Bavaria’s second-largest city benefits from its central location in the European economic region. Transport, logistics, technology and research are among Nuremberg’s key industries and it’s ranked third in Germany for the number of patent applications filed per inhabitant. Each year more than 1.3 million visitors attend 75 major trade fairs and conferences, including the world’s largest toy event. Punctuality is taken very seriously and meetings are generally formal. The German thought process is thorough but once the planning process is finished projects tend to move forward pretty quickly.
The five-star Sheraton Hotel Carlton (www.sheratonnuernberg.com) and another grand dame property, the recently renovated Meridien Grand Hotel (www.lemeridiennuernberg.com) are both close to the main railway station. On a more contemporary note the Hotel Drei Raben (www.hoteldreiraben.de) – the city's first themed hotel – is a five-minute walk from the station in Konigstrasse. Rooms celebrate legends old and new from the day the first German train puffed out of Nuremberg in 1835 to a junior suite dedicated to the city’s football club complete with fußball table.
Named after the owner, Aumer’s La Vie (www.aumers-la-vie.de) is a contemporary restaurant in an Art Nouveau building next to the German National Museum. Showcasing modern art by local artists the menu features inventive dishes such as saddle of lamb and lavender and parsley root and chocolate ice cream.
The Skybar on top of the Admiral Theatre serves up drinks and views in equal measure with a cocktail list that runs to more than 100 choices and great views over Nuremberg. If you don’t mind a squeeze the Mata Hari Bar on Weissgerbergasse is proud to hold the title of being Germany’s smallest live music bar.
CityJet has direct flights from London City Airport to Nuremberg. One-stop options include Air Berlin and Lufthansa via Dusseldorf, SWISS via Zurich and KLM via Amsterdam Schiphol.
From Nuremberg International Airport the U2 subway line connects to the city centre with a journey time of 12 minutes. Taxis from the airport to the city centre and exhibition centre cost around ¤16 to ¤25 respectively
The landmark Kaiserburg, the preferred residence of German emperors and one of the country’s most important castles from the Middle Ages, towers over Nuremberg. The Handwerkerhof by the railway station houses delightful craft shops and all the main sights are covered on the Historical Mile walk, details of which can be downloaded from the city’s website.
“For a really authentic taste of Nuremberg try its famous small grilled sausages at the Bratwurst-Glocklein at the Handwerkerhof. It’s usual to have three in a roll or six on sauerkraut but they come in portions of up to 12!”