Low-level shot of Nuremberg Castle, Germany
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Nuremberg Castle

Germany > Nuremberg

As one of Nuremberg's main identifiers, the historic Nuremberg Castle (Kaiserburg) is a group of medieval buildings that sit proudly on a sandstone ridge in the city's historic centre. Built to represent the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire, the castle is thought to be one of Europe's most menacing medieval fortifications, so is a striking historical sight that's well worth a visit on your trip to Nuremberg.

The historical context of this landmark dates back to the Middle Ages when the German kings and Roman Emperors didn't have specified capitals, but rather they travelled between the country's majestic castles. Nuremberg's became a particularly important imperial castle in this era, with all of the kings and emperors having supposedly stayed here at some time or another. The original imperial castle was built around the year 1000, with further additions made in the following 200 years or so; the buildings here act like a really interesting historical timeline for you to explore as you look around

Main areas of the castle to visit

One of the main sections of the castle you won't want to miss is the Palas and double chapel, in the original Imperial Castle. Originally used for official functions and as a residence for the emperors, today the Palas houses a permanent exhibition on the workings of the Holy Roman Empire. Although constructed on the site of the original 11th century buildings, the Palas was actually rebuilt a number of times in its history, which included a major renovation following the end of World War II.

The Imperial Castle is also home to the Sinwell Tower, which has an observation deck with amazing views of the city, as well as the Deep Well, a 48-metre-deep water source that's likely to have provided the castle with water since it was first built, and the Imperial Chapel, a beautiful Romanesque double chapel set over two stories connected via an open ceiling, which represents the hierarchy of medieval society. All of the Imperial Castle features are grouped together around a charming courtyard, forming the centrepiece of the complex.

There is also a second, pentagonal tower and the Walburgis Chapel, all of which are the remains of the former Burgrave's Castle destroyed in 1420, as well as the Luginsland Watchtower, and the Imperial Stables. In fact, there are so many different elements to the castle complex you won't struggle to fill your visit with interesting discoveries.

Helpful tips

  • Reduced mobility - When exploring the Imperial Castle, the only room with lift access is the Knights' Hall in the Palas; all other rooms can only be accessed via stairs, which could be tricky for some. But good news - the courtyard is wheelchair-friendly, so it's easy for everyone to enjoy the grounds' atmosphere.
  • Wear comfortable shoes - For those than can tackle the stairs, it's best to wear comfortable shoes so that you can reach all the rooms and the top of the tower easily. The castle itself is also on a pretty steep hill, so you'll want to be comfy if arriving at the sight on foot.
  • Using your camera - Taking photos and videos of the outside for your personal use is completely okay, however photographing the inside and using video drones is restricted, so make sure you enquire ahead if you plan to do this.
Opening Times

April 1st to September 30th

  • Open Daily: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

October 1st to March 31st

  • Open Daily: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Price Information

Combined ticket for the Palas, Double Chapel, Deep Well, Sinwell Tower, and Imperial Castle Museum

  • General : 7.00 EUR
  • Children Free

Admission to the Deep Well only

  • General : 3.00 EUR
  • Children Free

Ticket for the Palas, Double Chapel, and Imperial Castle Museum

  • General : 5.50 EUR

Ticket for the Palas, Double Chapel, and Imperial Castle Museum

  • Children Free
Address

Burg 13

Nuremberg

Bavaria

Germany 90403