High above the old city of Nürnberg one can see the symbol of Nürnberg: its castle, sitting on a huge block of sandy stone! One can imagine easily that this rock seemed simply perfect to build a castle on it. The rock meassures about 250m and on the western side of it one can see the best-preserved part of it: the Kaiserburg itself.
The Imperial Castle sits atop of the hill overlooking the Altstadt. While you can't see it from all around like some castles, it grants amazing views from its towers and turrets. It is a grand and awe inspiring fortress, with its roots stamped firmly into the solid rock that pushes out of the ground at the top of Bergstrasse. The complex is quite large and you can access most of it for free, including the gardens to the back. It includes four towers and a little two storey chapel. The Fünfeckturm (Pentagonal Tower) is the oldest part of the complex, dating back to the 11th century.
On a slight hill at the northern edge of Nürnberg's Old Town you can see the Emperor's Castle, which has been there since at least the year 1050 and was the emperor's residence -- when he happened to be in town.
In those days the emperor didn't have a capital city, but traveled around from one place to the next, and tried to have a castle of some sort available at each. A visit from the emperor was a mixed blessing, because the town and its people had to pay all the costs for the upkeep of him and his court. They were honored, presumably, to have him come and visit, but relieved when he moved on.
You can go up and walk around the castle grounds for free, or pay for a tour which also gets you into the museum and one of the towers.
The view from the castle is no doubt very impressive if you don't go up in a snowstorm like I did. (On my way down the sun came out for about three minutes, so I quickly snapped this picture.)
Kaiserburg is one of the largest medieval castles in Germany and it towers over the city. The Kaiserburg museum documents the role the castle played between the 11th and 15th centuries. The castle has been fully restored after being damaged in the second world war.
The Imperial Castle crowns the hill about the old town and shares with the GNM the distinction of being Nuremberg's major cultural and historical landmark.
Open to the public are the main building (the "Palas") with the imperial apartments, the Romanesque double chapel, the Deep Well, the Sinwell Tower and an extensive collection of arms and military equipment.
The Kaiserburg Museum is devoted to the architectural, military and political history of a castle which was a focal point of the Holy Roman Empire from the 12th to the 16th century.
Thanks to the Golden Bull (the constitution of the empire) which obliged each newly elected king and emperor to hold his first imperial diet in Nuremberg, the city was visited more than 300 times over the centuries by more than 30 German rulers.
Visitors to Nuremberg should allow plenty of time for exploring the entire castle complex with its historic nooks and crannies, romantic gardens and superb view out over the city.
The Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle) is the landmark of Nürnberg. It had been seat of Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire for over five hundred years beginning in 1050. The castle towers over the city from a hill. It consists of actually three parts: the Kaiserburg itself, the Burggrafenveste (Count's Castle) and the Stadtburg. It was erected over five centuries beginning in the early 11th.
I was here in winter and the way up to the castle was very slippy. You should wear good sneaker.
Emperor Heinrich III built the first fortress in approximately 1050 in order to secure crown lands. Later emperors extended the fortress.
If you have time you shouldn't miss the guided tour on the interior of the Kaiseburg (Emperor's castle).
Don't miss to climb up to the castle!! The castle itself is very impressive, but so is the view from the top!!!
The castle is within walking distance from the main station and it is a wonderful walk up there!
Nuremberg Castle is one of the most important imperial palaces dating from the Middle Ages: from 1050 to 1571 all the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire stayed in it at various times during their reign.
April-September: 9 am-6 pm
October-March: 10 am-4 pm
Admission fee: 4.50 € / 3.50 € (reduced)
The huge old castle on top of the hill provides great views of Nürnberg. We toured the grounds and courtyards but did not get a glimpse inside the castle or get to climb up the tower. That is the hazard of visiting a country as part of a tour group. It is not always possible to take in the sights that are of particular interest and which would be pleasant to linger over.
If you join a guided tour you will see the chapel as well. It is probably the architectural highlight of the tour.
It consists of an upper and a lower chapel (not crypt!). It was built in Romanesque style.
Not a spelling mistake - Palas is the German word for the residential rooms in a medieval castle. If you join a guided tour you can see the rooms in the Palas of N?rnberg's castle.
Don't expect too much old furniture or splendor. There was almost no permanent furniture in the rooms in medieval times. When the Emperors visited, N?rnberg's citizens (patricians in particular) had to take their own furniture to the castle to make it comfortable for the Emperors.
The Sinwell Tower has been the most important guard-tower of N?rnberg for centuries.The lower part was built in the 11th century, in 1561 the tower's construction was finished.
The view of the city is AWESOME!
The old castle is located on a hill (50 metres above the city) at the northern edge of the old town. The oldest parts were built from 1140 onwards. All the German Emperors between 1050 and 1571 lived temporarily in the castle.
You should at least see the inner and outer yards of the castle (free).
This castle stands over the city looking down, in its own protective way. Unfortunately it couldn't look up as the bombs of WWII tore apart many parts of it. It has since been restored and is one of the largest medieval castles in the country.
The courtyard is very nice and you can enter to see the inside. I felt the outside was worth a stroll and a look down from the walls.
It was built in a number of constructions, between 1000 and 1500. In its early life it was the residence of all Germany's kings and emperors.