Germany. Land of roadside castles, fairytale medieval cities, and rich, decadent food.
But while most international travelers flock to Berlin or Munich, oft-neglected Nuremberg offers a unique opportunity for worldschooling families.
A perfect compliment to a unit study of World War 2, Nuremberg isn’t just about one of the darkest eras in European history—it’s also a place of thriving culture, rich tradition, and beautiful, Old World architecture.
From Frankfurt, Munich or Prague
Nuremberg is centrally located right in the middle of Frankfurt, Munich, and Prague and can be easily reached from any of these cities via public transit.
Europe is often thought of as a place best traveled via mass transit, and if you’re commuting between major cities as a solo traveler or young couple, that’s usually true. (You’ll notice that this advice usually comes from people who fall squarely in those categories).
However, contrary to the conventional wisdom, we decided to travel via rented car. If you’re a family and you’re traveling with two or more small children, it’s much easier to rent a car to get from one town to the next, especially in between smaller or mid-level cities.
When you add up the tram, train, and ride-sharing fees for a whole family (in addition to the pricey food options you’re all but trapped into along the way), it’s sometimes even cheaper.
Renting a car also makes staying in the suburbs outside of major cities much easier. The suburbs are almost always less expensive, and more livable, and the food options tend to be more authentic/local.
The downside of the suburbs—-if you see it as a downside—–is that it’s harder to find English speakers. (The upside, of course, is that you’re forced to learn the local language).
Plus, staying outside of town usually means commuting to the key attractions.
(It’s also worth mentioning that my husband and I both drove a stick shift—automatic transmissions are available at most car rental agencies, but at a significant upcharge).
We found the pros of renting a car outweighed the cons in our situation.
Worldschooling World War 2: What Happened at Nuremberg?
The Nuremberg Trials were a series of military tribunals held after World War II. It was the scene of prosecution for prominent leaders of Nazi Germany for war crimes, crimes against peace, and crimes against humanity.
The trials took place in the German city of Nuremberg from 1945 to 1946. They were a landmark in the development of international law.
The main trial, known as the International Military Tribunal (IMT), involved 24 major war criminals, including high-ranking military officers, politicians, and industrialists. The charges ranged from initiating wars of aggression to orchestrating the Holocaust. The trials established the principle that individuals could be held accountable for actions carried out on behalf of a state, even if those actions were legal under domestic law.
The proceedings laid the foundation for subsequent trials and the establishment of the principles of individual criminal responsibility and the prohibition of crimes against humanity. The Nuremberg Trials marked a significant departure from traditional concepts of state sovereignty and immunity, emphasizing the importance of accountability for egregious acts committed during wartime.
While the trials faced criticisms for perceived inconsistencies and selective justice, they set crucial precedents for subsequent international tribunals and influenced the development of human rights law. The Nuremberg Trials symbolized the world’s determination to hold accountable those responsible for unprecedented atrocities and contributed to shaping the post-war international legal framework.
Visiting the Infamous Courtroom 600
The Nuremberg Trials took place in Courtroom 600, which is the key permanent exhibit at Memorium Nuremberg Trials, which is now a museum dedicated to this crucial moment in world history.
It is a quiet, solemn place.
Entry fees are extremely reasonable—just 7.50 EUR for adults, and 2.50 EUR for kids—-but you can find up-to-date pricing here.
Most parents can relate to how hard it is to get kids to try new foods, but Germany is exceptionally kid-friendly in this regard.
In fact, have no idea why Germany is not considered a European culinary destination. The food is extremely underrated.
Decadent and bone-clinging, Germany’s sausage meats, pastries, and, of course, beer are among the best in the world.
If you happen to be in Nuremberg (or anywhere in Germany) during the Christmas season, definitely check out the open markets and sample some stollen cake with your worldschoolers.
And my children’s personal German favorite, käsespätzle. is available year-round at any traditional German restaurant.
Speaking of which, I found a little hidden gem for you!
Gasthof Roter Löwe
I haven’t seen this restaurant listed on any of the travel guides for Nuremberg, and it’s one of the best-kept secrets there.
Gasthof Roter Löwe is about as German as it gets. I mean literally, there was not a single tourist there. There is no English translation for the menu, and the staff doesn’t speak English at all.
I contend that this is a very good sign.
It’s tucked in an out-of-the-way residential area and you kind of have to look for it, but there’s plenty of parking and Google Maps is accurate.
If you don’t speak German, just point to something on the menu and try it. Be adventurous, you won’t regret it.
Side Trip to Bamberg
About a 40-minute drive from Nuremberg, Bamberg, Germany is a medieval-era town with unspoiled, 1000-year-old architecture. It’s a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
Nestled in the heart of Franconia, Bamberg has a rich history, well-preserved medieval architecture, and distinctive local culture, . Bamberg’s earned the nickname “Franconian Rome” because its old town rests atop seven hills.
One of Bamberg’s most iconic landmarks is the Bamberg Cathedral (Bamberger Dom). It’s a Romanesque masterpiece dating back to the 11th century. The cathedral houses the famous Bamberg Horseman, a mysterious statue depicting a mounted knight. The tomb of Emperor Henry II and his wife Cunigunde also reside here.
The Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) is another architectural gem, perched on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River. Its unique half-timbered structure, adorned with colorful frescoes, is a symbol of the city. Nearby, the Little Venice area charms visitors with its row of historic fishermen’s houses along the river.
Bamberg’s Altenburg Castle, Michaelsberg Abbey, and the picturesque Klein-Venedig (Little Venice) are examples of well-preserved medieval and Baroque architecture. The town’s layout has remained virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages, contributing to its cultural significance.
Celebrated for its beer culture, Bramberg boasts numerous breweries and traditional beer gardens.
Things to do in Bamberg.
Be sure to try the town’s distinct beer, Rauchbier (smoked beer). Made with malt dried over open flames, it has a unique, smokey flavor.
Cultural enthusiasts can explore the Bamberg State Library, housing rare manuscripts and books, or attend performances at the E.T.A. Hoffmann Theater. The annual Sandkerwa festival brings the town to life with music, food, and a vibrant atmosphere.
Bamberg’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage has made it a living museum.
Step back in time and experience the charm of a medieval German town. Whether strolling through its cobblestone streets, admiring its historic architecture, or savoring local brews, Bamberg offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and Bavarian hospitality.
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