Nürnberg Attractions

This is my second post on Nürnberg. For information related to train stations, bus stations, and hostel reviews, check here.

Doku Zentrum (Documentation Center and former Nazi Party rally grounds)

All information related to DZ can be found on the website for Nürnberg museums here. Tickets for adults cost €5,00 and include the audio guide. If you choose to pay an extra €2,50 for the Tagesticket (day ticket), you can visit all local municipal museums free of charge for the duration of that day. However, this concession is not available for holders of the Nuremberg Pass.
You can take the tram#9 from Nürnberg Hbf or tram#6 from Kohlenhof to reach DZ. The Haltestelle is right outside the building.

Courtroom #600

All information related to visiting hours, and admission fee can be found here. This surviving Nazi officials were prosecuted for their war crimes in this courtroom. Their contact details :

Memorium Nuremberg Trials
Bärenschanzstraße 72
90429 Nuremberg, Germany
Tel : +49 (0)911 321 – 79 372
Fax : +49 (0)911 321 – 79 373
Email: memorium@stadt.nuernberg.de

Albrecht Dürer’s House

You’ll probably discover this inconspicuous house as you walk around the town. It is right on A. Dürer Straße if you check your map. Guided tours are available in English at 2 pm on Saturdays. For more information, check here.


Next up: DIY walking tour in Nuremberg

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Nürnberg

Nürnberg or Nuremberg, in the German state of Bavaria is best known for the post WW2 trials. This city had also been the location of Nazi party rallies and laws stripping Jews of their citizenship were passed here. There was symbolic value in making it the place of Nazi demise. If you have visited Dachau or any other CC, this is where you get your closure. This stop, I believe, is a must for every student for the simple reason that Nuremberg is home to the Doku Zentrum (Documentation Center) – the former Nazi Party rally ground. Apart from the famous courtroom #600, the town offers a fort (which makes for a pleasant morning hike and breakfast spot), the house of Abrecht Dürer, and a toy museum.

Getting There:

  • Nürnberg Hbf – The central station is located just off Bahnhofstraße (A&O Nürnberg Hbf) and easily connects to Königstraße, Allerbergerstraße (Novotel), and Frauentormauer (Five Reasons Hostel). Grab a map before you exit or look up the directions to your hostel using the station WiFi.
  • Nürnberg ZOB – If you are arriving by MegaBus, MeinFernBus or Flixbus, this is where you’ll get off. Look for a bright yellow neon sign POST on an ancient building. The ZOB, Bahnhofstraße is just around the corner from the post office.

That said, I definitely recommend Megabus. Have a look at my post about planning a holiday here. MeinFernbus (merged with FlixBus) is way more expensive. My ticket from Munich to Nürnberg cost me just £1,20 and the WiFi in the bus actually worked!

Hostel Review:

I stayed at The Five Reasons Hostel on Frauentormauer. This place holds a 9.2 rating on HostelWorld and I thoroughly endorse it! The location is perfect, the staff is super friendly, the kitchen is squeaky clean and well equipped, there’s a garden in the back, the rooms are spacious with large windows, and don’t even get me started on the bathrooms ♥ It’s the complete luxury experience for a minuscule fraction of the cost. They actually have paintings and rugs in the bathrooms. Can you beat that? Also, the reception is equipped with iPads for your ease of access GoogleMaps, tours, etc. They also have a Polaroid Wall in the foyer that you can contribute to by sending them pictures of your stay.

Transport:

You can pick from the regular options – UBahn, SBahn, buses, and trams. For the most part, the town is accessible on foot. It’s really not that big. The only time you’d need to take the tram is to reach the Doku Zentrum. But more about that in my next post!

Attractions:

  1. Nuremberg Fort : At the far end of the town – way past the local market, museums, and churches – this is a short hike. You can drive up to the base. There is parking available. There isn’t much to see on the fort. It’s basically a ruin. But it’s a great place for a picnic, or a photoshoot. The top of the fort offers a beautiful panoramic view of the town.

