From its Medieval heritage to its captivating modern edge, Nuremberg is a city brimming with history and yet embracing the contemporary. Take trains to Nuremberg and discover it for yourself. Located in the southern state of Bavaria in Germany, roughly 160km north of Munich, Nuremberg is one of the country's most picturesque destinations. It epitomizes the gingerbread-style old town of Christmas memories while featuring chic restaurants, nightclubs and beer gardens to rival any of its larger German counterparts.
It's the second largest city in Bavaria and is situated north of the state's capital Munich. The city is served by a large central station, known as Nuremberg-Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) connecting it to both German and international destinations such as Berlin, Cologne, Prague and Vienna. Upon arrival in Nuremberg, you'll find yourself in a diverse city with a fascinating and sometimes difficult past. Known for being the base of the Nazi Party, a visit to the rally ground and the courtroom of the post-war trails is a sobering but wholly worthwhile experience. Other highlights of a trip to the city include exploring the old city walls and the majestic castle which dates back to the 15th century. There are also plenty of excellent museums to visit, many of which can be visited on the single-purchase municipal ticket.
Nuremberg Castle: The castle, which dates back to 1495, dominates the city's old town. The gates of the castle offer fantastic views and there is also a museum which details the history of the fortification and many companies offer tours in English.
Courtroom 600: Famed as the court at the centre of the Nuremberg Trials, courtroom 600 is still a working court building and so can only be visited on a Saturday.
Art Bunker: The bunker is only accessible as part of a guided tour but a visit to this subterranean hideout is a must. Head underground and discover the place where prized possessions and artwork were stored during the Second World War.
City Walls: Most of the old city walls which saved the city from invasion remain intact today. You can also visit the five gates which still stand tall above the city.
Rally Grounds: The area around Bayernstraße was the location of the party rallies before the war and after they had designated Nuremberg their campaign headquarters. A must for those who love history.
Christmas Market: If you happen to be in Nuremberg in December, don't miss out on the opportunity to sample one of the many Christmas markets that litter the city.
When travelling by train from London to Nuremberg, your journey starts at London St Pancras International station on a Eurostar service to Paris Gare du Nord station. Upon arrival in Paris, you'll transfer to an SNCF service for Cologne before finally taking Deutsche Bahn ICE train from Cologne to Nuremberg via Frankfurt. This is only one route example and other variations are also possible. For instance, you could take the Eurostar to Brussels and travel to Cologne and Nuremberg with ICE services from the Belgian capital. The first train leaving London for Nuremberg departs at 06:47 while the last service leaves St Pancras International at 17:31. The average travel time for trains to Nuremberg from London is 10 hours and 45 minutes. However, if you selected the times and services correctly, you can reduce the travel time by almost 3 hours to just over 8 hours. On the average working day, there are 11 services that connect London and Nuremberg.
Nuremberg-Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) is an important transit hub and the largest station in North Bavaria. Also referred to as Nuremberg Central station, it's connected to many major German and international destinations including Berlin, Munich, Leipzig and Frankfurt. Vienna and Prague are served by trains from Nuremberg Hbf. Apart from the usual amenities, there are a number of bars, restaurants, ATMs and a left luggage facility at the station. There is a taxi stand outside the entrance to the building and most of the station enjoys step-free access for those with limited mobility. Station Square, located directly outside, is a central hub of Nuremberg and is a short walk from the historic city centre. The original architecture was primarily Gothic but transformed into a Baroque style by the designer Karl Zenger after the station was rebuilt in 1900. Other stations in Nuremberg include Nuremberg-Durrenhof, Nuremberg-Steinbuhl, Nuremberg-Rothenburger Strasse, Nuremberg-Gleisshammer and Nuremberg-Dutzendteich.