Community information in English
When I first came to Germany, I did not speak German, and a good way I found information about Kaiserslautern in English was at the German-American Community Office, located across the street from the city hall in Kaiserslautern. The office was originally set up, I think, to assist the American soldiers stationed at the bases near Kaiserslautern, but it's also a nice source for all non-German speaking visitors. There is also a tourist information office located across the street from the big bus stop (next to the Fruchthalle). They are friendly and will be happy to assist you in English as well...
...aber für mich, spreche ich ein kleines Deutsch jetzt!
Old Railroad Days
Driving out of Kaiserslautern toward Vogelweh and Eindseidlerhof on B-40, you may notice a long row of identical houses along the left side. This was a neighborhood built to house railroad workers who worked across the street at the large railroad yards. I don't know how old this is, but it's nice to walk along and have a look!
Kaiserslautern - The American City in Europe
"Is It Spring Yet?"
Kaiserslautern or K-town as it's called by the many Americans who live here is located in the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz in Southwest Germany. And while it does get snow, the amounts are usually only a few inches at most. However, as you can see in the picture it can be alot more.
Although the city has a rich history, few historical buildings remain to remind visitors of the city's past.
In 1152, Frederick I (called Barbarossa because of his red beard) began to fortify the Palatinate, building a castle at Lautern (thus Kaiserslautern). Known as Burg Nanstein, today it stands in ruins but a great place to explore on a sunny afternoon.
Legend has it that back in 1497 a giant fish was caught in the city's largest pond and it was wearing one of Barbarossa's rings around its neck and claimed that the emperor had released him at that very spot some 300 years previously.
In 2001 Kaiserslautern celebrated it's 725 anniversary. As part of the celebrations, the city invited adults and children to re-design the fish that appears in the city's coat of arms. This resulted in more than 200 creative f ish on display with everything from a Chinese dragon fish to a Betty Boop-type fish and many colorful ones in between.
Summer69's K-town page
This is where I met my husband, Aidan. We started out as best friends and then one day we went for it and here we are now, happily married. :) My soulmate.
Aidan + Shannon