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Information for people with a handicap

Picture: Imperial Castle, Outer Courtyard


Information for people with mobility impairment

Disabled parking

There are two disabled parking spaces in the Outer Courtyard between the café and the ticket office.

Public parking spaces for the disabled near the castle:

  • Opposite the restaurant "Hexenhäusle" in the Vestnertorgraben

  • In the Obere Söldnersgasse near the youth hostel


Disabled toilets

  • On the ground floor of the Secretarial Building (accessible without steps via the café)

  • On the ground floor of the Bower (accessible without steps via the Inner Courtyard)


Picture: Ticket office and museum shop


Imperial Castle Nuremberg


Castellan's building – ticket office and museum shop

From the Outer Courtyard via a steplessly accessible door with automatic door opener (motion detector)

  • No steps

  • Doorways at least 90 cm wide

  • Level, non-slip flooring

  • Stepless access to the inner courtyard (automatic door opener)


Picture: Knights' Hall, detail


Palas and Double Chapel – "Emperor-Empire-City" – exhibition and showrooms
  • The Knights' Hall and the Wedding Room are accessible from the Bower without steps via a lifting platform.

  • The upper floor of the Palas and the Double Chapel are unfortunately accessible only by stairs.

  • For people with limited mobility, portable chairs are offered to provide small rest breaks while touring the museum.


Bower – Kaiserburg-Museum (branch of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum)

The ground floor of the Bower is accessible without steps from the inner courtyard.

  • No steps or obstacles on the ground floor (lockers, drinks machine, construction phase film, seating area)

  • Doorways at least 90 cm wide

  • Level, non-slip flooring

  • Unfortunately, the upper floor of the Bower is only accessible via stairs.


Picture: Deep Well


Deep Well and Sinwell Tower
Deep Well (visit only with a guided tour)

At the entrance to the deep well there is a step to climb. The well shaft is bricked up to a height of approx. 1 m. It is not possible for wheelchair users to look into the well shaft, but the camera's journey to the bottom of the well (45 metres deep) can be followed on a screen.

Sinwell Tower

The viewing level of the Sinwell Tower can only be reached via stairs (113 steps).


Picture: Café


Sekretarial Building – Café

The museum café (with terrace) in the Outer Courtyard is accessible without steps.

  • No steps

  • Doorways at least 90 cm wide

  • Stepless access to the disabled WC


Finanzstadel – Small Hall

The "Small Hall" in the Finanzstadel is used for museum educational programmes, special events and exhibitions by the Bavarian Palace Administration. The hall can be reached barrier-free via the Outer Courtyard.


Picture: Castle gardens



Gardens at the Imperial Castle

Castle Gardens

The upper entrance to the Castle Gardens at the Burgamtmannsgebäude (castle bailiff's building) is via a step-free path; this has a gradient of approx. 10 % at the steepest point. The lower entrance via Ölbergstraße is not recommended for wheelchair users (historic cobblestones).

Maria Sibylla Merian Garden

Access is only possible via a staircase with six steps.

Information for the visually impaired


Picture: Tactile model of the Imperial Castle
  • No guidance system for the visually impaired available

  • Audio guide available in several languages (with costs)

  • A tactile model on the forecourt of the Castellan's building enables visually impaired people to get a better idea of the shapes, structures and dimensions of the castle complex.

Information for the hearing impaired

  • Inductive hearing system available in the cash desk area

  • Audio guide models with induction technology available

  • Written information available

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