Nuremberg is the second-largest city in Bavaria, filled with fairytale-like castles and streets. It is a popular tourist destination that thousands decide to visit each year. As amazing as it is, it can be difficult to decide what souvenir to buy.
We’re here to help, so you can have a look at our list of the top 10 souvenirs to buy in Nuremberg.
1. Christmas Decorations
Of course, Germany is the master of all things Christmas and Nuremberg is no exception. The Nuremberg Christmas markets are a really beautiful place to visit, they’ll be filled with hundreds of beautiful Christmas ornaments. However, you might not necessarily be visiting Nuremberg during the Christmas period, but don’t worry. You can still get your traditional, German ornaments, whatever time of the year.
Nuremberg boasts its very own Wohlfahrt store, this shop stocks the most wonderful figurines, decorative pieces and an array of other Christmas gifts, all year round.
Hear us out – we know this is a bit random. Did you know that Nuremberg is known for having a really vast variety of mustards? Produced locally through various different mills throughout Nuremberg (both small and big).
Der Senftladen stocks around 230 varieties of different types of mustard, each blended with a beautiful mixture of spices.
3. Prune Men
If you decide on buying a beautiful Prune Man, you’ll be buying into a traditional part of Nuremberg life. They were allegedly invented in Nuremberg wire drawer. Legend has it, he was desperate to give his children a present, but only had plums for a tree and his wife.
The prune men you see today won’t be like the original ones, in fact, they can last for years without going moldy. The Nuremberg saying is; “Hosd an Zwetschga im Haus, gäid dir es Geld und Gligg ned aus.” which translates to “With a prune man in your house, money and happiness stay too”. This would be such a cute, typically Nuremberg souvenir.
4. Nuremberg Beer
When in Germany, if you can, you should absolutely try a bit of beer. Most regions in Germany have their own little special beer blend and Nuremberg is no different.
Nuremberg’s Old Town actually has a wonderful craft brewery, which you can try out whilst there or take some home to give to your friends and family.
Why not try out some of the few of your favorite and see if they agree with your taste?
Again, we are completely aware that this is a weird gift. But we have our reasons again. Well, you might always be aware that Germany invented the classic graphite pencils.
Nuremberg is actually really close to the graphic mines, making the city home to two internationally-famous pencil companies- Faber-Castell and Staedtler.
Pick from a range of colors and build your own DIY set, what could be a more personal, special gift from Nuremberg?
Nuremberg is actually known as “Toy City” for its history revolving around its toy makers. The city even has a Toy Museum which would be a great place to visit.
A lovely locally-made toy in Nuremberg would be a great way to celebrate your time in Nuremberg. You will be spoilt for choice when wandering around the city.
If you’re lucky, you might even catch Nuremberg’s annual international Toy Fair – they’ve held it since 1949. No doubt, you’ll have a wide selection of toys to choose from if you are lucky enough.
7. Lederhosen and Dirndl
As part of Bavaria, Nuremberg is a wonderful place to get your traditional Germany clothes.
We happen to know the most amazing shop to buy lederhosen from – Wirkes Dirndl Trachten & Ledermoden. This is a great gift to give somebody, they also might prove to be extremely useful during your stay in Nuremberg. Everybody who sees these wonderful pieces of clothing knows exactly the country that you’ve visited… they’re truly a classic.
Nuremberg is a really fashionable city -being the second largest in Bavaria means that you’re obviously spoilt for choice when it comes to fashion stores. We really believe that perfume is a great souvenir to take from anywhere you visit (just make sure that you can fit it in your travel bag).
Galerie Parfum offers such a wide range of perfume that you will be able to take home with you, and better yet? It’ll be completely unique and something that you, or somebody you love, can cherish and use for a long time.
Also, taking a trip inside this luxury perfume shop will be an experience in itself.
Known as pretzels to the rest of the world, in Nuremberg they’re known as Bretzels, and they’re everybody’s favorite. The Bretzen Kolb stalls are a really popular place to get your own Bretzels, why not take some home with you so that you can enjoy them at home?
Some places will no doubt stock packages meant to be given as little gifts. These would be perfect treats to somebody who may not be familiar with just how wonderful Nuremberg’s Bretzels are.
10. Nuremberg Labels
Of course, the classic souvenir for any city, especially when you’re lost for choice. Nuremberg has so many souvenir shops that you can gander inside to find your perfect little remember-me.
Why not cups? Pens? Sweaters? You can choose anything. Some might even have a little imprint of Nuremberg’s old town or castle on them. This way, you’ll never forget about the amazing time that you had in Nuremberg.
Whether you want a classic German gift, something rich with Nuremberg’s history or a really unique souvenir, Nuremberg has it all. It doesn’t matter what you choose, you’ll be sure to have the best time in Nuremberg – and you’ll be reminded of it when you’re back home.
Updated: January 14, 2019