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Revision as of 18:14, 11 September 2009

Cathedral in Speyer

Speyer is a city in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. It is one of the oldest German cities and has a beautiful old town. Speyer has been a dicesan town since 346; its first churches and monasterys were built in the 6th and 7th century.

The foundation stone of the imperial cathedral was laid in 1030 by Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor and first of the Salian dynasty. The cathedral is the resting place of the Salian dynasty. It was widely destroyed in the War of the Grand Alliance in 1689.

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Get in

Speyer is located at the Autobahn A61. The main station has frequent connections to Mannheim and Karlsruhe.

Get around

Speyer has a working railroad system, also it is not directly connected with ICE trains it is easy to reach via Mannheim or Ludwigshafen. Speyer has 2 train stations: 1. Speyer main station. 2. Speyer North-West station. There is a ticket office at the main station (closed on weekends and holidays).

Speyer has train connections to Germersheim and Karlsruhe (via Heidelberg) (every 30 minutes) and express trains to Karlsruhe and Mainz (every 2 hours).

TIP: When you want to go to the Technical Museum, IMAX Dome film theater or to the Sealife you can get a combination ticket. This ticket is valid for outward and return journey with train to Speyer, in the bus line 565 and admission to the Technical Museum or IMAX Dome film theater or Sealife. Ask at the ticket office at your train station. They have it for single persons, groups or families. The same offer can you get for the technical museum Sinsheim and IMAX Dome film theater Sinsheim.

Public transport

Speyer has a city bus system. You can get tickets from the bus drivers. Tip: The city shuttle (Bus line 565) costs only € 1.00 This ticket is valid for 1 day only in this bus line. Speyer has also regional bus connections to villages without a train connection.

See

Speyer's Main Street
  • Kaiser und Mariendom - The romanesque imperial cathedral, with crypta of the Salian Emperors. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Very nice historic old town.
  • Judenbad Oldest Mikvah north of the Alps
  • Altpörtel - A 55 m high gate, part of the former fortification wall
  • Gedächtniskirche der Protestation - A protestant church with wooden interior from the 17th century
  • Historisches Museum der Pfalz - Historic museum
  • Technik Museum - Technical Museum
  • IMAX Dome film theater
  • Sealife - An aquarium

Do

Buy

A little expensive.

Eat

Forget the Kaisertafel. Don`t get ripped off by tourist traps in main street area.

Drink

Sleep

Get out

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