After several very rewarding RS tours in past years, we're trying a river cruise in 2015. It ends in Nuremberg and we'll use that as a home base for 4 nights. Anyone have a hotel recommendation or recommendations for day trips with easy connections?
I would highly recommend a visit to Bamberg, a gorgeously preserved seventeenth century town that is a short train ride away to the north. In terms of hotels, I recommend staying somewhere within the traditional walled city, as in that case you'll be able to walk to most places and won't have to spend too much on transport.
A few years ago we stayed at the Garden Hotel. The room was comfortable and an extensive buffet was served in an inviting room that gives out to a pretty patio. Reception staff were pleasant and helpful..they sold subway tickets. It is well located for sightseeing and is conveniently close to the Weisser Turm stop. You take a little elevator up to the hotel ...initially not to impressive but it gets better. We aim for 100 euro per double as a max, and I'm pretty sure the cost was close. We ended up in Nuremberg when we got closed out of Munich and needed a fast "Plan B". The city kind of grew on us after a few days and we enjoyed our time there. The German National Museum was outstanding...one of the best in our estimation, and we do a lot of museums. Durer is the local hero. A great deal of WWII Nazi history as well. We had no problem touring around using public transportation. Daytrips by train to nearby Bamberg and Regensburg were both outstanding.
Stayed in May 2013 at Hotel Victoria on Konigstrasse, just inside the Frauentor (old city gate) and across a large boulevard from the main train station. Room was clean, quiet, and comfortable, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the breakfast buffet was excellent. If you are traveling by train on day trips, it would be hard to find a better location.
I would recommend Hotel Keiml, which is in Rick's book. We stayed there for two nights on the back end of our river cruise this past April. Great locations, great breakfast, nice rooms and staff. You can see a lot in Nuremburg in a short time. Some nights the German National Museum (sort of like the Smithsonian) stay open late. The day we disembarked from the cruise we went checked in the hotel around 10 a.m., they offered us breakfast but we had already eaten. We walked around town, went to to the Kaisersburg, Durer House, stopped for a late lunch/early dinner, and still made it to the museum for a hour or two. Next day we did a day trip to Bamberg using the Landes ticket, which was only around 27 Euro for all day travel for two within Bavaria. I would have liked to have stayed overnight in Bamberg because it must be beautiful after dark too. Nuremburg is a much underrated and great value city to visit though. We had been there before as a day trip out of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The Nazi Documentation Center is a very worthy visit for two or three hours. Rothenburg would be a great day trip too, but might require a couple of connections on the train.
Just to point out that you do not need to get a Landesticket or Bayern Ticket to go to Bamberg. The local transport authorities "VGN TagesTicket Plus" will give you one day's (or both Saturday and Sunday) unlimited travel in a wide area centering on Nuremberg that covers much of Northern Bavaria, including Bamberg and Bayreuth.
Many thanks for these quick and helpful replies! We're now looking forward with much greater anticipation to our stay in Nuremberg. More recommendations (dining, etc.) will be much appreciated, but I wanted to send out a thank-you note before this topic faded from the forum's opening screen.