Kaiserslautern Travel Guide

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Kaiserslautern Highlights

  • Pro
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     small, friendly and international city 

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     Too many Americans. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great job hosting the world cup finals. 

Kaiserslautern Things to Do

  • 1. FC Kaiserslautern

    Die Roten Teufel or Red Devils play their home matches at Germany’s highest soccer venue. Fritz Walter Stadion or the Betzenberg, is one of the most atmospheric and impressive settings in Germany. There is no other stadium where you feel the crowd as intensely as in Kaiserslautern. Visiting teams have long feared the venue given the ferocity of...

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  • Typical 20th century

    That nauseous-looking reddish area in front of the theater is the roof of the parking garage. You'd think they would at least landscape it or something, but no.Since this theater was built in the 20th century, the planners' main concern was to provide enough parking spaces for those who insist on driving to the theater in their heart-attack...

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  • Jonny spielt auf, by Ernst Krenek

    The name of this comic opera is usually translated as "Jonny strikes up", meaning he starts to play music, as in the phrases strike up a tune or strike up the band (also used in the phrase strike up a conversation). Which is fine, but the title also can have a second meaning in German, namely "Jonny shows off". I expect the composer had both...

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  • Pfalztheater (Palatinate Theatre)

    Since 1995 this new theater building has been the venue for up to four hundred performances a year in the three columns of musical theater (operas, operettas and musicals), spoken theater and ballet. The main auditorium has 730 seats, and there is also a smaller "workshop stage" with flexible seating for up to 200 people.The Pfalztheater has its...

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  • K-Town Skyline Countdown # 1

    Don't spend a lot of time searching for # 2 in this countdown, because there isn't any. This building, the City Hall, is the first and only high-rise building in Kaiserslautern. It is 84 meters high (= 276 feet) and has 25 floors.The notable thing about this building is that when it was built, in 1968, it was the tallest building in Germany. (Not...

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  • Statues at the theater

    When you walk up to the theater from the west side you are greeted by this statue of an "African King". The statue, by the sculptor Gunter Stilling, is made of Carrara marble and is intended to symbolize a traditional theater topic. Second photo: On the east side of the theater there is another statue by the same sculptor. This one is called...

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Kaiserslautern Restaurants

  • Brewery with screens for soccer fans II

    Brewpub on a pedestrianised street in the city centre. The interior is quite modern with plain plaster walls, a brick bar counter and a stainless steel gallery. There is a beer garden at the rear and more outdoor seating in front of the building. The copper brewing vessels are on display in the bar.www.xs4all.nl/~patto1ro/kaispubs.htm

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  • Brewery with screens for soccer fans I

    Another cosy pub nicely located in Kaiserslautern's center, and even then exciting when there are no soccer games going on. Kaiserslautern is popular due to its FCK soccer team.

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  • Palatine specials

    That's what the German magazine "Spiegel" wrote about Restaurant Spinnraedl: Most of the ancient walls of Kaiserslautern are now in ruins, but the Restaurant Spinnraedl is still intact, the oldest half-timbered house in town. The beams and gables date back to 1740 and are well worth a look. Their menu offers great German food.

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  • idyllic setting for a summer evening...

    The Hotel Bremerhof is a restaurant and biergarten set back in the forest outside Kaiserslautern. It's very popular with hikers who like to end up there after a nice hike and enjoy a beer or a good German meal either outside with nice views of the land, or inside in a traditional German restaurant atmosphere. It's a nice place -- I like it there...

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  • Chinese Anyone?

    My favorite place to go in Kaiserslautern for Mongolian BBQ. It is very good. Make sure you go on a Tuesday; it is only 13€. That will get you both buffets for the price of one. Any other day of the week that is the price for only the Mongolian BBQ and on weekends it is 14€; the regular buffet is extra. Truthfully though, I do not think the regular...

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  • Cozy German Atmosphere

    Tucked out of the way, but right in the pedestrian zone is this charming little restaurant. Our first visit was in the summer and we ate in the absolutely enchanting bier garten. For our next two visits, the weather forced us in the cozy dining room. Either way, you will be hard pressed to find a finer atmosphere in which to enjoy a meal, and enjoy...

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Kaiserslautern Nightlife

  • Events around Kaiserslautern

    No clue on any night life as I personally am not too fond of night life whatsoever but the link below provids pretty detailed information. German magazine "Spiegel" wrote about Kaiserslautern: it's a small town with a huge footballing reputation, it yet does have a few other things to offer including nearby scenic castles.. Saturday nights is the...

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  • ..Where everybody knows your name

    Chuck's is a fun place. Great music, bar, pool table, darts. It is american owned and operated and the bartenders are all really cool people. Whatever you want to wear. It's laid back.

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  • Night Out at Tiffany's

    One of the last places open after 2am. It stays open until the sun comes up usually. Dance floor, bar, just a real laid back place. Whatever.

