Nuremberg Hauptmarkt is The Main Market Square in the City Centre:
For most people visiting Nuremberg on a coach tour or river cruise, you will no doubt be dropped off in the Nürnberg Hauptmarkt. Nuremberg’s large market square is in the heart of the city centre and here alone there are many things to see and do.
The Hauptmarkt is the location of many of Nuremberg’s annual fairs and festivals such as the Trempelmärkte (Nuremberg Flea Market) and the Nürnberger Alstadtfest (Nuremberg Old Town Festival). So, if your timing is right, you might be able to catch one of these fairs during your visit.
The Hauptmarkt also provides a picturesque setting for the famous Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt. Each year on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, the Christmas Angel opens the Nuremberg Christmas market here.
But, on a daily basis, the Hauptmarkt is also the scene of another market – the Wochenmarkt takes place here as well, and at this daily Nuremberg market (Mondays to Saturdays), visitors and locals alike can stock up on all sorts of fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs and dairy products from local farmers, as well as many other treats.
The Hauptmarkt is characterised by the facade of the Frauenkirche (The Church of Our Lady), a Gothic church commission by Emperor Charles IV in 1352. Nuremberg’s star attraction and much photographed monument, the ornate Schöner Brunnen is also in the Hauptmarkt. The city’s Rathaus and tourist office are located in the Hauptmarkt as well.
Nuremberg is famous for its Nürnberg Lebkuchen and has been producing gingerbread for over 600 years. In the Hauptmarkt is Lebkuchen Schmidt, a gingerbread shop dating back to 1610.
All around the Hauptmarkt, there are many attractions as well, such as the Kirche St. Sebaldus, the oldest of Nuremberg’s churches. The Hauptmarkt provides just a taste of what Nuremberg has to offer and the roads that radiate from it lead to many other squares, each one with their own attractions.
Nuremberg City Map: