You can easily spend a full day here seeing the sights in Nürnberg. Begin as soon as you get off the train and step into the Handwerkerhof, just inside the walls across from the station (an underground passage leads from the station to the top of Königstrasse, the street that cuts through the old city). In this unabashedly touristic precinct of faux-medieval cottages artisans create the products for which Nürnberg has been known since the Middle Ages: glassware, pewter (often in the form of beer mugs), intricate woodcarvings, and toys; the adjoining Historische Bratwurst-Glöcklein is a genuinely authentic centuries-old beer hall that serves traditional Nürnberg-style bratwurst with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes. From here follow Königstrasse through the city (in many parts closed to cars) to Hauptmarkt, the central market square, filled with kiosks stacked tall with fresh produce brought in from the countryside, and from there into the adjoining Rathausplatz and up through steep streets to the castle. Along the way you’ll pass the city’s standout churches, St. Lorenz and St. Sebaldus.
A Nürnberg card (23€) gives you admission to 10 museums and free transportation for 2 days, but you probably won’t want to see all the museums (unless the Pigeon Museum hits a special chord with you) and except for the Dokumentationszentrum, it’s easy to get where you want to go in Nürnberg on foot. Here's a better scheme: at most city museums, if you add 2.50€ to your admission, you get a Day Ticket for free entry to other museums for the rest of the day.
It’s a pleasure to come upon some lesser monuments as you walk through Nürnberg. The Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) on the Hauptmarkt is a stone pyramid, 18m (60 ft.) high, from 1396 that is adorned with 30 figures arranged in four tiers. Another Hauptmarkt attraction is the Männleinlaufen clock, set into the facade of the 14th-century Frauenkirche; seven electors of the Holy Roman Empire glide out of the clockworks at noon and prance around Emperor Charles IV. “The Hare, a Tribute to Dürer,” in the medieval Tiergartnerplatz, is a 1984 sculptural reference to the artist’s Junger Feldchase (Young Hare), an almost photographic-quality rendering in watercolor—here the animal is depicted quite grotesquely in bronze.
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