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. The huge complex was built by the Hohenstaufens and their successors over the remains of previous buildings from the time of the Salians.

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Upper chapel of the double chapel

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.

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Sinwell Tower

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.

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Castle Gardens



Further information and tips for visitors can be found at

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Object information:


Auf der Burg 17
90403 Nürnberg
Telefon 0911 244659-0

Opening hours

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

Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31

General information on opening times and admission charges

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, Czech; with costs).

Admission charges 2019

Combination ticket
(Palas with Imperial Chapel/ Kaiserburg Museum/ Deep Well)
7 euros regular
6 euros reduced

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

Deep Well
3 euros regular
2 euros reduced

The Sinwell Tower is closed until further notice due to building work.

Combination ticket
(Imperial Castle/ Cadolzburg Castle)
12 euros regular
10 euros reduced

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets

All opening hours and admission charges at a glance

Further information

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

Detailed information on

Museums under different administration:

(Branch of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum)




Free wi-fi available

Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Tram to "Tiergärtnertor"

Parking space:

There are no parking facilities at the Imperial Castle; please use the signposted multi-storey car parks in the city centre.

Responsible administrative office

Burgverwaltung Nürnberg
Auf der Burg 17
90403 Nürnberg
Telefon 0911 244659-0
Fax 0911 244659-300

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