Welcome to the pulsating heart of Nuremberg, where the very essence of the city finds its sanctuary. Nestled in proximity to the revered main market square, the Augustinerhof area, a recent architectural marvel designed by the visionary firm Staab from Berlin, beckons with a harmonious blend of boutique hospitality, gourmet delights, retail splendor, cultural enclaves, and cutting-edge innovation. At the very heart of this vibrant neighbourhood lies Karl August – a true oasis boasting 120 exquisitely curated rooms, suites, and apartments that cater to the most discerning preferences.
Meticulously crafted by Mekado architects, the hotel’s interior is a symphony of contemporary design with an industrial touch, timeless elegance and 5 stars treatment. The luminous allure of exposed concrete is complemented harmoniously by the inviting warmth of terrazzo and the refined luxury of genuine wood accents and subtle tones. Embodying a steadfast commitment to sustainability and an ardent support for local talent, the philosophy of Karl August is an ode to conscious living. The lobby transcends the conventional, becoming a vibrant hub where locals engage with guests, co-workers, and avid readers, as large glass fronts dissolve barriers, ushering in an unbridled flow of interaction. The rooms are a minimalist realm of contemporary elegance, where thoughtful design elements seamlessly blend with luxurious comfort, creating an intimate space of relaxation for discerning travellers. Adding to the indulgence is the woody and blooming juniper fragrance that embraces the entire space and the exquisite beauty products sourced from Retterspitz, a renowned local German brand, enhancing the overall sensory experience of this charming retreat. Within this haven of haute hospitality, guests are treated to an unparalleled experience.
On the rooftop, the skyfinity pool invites you to bask in breathtaking panoramas of Nuremberg’s rooftops, a mesmerising retreat from the city’s bustling tempo. The Augustinerhof’s gastronomic offerings are nothing short of exquisite – from the alluring French patisserie, hearty snacks and coffee specialties at Pique Nique to the graceful allure of Brasserie Nitz, where the Pegnitz River serves as a picturesque backdrop to an indulgent, relaxed French rendezvous. For those with a sweet tooth, Bonbon’s ever-changing homemade ice creams and freshly baked waffles delight, while Tisane, the Michelin-starred fine dining haven, wows patrons with an immersive culinary experience, inviting you into the heart of the action at a concrete-crafted kitchen counter, orchestrated by the culinary virtuoso, Chef René Stein.
A tapestry of sustainable materials, bespoke furnishings, and carefully curated selection of bold artworks adorn the premises, thus adding an authentic touch to the whole experience. Our attention got caught especially by Dashdemed Sampil’s concrete artwork that welcomed us right at the entrance and Phips Eyrich’s imposing wooden sculpture at the brasserie together with his elegantly-carved concrete counter at Tisane. Since its inauguration in 2021, Karl August stands as a remarkable architectural treasure, shining brightly in the heart of Nuremberg, a city with an enchanting medieval aura and a deep-rooted legacy as the birthplace of the celebrated artist Albrecht Dürer. Immersed in the very soul of the city, this boutique and design hotel goes beyond the ordinary, presenting its guests with an experience that echoes the very spirit of Nuremberg – a tapestry of vibrant culture, unparalleled hospitality, and enduring memories.
“Where Karlstraße and Augustinerstraße meet, the soul of the city has its home. People who come meet people who live here. That’s how we can be together. In a neighbourhood full of hospitality and cosmopolitanism. The Karl August is not just a hotel, but a center of attraction.”
Karl August / Ode to conscious living
Karl August / @hotelkarlaugust
Architects: Staab / @staabarchitekten
Mekado / @mekadoarchtects
Michelin Restaurant: Tisane / @tisane_restaurant
Special thanks: Anna-Catharina Heller