Everyone needs a winter city break cheer them as the weather turns and the nights get longer. Nuremberg is a fantastic choice for the colder months. It is a wonderful city in which to while away some winter days on options that range from festive events and winter markets to warming gingerbread treats that go perfectly with a steaming hot chocolate.
Go to the theatre
The art nouveau Staatstheater has been playing host to operatic, ballet and orchestral performances in Nuremberg since it opened in the early 20th century. The theatre is often chosen to show premieres as well as established works.
Staatstheater Nürnberg, Richard-Wagner Platz 2-10, 90443 Nuremberg, +49 (0)911 231 3808
Visit the toy museum
Nuremberg has long been associated with toy manufacturing, from medieval doll makers to the tin toy producers of the industrial age. This four-floor museum is set within a Renaissance town house and chronicles the history of toys from the earliest wooden playthings to more modern inventions such as Barbie, Lego and Playmobil. This is only one of many excellent museums that call Nuremberg home, with everything from modern art to centuries old paintings available to peruse.
Spielzugmuseum, Karlstrasse 13-15, 90403 Nuremberg, +49 (0)911 231 3164
Discover a local delicacy
Lebkuchen-Schmidt sells one of Nuremberg’s most famous products, gingerbread, based on a recipe that has remained unchanged for the last 600 years. Its soft biscuits, featuring a blend of almonds and spices, are made using ingredients from trusted suppliers and packed immediately after baking to ensure the highest quality.
Lebkuchen-Schmidt, Plobenhofstrasse 6, 90403 Nuremberg, +49 (0)911 22556
Explore a winter market
There are few places where it’s possible to feel more festive in the depths of winter than Nuremberg. The city’s Christmas market is one of the oldest in Germany and is an annual highlight for locals and visitors alike. Over 200 stalls offer seasonal specialities, ranging from aromatic gingerbread and glühwein (mulled wine) to the regional speciality bratwurst sausage and local crafts. Children will also be particularly pleased with the old-fashioned carousel, ferris wheel and steam train.
Christkindlesmarkt, Hauptmarkt, 90403 Nuremberg, +49 (0)911 23360
See inside a famous artist’s house
The fully restored house where Albrecht Dürer lived and worked was home to the great artist from 1509 to 1528. Today, visitors can see the house as it would have been in Dürer’s era, view copies of his works and learn more about his techniques. Take an audio tour, voiced by an actress in the character of Dürer’s wife Agnes, and be guided around the residence while admiring its historic architecture.
Albrecht-Dürer-Haus, Albrecht-Dürer-Strasse 39, 90403 Nuremberg, +49 (0)911 231 2568