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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
Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019
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Park Inn by Radisson Nuremberg

Park Inn by Radisson Nuremberg

Sandstr. 2-8, Nuremberg, BY
     
    4.4 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Great room, comfortable bed and great bedding, and of a better quality that you would expect in this somewhat budget sector of the market. The location is convenient although not actually in the historic old town. The breakfast is adequate only. I would recommend this hotel for a comfortable and ...

    AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg $57
    Reviewed on Feb 2, 2019
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    AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg

    AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg

    Kaulbachstrasse 1, Nuremberg, BY
       
      3.8 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Outdated but comfortable. Excellent breakfast offerings, but rooms were not well insulated from sound. Safe and close to Ubahn station.

      Maritim Hotel Nürnberg $65
      Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019
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      Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

      Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

      Frauentorgraben 11, Nuremberg, BY
         
        4.0 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Excellent stay, staff are always friendly and attentive. Food was excellent

        Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City - Hauptbahnhof $70
        Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019
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        Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City - Hauptbahnhof

        Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City - Hauptbahnhof

        Bahnhofstr. 14, Nuremberg, BY
           
          4.2 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Very close to the things we did. Very good location for min expense

          Park Plaza Nuremberg $93
          Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019
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          Park Plaza Nuremberg

          Park Plaza Nuremberg

          Bahnhofstraße 5, Nuremberg
             
            4.6 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Room was small check in was not a good experience.. however Expedia fixed everything !! So impressed !! And thankful! Upgraded to a fabulous superior room and few fab goodies in mini bar!!it was my birthday although no one knew that ..so just made my stay even better .. thank you Expedia will most ...

            a&o Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof $21
            Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019
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            a&o Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof

            a&o Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof

            Bahnhofstr. 13-15, Nuremberg, BY
               
              3.3 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Great location. Great value and well run. Everyone was helpful. Good breakfast for €7

              Sheraton Carlton Hotel Nuernberg $99
              Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019
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              Sheraton Carlton Hotel Nuernberg

              Sheraton Carlton Hotel Nuernberg

              Eilgutstr. 15, Nuremberg, BY
                 
                4.5 of 5
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                Very clean, tidy, quiet, very helpful and pleasant staff. Lots of amenities to use. Within a short walking distance of town.

                Burghotel Nürnberg $73
                Reviewed on Apr 20, 2019
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                Burghotel Nürnberg

                Burghotel Nürnberg

                Lammsgasse 3, Nuremberg, BY
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Wonderful quaint hotel in old town. Great breakfast and great location.