2. Germanisches Nationalmuseum : Founded in 1852, it is home to a large collection of items relating to German culture and art.

3. House of Albert Dürer : This was the workshop of Albert Dürer, who was a Renaissance artist.

4. Neues Museum : This is the museum of modern and contemporary art.

5. Nürnberg Toy Museum : Founded in 1971, it is considered one of the most well known toy museums in the world. It is also called the Lydia Bayer Museum.

6. Doku Zentrum : What was earlier the rally ground of Nazi Party, is now a fantastic museum that chronicles the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. It is also, I believe, the only standing structure of that period associated with the Nazi rule.

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München

When I landed in Munich, I was thoroughly exhausted and almost about to pass out in the airport lobby. I had flown three times in one single day : Bangalore – Mumbai, Mumbai – Paris, and finally Paris – Munich. Phew! I had nearly missed that last connection so my relief on having reached Deutschland was unmatched.

Munich Airport

Flughafen München is the international airport of Munich. I didn’t have to go through immigration because my point of entry into the Schengen Zone was Paris (CDG/Roissy Airport). My passport already stamped and tucked inside my bag, I was ready to embrace Germany – my ultimate love. The terminal I got off at resembled a lowly bus station. The carousels indicators didn’t display flight information and a lot of bags were just lying in a heap on the floor. Thankfully, the WiFi was good. I signed in, while I waited for my bags to arrive, and sent out my “I reached and I am OK” texts to my family. When you get out of the baggage claim area, look out for S-Bahn signs in green. They will take you underground to the train terminus. The Fahrkarten (tickets) can be purchased from the self-help kiosks. Don’t worry if you don’t speak German. They let you choose from 4 or 5 languages and English is one of them 🙂

To reach Meininger Munich, where I was staying, I had to get off at Hackerbrücke Straße. This is also the Busbahnhof and just a stop before the Hauptbahnhof. Don’t worry if you don’t have a map of the train line. All trains have a printed map just above the doors. I recommend keeping a screenshot of Google Maps on your phone / tab before you arrive in the city. Once you have reached your hostel, you can pick up a local map. The U-Bahn in Munich is pretty straightforward. You can also find the map in Google Images.

Hostel Review

I stayed at Meininger Munich which is absolutely fantastic during winter, but definitely not during the summer for the simple reason that it turns into a furnace.
Pros: Linen included, WiFi access, 24 hour reception, Walking Tours and Travel Desk, laundry room, Breakfast (charged separately)
Cons: The windows don’t open. If you are visiting during a heat wave, you will literally melt without air conditioning.

The Meininger chain is pretty famous all over Germany and Austria. I had the most amazing stay at the Meininger near Frankfurt Airport. The City Center hostel has a tiny kitchen and an outdoor terrace. It is centrally located. The bus terminus (for MegaBus, FlixBus, and MeinFernBus) is a short walk away and just next to the U-Bahn line. The München Hauptbahnhof and the city center are further down the road from the hostel. The Augustiner Brauhaus famous for its draft beer is right opposite the hostel. There is also a small bar and restaurant as an extension to the hostel.

I am covering Munich this weekend. Also included are day trips to Dachau and Füssen (Schloss Neuschwanstein). Keep watching this space for more.

Up Next: Munich in a day.

Nuremberg Fort

I just didn’t have the energy to go up to the fort yesterday afternoon. So I decided to have breakfast there today. I am in love with this hostel! The rooms are spacious and they have big windows that actually open! Also my roommates are super nice.

The fort is say maybe a 20 min walk + climb from Frauentormauer. It was nice and windy all the way up. Not a lot of people on the streets. The Hauptmarkt was just setting up.

There are some nice gardens on the top that are open only on specific days. But this view is perfect for a little picnic. I got some lovely strawberries on the way back. I admit it – I have a thing for them. I am going to pack my stuff in a bit and head to the Documentation Center. I leave for Dresden in the afternoon.

