Best Places to Stay in Nuremberg Old Town

Where to stay in Nuremberg, Germany? This guide will show you the best area to stay in Nuremberg for sightseeing and Christmas markets (including hand-picked hotels and apartments).

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Nuremberg is the second-largest city of the Bavarian region after Munich. Located on the Pegnitz River, it’s one of the most picturesque cities in Germany. The Old Town attracts visitors with its medieval charm, cobblestoned streets and pretty river views.

Packed with spectacular sights and centuries of history, Nuremberg is a worthy addition to any Germany itinerary. This is especially true in the winter when the city hosts the largest Christmas market in Germany!

Visiting Nuremberg for the first time? Then check out my in-depth Nuremberg itinerary. It covers all the must-see sights, including where to eat the famous Nürnberg Rostbratwurst.

To experience the best of what the city can offer, it’s important to base yourself in the right area. Thus, to make the decision where to stay in Nuremberg easier for you, I created this guide to the best areas and hotels. You’ll also find recommended hotels near the central train station (perfect for a short stay).


The best area to stay in Nuremberg, Germany

  • Sebalder Altstadt – for sightseeing
  • Hauptmarkt – for Christmas markets
  • Nuremberg Central train station – for easy access to the airport and trains

Where I stayed

I visited Nuremberg for the Christmas markets, arriving on a train from Munich. As this was my first time in the city, it was important for me to be near the historic sights and restaurants. In addition, I wanted to be at a walking distance to the Christmas markets.

My favourite place to stay in Nuremberg is Dürer-Hotel. The location is fantastic for sightseeing (right next to the castle in the historic centre). Rooms are spacious, comfy and the breakfast is excellent!

If you’re visiting Nuremberg for sightseeing (or the Christmas markets), choose accommodation in the Old Town. You’ll have everything right at your doorstep, including most of the historic sights, restaurants and Christmas markets.

Most popular hotel in Nuremberg

In a hurry? Looking for the best hotel with the most central location?

Then check out Sorat Hotel Saxx – it’s the most popular hotel. This is the best place to stay in Nuremberg.

Sorat Hotel Saxx – Most popular

Central location, right on the city’s main square, perfect for sightseeing. Walking distance to everything, including the Nuremberg Castle and Albrecht Dürer’s House. Rooms are well-appointed, comfy and quiet.
Why book – located on Hauptmarkt, quiet rooms, parking on-site


Altstadt

Sebalder Altstadt – best area to stay in Nuremberg

What is the best area to stay in Nuremberg?

The best place to stay in Nuremberg is the Old Town. Located north of the river, this is the area where most of the historic sights are located. You’ll be at a walking distance to the Nuremberg Castle, Albrecht Dürer’s House and the city’s main square, Hauptmarkt.

The Old Town of Nuremberg (Altstadt in German) is divided by the Pegnitz River into two parts. The north part is called Sebalder Altstadt, while the south – Lorenzer Altstadt. The names are derived from the largest churches in each of the areas.

Both parts are a great choice for first-time visitors and easily accessible by foot. Yet, if you’re visiting Nuremberg for sightseeing, I’d recommend staying in Sebalder Altstadt. This is the area, where you’ll find most of the must-see sights and restaurants. It’s the heart of the medieval city.

Benefits of staying in Sebalder Altstadt

  • this is the best area to stay in Nuremberg for first-time visitors
  • you’ll be just a short walk from the Nuremberg Castle, Albrecht Dürer’s House and Hauptmarkt
  • all the 4 Christmas markets are within the area of Sebalder Altstadt
  • the Central train station is less than a 20min walk
  • take a walking tour through the cobbled streets, lined with vibrantly-coloured half-timbered houses
  • drink a beer at the famous brewery Hausbrauerei Altstadthof, that dates back to the 14th century

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Old Town

Where to stay in Nuremberg Old Town

Hotels in the Old Town (Best for couples)

Sorat Hotel Saxx – Most popular

Sorat Hotel Saxx is one of the best places to stay in Nuremberg. Location is very central, right on the city’s main square, perfect for sightseeing. Walking distance to everything, including the Nuremberg Castle and Albrecht Dürer’s House. Rooms are well-appointed, quiet and provide everything you need.
Why book – located on Hauptmarkt, quiet rooms, parking on-site


Burghotel – Best rated

Set in a colourful townhouse, Burghotel features an excellent location for exploring the city. You’ll be just a short walk from the imperial castle and the city’s central square. The Bavarian-themed rooms are spacious with comfortable beds and pillows. Close to many nice restaurants and pubs.
Why book – 200m from Albrecht Dürer’s House, indoor pool and sauna, public parking nearby


