Private Day Tour
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Nuremberg is an ideal destination for a day trip from Munich as it offers countless top sights to see. This Nuremberg private day tour gives you a deep insight into two completely different chapters of German history. The Middle Ages, when Nuremberg was one of the most important cities in the German Empire. And the darkest chapter of German history, the Third Reich with Nuremberg as one of the „Führer cities“ and venue of the Nazi party rallies.
Although Nuremberg was one of the most badly destroyed cities in Germany during World War II, countless buildings in the old town bear witness to the glory of former centuries. The mighty city walls, numerous half-timbered houses and magnificent Gothic churches make the old town a true open-air museum. And also underground historical sights await you like the Nuremberg historic rock-cut cellars or the World War II Art Bunker.
Nuremberg's monuments from the Third Reich give you a deep insight into the history of Nazi Germany. Here in Nuremberg the Nazis held their annual party rallies with hundreds of thousands of participants on a site ten times the size of the historic old town. And after the end of the war, Nuremberg became the place of fate for members of the Nazi leadership when they were given their just punishment in the "Nuremberg Trials".
Get additional impressions of this private day trip from Munich to Nuremberg via the video, the picture gallery and the additional information below.
Tour details at a glance
9 - 11 hours
Travel time to main destination
Tour start from Munich:
9 pm at the latest
Price of private tour:
including transportation, insurance, bottled water, guide service with private walking tour - entrance fees and other personal expenses are not included - price based on tour start/end in Munich, price for other places of tour start/end might differ
Nuremberg Private Day Tour
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Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds
The documentation center shows an exhibition on the history and function of the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and its monumental buildings. Embedded in an overview of the history of the Third Reich, the exhibition provides the visitor with an exciting summary of the complex topic of National Socialism. Depending on time and interest, we can visit this exhibition or just see the most important places from the outside such as the former Congress Hall, the Parade Avenue or the Zeppelin Field.
Nuremberg Dungeon and Underground Tour
Nuremberg's underground also has a lot to offer. As early as the Middle Ages, countless cellars and tunnels were dug into the mountain below the imperial castle to store beer there. During the Second World War, parts of these tunnels were converted into air raid shelters, in which not only the population found refuge. A unique art depot was created in the old rock vaults, in which the most important Nuremberg art treasures survived the hail of bombs of World War II unscathed. Another underground attraction are the dungeons below the old town hall with 12 small cells and a torture chamber, which convey an impressive picture of medieval justice.
Memorial Nuremberg Trials
In November 1945 the trials against leading representatives of the Nazi regime began in Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. Even if Nuremberg as a city had a special symbolic meaning because of the Nazi party rallies and the race laws, very pragmatic reasons were decisive for the selection of this location. The Palace of Justice with its neighboring detention center offered sufficient space and, due to its location outside the city center, it was largely undamaged. The Memorium Nuremberg Trials opened here in 2010 and provides information at the original location with a permanent exhibition on the history and effects of these proceedings, which continue to have an impact today with the establishment of the International Criminal Court in Den Haag.
Nuremberg sausage and gingerbread (Bratwurst and Lebkuchen)
On your Nuremberg private day tour you will not only visit historical sights, but also experience special culinary landmarks, the Nuremberg sausages and the gingerbread.
The recipe for the finger-sized sausages is already over 700 years old and as a geographically protected product, it may only be made according to this recipe and only in Nuremberg. There are also many legends about the little delicacies. It is said that business-minded Nuremberg restaurateurs wanted to serve their guests even after curfew. That's why the landlords invented sausages that also fit through keyholes.
In addition to the bratwurst, the Nuremberg gingerbread is the second product with a protected geographical indication. They were invented here in the 15th century, when the spice traders imported exotic spices such as ginger, coriander and cinnamon from the Orient. A special treat are the Elisenlebkuchen, which can contain a maximum of 10% flour and mostly consist only of nuts and honey.
Nuremberg Castle (Kaiserburg)
The Imperial Castle is the city's medieval landmark and shapes the appearance of the old town with its mighty walls and towers. It made Nuremberg one of the most important cities in the medieval German Empire, because the newly elected emperors had to hold their first Imperial Assembly there. Visit the interior of the castle with its exciting exhibitions on the medieval history of the German Empire or just enjoy the fantastic view of the tiled roofs of the old town from the castle hill.
Nuremberg Albrecht Durer House
No matter whether you are interested in painting or not, the Albrecht Durer House is definitely worth a visit. The former home of the most famous German painter is one of the few medieval houses in Nuremberg's old town that survived the Second World War. The historical kitchen and two living rooms provide an insight into the everyday life of the master, copies of his main works convey an impression of the genius of Albrecht Durer.
St. Lawrence Church
The Gothic Church of St. Lawrence is one of the most important Protestant church buildings in Germany and impresses with its mighty facade and one of the largest organs in the world. Although the church suffered severe damage in the Second World War, you can admire ornate altars and magnificent church art inside.
At least as impressive as the building is the story of the church patron, St. Lawrence who was administrator of the church treasures in ancient Rome. Emperor Valerian wanted Lawrence to hand over the riches of the Catholic community to him but Lawrence distributed them to the Christian parishioners. To the emperor he presented a host of poor and sick, widows and orphans as the true treasure of the church. Therefore, he was executed on a red-hot iron grate and so he became the patron saint of many professional groups that deal with open fire, such as bakers and cooks.