Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is Bavaria's second-largest city. It woos visitors with a wonderfully restored medieval Altstadt (old town), a proud castle, major museums and the world-famous Christmas market.
Once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Nuremberg's lineage stretches back over ten centuries. It has been an important site for imperial Germany; it housed the crown jewels and, was decreed the first sitting venue for any new parliament. It's a cultured city, speckled with works of its favorite son - Albrecht Dürer. Other assets are of the culinary variety: the Nürnberger Bratwürste (sausages) are an irresistible specialty, as are the Lebkuchen - large and soft gingerbread cookies, normally eaten at Christmas but available here year round.
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This upscale hotel is set in the heart of Nuremberg, close to historic sights, museums, parks and well-known shopping streets.
There's a bountiful supply of natural and cultural treats to explore in and around Nuremberg. Aside from active physical pursuits, bicycle and walking tours are one of the best ways to see the city. A number of beautiful smaller towns - Bamberg and Bayreuth, most notably - lie within an hour's journey.
At the Handwerkerhof, Nuremberg continues to ply its traditional Franconian handicrafts - glassware, wooden toys, pottery and leather. Meters down the road in the city center, the multinationals and local boutiques nestle next to each other. Bigger malls are on the outskirts of the city.
Nuremberg lets its conservative guard down as dark descends. Bars range from ultra-sleek dance clubs to traditional lederhosen-lined beer-barns. High culture is here too. The excellent Plärrer, available at newsstands throughout the city, is the best source for events around town.
Nuremberg has festivals dotted all over the calendar. Many of these center on the Hauptmarkt, celebrating the change of seasons and the enjoyment of fresh food. Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas markets) run throughout Bavaria starting in late November and ending around December 23. Nuremberg's is the country's best known and biggest. Scores of colorful stalls sell mulled wine, spirits and roast sausages, and trinkets litter the square as the smell of Lebkuchen biscuits wafts overhead.
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