Nicknamed "K-Town" (which the local Germans find offensive), Kaiserlautern was home to many military personnel during the Cold War, and several American Military Installions, including Ramstein Air Base, are still in operation nearby.
In the middle ages, the town was chosen by Emperor Friedrich I (Barbarossa) as a seat of government.
Kaiserslautern was the smallest of the twelve host cities for the 2006 World Cup.
Touristically, this town has not much to offer but some nice restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Regional trains travel to Kaiserlautern from Saarbrücken (€10, 45 min) and Neustadt(Weinstr) (€9, 25 min). An ICE from Frankfurt takes 1½ hours and costs €32. An S-Bahn connects with Heidelberg (1¼ hour) and Mannheim (1 hour).
From Frankfurt am Main's airport, military travelers can take a shuttle bus to various posts around Kaiserslautern, Ramstein, and Landstuhl. Most shuttle services will cost you around €45 one way. At the airport, go to the U.S.O. office and ask them to arrange for a shuttle, you'll need to have your ID ready.
Kaiserslautern has a city bus system. It has also night buses. You can get tickets from the driver.
FC Kaiserslautern - FC Kaiserslautern is Kaiserslautern's professional football/soccer team in Germany's second division.