Nestled along the banks of the Pegnitz River, Nuremberg’s walled Old Town (Altstadt) is crisscrossed by narrow, cobblestone alleys lined with distinctive half-timbered houses. Here are a few highlights not to walk past when exploring the Altstadt.
- Stroll along the Altstadt’s medieval city walls and the banks of the Pegnitz River, photographing the colorful, half-timbered buildings along the way.
- Listen as a tour guide shares insight into Nuremberg’s rich history, dating back to the days of the Roman Empire.
- Learn of Germany’s activities during the rise of the Nazi Party and the rule of the Third Reich in Europe.
- Admire main sights such as the west facade of 13th-century St. Lawrence Church alongside attractions including the Albrecht Durer House and Nuremberg Castle.
- Soak up the atmosphere in the bustling Hauptmarkt, where Nuremberg’s famous Christmas market—Christkindlesmarkt—is held.
- On a city walking tour, head to the Craftsmen’s Courtyard, where glass cutters, goldsmiths, leatherworkers, stained-glass painters, and other artisans ply their trades.