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Planning a short break to Nuremberg? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Nuremberg. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Nuremberg. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Germanic National Museum

Kartausergasse 1, take the U-Bahn to Opernhaus. This museum, located in the south section inside the medieval city walls, is the biggest museum of German art and culture. Exhibitiojns cover the whole of German craftsmanship and fine arts from their beginnings to the 20th century.

The museum also contains an important library and archive.

The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday from 10h00- 17h00; and Wednesday from 10h00 - 21h00. Admission is $6 for adults and $3.60 for children.

For more information visit: www.gnm.de

Toy Museum

Karlstrasse 13-15, take bus 36. Nuremberg is one of the major toy centres of the world, which is one reason why this museum is one of the city's top attractions. The museum has three floors, filled with handmade and machine made toys, some dating back to medieval times. The most popular displays are the collection of old doll houses and the mechanical Ferris wheel. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday from 10h00 - 17h00; and Wednesday 10h00 - 21h00. Admission is $4.80 for adults and $2.40 for children.

Christmas Market

In the centre of Nuremberg, take the U-Bahn to Lorenzkirche. Nuremberg is referred to as the 'Christmas City', that's why the Christmas Market is one of the most popular events of the year. There are a large number of stalls selling a wide variety of goods, including gifts; arts and crafts; jewellery; snacks; and local food and drink. There is also an extensive live entertainment program, with music shows and Christmas carols. The Cristmas Market runs from 28 November to 24 December. The market is open Monday to Wednesday from 09h00 - 20h00; Thursday to Saturday from 09h00 - 21h00; and Sunday from 10h30 - 20h00.

For more information visit: www.christkindlesmarkt.de/index_e.html

St Lorenz Church

Lorenzer Platz 10, take the U-Bahn to Lorenzkirche. This church is the largest and most impressive in Nuremberg, building of the church began in 1270 and took over 200 years to complete. It has twin towers that flank it's west portal, the portal's sculptures show the theme of redemption, from Adam and Eve to the Last Judgment. Most of the church's stained and painted glass dates back to the 15th century. The interior of the church is amazing. This is a sight not to be missed when in Nuremberg. The church is open Monday to Saturday from 09h00 - 17h00 and Sunday from 13h00 - 16h00. Admission is free.

Le Meridien Grand Hotel

Bahnhofstrasse 1-3, take the U-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof. This the top hotel in Nuremberg, and is housed in an old-world palace built before World War I. This stylish hotel offers a wide range of facilities, including baber shop; restaurant; bar; sauna; solarium; room service; business centre; and gift shop. The first rate and spacious rooms have air conditioning; cable movies; hair dryer; telephone; minibar; TV; satellite TV; and a full bathroom.

For more information visit the hotel's website: www.lemeridien-nuremberg.com

Stadtpark

Berliner Platz, take the U-Bahn to Rennweg. This medium sized beautiful park is one of the favourite places for locals to go and relax. The park's centre piece is the Neptune Fountain. In the southern part of the park, there are a number of foot paths where you can take a relaxing stroll. There is also a restaurant in th park, which is where the Kleine Komodie theatre group performs in the evenings. This park is a great place to relax and take a break from all the sightseeing.

Weinhaus Steichele

Knorrstrasse 2, take the U-Bahn to Weisser Turm. This enchanting restaurant's walls are decorated with copper pots; antique display cases; and chandeliers carved into double-tailed sea monsters and other mythical creatures. They serve a range of Franconian and Bavarian cuisine, such as roast shoulder of pork with potato balls and sauerkraut; paprika-coated baked ham in an onion sauce with french fries and a salad. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 11h00 - 24h00. The food is great and the prices are reasonable.

Albrecht Durer House

Albrecht-Dürer-Strasse 39, by Tiergartnertor. This is Nuremberg's most famous shrine, and is the only completely preserved Gothic house in town, dating back to the 15th century. The first floors are made of sandstone, covered by two half-timbered stories and a gabled roof with a lovely view of the town. The house exhibits displays on Durer's life and works, and the rooms are furnished with historical pieces. The house is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 - 17h00. Admission is $4.80 for adults; $2.40 for children 6 - 15 and students; and children under 5 are free.

For more information visit: www.museen.nuernberg.de

Kaiserburg

Burgstrasse, take bus 36 or 46. The castle sits on a hill overlooking the city, and from 1050 to 1571 it was the official residence of the German Kings. The castle has three complexes: the Kaiserburg; the Burgraves' Castle; and the Municipal Buildings of the Free City. There is also the Kaiserburg Museum in the complex, which exhibits antique weapons; armor; paintings; and the history of the castle. This is one of the most important sights in Nuremberg to visit. The castle is open April to September everyday from 09h00 - 17h00; and October to March everyday from 10h00 - 16h00. Admission is $6 for adults; $4.80 for students; and free for children under 16.

Mach1

Kaiserstraye 1-9, take the U-Bahn to Lorenzkirche. This is one of the most famous clubs in Germany, and is one the oldest and hottest clubs in Nuremberg.

The club's walls can be moved to make more space when it gets very busy. This is the place to go if you're looking to party and dance the whole night long.

They often have shows, and attract top DJs including David Moralis; Stereo Deluxe; and Armand van Helden.

The club is open everyday from 22h00 - 05h00.

For more information visit: www.mach1-club.de

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