Nuremberg – the most beautiful little city in the world

That is exactly how the dyed-in-the-wool Nuremberg author and humourist Klaus Schamberger described his city a few years ago in a witty article.  /// by 

Maxbrücke Nürnberg Old Town The Maxbrücke (bridge) in Nuremberg’s picturesque Altstadt (Old Town); Photo: Christine Dierenbach/Stadt Nürnberg

This is a good place to live. This is also confirmed by non-Nurembergers. As it is by the compilers of a worldwide city comparison posing the question “Where can you find a high quality of life coupled with the lowest possible costs?” You will find it in Nuremberg. The Franconian metropolis currently lies in second place in terms of price-benefit ratio behind Canada’s capital Ottawa.

Tourist attraction: the Handwerkerhof (craftsman’s courtyard) located in the Waffenhof (weapons yard) of the Frauentor (women’s tower); Photo: Holger Leue/Frankentourismus Holger Leue/Frankentourismus

For this purpose, two rankings lists involving over 200 cities, published annually by US management consultants Mercer, were compared by “Finanzen 100”, a news portal for the Focus Group. In the first instance, the cost of living is the decider based on a fictitious shopping basket consisting of rent, clothing, food, transport and cultural aspects. Among the most expensive cities Nuremberg occupies 169th place in the rankings. Rating: Affordable. In the second of the rankings it is all about the quality of life:

political stability, the security and safety of the inhabitants, health and education systems along with the traffic and transport situation. Here Nuremberg lies in 25th place. Both rankings combined put Nuremberg in the top three. With the exception of Ottawa, the Franconian metropolis leaves all other cities behind, even the German cities, some of which have still managed to make the top 20: Stuttgart (3), Leipzig (6), Hamburg (12), Düsseldorf (12) and Berlin (17). The comment from the “Finanzen 100” editorial office: who would have thought it?

Happy Nurembergers award very good marks

Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt

The Marienkirche Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas market), in the background the Rathaus (Town Hall) and the Burg (castle) in the snow; Photo: Uli Kowatsch/CTZ Nuremberg)

The Nurembergers themselves would have thought it. For they confirm the result. Within the framework of the housing and household survey entitled “Leben in Nürnberg 2013” (Life in Nuremberg in 2013), three quarters of people described their current life situation as “happy to very happy”. With a rating of 7.2 on a scale from 0 to 10, they are above the German average in terms of general quality of life (7.0 according to “Glücksatlas 2014”). They give their city an even better rating (7.3). But what for actually?


“ This is a good place to live.”

For its traditions – they are proud of them. At the Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas market) on the Hauptmarkt for example – year in year out a tourist attraction and a popular meeting place even for the Nurembergers themselves. Which is exactly how they like their export hits: the unique Elisen Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and of course the original Nuremberg Rostbratwürste (grilled sausages), which Goethe had sent to him in Weimar and of which even the Franconian poet Jean Paul wrote: “These sausages are to my stomach the most beautiful forget-me-nots of Nuremberg.” “Muss i denn, muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus?” (Must I, must I leave my little town then?). You must be joking!

You can spend a lot of time in Nuremberg

Practically all the inhabitants of the city would put their name to this sentence.

Rathausclubbing Nürnberg

Impressions of the second Rathaus clubbing night; Photo: Christina Bleisteiner/Stadt Nürnberg

Students at the Friedrich-Alexander University had conducted a survey for the “Nürnberg Barometer” of more than 1,000 people, who have their main place of residence in Nuremberg and are also eligible to vote there. 94 percent even enjoy living or very much enjoy living at the heart of Franconia. And that is not solely down to the Old Town covering 160 hectares with short routes and its flair, which is a blend of the Middle Ages and modern. Nuremberg is more than a fortress or castle city, Bratwurst and crown glass windows. The city is a successful balance of bustling activity and the opportunity to have a break for a while. Be it a quick side-trip to the Rosenaupark, down the steps to the

Hallerwiese (park), to the Hesperidengarten (Garden of the Hesperides) or the Dutzendteich (lake). More than 480 hectares of public parks, gardens and green facilities as well as 370 hectares of water-covered areas invite you to take that trip. But the city also knows how to celebrate. For example in the form of innumerable city-district and street festivals, such as the Klassik-Open-Air at the Luitpoldhain and also the Rathaus-Clubbing night. And it loves sport. Nurembergers like to be involved. At major events, such as those for cycling, tennis, touring cars and track and field athletics all held this year. But they also like being active. With almost 1,000 sports facilities in the city, there is something for everyone.

Germany’s organic capital

Hauptmarkt with the rich-in-tradition weekly market; Photo: Christine Dierenbach/Stadt Nürnberg

The Nurembergers are no less active when it comes to the quality of life for future generations. For example, by transforming grey dormant, wasteland areas into places which are thriving and growing, where organic fruit and vegetables are collectively grown. Urban Gardening is injecting quality of life into the cities. As the “The Organic Capital of Germany” Nuremberg is in any case a designated organic metropolis. With the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, BIOFACH, and the “Bio in der Stadt” (Organic in the city) initiative, events and campaigns invite the citizens to join in. That is quality of life. And the aim is to maintain it. With the “EnergieVision Nürnberg 2050” (Energy Vision Nuremberg 2050) long-term strategy, which is based on the two pillars of climate protection and adjustment to the climate change. Good air for a beautiful city.

Nuremberg, here not least feelings and emotions are involved. The Old Town, for many it is a place they long to be. Many locations across the city, where people long to be, have been shown by a growing photo community since 2014 on the online photo platform Instagram. The “Igers” have already uploaded hundreds of photos. Week for week a prize-winner is selected. In October 2015 the first exhibition was held. Wonderful motifs and exceptional city views, which signal to the observer: This is a good place to live.

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