Located in the German state of Bavaria on the Pegnitz River, Nuremberg is home to more than half a million residents, making it the second-largest city in Bavaria after Munich. When combined with its surrounding suburbs, the Nuremberg metropolitan area has a population of more than 3.5 million people.
Nuremberg’s history dates back more than 500 years. Because much of the city was destroyed during the Second World War, many of its buildings are less than 100 years old. Some of the city’s historic architecture is still standing, however, making it a popular destination for tourists from across Germany, from other countries in Europe, and from the United States and Canada.
Flights to Nuremberg, Germany, arrive at Albrecht Dürer Nuremberg International Airport (NUE). The airport is located just a few miles from the city center, making it convenient for the more than 3 million business and leisure travelers who book Nuremberg flights each year.
Several efficient modes of ground transportation are available to take passengers from the airport into the city. Nuremberg’s metro, The U-Bahn, has a station at the airport with trains departing up to six times every hour. Transportation is also available via bus, the city’s tram line, taxi, and private car service.
Tourists who fly to Nuremberg often come to the city to see its historic sites and to visit a few of its more than 50 museums. Throughout its history, Nuremberg has been a hub for education, art, music, and science, all of which are reflected in the city’s museums.
Among the most popular museums in Nuremberg are its modern art museum, Neues Museum Nürnberg; the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, which is dedicated to the history of the German culture; and the House of Albrecht Durer museum, which was the home of the German renaissance period artist in the early 16th century.
A favorite for families and those who are young at heart is the Nuremberg Toy Museum. The museum, which opened in 1971, offers several exhibits on the history of toys. It is home to a collection of more than 87,000 toys and related objects that once belonged to the museum’s founders, Lydia and Paul Bayer, and is among the largest and most well-known toy museums in the world.
Nuremberg’s most visited historic attractions include the medieval Nuremberg Castle complex, which includes its Imperial Castle. The complex is located on a hill in the city’s historic old town. Some of the buildings in the complex date back to 1000 CE.
Many people who fly to Nuremberg also visit the medieval Saint Lorenz Church, which was restored to its original state after World War II. The Nazi Trial Grounds, where the Nuremberg Trials were held after the Second World War, in 1946, are today a museum open to the public and one of the city’s top attractions.
Students from other parts of Germany and from throughout Europe and North America book plane tickets to Nuremberg, Germany, in order to study there. Students enrolled in universities in the United States and Canada often come to Nuremberg as part of study abroad programs, while others attend classes in Nuremberg full-time.
The city’s largest university, the public University of Erlangen Nuremberg, has an enrollment of nearly 40,000 students. Many students book cheap flights to Nuremberg, Germany, in order to study there. Nuremberg is also home to the technical university, Technische Hochschule Nuremberg, and to a conservatory of music, the Hochschule für Musik Nuremberg.
Visitors also fly to Nuremberg to attend professional sporting events, especially football (soccer). Founded in 1900, the city’s team, FC Nurnberg, plays its home games at the city’s Max-Morlock-Stadion arena. The recently renovated arena hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2006 and has a capacity of 50,000.
Basketball is also popular in Nuremberg. The city’s Nurnberg Falcons basketball team plays at its Halle im Berufsbildungszentrum stadium.