Under $100: Nuremberg
Dating to 1050, the German city of Nuremberg was an early center of humanism, science, printing, mechanical innovation and astronomy. Today, that history is palpable and there are several ways to explore the beautiful city on a budget.
Some of Nuremberg’s most impressive sights are free to visit. Experience the 11th-century Nuremberg Castle and Heilig-Geist-Spital, built in 1332 as one of the largest hospitals of the Middle Ages. Stroll through the bustling Hauptmarkt, a town square dominated by the unique Gothic Frauenkirche. In the southern part of the walled city is the looming Gothic Lorenzkirche, built 1270–1350.
Nuremberg is known for its cultural festivals, including its traditional gingerbread products, sausages, handmade toys and 16th-century pocket watches. If you’re visiting Jan. 31–Feb. 4, experience the Nuremberg International Toy Fair — the largest of its kind in the world. The Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival takes place every year in September, and the annual Bardentreffen folk festival has been deemed the largest world music festival in Germany. The city is also famous for its Chriskindlesmarkt, which draws more than 1 million people every year.
In addition to its culture and history, Nuremberg is known for its cuisine, which often involves grilled sausages. For a cheap bite, head to Schaeufelewaertschaft, a delicatessen serving authentic German food, or Wurstdurst, a German fast food-like spot. If you’re looking for a great traditional pub vibe, head to Kloster Andechs for draft beer and delicious pub food. For a coffee and something sweeter, head to Fortezza Espresso Bar or Café Wohlleben.
For affordable transportation around the city, consider walking to take in all the sights. To get from one part of town to another via public transportation, you can utilize the subway and tram lines, which stop at the main station, Hauptbahnhof. Day tickets cost around €5.