Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof/Hbf is an enormous train station and in common with many large stations it can be initially bewildering for first time users.
The gleis (platforms/tracks) that the trains arrive at and depart from are at an upper level and the station building is also multi-level.
However, the upper level (gallerie) in the station has no access to the trains.
The access to the trains is at street level, on the ground floor of the station building.
There are three passage ways, under the tracks, that provide the access from/to the gleis platforms.
The three passage ways are named the:
When arriving by train, you don’t have to use the stairs, but the lifts are at the far end of the platforms/gleis – in zone F.
The lifts will take you down to the west passage way, at the end of which you can turn to the right to access the central part of the station, where the main exits are located.
Once you're in the central atrium at the station, you will see that the station has a lower level
This lowest level of the station building houses the left luggage facilities and the access to the U-Bahn (metro).
There are two sets of escalators leading down to this lower level.
The second set of esclators, in front of the main street exit, lead down to a passage way towards the city centre (marked 'zugang‘) – using this passage way avoids having to cross the maze of roads outside the station.
There is also access from this passage way to the Nurnberg ZOB bus station, which is where the IC buses to Praha/Prag (amongst others) leave from.
When departing by train the central halls of the station lead towards the middle passage way, it’s under the main departure screens, but if you have luggage etc and want to use the lifts, don’t take this route.
The West Tunnel, that houses the lifts is over to the right, at the opposite end to the Burger King in the main atrium that runs the length of the station building - beside the platforms/gleis.
Germany's largest railway museum, the DB Bahn Museum is across the street, less than a 5 min walk from Nürnberg Hbf.
Follow the signs pointing to the way to the museum that you'll see in the station.
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