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St. Lorenz Church

This medieval Lutheran church is renowned for its exquisitely ornate Gothic façade, intricate interior vaults and spacious hall choir by Konrad Heinzelmann.

Stand before the monumental western façade of St. Lorenz Church (Sankt Lorenz Kirche) and you’ll be amazed by its intricate brickwork and towering dual spires. The church’s colossal towers and nave mirror its St. Sebald counterpart on the other side of the Pegnitz River. Admire the church’s ornate designs from its courtyard at Lorenzer Platz and walk inside to see its unusually magnificent Lutheran interior.

Gaze up at the colossal tiered towers, which soar 260 feet (80 meters) into the sky. Topped with magnificent copper spires, the towers can be seen from many points in the medieval town center of Nuremberg. Check out the central rose window and the large arched doorway. Work began on the church in the 13th century, but it was not completed until 1477. In 1525, during the Reformation, it became a Lutheran church.

Enter the church and explore its large nave. The breathtaking choir is designed in the German late Gothic style and contains a carving of the Angels’ Greeting by Veit Stoß and an enormous tabernacle. See the church’s three-part organ, which dates back to 1862. The church’s main organ was installed in the 1930s and is one of the world’s largest organs. Check out its 12,000 pipes spread across 165 registers. The church’s belfry contains 16 bells, the oldest of which is from the 14th century.

The church suffered a great deal of damage in World War II and was meticulously restored. Try to spot parts of the old high-Gothic basilica amid the 20th-century restorations.

St. Lorenz Church is located in the St. Lorenz district of Nuremberg’s Old Town on the southern side of the Pegnitz River. While in the area, be sure to check out the Pfarrhaus Lorenzkirche parsonage and the Tugendbrunnen fountain. Stop at one of the several cafés and restaurants nearby and visit the popular shopping strip. The church has a railway station directly outside. Visit the church for free during the day. Plan your visit around the regular services held here and inquire about timing of organ concerts and bell soundings.


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

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    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.

    Maritim Hotel Nürnberg $68
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      4.0
      of 5, from 661 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.

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        4.5
        of 5, from 306 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.

        Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City - Hauptbahnhof $76
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          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.

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            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.

            Sheraton Carlton Hotel Nuernberg $95
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              4.5
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              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.

              AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg $53
              AZIMUT Hotel Nuremberg

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                3.8
                of 5, from 523 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.

                Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg $95
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                Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg

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                  4.2
                  of 5, from 698 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.