Nuremberg.

hello! I moved to Nuremberg this morning. I had a nice paced out start to my day because the Munich ZOB is just 400m from Meininger City Hostel. It is right next to Hackerbruecke train station. You have to enter the mall from the bridge and take the loft down to the bus station. I travelled with MegaBus after nearly 4 months and I was super excited because this is the first time I got to travel during the day. It feels like a total Yun Hi Chala Chal Rahi set up from Swades. In case you need help, there’s an information point at the end. Don’t worry about all the FlixBus banners. The information point caters to all bus companies.

I arrived in Nuremberg a little past noon. After a quick stop for Pommes and Cola, I decided to look for the hostel. So, you go right from the ZOB on the Bahnhofstrasse and reach a Nieemberg Tourist info point. Fro, there on, take the Koenigstrasse for the main city highlights. I had to take a left to Frauentormauer. It’s maybe 500m from the ZOB. Fabulous hostel! I am in love with the facility.

The people here are super nice. I have 4 Chinese roommates who are super giggly and very smiley. I like them. I set out at 2 to walk around the town. It is not big. Twenty minutes from the beginning of Koenigstrasse will get you to the fort. I covered the St. Lawrence church, the Holocaust memorial,Hauptmarket, the Rathaus and the Toy Museum. I couldn’t find the Documentation centre. I will try again tomorrow morning. I found a fabulous Comic store btw. They have awesome stuff.

Don’t just sleep with anyone anywhere!

When you are traveling for weeks together, you need to rest well. And for that you need a comfortable bed and hot showers. This is very much achievable with one simple app. Hostel World. Registration is free. Download it on your cellphone and iPad because this will be your savior throughout the holiday. There is a possibility that you might have to make last minute reservations or plan an impromptu detour.

HW gives you Hotel, B&B and Hostel listings. Now, they are all going to look inviting and appealing until you do a thorough check. Make sure you use the filter options before you even start going gooey over the first option you are shown.

Here are some of the basic filter settings I use:

  • Hostels
  • Cost (up to €25) – please don’t pay more than that unless you are out on the road without a place to go. I have lived in some fantastic places for as little as €15 per night.
  • Rating (60% – 100%) A 60% rating does not necessarily mean it is bad. A 100% rating doesn’t mean it is shit expensive. I have booked a hostel bed with a 100% rating for €16 per night.
  • 24 hour reception: If your flight / bus / train is arriving late into town, you want a hostel that will take you in at an unholy hour of the night. It will also mean that you are billed from that afternoon but at least you won’t be sleeping at the bus station.

What you should also check for are local taxes (some are included, some not), breakfast, linen and WiFi. Read the reviews before you book a bed. People who’ve stayed there before will generally have written about cleanliness, the staff, and accessibility of the location. Read a few reviews before you finalize the hostel.

What’s the best you can get out of your hostel stay?
If you are arriving in town before 2PM (the common Check-In time for hostels), leave your bags in the storage room. Hostels don’t charge for this. Feel free to roam around and explore the city before coming back to the hostel to rest. Free Maps! These also come with excellent advice from the staff. Do chat with the hostel staffers because they are usually very friendly and will tell you about all the cool places to visit and where to go for cheap beer 😉 Hostels sometimes have bike rentals for the day and it is an excellent method for exploring the city. You can take a ride around town on a lazy Sunday morning wh.en it is all quiet and peaceful. If you are staying for a long period, you can also use the laundry facilities at the hostel for a nominal charge. Most hostels provide trunk sized lockers under the beds. You can either rent a lock or carry one yourself. Unveil your inner MasterChef! If you want to save on food, your best option is to cook. When I lived in Paris, my weekly grocery bill was a measly 10€, 14 if I added a bottle of cheap wine. But if I were to eat out, a bare minimum meal cost was upwards of €15. So, stop at a supermarket and use the kitchen in the hostel. Get talking and you will end up making some friends. Maybe you can cook together. In Nice, my roommates and I didn’t cook well but we bought some excellent wine to wash it all down. Hostels also have discount cards for gift shops, museums, etc.

