Rheintorstrasse 5, Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67346, Germany
More about Speyer
Inside Speyer's impressive cathedral
Speyer, Feuerbachhaus, location on google maps
Speyer, Bauernmarkt impressions (2007)
Speyer, Cathedral, detail of the southern door
Travel Tips for Speyer
Make sure you do not miss this delightful corner of Speyer down by the Nonnenbach stream. Whilst the rest of the town centre looks quite 18th century, here you have a set of half-timbered houses, including a famous restaurant, and you are in the old monastery quarters which are really tranquil. Standing on the bridge or just behind it, you will also have great views back up to the cathedral so it makes for a great photo stroll as you can see from the other photos here.
This lovely church holds a special place in Ingrid's heart. She is so passionate about this special place. She arranged for a minister (Priestess Golzer ) in the Church to give us a special guided tour and she explained most of what the church was all about.
Built in Baroque style, from 1701 to 1717 TRINITY CHURCH or Dreivaldigkeitskirche, is a Lutheran Church.
The entire interior has been preserved from that time. Two features are particularly interesting - the wood carvings on the altar and pulpit and the vaulted wooden ceilings, richly painted with scenes from the Old and New Testament by Johann Christian Gutbier.
As is the case in so many cities, what went before is what has shaped today. Due the War of the Great Alliance, the place where the coins were minted was destroyed in 1689 and the edifice of today, the "New Store by the Market", a classic Palatine structure, was built in 1748.
It's interesting that, in those days, the right to mint and hold markets was given to cities.
Where the splendid fountain and statue of St. George slaying yet another dragon lie was the market place of yesterday and these days it still remains a focus of attention located, as it is, in the middle of the Maxmiliantstrasse.
This fountain has been subject to many discussions due to its inscriptions, which later became synonym for Germany’s dark history. Its original purpose was to be a memoriam for the lost soldiers of WWI. Phone: +49 - 62 32 - 14 23 92
Address: Speyer, Maximilianstrasse
Directions: Walk westward on Maximilianstrasse, it's on your right, some 400 m west of Cathedral Plaza.
Coordinates on GoogleEarth:
49°19’02,91’’ N; 08°26’16,22’’ E
Other Contact: touristinformation@stadt-speyer.
Wilhelmsbau - mechanical music instruments
Wilhelmsbau is a different museum, next to the technical museum in Speyer.
It has several different collections like this one of mechanical musical instruments and clocks with musical mechanism.
Most of them date back o the 17th and 18th century.
There are as well collections of old fashions, signposts, helmets, juke-boxes etc.etc.etc.
Wilhelmsbau ist ein seperates Museum, direkt neben dem Technischen Museum in Speyer.
Dort gibt es verschiedene Sammlungen von Kinderspielzeug, alten Plakaten, Mode und Zeitgeist, Mechanische Orgeln und Uhren mit mechanischen Spielwerken...
Die meisten der Uhren auf meinem Bild sind aus dem 17. und 18.Jahrhundert !
Barbarian Treasures – witness of Roman life
During Cesar’s war in Gaul some years A.D., Romans started to settle down along Rhine river and Palatine. It was only logical that artesans and handicrafters joined them to guarantee a smiliar living standard as at home.
In 3rd century A.d., martial German tribes started several attacks from the north and trekked plundering and ransacking southwest. On their way back they had waggonloads packed with treasures like weapons, votive plates, tableware, tools, jewellery and coins. Not all plunderers did succeed in bringing their loot back home, some have been hunted and caught by Roman soldiers when they tried to bring their ships and ferries across the Rhine. Parts of the loot did then sank in the river.
In the 80ies, during gravel digging in the Rhine “arms”, some of these treasures have been found, which resulted in an intense and systematic search for more of these treasures between Karlsruhe and Gernsheim (and of course people thought they might find the famous Nibelung treasure). The biggest one was found in Neupotz, 30 km south of Speyer. It did contain more than 1000 objects of all kind of gold, silver and bronze with a weight of 700 kg !! This treasure is actually shown on in wandering exhibition called “Der Barbarenschatz” (the Barbarian Treasure).
I did see it in Speyer in September 2006. At the moment, until August 8, 2007, it is shown in Augsburg. And the Barbarenschatz Website will most probably list the next destination end of July 2007.
But Speyer’s Historical Museum also holds several similar objects from other treasures found in the Rhine. They all give an excellent view of the Romans and teach about their daily life, which already has been very much advanced compared to today, given the exhibits.