Nuremberg is the second-largest city of the German state of Bavaria (after Munich). Although a lot was destroyed during World War II, the city has an attractive center, dominated by the impressive castle and the gothic churches. In addition there are streets with beautifully restored mansions, romantic squares and intimate spots: an ideal city-trip destination.
The city has over half a million inhabitants.
Nuremberg is located in the state of Bavaria in the south of Germany. The center lies on the Pegnitz River, just east of where it discharges into the Main. Nuremberg lies approximately 160 kilometers north of the Bavarian capital Munich.
In the nineteenth century Nuremberg developed itself as the industrial heart of Bavaria with the establishment of companies like Siemens and MAN. Industry is still important: there are factories for electronic, mechanical and optical equipment and motor vehicles are also manufactured here. Siemens is the largest industrial employer. Every year, the city hosts the world's largest toy fair, but there are also other fairs, especially in the high-tech field.
Nuremberg Airport (in German: Flughafen Nürnberg) is situated 5 kilometers north of the city center. It's easily reachable by rental car via freeway A3 (Frankfurt -Regensburg). This road connects with two other freeways, the A9 and A6. Together they form a beltway around Nuremberg.
Nuremberg has an extensive network of public transport. There are subways, streetcars and buses. Most lines run via the Hauptbahnhof (train station) or have their central stop here. There are also excellent bus and train connections with other places in Germany and abroad, including Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and the Czech capital Prague.
Nuremberg's center is divided into five sections. If you want to drive from one section to another, you first need to return to the beltway to reach that other district. The area nearby the castle is closed to vehicles at night. Many parking places in the street are reserved for residents, but there are several garages around the center to park your rental car. An electronic system already indicates on the beltway which parking garages have availability.
Nuremberg has a large choice of accommodations, ranging from youth hostels and budget accommodations to luxurious five-star hotels. There's also a campsite on the verge of the city, Campingpark Nürnberg. During large fairs (especially during the International Toy Fair) all hotels are booked up. If you want to attend that fair, or want to visit Nuremberg that time, you need to book your room well in advance.
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