the German National Museum, this display presents a fascinating insight into the castle’s history. See archaeological artifacts, architectural fragments, ornaments and scale models, as well as sketches that were used for the castle’s reconstruction.

Nuremberg Castle is located in the northern part of Mitte on a hilltop within the medieval city border. Purchase combination tickets for access to the museum, the chapel, the tower and the well house. Visit the castle gardens and the Maria Sibylla Merian Garden for free. The castle complex is open daily, except for December holidays and Shrove Tuesday. The gardens are closed throughout winter.

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AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg $66
AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg

AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg

Kaulbachstrasse 1, Nuremberg
     
    3.8
    of 5, from 489 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tiergartnerplatz and Nuremberg Castle. St. Sebaldus Church and Schoener Brunnen are also within 15 minutes. Kaulbachplatz U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Friedrich Ebert Square U-Bahn is 7 minutes.

    Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg $104
    Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg

    Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg

    Dr.-Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 1-7, Nuremberg
       
      4.7
      of 5, from 504 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Nuremberg Old Town, 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. Opernhaus U-Bahn and White Tower U-Bahn are within a 5-minute walk.

      Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg $99
      Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg

      Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg

      Bahnhofstrasse 1-3, Nuremberg
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 665 reviews
        4.5 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.

        Maritim Hotel Nürnberg $80
        Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

        Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

        Frauentorgraben 11, Nuremberg
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 602 reviews
          4.0 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.

          Park Plaza Nuremberg $105
          Park Plaza Nuremberg

          Park Plaza Nuremberg

          Bahnhofstraße 5, Nuremberg
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 263 reviews
            4.0 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. Nuremberg Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Lawrence Church U-Bahn is 7 minutes.

            Sorat Hotel Saxx Nürnberg $102
            Sorat Hotel Saxx Nürnberg

            Sorat Hotel Saxx Nürnberg

            Hauptmarkt 17, Nuremberg
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 615 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Nuremberg Old Town, this hotel is steps from Main Market Square, Schoener Brunnen, and Frauenkirche. St. Sebaldus Church and Heilig Geist Spital are also within 5 minutes. Lawrence Church U-Bahn is 6 minutes by foot and White Tower U-Bahn is 12 minutes.

              Novotel Nuernberg Centre Ville $105
              Novotel Nuernberg Centre Ville

              Novotel Nuernberg Centre Ville

              Bahnhofstrasse 12, Nuremberg
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 612 reviews
                4.0 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. Nuremberg Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lawrence Church U-Bahn is 10 minutes.

                Living Hotel Nürnberg by Derag $77
                Living Hotel Nürnberg by Derag

                Living Hotel Nürnberg by Derag

                Obere Kanalstr. 11, Nuremberg
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 724 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Mitte, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plarrer Square and Nuremberg Palace of Justice. Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum and German National Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Gostenhof U-Bahn is only a 3-minute walk and Nuremberg Rothenburger Straße Station is 5 minutes.