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12 Cool Things To Do in Nuremberg

Nuremberg. The first things you’ll probably think of are the Nuremberg Rally, the Nuremberg Trials, and Nuremberg’s Christmas market. And for sure, Nuremberg sausages. And then? Do you think a weekend of things to do in Nuremberg would be cool? With trendy cafés and hip shops? No? I say: YES! Nuremberg has more to offer than its history and mulled wine and sausages. I’ve spent a weekend in Nuremberg and checked out the cool sites of this city. And guess what: I found a lot! Nuremberg can (at least in some spots) be as cool as Berlin. Especially the Gostenhof neighborhood is really cool. But you can also find some cool places in the rest of the city.

My ultimate guide to cool things to do in Nuremberg, if you’re not looking for the typical tourist sights

Things to do in Nuremberg: Cafés and Pubs

Café Mainheim

Red flower in a glass jar on a cafe table

Café Mainheim is a chic but not too-chic café; it looks like your mum came into a hipster living and cleaned up a bit. Besides the yummy homemade cake, you can order food from a daily changing menu. But the Mainheim is not only a café, it’s also a bookstore, where you’ll find everything a hipster heart loves about art, architecture, and design. And sometimes they even have live music.

wooden table with two chairs

Salon Regina

people sitting on red chairs outside a cafe

Salon Regina is like hipster-central in Gostenhof; you will stand out if you’re male and don’t wear a beard, a beanie, and some cool tattoos. Some say here you’ll find the best Currywurst in town; if that’s true, then Nuremberg is as Berlin as possible, including the slightly grumpy waitress (at least the one I’ve met there).

Zeit & Raum

yellow and green interior wall

Zeit & Raum call itself the “living room of the old town,” as I haven’t seen any cozier cafés in the old town, I take this for granted. I think it’s a bit too big as a living room, there are many different rooms with different interiors and this diversity can also be found in the description of Zeit & Raum, on the one hand, it’s a French restaurant. It’s also a fondue restaurant, and they have Eurasian brunch on Sundays. It’s kind of confusing me. But the brunch was delicious. Better book a table as it can be really crowded on Sundays.

Schanzenbräu Schankwirtschaft

people sitting inside a pub on wooden chairs

Schankwirtschaft (pub) of Schanzenbräu reminded me a lot of a Berliner restaurant. Its interior is rustic, and the food is delicious. Here, you’ll get every traditional food you must try when visiting Nuremberg. And they also have a cozy beer garden.

Things to do in Nuremberg: Shopping


three necklaces on a green table

Senfgelb is a true treasure chest of jewelry and accessories. It’s all homemade by its owner, Marina, mainly using pottery. You can also buy some of her photographs as postcards. As many people also tried to buy the interior, she just opened a new store with vintage furniture.


shop entrance with bike and chairs

flex! was one of the very first cool shops in Nuremberg. It opened five years ago, and here you can find furniture, lamps, and accessories from the 30s to the 80s. It’s only open four days a week, but you can look at their Facebook page to check out the latest in-store highlights.



If you’re in love with vinyl, you will adore 14,80. They have over 10.000 records from all different genres. If you’re looking for cool stuff for your apartment you can find a lot of hip lamps in there too.


clothes rack with t-shirts and a bike

Fachmarie is the perfect shop for you if you’re looking for a birthday present but have no idea what to buy. Here, you’ll find inspiration. The shelves are rented mainly by local artists who sell their homemade products.

Backyard flea markets

two people sitting outside selling clothes
alley in a garden with clothes

If you love flea markets, you’ll also love the backyard flea markets in the different neighborhoods of Nuremberg. Yes, there you’ll find a lot of trash, but if you look closely, you can also find a lot of bargains. You can find all the different flea markets in Nuremberg here.

Things to do in Nuremberg: Street art

black and light blue street art
blue and red street art

Finding good street art in Nuremberg is hard. The best thing is to get lost completely; then, your chances are high to see some lovely murals.

Things to do in Nuremberg: Hotels

black and white bed with desk and chair
red and white table with wooden chairs and piano

I stayed at Design Hotel Vosteen in Nuremberg, and I loved it. Especially as I love time traveling, and in Vosteen, you get a glimpse of how it must have been to live in the 50s. It’s hidden in a side street and sadly not in my favorite neighborhood, Gostenhof, but besides this, it’s totally unique.

Things to do in Nuremberg: what else?

toys on outside street floor

If you haven’t been to Nuremberg before, you must stroll around the old town. At the “Beautiful fountain” (yes, it’s really called like this) you can find a golden ring, if you spin it three times it will grant you one wish.

black railing

All addresses and some more things to do in Nuremberg you can find on my Nuremberg list on foursquare.

Have you been to Nuremberg before? Do you think it’s a cool city? Anymore cool things to do in Nuremberg to add?

Check out the guide to Gorlitz another charming German town.