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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 diocesan town since 346; its first churches and monasteries 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.

Cathedral in Speyer
Old house

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By road[edit]

Speyer is located at the Autobahn A61.

By train[edit]

The main station has frequent connections to Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Karlsruhe, although it is not directly connected to the high-speed ICE train network. Speyer has two train stations: Speyer main station, and 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.

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By bus[edit]

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

If 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.

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Speyer's Main Street
  • Kaiser und Mariendom – Dom zu Unserer lieben Frau in Speyer (Speyer Cathedral – the Imperial Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and St Stephen) – The romanesque imperial cathedral, with crypta of the Salian Emperors. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that is currently covered with unsightly scaffolding [Sept 2012].
  • 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

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  • Historisches Museum der Pfalz - History museum
  • Technik Museum - Technical Museum
  • IMAX Dome film theater
  • Sealife - An aquarium

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Forget the Kaisertafel. Avoid tourist traps in main street area.

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  • Johanneshof, Seewaldsiedlung 5 68766 Hockenheim, +49 (0) 6205 5621, [1]. About 5km east of Speyer, a funky combination of market garden business, pub and luxury guesthouse; superb hospitality and great value. E90-130.  edit

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