SPEYER RATHAUS - CITY HALL
The City Hall building or SPEYER RATHAUS is a wonderful Baroque structure built 1712 -1726 and is located on the main street - Maximilianstrasse 12.
Classical concerts and other theatrical events are often held in the hall.
Speyer, you and your camera
As Speyer is a very much picturesque town, you surely won’t leave without tons of photos.
After having visited this lovely place now already several times, here my recommendations to get the best shots:
Cathedral and western portal:
On a sunny day, you should not miss the marvellous sunset and the golden colour, the western façade is painted with (see photo 1). Do this while sampling local wine or coffee in one of the countless street cafes on Maximilianstrasse (I can recommend Café Schlosser, as this is the closest to the Cathedral, and your view won’t be blocked by other street café’s chairs.
Cathedral in general:
Morning or afternoon are best, midday might lead to too pale photos.
Anything between early morning and noon, as the sun will then lighten up the interior through the windows in the central nave. Afternoon is not a good idea, as the Cathedral does not have any windows in the west.
For the crypt it is pretty much the same, there are tiny windows, but they let in light only on real sunny days. For the tombs you’ll need a flash anyhow. Altpörtel:
Best in the morning or late afternoon, the sun in your back.
If you climb on top of Altpörtel, you should do this during noon, as no sun is blocking your 360 degree view.
This church is oriented north-south, so for viewing the glass stained windows, afternoon would be best. Take in account that it closes during midday (from noon to 2 p.m.), so something around 2-4 p.m. would be best.
As some of the real cosy backstreets are quite narrow (means really narrow), late morning or early afternoon is the best. Then you’ll get some light from the sun, but not the gleaming one during midday. Not too late (around 1 hour before sunset), it will be too darkish in the streets.
Speyer's wide main street is MAXIMILIANSTRASSE. Here can be found the Altportel, the Rathaus, Speyer Administration Building, the Imperial Cathedral of Speyer and the Cafe' Schlosser where we all had lunch together. It's more like a big square than a street and an absolutley wonderful "People" place, with terraces and fountains.
How late is it ? And make sure……
… your fish is big enough
Altpörtel, the town gate and tower of Speyer (see to-do tip), has some fascinating features, about which I’d learned only recently. One is the two clocks, which, if one looks closer, show different parts of “the time”. The big clock is only to give the hour and the smaller beneath to give the minutes. This was made in the old days, to help the people approaching the town from the west to see how late it is. Well, this is what the exhibition in Altpörtel tells. It still works, as anyone who is coming from far away, will see the gate tower and can tell if he/she is in time for a date or has to hurry.
The other interesting feature is inside the gateway of the tower: in photo 3 you see an iron bar, mounted inside of the wall. This is the so-called “Speyrer Normalmaß”, something like a calibration standard, also from old days. It was meant to measure the sizes of fish and other goods and is exactly 12 inches in length.
A similar measurement standard is in Heidelberg, see what Christine.j wrote about pretzel size standard.
Other old measurement standards are in Dornoch (Scotland), cloth size (by Joan, @scotishvisitor), Venezia, fish scale and in Norcia, measuring grain.
Wilhelmsbau - Roll over Beethoven....
Look at this beautiful juke-box / Wurlitzer dating back to the early days of Rock and roll, the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Elvis etc. etc. etc.
In the 50s and 60s they were very common in restaurants and bars, and you could throw in a coin and all of the bar had to listen to YOUR favorite music....
NO escape for them !! :-))
It was already great to see the artificial arm choosing the black disc umong various different titles you may have choosen and putting it on the plate, and the needle was coming down, starting your favorite music...
...and then you simply had to make sure nobody else would be able to choose HIS kind of music, so you better stay at the juke-box all the time, putting in coin after coin...
There are about 15 such juke-boxes in Wilhelmsbau !!