Hotels in the Old Town (Best for families)

Hotel Agneshof – Most popular

Set in a quiet side street in the heart of the Old Town, Hotel Agneshof is the perfect place for families. Rooms are perfectly sized, comfortable with a homey feeling. Several excellent restaurants in close proximity.
Why book – 150m from Albrecht Dürer’s House, courtyard garden, generous breakfast


Hotel dasPaul – Best rated

Overlooking the river, Hotel dasPaul features an unbeatable location in the heart of Altstadt. Rooms are modern, spacious and well-equipped, perfect for families.
Why book – 180m from Hauptmarkt, excellent complimentary breakfast, spacious quiet rooms, easy self-check-in


Apartments in Altstadt

City Center Apartments – Most popular

The accommodation offers spacious apartments in the middle of the Old Town of Nuremberg. The kitchenette is fully equipped with a microwave, stovetop and washing machine. Easy walk to the shopping and historical areas, with lots of restaurants around.
Why book – 350m from Hauptmarkt, spacious apartments with a fully equipped kitchenette, easy self-check-in


Aparthotel by dP – Best rated

The aparthotel offers well furnished, stylish and spacious apartments with an excellent location. The kitchen has everything you need, including a dishwasher, washing machine, oven, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine.
Why book – 250m from Hauptmarkt, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, quick and easy check-in


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Christmas market

Where to stay in Nuremberg for Christmas markets

The best place to stay in Nuremberg for the Christmas market is near Hauptmarkt, in Altstadt. This is where the main Christmas market is located, featuring more than 180 wooden stalls.

To find out more, take a look at my guide to the Nuremberg Christmas market 2020 (including opening times, locations and a map).

The city hosts one of the biggest and most popular Christmas markets in Germany. Almost 2 million people visit the market every year. So, I’d recommend you to book your accommodation as soon as possible. Especially if you have a fixed budget and the central location is important to you.

Benefits of staying near Hauptmarkt

  • this is the best area to stay for the Christmas markets, as all of them are within the Old Town
  • you’ll be less than a 5min walk from the biggest Christmas market (located at the city’s main square)
  • at a walking distance to most of the tourist attractions and restaurants
  • easy access to the Central train station (less than 15min walk)

Sorat Hotel Saxx – Most popular

Sorat Hotel Saxx is the best place to stay in Nuremberg for the Christmas markets. Location is more than ideal, right next to the main market, on Hauptmarkt. You can see the Christmas market from your own room! Walking distance to the rest of the markets and all historic sights.
Why book – next to the main Christmas market, quiet rooms, parking on-site


Hotel Central – Best rated

Just a 2min walk from the main market on Hauptmarkt, this hotel is a perfect base for all visitors during the Christmas season. Plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance.
Why book – 100m from the main Christmas market, quiet spacious rooms with blackout curtains, adjacent public car park


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Hotels near Nuremberg Central station

The Nuremberg Central train station provides direct connections to some of Germany’s main cities like Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt.

Located south of the Lorenzer Altstadt, the train station is at a walking distance from the city’s historic attractions. This makes the area a perfect base for all visitors, who need easy access to trains or to the airport.

 

Benefits of staying near the train station

  • the perfect area to stay if you have an early train or flight
  • less than a 5min walk to the train station
  • easy access to the airport (just take the direct U-Bahn line U2 from the train station)
  • at a walking distance to the main historic attractions (less than 20min walk)

Park Plaza – Closest to the train station

If you look for accommodation right next to the Central train station, this is the best option. Park Plaza is situated opposite the city’s main station. Less than a 15min walk to the historic sights. Modern, spacious rooms with comfy beds.
Why book – 100m from the train station, 24-hour front desk, spacious rooms, excellent breakfast with quality products


Novotel Centre Ville – Most popular

The hotel is perfectly situated next to the train station and at a walking distance to the Old Town. The soundproofed rooms are quiet with large comfortable beds. Underground parking available on-site.
Why book – 150m from the train station, sun terrace, indoor pool, soundproofed rooms, 24-hour front desk


Hotel Victoria – Best rated

Set in a beautiful historical building, Hotel Victoria has the perfect location when arriving by train. All the major attractions are in walkable distance. Rooms are quiet, nicely laid out with homely touches.
Why book – 150m from the train station, 24-hour reception, excellent selection at breakfast, quiet rooms


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