Imperial Castle of Nuremberg, Germany (with Map & Photos)

The Nuremberg Castle in Bavaria, Germany, is a world - famous imperial castle that transports visitors to medieval times. Both the Castle and the city walls are an essential stop if you visit the German city.

Nuremberg Castle
Nuremberg Castle

History of Nuremberg Castle


Nuremberg Castle was one of the most important imperial palaces of the Middle Ages and is a monument to the history of the Holy Roman Empire. It was harshly contested since its construction, and between the years 1050 and 1571, all the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire visited the Castle.

The Emperor's Chapel was built in the time of the Holy Roman Empire and remains intact today, fulfilling the functions of court church, imperial chapel and castle chapel. The Bavarian Palace Administration commissioned the restoration of Nuremberg Castle in 1934, since during World War II the Castle was almost completely destroyed.

Nuremberg Castle
Nuremberg Castle

Visit to Nuremberg Castle


During the visit to the Castle you will also visit the Imperial Castle Museum, which illustrates the history of the complex. Finds from archaeological excavations, ornamental architectural elements, models and reconstructions illustrate the history of this remarkable place.

The castle exhibition “Emperor - Empire - City” shows the history in a tangible way and gives a clear idea of ​​how the emperors ruled from the throne in the Middle Ages. In the entrance area, an eight-minute video explains what the castle is like in all its functions and each of the specific sections of the exhibition are accompanied by entertaining animated images.

Nuremberg Castle
Nuremberg Castle

In addition to a long walk through the defensive facilities and through Nuremberg's Old Town, which can be seen from Freiung Square, the castle's tallest tower, the Sinwellturm, is also a must- see. It rises majestically in the middle of the whole complex and 112 steps lead up to the panoramic platform located at the top, from where you can enjoy a unique 360-degree view. An exhibition on the devastation caused by the Burg & Stadt bombing is in the Sinwell Tower.

Right next door you can take a guided tour of the Brunnenhaus which houses a 53 meter deep well dug into the sandstone rock of the castle. During the visit, a lamp is lowered to the bottom accompanied by a camera while screens show the recorded images live. An unforgettable visit for both children and adults.

Nuremberg Castle Gardens


In the 15th century, gardens were created in the vicinity of the Castle, but after the destruction of the Second World War, they were redesigned preserving some elements of the 19th century. The inner courtyard of the Castle was dominated until 1934 by the impressive kunigundenlinde, a linden tree several centuries old. In the 1980s he had to be replaced by a young linden tree.

Nuremberg Castle Map