THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Versicherungs Cup
From 05/21 to 05/27
Surface: Clay outdoor
Prize money: $ 226,750
Tournament location: 1. FC Nürnberg – Valznerweiherstr. 200, 90480 Nürnberg, Germany
How to get: FC Nürnberg is located in the immediate vicinity of the Tiergarten Park in eastern Nuremberg on the edge of the Lorenzer Reichswald. The international airport is far just 9,7 km (25 minutes driving), old town about 7,5 km.
Past champions: 2016 Kiki Bertens – 2015 Karin Knapp – 2014 Eugenie Bouchard – 2013 Simona Halep
Entry list: Kiki Bertens (Hol) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) – Zhang Shuai (Chn) – Laura Siegemund (Ger) – Alison Riske (Usa) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) – Julia Goerges (Ger) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Mona Barthel (Ger)
THE TOWN: Nuremberg is a city on the river Pegnitz and on the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal in the German state of Bavaria about 170 kilometres (110 mi) north of Munich. It is the second-largest city in Bavaria (after Munich).
For Lonely Planet this town is “an energetic place where the nightlife is intense and the beer is as dark as coffee. As one of Bavaria’s biggest draws it is alive with visitors year-round, but especially during the spectacular Christmas market.
For centuries, Nuremberg was the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of most German kings, who kept their crown jewels here. Rich and stuffed with architectural wonders, it was also a magnet for famous artists, though the most famous of all, Albrecht Dürer, was actually born here. ‘Nuremberg shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars,’ gushed Martin Luther. By the 19th century, the city had become a powerhouse in Germany’s industrial revolution.
The Nazis saw a perfect stage for their activities in working class Nuremberg. It was here that the fanatical party rallies were held, the boycott of Jewish businesses began and the infamous Nuremberg Laws outlawing German citizenship for Jewish people were enacted. On 2 January 1945, Allied bombers reduced the city to landfill, killing 6000 people in the process.
After WWII the city was chosen as the site of the war crimes tribunal, now known as the Nuremberg Trials. Later, the painstaking reconstruction – using the original stone – of almost all the city’s main buildings, including the castle and old churches in the Altstadt, returned the city to some of its former glory.“
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Nuremberg Castle
- St. Lorenz Church
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Avenue Hotel. This 3-star hotel, rated 8.3 on Booking, offers comfortable rooms with all modern amenities in a quiet location very close to the pedestrian area in the heart of Nuremberg’s historic quarter. It is within easy walking distance of Nuremberg’s medieval attractions such as the Castle and St. Lorenz Church. A double room with rich breakast buffet and free wifi costs 84€ per night.
- Hilton Nürnberg. This excellent **** hotel offers large rooms, a quiet location and free parking. It is located next to the Tiergarten Park, just 4 km south of Nuremberg city centre. It’s ideal location for tennis fans because it rises some steps from tournament’s courts. Guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet in the bright L’Oliva restaurant, which overlooks the training grounds of FC Nürnberg football club. Prices? Starting from 109€ for a fantastic king room (wifi and parking are free, breakfast available for an additional charge).
- No Shoes Hotel. Exceptional **** hotel, rated 9,7 on Booking, located in Old Town Nuremberg just 300 mt from Altstadt. It features free WiFi throughout the property and elegant and spacious apartments (about 70 mq2) with flat-screen TV, sitting area and views of the garden or city. The price for each apartment starts from 195€ per night with incredible breakfast buffet included.
Enjoy this Tennis Trip with us! We will be in Nürnberg on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of May!