Vapiano Nuremberg – the number one Christmas city
Located at the heart of the Old Town in Königstrasse just around the corner from the world-famous Christkindl Christmas Market, Nuremberg’s Vapiano is an ideal way to mark the start of the festive season. Find out what else Bavaria’s second-largest city has in store here.
Franziska and Frank share management duties for the Nuremberg branch of Vapiano. Franziska was born and bred in Nuremberg, while Frank comes from neighbouring state Saxony. In our interview, the pair discusses the magical feeling that spreads across the city at Christmas time, as well as what there is to see in summer.
Hi Franziska, hi Frank! Can you describe the mood in Nuremberg at Christmas?
Christmas is Nuremberg is very special. The smell of mulled wine, speculoos biscuits and traditional Nuremberg gingerbread fills the air, and the city is bathed in the glow of Christmas lights. Buskers at every corner add to the mood by playing Christmas songs. And then there’s the Christkindl Christmas Market – the jewel in the crown of our festive celebrations!
Sounds like this is the place to be during Advent! Does Vapiano Nuremberg get involved too?
Oh definitely! Nuremberg is full of tourists during Advent and our restaurant is a stone’s throw from the famous Christkindl Christmas Market. Everyone who works here brushes up on their English skills so we’re ready for our international guests. There are days when it doesn’t even feel like we’re in Germany, but we love it!
Does the Nuremberg branch embrace the festive season?
It would be impossible not to! We set the mood with our own Christmas lights and there’s special background music to create a cosy dining ambience.
Vapiano in Nuremberg is definitely one of the cosiest branches we know. What makes it so inviting?
You feel warm and relaxed as soon as you enter the restaurant. One reason is that we’ve been here since 2005 so it has that familiar feeling like “home”. And Nuremberg’s Old Town is a cosy place to be anyway. Our restaurant harmonises with the city’s rich history. In summer, guests can relax on our beautiful sun terrace and enjoy the views of the Imperial Castle at the heart of the Old Town.
So there’s more to Nuremberg than just Christmas Markets. What are your must-see tips for summer visitors?
Nuremberg’s Old Town has a special flair so it’s always worth a visit. The Imperial Castle, the historical Main Market Square, the Church of Our Lady with its famous figurine clock that chimes at midday – all within walking distance. We recommend booking a walking tour to see everything. The Night Watchman one is the best! A trip to the zoo is fun on a warm day and the Dozen Ponds lake is definitely worth as photo or two. The view of the Congress Hall across the lake transports you to another era.
Are these your own personal hang-outs?
Yes, but there are many more. On mild summer evenings, it’s nice to relax at the “Wanderer” bar at the foot of the Imperial Castle. You can sit on the cobbled square with friends chatting for hours. During winter, the Christkindl Christmas Market has a dedicated children’s area, as well as the world’s biggest “Feuerzangenbowle” – a rum-soaked sugarloaf set on fire and left to drip into mulled wine. And last but not least – the Toy Museum. Even Nurembergers love to visit!
Franziska, you’ve definitely set the mood! To summarise: visitors should visit the Christkindl Christmas Market in winter and spend a long weekend here in summer. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us about your city. See you soon in Vapiano Nuremberg!