Nuremberg: The Blue Night (Blaue Nacht) – The long Night of Art and Culture ©Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V. (Moll, Ralf)
Apr 10, 2017

Die Blaue Nacht® – Nuremberg's long night of art and culture

On 6 May, Nuremberg's city centre will once again be bathed in the glow of blue light, as the city celebrates its annual Blaue Nacht® – the 'Blue Night' festival of art and culture.

The theme of this year's event is 'Odyssey', encouraging you to embark on an epic journey of discovery around more than 80 sites of artistic and cultural expression. The diverse mix of theatre, film, music, art and performances ensures that there's something for everyone on the streets of Nuremberg – including surprises for the whole family. Buildings at Kaiserburg Castle and on the main market square will be lit up with mesmerising projections that will transport you into another world. A spectacle of light and colour, the 3D mapping show by artist Philipp Geist brings to life the facade of the new town hall.

Other unmissable events in Nuremberg

If you're visiting the city in the near future, be sure to check out the Nürnberger Volksfest, which takes place twice a year. This traditional German volksfest, the second-largest in Bavaria, takes place from 15 April to 1 May and again from 25 August to 10 September. Whether you're enjoying a giant glass of beer or the varied entertainment, this festival offers you the chance to experience Bavarian culture at its finest. The Nuremberg Old Town festival – the Altstadtfest – takes place immediately afterwards (from 14 to 25 September) and features a grand parade and beer from 18 breweries.

Escape from the hustle and bustle

If you'd prefer to explore the city away from the noise and commotion of the festivals, then don't worry, Nuremberg has plenty of more sedate attractions – including the Germanic National Museum and the Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum. Alternatively, you can explore the Franconian Heights Nature Park or, if you have kids, visit the Playmobil FunPark!

Click here for tickets and further information about Die Blaue Nacht® in Nuremberg.