Nuremberg for many people is still associated with its traditional gingerbread (Lebkuchen) products, sausages, and handmade toys. But the old town of Nuremberg in the shadow of the towering imperial castle is more than that. Gothic churches, splendid patricians’ houses and romantic corners and spots. An atmosphere of lively co-existence between medieval and modern, between the past and the present, prevails in Nuremberg.
The Nuremberg International Toy Fair, held at the city’s exhibition centre is the largest of its kind in the world. Pocket watches (*Nuremberg eggs) were made here in the 16th century by Peter Henlein.
Like many European cities, Nuremberg offers a pedestrian-only zone covering a large portion of the old town, which is a main destination for shopping and specialty retail. The Pedestrian zones of Nuremberg host festivals and markets throughout the year, most well known being Christkindlesmarkt, Germany’s largest Christmas market and the gingerbread capital of the world.
Handwerkerhof (map), is another tourist shopping destination in the style of a medieval village. It houses several local family-run businesses which sell handcrafted items from glass, wood, leather, pottery, and precious metals. The Handwerkerhof is also home to traditional German restaurants and beer gardens.
The Academy of Fine Arts is the oldest art academy in central Europe and looks back to a tradition of 350 years of artistic education.
+ KUNSTNÜRNBERG – Online – Magazine for Contemporary Art and History of Art in Fürth, Nuremberg and Franconia.