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Bratwurst, breweries, Medieval architecture and the lights of one of the country’s best Christmas markets make Nuremberg a charming year-round destination. When you fly to Nuremberg, you’ll arrive at the city’s international airport, which, as the second biggest in the state, manages 60,000 flights and welcomes close to four million passengers every year.
You can fly direct to Nuremberg from the UK from airports in London or Manchester with low-cost airlines like Ryanair. The flight time is usually a speedy one hour and 40 minutes from London. Various airlines, including KLM and Air France, offer connecting flights to Nuremberg, usually from Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh, stopping elsewhere en route. Though direct flights to Nuremberg will get you there faster, connecting flights can often work out cheaper.
Built in the 1950s and most recently updated in 2015, Nuremberg Airport has all you would expect from a modern airport. For drinks, there are several coffee shops as well as a cocktail bar should you fancy a pre-flight tipple.
And for food, there are the usual fast food chains, bistros serving tasty brunches and local bakeries dishing up sandwiches and German pretzels. For heartier meals, you will find German and international fare in a variety of restaurants that cover everything from Mediterranean buffets to sit-down, three-course candlelit dinners.
Business and first-class passengers, and those willing to pay the entry fee, can make use of the bar, snacks and peaceful atmosphere in Nuremberg Airport’s luxury lounge. But if you really want to travel in style, you can fork out for the airport's VIP service. The A-list service includes your car being parked for you, your luggage taken care of, priority check in and fast-access security, which allows you to breeze straight past the queues, as well as access to the luxury lounge. You will also be whisked to the plane in the back of a limousine.
Retail therapy at Nuremberg Airport comes in the form of duty-free stores and shops selling books, toys and local souvenirs. If you have got time to kill ahead of your flight, there is also a hair and beauty salon and a free 24-hour observation deck.
Just a few miles north of the city centre, Nuremberg Airport is only a 15- to 20-minute drive from the heart of the action. Cabs are available around the clock from outside the terminal building, and major car-hire companies like Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Sixt all have desks at the airport’s rental car centre. By car, take motorway Bundesautobhan 3 towards the city centre.
If you are heading into Nuremberg on public transport, there is a speedy line on the U-bahn – the metro – that connects to the Hauptbahnhof, the city’s central railway station in around 12 minutes and runs every ten minutes or so.