Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas market) is world famous. It runs from the Friday before advent until Christmas Eve. Wander among the red and white stalls to pick up Christmas trinkets — brightly coloured baubles, intricately carved decorations, miniature wooden toys — and graze on chocolate-covered strawberries, traditional gingerbread hearts and mouth-watering sausage rolls.
Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Nuremburg is inextricably linked with Nazi Germany. Not only were the historic trials of the Nazi ringleaders conducted here after World War II, Adolf Hitler chose the city as the site of the Nazi party rallies throughout the 1930s. Parts of the Rally Grounds remain standing, and the Documentation Centre museum houses a superb exhibition examining Hitler’s rise to power and the circumstances that made it possible.
Built on an outcrop of sandstone way back in the 11th century, the medieval Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle) dominates Nuremberg’s skyline, it’s worth the trek to the top for panoramic views across the city’s tightly packed gabled rooftops.
No trip to Bavaria is complete without sampling the local beer. The Altstadthof Hausbrauerei in Nuremberg’s old town brews its own, and you can go on a tour of the network of cellars dug underneath the city to keep the barrels cool.
Pick up a tin figurine from the Toy Museum as a memento of your trip. Learn about Germany from prehistory to the present day at the German National Museum. And check out the home of Albrecht Dürer, the famous Renaissance artist.