Don’t over-think about living with unknown people because they won’t remain strangers for long. You will meet some fantastic people and might even end up traveling together.

Planning a Holiday 101

It takes a bit of effort and a fair deal of research to plan a good holiday. Be prepared to spend a decent amount of time flipping through the pages of Lonely Planet and looking up travel itineraries on Google. Here’s my absolute must do when I start planning a trip.

  • Lonely Planet Guidebook
  • Hostel World app
  • Fodor / Frommer’s Itineraries

Here’s how and why these are an excellent base to plan a trip. Lonely Planet is fantastic when it comes to detail and gives you a lot of information on city passes, timings and cost of tickets to museums, palaces, etc. Frommer’s gives you draft itineraries for your chosen destination. You don’t have to follow any of these, but you now have an inkling of what is doable in a given span of time. When you have decided which cities to visit, you should have a map that looks something like this:

Germany-Austria-Czech

Decide the direction of your trip along with the starting point. For example, it will never make sense to start from Berlin if you are travelling from India. There aren’t any direct flights. Essentially, you will stop over at Munich or Frankfurt. So, it would be better to get off at either and do a full circle to the other city. Now, the next important part is looking up suitable connections between the cities. This will also help you determine how many nights you will spend in a particular town before moving to the next one. Don’t book any hostel beds until you have sorted out inter-city travel! Remember this mantra: there is always a way to travel cheap. If you are in France, I suggest you familiarize yourself with SNCF. It is expensive but you can get some fabulous discounts with a Carte Jeune. Travelling by TGV is an experience you don’t want to miss out on! The SNCF card works in France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium from what I remember. But of course, there are much cheaper ways of inter-country travel. My ultimate favorite is MegaBus. The buses are never late, have WiFi, a super tiny cramped WC, comfortable seats and charging points! What more do you need, eh? The best part, unlike SNCF, is that MegaBus website is available in English (so is SNCF, but I will tell you why you shouldn’t use it in a separate post). Similar to Megabus, you have MeinFernBus and FlixBus in Germany. The tickets come with printable luggage tags! For those travelling in groups, it might be worthwhile to opt for carpooling. BlaBla Car and Mitfahrgelegenheit are your best options. Remember that there can be baggage restrictions in these cases and you will need a functional cell phone number to get in touch with the car owner. What about air travel? Sure, there are a lot of low cost airlines operating in Europe that actually fly ok. Ryan Air, if you ask me, is pretty shitty in terms of travel quality. But hey, it is cheap and efficient travel. And for that, I love them!

Look up travel time, cost and ease of travel before you make your decision. Take into account connectivity to the bus/train station or airport before you finalize anything. In Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, and Barcelona, the airports are connected by train and bus. In Rome and Barcelona, you will get bus information at the airport Tourism office. In Frankfurt and Berlin, you can take the U-Bahn to wherever you are staying in town.

Once you have figured out inter-city travel options, make a list of your preferences with the details of bus / train stations or airport details. This is where you need Google Maps. Fire up the search engine on Hostel World and start looking at your options. There are a lot of factors you need to consider when booking your accommodation. I will write a more detailed note on that later. If you are travelling in a group of 3 or more, it might be worth your while to book a private room. If you are a solo traveler, depending on what you are comfortable with, you can pick a gender specific / mixed dorm. Make sure you check the hostel address on Google Maps to ensure accessibility to the train / bus stations. It will be a rubbish choice to stay far away from the main city because you would end up spending on train / tram tickets to see anything worthwhile. Most European towns can be covered on foot and I highly recommend this.

Okay, so we are almost done. Put all this together and you will have a holiday plan complete with draft itineraries, intercity / inter-country travel bookings, and accommodation!