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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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Park Inn by Radisson Nuremberg $68
Park Inn by Radisson Nuremberg

Park Inn by Radisson Nuremberg

Sandstr. 2-8, Nuremberg
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 281 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Located in Mitte, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plarrer Square and Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum. St. Lorenz Church and Schoener Brunnen are also within 1 mi (2 km). Plarrer U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Nuremberg Steinbühl S-Bahn is 5 minutes.

    AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg $61
    AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg

    AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg

    Kaulbachstrasse 1, Nuremberg
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 522 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.

      Maritim Hotel Nürnberg $68
      Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

      Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

      Frauentorgraben 11, Nuremberg
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 660 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.

        Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City - Hauptbahnhof $84
        Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City - Hauptbahnhof

        Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City - Hauptbahnhof

        Bahnhofstr. 14, Nuremberg
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 615 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Handwerkerhof, Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum, and Heilig Geist Spital. St. Sebaldus Church and Nuremberg Palace of Justice are also within 3 mi (5 km). Nuremberg Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and Woehrder Wiese U-Bahn is 9 minutes.

          a&o Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof $12
          a&o Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof

          a&o Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof

          Bahnhofstr. 13-15, Nuremberg
             
            3.3
            of 5, from 544 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Mitte, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Handwerkerhof, St. Lorenz Church, and Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum. Heilig Geist Spital and Frauenkirche are also within 15 minutes. Nuremberg Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lawrence Church U-Bahn is 10 minutes.

            Park Plaza Nuremberg $93
            Park Plaza Nuremberg

            Park Plaza Nuremberg

            Bahnhofstraße 5, Nuremberg
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 304 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Handwerkerhof and St. Lorenz Church. 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.

              Sheraton Carlton Hotel Nuernberg $95
              Sheraton Carlton Hotel Nuernberg

              Sheraton Carlton Hotel Nuernberg

              Eilgutstr. 15, Nuremberg
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 344 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Communication and Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum. Heilig Geist Spital and St. Sebaldus Church are also within 1 mi (2 km). Nuremberg Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Opernhaus U-Bahn is 5 minutes.

                Burghotel Nürnberg $64
                Burghotel Nürnberg

                Burghotel Nürnberg

                Lammsgasse 3, Nuremberg
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 460 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Nuremberg Old Town, this hotel is steps from Albrecht Duerer House and St. Sebaldus Church. Schoener Brunnen and Frauenkirche are also within 10 minutes. Lawrence Church U-Bahn is 11 minutes by foot and Friedrich Ebert Square U-Bahn is 11 minutes.