Fürth

Michaelis Kirche (church) in Fuerth; was built in 1100 AD.

Fürth (also Fuerth) is a city in Bavaria, Germany in the region of Franconia. It is right next to Nuremberg, so close that they are basically attached to each other. Unlike Nuremberg, the buildings in Fürth were left untouched by the war.

Understand

During the Middle Ages Fuerth was jointly governed by the city of Nuremberg, the bishop of Bamberg and the count of Ansbach. Therefore Fuerth's coat of arms shows a cloverleaf. Fuerth is also older than Nuremberg, dating back to November 1007. See "1000 Jahre Fürth" at http://www.1000-jahre-fuerth.de (German only). Fuerth had a large Jewish population (Levi's founder Levi Strauss for example, also Henry Kissinger, who was born in Fuerth and fled to the USA when the Nazis came to power).

As is often the case with cities that close to each other Nuremberg and Fürth enjoy a fierce rivalry that is even more pronounced in soccer, with both teams being dominant in Germany for most of the 1920s. While there is not much love lost between the two cities today, attitudes (outside of soccer games) are more relaxed now than they seem at first glance and the rivalry is mostly folklore.

Get in

By car

On the A73 jsut north of Nuremberg

By train

The railway between Nuremberg and Fürth was the first in what would later become Germany. There are direct rail connections to Erlangen and Nuremberg, but for most places farther away it makes more sense to change in either Nuremberg or Erlangen and take the S-Bahn or another regional train from there.

By subway

From Nuremberg, take subway line U1. Alight at Fürth Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) or Fürth Rathaus.

By plane

The closest airport is Nuremberg (IATA: NUE). From there take the subway (U2) to the main station and then either another subway (U1) or a regional train. There is no regular train service (yet) connecting the airport to the train station, but at 12 minutes (NUE to Nuremberg main station) by subway there is hardly any need for such a connection.

From Frankfurt airport (IATA: FRA) take the train to Nuremberg and from there on to Fürth. From Munich airport (IATA: MUC) you can take a regional train with the Bayern ticket (23€ per person + 4€ per each additional member of your group) that is valid on all regional trains (no ICE or Intercity, but all RE and RB as well as all S-Bahn trains) and also on the Nuremberg-Fürth subway and all VGN buses.

By bus

Although some domestic bus lines do stop in Fürth, it might be more practicable to alight in Nuremberg and take the subway to town, as the Nuremberg ZOB (right next to the main station, about 400 meter on foot to the subway) has more connections than Fürth does.

Get around

You can travel to just about anywhere in Fürth by foot or via bus. If a bus is not available, you can always take a taxi or ride a bike. Local public transportation is provided by INFRA Fürth in conjunction with VAG, see: here . You can buy tickets at electronic ticket machines located at many bus stops, all subway stations, all train stations, and from bus drivers. Tickets can be purchased with cash, and the ticketing machines do not accept bills larger than 20€ unless your purchase exceeds 30€. Ticket prices are listed on each ticketing machine and at each bus stop. Depending on your destination, you will need to buy a different ticket that will get you there. A one way ticket within Fürth cost 1,40€. If you plan on taking more than 2 one-way rides, it will make sense to buy a Day Ticket Solo for 3,60€ or a Day Ticket Plus for 6,30€. The Day Ticket Plus allows up to 2 adults and up to 4 children under the age of 18 to ride within 2 specified zones as much as they want. This is a good ticket to take when traveling from Fürth to Nuremberg because Nuremberg downtown is in Zone 2. There are also discounts for students, children between the ages of 6-14, and senior citizens. Children 5 and under ride free. All information on ticket prices within Fürth, Nuremberg, and Stein can be found here.

Buses and subways in Fürth are all handicap-accessible.

See

Local farmers showing off their harvest during the Michaelis Kirchweih parade.

Do

Events

Buy

Fürth has much to offer when it comes to shopping. There are department stores and small shops scattered around downtown, but since downtown in so small, they are all a short walk away from one another. There is also an air-conditioned shopping mall, which is uncommon throughout Europe, called City Center Fürth. It is located on the Fußgängerzone (pedestrian zone). On the Fußgängerzone you will also find many local shops ranging from antiques to groceries. Many locals buy their fruits, vegetables, and different types of cheese at the local Open-air market located on the Fürther Freiheit (just a short walk from the main train station and the Fußgängerzone).

Souvenirs and postcards are not so easy to come by in Fürth. But, you will find a small selection in the local Tourism Office (across the street from the Main train station). Otherwise, you will just have to look around in all the little shops for anything you might like.

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Cafés


Breakfast and brunch

Drink

Sleep

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

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