Hotel Roemischer Kaiser
Roemerstrasse 72, Worms, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67547, Germany
More about Worms
Aurum, Worms - herald Arnulf Kienast
Inside the Cathedral
Worms, beach bar
Walk inside the old city wall
Travel Tips for Worms
Siegfried kills the dragon
In my local customs tips about Worms, I plan to tell more about the Nibelungenlied. Even if it is a saga and the heros did not live at all, it is a very famous legend, and fascinating in all aspects (if we neglect its bad misuse during German black years). Worms was full of little monuments about the heros, some have been destroyed during the war, some have survived. On my next visit to Worms, I will take pictures of all remains, which tell about the Nibelungen, and place them here to tell the song.
This picture is of Siegfriedbrunnen (Siegfried fountain), now on Neumarkt, just opposite of the Cathedral’s eastern end. It shows Siegfried in his early years, after he had killed the dragon, who guarded Nibelungen treasure.
The Jewish cemetery
Walking among the tomb stones is like stepping back in time, you can start from the far left side of the cemetery where the tombs stones are about 1000 years old and go further with the years almost till the present time
Judenfriedhof (Jewish Cemetery)
This cemetery has been in use since the 11th century and the oldest in Europe. A walk through this higly evocative spot with ancient tombstones recalls the time when Wroms was a major center of Jewish culture. The oldest existing grave stone on the site is from Jakob ha-bachur and dates from the year 1076. This means that Worms? Jewish cemetery is the oldest Jewish cemetery still in existence in Europe . Other grave stones from the 11th Century also still exist. They are easily recognisable by their simple, square form, the writing lines and the fact that the text is framed. The numerous gravestones form the 12th Century look very similar but without the lines and frame.
The cemetery originated as the first synagogue was built in 1034. Not only its age is of great significance: a number of renowned Jewish scholars are buried here. This graveyard is also interesting for historians as no Christian cemeteries with standing grave stones exist from the Romanesque era. Very few grave stones and coffin lids were preserved in churches.
Reformation Monument - Luther Denkmal
In 1521 emperor Charles V was coming to Worms to hold a diet there.He had only been crowned as emperor the year before and many of his subjects didn't know him. So this diet was to be a very important one, with lots of things on the agenda. Among them there was the summoning of a stubborn monk from Wittenberg who had spoken out against several parts of the church. He was supposed to abjure and the dukes and bishops could then pass on to the next point of the agenda. Only it didn't happen this way. The monk, Martin Luther, did not abjure, some of the dukes secretly helped him and the christian church became split. The reformation process was continuing.
Today, almost 500 years later, only very serious historicans know any of the other points of the agenda of this diet, while the impacts of Martin Luther's reform work can still be felt throughout the world.
Worms boasts of having the largest reformation memorial in the world. I don't know if this is true, but it certainly is a very large monument. It shows not only Luther himself, but many of the others who helped him, people from several European countries. Three female sculptures are symbolizing cities, protesting Speyer, (the city where the Protestant church got its name), peaceloving Augsburg (where Catholic and Protestant churches reached a truce) and mourning Magdeburg (which was completely destroyed by Catholic troups in the 30 years war).
This is a very impressive monument and needs some time. Walk around and have a look at the details of the sculptures.
This is a modern museum, built into the old guard towers and battlement parapet. It is called the house of the unknown poet, because you listen to the voice of the person who says he wrote the Nibelungen legend.
You get audiophones and start climbing up the tower. The explanations are excellent,and you are always given the choice of getting more information by pushing another button.In addtion to listening to the narrative, you can watch scenes from old flims about the legend. From the top room the view of the cathedral and Worms is great.
It's a very interesting museum, well presented, BUT: You can only enjoy it when you have no problem walking stairs. I was surprised they got permission to build it this way, as it's a new museum and there are laws about new public buildings having easy access for handicapped people.
Entrance is 5,50 Euro