Nuremberg ranks high among the German Christmas markets, and for good reason. Located in the center of the Altstadt (old town) are sprawling red and white stalls displaying various trinkets and treats. The smell of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts fill the air while you hear the sizzling of the Nuremberg bratwurst at every turn. 

Glühwein (mulled wine) is usually served in a cute mug, which you pay a €1.50 deposit and is included in the cost of the mulled wine. Once you return the mug to any participating stall, you will receive your deposit back. We decided to keep ours as keepsake, and collected a few throughout our trip.

Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas markets) are located in the Hauptmarkt (the market square). You can’t miss the Frauenkirche, which is the large gothic church.

Be sure to check out Schöner Brunnen, the 14th century Gothic style fountain located in the market square. Do note that in the winter it is turned off and relatively obscured by the market stalls. 

Established in 1332, the Heilig-Geist-Spital (Hospital of the Holy Spirit) was once upon was a healing center, and now serves as an old atmospheric Bavarian restaurant. Call me lame, but this has almost a Harry Potter feel to it. 

One of the many bridges leading into Nuremberg.

Take time to stroll through the charming cobbled street of Weissgerbergasse (not pictured) to take in the half-timber architecture.

WHERE TO EAT: Alte Kuch’n/Im Keller

We ducked into Alte Kuch’n for lunch and found a cozy nook while enjoying Kellerbier. I was craving Schweinshaxe (pork crackling) and hubs wanted to try the famous Nuremberg Bratwurst. 

The “warmer apfelstrudel mit vanillesauce und sahne” is TO DIE FOR. Not much of a fan for apple pie or even apple strudel, this is not the case when we’re in Bavaria and I just can’t seem to get enough. Hands down, this is the best apple strudel we’ve ever had. Do yourself a favor and try it from this place!

Day or night, Christkindlesmarkt is festive and fun. We only wish there were more daylight hours, as sunrise isn’t until 8:30 AM or so, and sunset is at 4:30 PM. 

For those that know us, we have no interest in kids at the moment so it’s surprising that we decided to check out Kinderweihnacht, the Children’s Christmas Market. This definitely brought out the kid in me, and even had me begging to go on the intricate Carousel.

There was no happy ending here folks, as I only got to watch others partake. I suppose it did make a nice background for this photo.

Just as we were heading back towards the main square, it began to rain. Not letting that stop us!

I knew I would have regrets if I didn’t get to have the apple strudel once more before leaving. It was late our last night in Nuremberg when the craving hit. 

We initially stopped by Alte Kuch’n, but were disappointed to find the restaurant full. However, the kind staff directed us down towards the basement to “Im Keller”, which has a more medieval feel than Alte Kuch’n but serving the same menu. We later found out there was a separate entrance off on a different side.

WHERE TO STAY: Adina Apartment Hotel

Located a short 5-10 minute walk from the Christmas markets, we can’t recommend this hotel enough. You get the most bang for your buck, as the rates are fair considering the rooms are essentially an entire apartment. It is spacious complete with a living room, kitchen (with stove, microwave, and cookware if you are interested in cooking your own meals), in-room washer/dryer, and separate bedroom. The hotel has pool and fitness center as well, and the decor is clean and modern.

We thought that surely nothing could compare to Nuremberg, but Germany proved us wrong when we caught a train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, just over an hour away. Check out the fairytale Christmas village here.