Places You Can Visit for Free
By now you know all about my Nuremberg experience and, hopefully, you have read my review of that wonderful small town. However, in this post, I would like to provide a useful guide for those that have found themselves in Nuremberg but cannot afford to spend too much (or at all) money during their stay there.
Actually, since the expensive part of our trip was reserved for after Nuremberg, we encountered the challenge to enjoy the town without spending money aside from buying bare necessities (food and drinks).
I’m sure that during our short stay, we didn’t manage to see everything, but these are the things we went for and enjoyed them.
The Altstadt is the old part of Nuremberg and it is packed with historical landmarks that are worth seeing. Gorgeous architecture, rich historical values, and picturesque streets can be enjoyed in the Altstadt completely for free. You can just wander around, relax on a bench, and if you feel like it maybe treat yourself to a cup of coffee or a German wurst.
The popular Kaiserburg Nurnberg or the Nuremberg Castle is a must-visit spot, even if you don’t want to spend any money there. Namely, visitors can walk around the castle and even inside the castle without paying any entrance fees. Entering the Tower or the museum buildings, however, comes with a cost that we decided not to pay. The view from the castle toward Nuremberg alone is worth the visit.
Hangman’s Bridge is a narrow, wooden and surprisingly charming bridge that has a nasty history. This was actually the home of the town’s hangman! Right at its beginning, you will notice a small museum where you cannot enter for free. Walking across the bridge, on the other hand, and taking photos is completely free; hence, that’s what we did!
This popular Bavarian restaurant is featured in almost all reviews and souvenirs of Nuremberg thanks to its striking architecture and nice location. Going inside and tasting all the delicious specialties on the menu is certainly on our list for our next Nuremberg visit; however, since we couldn’t afford that this time, we just walked around, took photos and enjoyed the view. I’m telling you, it was great!
Der Schoene Brunnen
This 14-century fountain is found in the main marketplace in Nuremberg and it may be easily missed during Christmas season or Altstadt Festival because of the tents. I would, therefore, recommend putting it on your bucket list and visit it; I mean, aside from its historical value and awesome design, it’s a magical fountain. Yup, I’m serious. The locals’ story is that the gold ring on the fountain makes wishes come true once it’s turned three times.
Not everyone’s cup of tea, this medieval cemetery is one of the things that left me the strongest impression during my Nuremberg adventure. My travel partner and I made a deal not to visit the cemetery even though it was featured on many must-see lists because we thought it was creepy and possibly disrespectful. However, we accidentally found ourselves in front of its gates and decided to enter the eternal resting place of many prominent Nuremberg citizens; impressive statues, gravestones and rose bushes will take your breath away and chill your bones.
Way of Human Rights
Another thing to experience in Nuremberg for free is the monumental outdoor sculpture Way of Human Rights (external site). It was designed and built as part of the town’s efforts to leave behind its Nazi-reputation and present itself as a place of human rights and peace. It’s right in front of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, which, you guessed it, we didn’t visit due to its entrance fee.
St. Johhanis, Stadtpark and Rosenaupark
Whichever you chose you won’t regret it; we managed to visit both of these wonderful parks that will heal your soul and tired legs from endless walking with their well-maintained plants, bushes, and flowers. I personally always enjoy visiting parks because they give you a chance to see what the locals are doing there – working out, riding bikes, enjoying picnics etc. Naturally, you can use one of these spots for a picnic of your own while you’re having a budget-friendly lunch or planning what to do next.
The Handwerkerhof Nurenburg offers small shops dedicated to traditional German and Bavarian crafts. This beautiful section made of cobblestones and cute wooden houses is worth a visit for free. It’s located within the old city walls and Tower, right by the Bahnhof station. There are also few rustic restaurants alongside the souvenir shops.
The Gardens of the Hesperides are outside the city walls and are the only gardens of the ring of gardens that existed around the city that were restored. We were a bit reluctant to walk that far and possibly find the place closed, since we headed there pretty late (around 5 pm and apparently from April to October the Gardens are open from 8 am to 8 pm); nonetheless, we were lucky to find its gates open and enjoyed tremendously our walk inside the gorgeous gardens. There are numerous statues and fountains that make for a perfect view as well as photos.