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Kaiserslautern Transportation

  • Pass by Opel Werke

    Coming on A6 from Mannheim: Exit Kaiserslautern West and follow the directions to Kaiserslautern, right after the bridge take a right towards A6 Mannheim but do not go on A6, follow the signs to Weilerbach. Take the first right in the circle.

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  • Bicycle rentals?

    When I searched the web for Kaiserslautern bicycle rentals (Fahrradverleih in German) the one address I came up with was Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, which turns out to be the address of the Tourist Information across from the theater.The Tourist Information didn't have any bicycles to rent when I was there, but they did give me the names of two possible...

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  • Bicycle parking at the station

    As you can see from the photo, hundreds of people make use of the free roofed-over bicycle parking area at the main railroad station in Kaiserslautern. This facility is not guarded, but there are hundreds of good racks for people to lock their bicycles to. Unlike a lot of other German cities, Kaiserslautern does not have a bicycle repair shop or...

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Kaiserslautern Shopping

  • Shopping area in KL

    In the city center, you can find the walkplatz area, with lots of shops of all kinds. These photos were taken early on a Sunday morning, but usually the area is packed with people.

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  • Great spices, Asian food items!

    Orient Asian Food and Gifts is a great little shop to purchase all kinds of spices and everything Asian. I buy my rice there, as well as a chili pepper paste (I use on just about everything!). Great prices too!!!

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  • Everything for outdoors

    Hiking and biking are very popular in this area, and Der Rucksack is a great place to buy outdoors clothing and equipment. The staff are very knowledgeable and the selection is extensive. If you're looking for a great pair of hiking boots, this is the place to go. The clothing is average prices, but the equipment can get costly as some of it is...

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Kaiserslautern Local Customs

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    Solar energy at the tax office

    by Nemorino Updated Mar 22, 2008

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    Like several other public buildings in Kaiserslautern, the tax office has covered nearly its entire roof with solar energy panels.

    At street level they have this display showing how much electricity they are generating at the moment (940 watts on a very cloudy day), how much they have generated altogether and how many kilograms of carbon dioxide they have thus far prevented from entering the atmosphere.

    Street address: Eisenbahnstraße 56

    49°26'19.42" North; 7°46'18.37" East

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Kaiserslautern Warnings and Dangers

  • Inflation

    Responding to the post about the ladies of the night street near Kaiserslautern dubbed "40 Mark Strassa". When I was a kid living on Ramstein Air Force base back in the 70's the same street was referred to as 20 Mark Strassa. Years later I was sitting around a beach fire in Pebble Beach California talking to a couple of army grunts that had just...

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  • Thugs late at night

    Avoid the ATM by Burger King and the Markthalle after the Markthalle closes. When the club closes and the Polizei head off to other places small groups have been known to harass people in this area and even rob a couple.

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  • Girls of the night (and day)

    The road from Volgelway (sp) to K-Town is dotted with little turnouts and a girl in each one. These girls are not waiting for a bus as I use to tell my kids but are working girls. They range in age from 18 to 100 and are from all walks of life. Each has a health card and each is required to visit the doctor once a month. The road they are on use to...

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Kaiserslautern Off The Beaten Path

  • Adult Education Center (VHS)

    The Kaiserslautern Adult Education Center (VHS) had a record year in 2007, with nearly 34,000 class-hours, over 1,100 courses und nearly 13,000 enrollments. This is a significant increase over previous years and even tops the previous record year of 1981, when they had 32,000 class hours. They are also proud of the fact that they are reaching...

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  • Emmerich Smola Music School

    The Emmerich Smola music school of the city of Kaiserslautern is a public educational institution which offers practical and theoretical music courses for children, young people and adults.The school is named after the German orchestra conductor Emmerich Smola, born 1922 in what is now the Czech Republic. Smola studied music in Prague and started...

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  • Volkspark

    The Volkspark, or people's park, is not really off the beaten path, but it's away from the city center a bit and can be hard to find. But it's such a nice little park that it shouldn't be overlooked when visiting KL on a nice, sunny day! The park fills up on the weekends with runners, bike riders, picnics, the frisbees come out, the soccer balls...

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Kaiserslautern Sports & Outdoors

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    by TinKan Written Jul 4, 2003

    This town is football crazy and does have one of the better teams in Germany. Some day they will beat Munich… Go and see a game if the team is playing when you visit and you will see some very proud fans and will be entertained with good football by great sportsmen.

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Kaiserslautern Favorites

  • 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,...

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  • Fritz Walter stadium

    This is the Fritz Walter stadium on the "Betzenberg" hill. It is the most impressive building of the town and can be seen from almst every place in Kaiserslautern. The stadium is currently undergoing a massive restoration because of the 2006 World Cup that will take here. The renovation for the World Cup began in 2002 and has not been finished yet.

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