The history of Nuremberg's rock-cut cellars

Southern Germany's biggest rock-cut cellar maze

Through many centuries, the citizens of Nuremberg have built vaults and corridors into the bright red sandstone below their city. In 1380, the widespread cellar system was mentioned in a document for the first time. In all those years, the cellars were primarily used for the ripening and storage of beer – mostly the city's famous red beer.

Today, the craft brewery Hausbrauerei Altstadthof again uses a small part of the widespread maze-like cellar system to ripen and store specialty beers and beer schnaps.

Of course, visiting the craft brewery and the whisky distillery will be part of the tours. Afterwards, there will be time to taste the local specialties in the brewery tavern. Just come around, it is worth a visit!

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Tour about the formation and usage of Nuremberg's rock-cut cellars during the last 700 years.

  • Mon.-Sun.  from 11:00 to 17:00 o'clock
  • Sun. English guided tour at 14:15 p.m. 11 € 
  • Time duration: about 60 - 75 min.
  • Adults: 10 €, Children & reduced admission: 8 €
  • On Sundays: Family ticket: 25 € (2 adults and 4 children till the age of 16) during the regular tour
  • Free admission for children under the age of 7 when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • Free admission for owners of the “Nürnberg-Card“
  • Individual tours as required for 140,- € in English or another foreign language 
  • Audioguides: English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Portuguese



Here you will find the historic rock-cut

The historical rock-cut cellars are centrally located in Nuremberg and therefore easy to reach by public transport. Just drive to tram stop Tiergärtnertor and from there, is just a 250 meter walk to the official entrance.