Imperial Castle of Nuremberg

Picture: Imperial Castle of Nuremberg

In the Middle Ages, the Nuremberg castle was one of the most important imperial castles of the Holy Roman Empire.

Picture: Upper chapel of the double chapel

Upper chapel of the
double chapel
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The huge complex was built by the Hohenstaufens and their successors over the remains of previous buildings from the time of the Salians. The double Imperial Chapel is one of the oldest remaining parts of the castle complex (c. 1200). Some of the imperial residential and state rooms in the Palas have late medieval and Renaissance panelling.

The exhibition in the castle was redesigned in 2013. The new concept shows not only clear explanations of the elements and function of the castle in their historical context, but also presents information about the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and the role of Nuremberg in the late Middle Ages in a vivid and exciting form that will appeal to visitors of all ages.

Picture: Sinwell Tower

Sinwell Tower
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The Deep Well, which was the castle’s most important source of water in times of siege, is a particularly famous feature. Although the first documented mention of the well dates from the 14th century, it is probably as old as the Imperial Castle itself. The defensive tower in the bailey of the Imperial Castle, the Sinwell Tower, was built in the 13th century and there is a splendid view from the top of the old part of Nuremberg. The Tower also has an exhibition of photos showing the castle and city after destruction in the Second World War.

Castle Gardens


Further information you will find on

The following rooms are available for your events:

For details please choose a room by clicking on the picture or on the text.

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Object information:

Responsible administrative office

Burgverwaltung Nürnberg
Auf der Burg 13
90403 Nürnberg
Telefon (09 11) 24 46 59-0
Fax (09 11) 24 46 59-3 00
E-Mail burgnuernberg@

externer Link / external link www.kaiserburg-

Opening hours

April-September: 9 am-6 pm
October-March: 10 am-4 pm
open daily

Closed on: 
1.1., Shrove Tuesday, 24.12., 25.12., 31.12.

Extended opening hours during the "Christkindlesmarkt"

During the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt (28 November to 24 December 2014) the Imperial Castle is open from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, except Saturday 13 December (10 am to 4 pm).

Guided tours

Visitors can go around on their own in the Palas and Kemenate. The Deep Well can only be visited with a guided tour.

Audioguide vorhanden

There is an audio guide to the Palas (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian; with costs).

Admission charges 2014  

Combination ticket
Palas with Imperial Chapel / Kaiserburg Museum / Deep Well / Sinwell Tower:
7 euros regular
6 euros reduced internal link

Palas with Imperial Chapel / Kaiserburg Museum:
5.50 euros regular
4.50 euros reduced internal link

Deep Well / Sinwell Tower:
3.50 euros regular
2.50 euros reduced internal link

Annual season tickets /

All opening hours and admission charges at a glance (PDF-file)


Information for the disabled:

The Knights' Hall is accessible via lift; all other rooms in the Imperial Castle only accessible via staircase

Castle courtyard and Deep Well accessible for wheelchair users

Museums under different administration:

(Branch of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum)



Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Tram to "Tiergärtnertor"

Parking space:

Several multi-storey car parks in the city centre

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