A visit to Nuremberg Castle: Opening hours, Entry fee & Photos

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Nuremberg Castle is one of the most beautiful places to see in Germany especially if you are in the south of Germany, also known as the Bavaria.

Nuremberg Castle History:

The Nuremberg castle has been one of the most important imperial castles of the Holy Roman Empire since the medieval times. During the middle ages, the Roman emperors would travel a lot. So for their comfortable stay at most of the famous places which were a part of the holy roman empire, they made castles called “imperial castles”.

One of those famous imperial castles was Nuremberg castle. Nuremberg castle still houses the imperial artifacts and weapons. Once can still see things like the imperial stick, imperial throne, weapons including swords, cannon balls, different kind of rifles and pistols. These are all housed inside the castle, the most part of which has turned into a museum.

The whole of the Nuremberg town in the middle ages used to have a fort wall surrounding the city. There used to be towers also along the fort walls also known as fortified city walls. You can still see the walls around the city.

Google map view of fort wall around Nuremberg

Google map view of fort wall around Nuremberg

Nuremberg castle facts:

  • Nuremberg Castle was built up of sandstone. The underground rock cellars were used for centuries for fermenting and storing beer.
  • All the Holy Roman Emperors stayed at Kaiserburg Castle for a short period at least between 1050 and 1571.
  • Excavations on the site have uncovered remains of fortifications dating back to before 1000 BC.

Nuremberg castle parts:

Castle courtyard:

Castle courtyard is the front yard that you see on the entrance. There is a nice aerial view of the city from here as well.

Deep well and Sinwell tower:

The Deep well is famous because during the middle ages deep well was the main source of water for the imperial castle. You can also climb using a staircase inside the sinwell tower and from there you get a very nice view of the whole of the Nuremberg town.

Also read: Places to see in Nuremberg

Imperial gardens:

There are two imperial gardens called castle gardens and Maria Sibylla Merian Garden as a part of the Nuremberg castle premises.

Nuremberg castle timing:

Like most of the visiting places in Europe, Nuremberg castle has its own timing as well. Here are the details:

  • Nuremberg castle timings from April – September: Daily 9 am – 4 pm
  • Nuremberg castle timings from October – March: Daily 10 am – 4 pm

However, the castle is closed for visiting during Christmas and new year timing. Also, the outside area like two gardens called castle gardens and Maria Sibylla Merian Garden have different timings.

Here are the timings of the Nuremberg garden castles:

Nuremberg Castle Gardens timings from April – October: 8 am at the earliest until 8 pm
November – March: closed

Maria Sibylla Merian Garden timings from April – October: Sundays and Mondays from 2 pm – 6 pm
November – March: closed

Nuremberg castle entry fee:

There are different entry fees for the different parts of the castle as mentioned in one of the paragraphs above. Based on these areas, here are different entry fees for the Nuremberg castle parts:

  • Joined ticket (Palas with Double Chapel, Kaiserburg museum, deep well and Sinwell tower): 7 € / reduced 6 €
  • Demonstration of the well and panorama from the Sinwell Tower: 3,50 € / reduced 2,50 €
  • Palas with Double Chapel/ Kaiserburg Museum: 5.50 € / reduced 4,50 €
  • Castle Gardens and maria Sibylla Merian Garden: admission free

More and up to date information about the entry fee can be found on the official site here.

Nuremberg castle photos:

deep well and sinwell tower from nuremberg castle side

deep well and sinwell tower from nuremberg castle side

guns inside nuremberg castle

guns inside nuremberg castle

imperial cup inside nuremberg castle museum

imperial cup inside nuremberg castle museum

inside sinwell tower

inside sinwell tower

Nuremberg aerial view from Nuremberg castle

Nuremberg aerial view from Nuremberg castle

Nuremberg panorama on copper plate from nuremberg castle

Nuremberg panorama on copper plate from nuremberg castle

Nuremberg streets

Nuremberg streets

A Visit to Congress Hall, Nuremberg

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Nuremberg became famous in the modern era history because of the second world war and being the vantage point of Hitler. Nuremberg is known for Nuremberg trial, Nuremberg rally, congress hall etc.

Nuremberg, Hiter, and Second world war

Nuremberg was a significant city during the times of the second world war because of being the Hitler’s favorite city for planning. Also because of the city’s relevance to the Holy Roman Empire and its position in the centre of Germany, the Nazi Party chose the city to be the site of huge Nazi Party conventions – the Nuremberg rallies.

From Nuremberg rally in 1933, Hitler rose to power from here. The Nuremberg rallies became huge Nazi propaganda events, a centre of Nazi ideals. Nazi propaganda included modernization of Germany, urbanization, industrialization but there was a huge conspiracy behind it.

Congress hall:

Nuremberg, being the hometown of my friend, Sam, we decided to go and take a look at the place. Trust me, the whole building was deserted and there were no tourists there. We really felt lonely.

The congress hall in Nuremberg is a grand structure but people in Germany hate Hitler so much that it has been left just like that and no one likes to go and see that place. Although architecture wise this building is a grand building.

After the second world war, many people wanted to destroy the congress hall but it was preserved because of its architecture. Later, some proposals were proposed to turn congress hall into sports complex or a stadium but that was rejected.

Today, congress hall just lie deserted and no one really likes to visit.

Congress hall pictures, Nuremberg:

Sam at congress hall in nuremberg

Sam at congress hall in nuremberg

congress hall, nuremberg

congress hall, nuremberg

congress hall in Nuremberg from inside

congress hall in Nuremberg from inside

congress hall from a distance

congress hall from a distance

almost no tourist at congress hall nuremberg

almost no tourist at congress hall nuremberg

How Hiking in Germany is different to Hiking in India

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A thought of walking into the woods always excited me and especially, if it’s Germany and amidst the Bavarian forest. So, I was there at Sam’s house near Haroldsberg, Nuremberg in south Germany. We spent some time over there.

One day, I asked him to take me to a nearby hiking place so that I can see what hiking in Germany looked like and how was that different to hiking in India.

So, I looked out for some hiking places around Nuremberg and I found one. We drove to that place. And here is how Hiking is different in Germany than India.

Hiking in Germany vs Hiking in India:

Here are some of the hiking differences that I noticed while hiking in Germany:

  • Hiking in Germany is more organized than hiking in India.
  • You get to see the sign boards everywhere and even at the bifurcations so there are chances of getting lost is very minimal.
  • Hiking has a defined area where you can hike. Out of that area, you cannot hike. And hikers respect that demarcation.
  • While on the other hand, there have been a lot of trekking incidents in south India where a lot of mishaps have happened.
  • On the top, you will see benches to sit and enjoy the view.
  • Other hikers greet you and locals do not disturb you unless and until you do not disturb them.
  • You can drive literally much closer to the hiking spot peak.
  • There will be a parking place as well.
  • Also, there will shops on the top and even the guest houses as well.

Pictures from Small hike near Nuremberg, Germany:

A bench at the hike top Bavarian woods near Nuremberg hike Large agricultural farms near Nuremberg Hiking near Haroldsberg (5) A tractor trail on a hike a village near nuremberg Fallen log in the woods Hiking view while hiking near Nuremberg