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    Museum der Stadt Worms

    by christine.j Written Sep 17, 2008

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    The Museum of Worms is housed in the Andreasstift, a former cloister with an attached church and a yard surrounded by a beautiful, covered walk.There are some very old tombstones standing in the yard, freely accessible from the street. To me, this was yet another sign of just how much history there is in Worms, as in most other towns these tombstones would be inside a museum.In stark contrast to them there is a very modern sculpture in the garden, a huge bird.(Picture 3)
    All the main events in Worms' past are shown in the Andreasstift. There is a large model of the town as it has been in former centuries, it was very interesting to compare it to the city of today.

    My favourite part of this museum was the church right next to it. It is part of the museum and covered by the entrance fee. Everything in there formed a unity, something I felt was missing in the cathedral of Worms. I particularly liked two statues, that of a lion from 1140 and that of a knight from 1600.Even though there were several hundred years in between them, they both seemed to fit perfectly into this church.(Pictures 1 and 2)

    Entrance is very cheap, 2 Euro for adults and 1 Euro for students.

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    The Old Synagogue

    by christine.j Updated Sep 16, 2008

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    The oldest synagogue of Europe is in Worms, it was built in 1034, and renovated in 1175.The Nazis destroyed it, but the stones and bricks were saved and after WWII they were used for rebuilding.
    Inside you can see a large menora, a pulpit and on the wall a plate with the names of victims of the holocaust. There is also a light on the wall, with a few words written unerneath.The only word I could read was "shoah", so I think it's also remembering the holocaust.

    Today the synagogue is a museum. There is no entry fee, but a museum guardian has a look at the visitors and also makes sure men will cover their head.
    At the entrance there is a basket with caps.

    Next to the synagogue you can walk down the stairs to the old Jewish bath, the mikwe.The steps are irregular, and even though it was a hot day when we were visiting, they were slippery. I wouldn't like to walk down there on a cold winter day.

    Behind the synagogue there is the former Jewish school, the Jeshiva, now the Jewish museum. We had to catch our bus and didn't have enough time left to go there.

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    Jewish Cemetery

    by christine.j Updated Sep 16, 2008

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    The Jewish cemetery is the oldest in Europe and it's open to the public. This is quite different from the one in Frankfurt which is locked. In Frankfurt you can get the key in the musem, after leaving some kind of ID.
    In Worms, all you have to do is open the gate to enter the cemetery.

    There are more than 2000 grave stones, the earliest from 1076.Shortly after entering you can see two stones which are usually covered with small stones and notices. These are the graves of two important Rabbis, Rabbi Meir and his pupil Alexander ben Salomon Wimpfen, from early 14th century.
    When you have the chance visiting here, don't stop near the entrance but walk further down. Some of the gravestones from 19th century are beautiful to look at and it's a very special atmosphere.

    Male visitors are asked to cover their head when walking there.

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    Nibelungenmuseum

    by christine.j Written Sep 16, 2008

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    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

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    St. Peter's Cathedral

    by Husker_Jeff Updated Jun 15, 2008

    Of course the Dom is the main attraction in Worms. There is a bit of renovation going on at the moment (June 2008) but you can still see most of the structure.

    Compared to other chruches I've seen I would say the Wormser Dom feels "cold". I don't mean that in a bad way necessarily. It's still an impressive structure. It just doesn't give you that warm, inviting feeling. Also, the crypt area contains some rather old sarcophaguses. Yes, I said sarcophaguses and that really is a word. :)

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    St. Andreasstift Museum

    by Husker_Jeff Updated Jun 15, 2008

    The museum presented a nice history of Worms from pre-historic times through to present day. There were some presentations of archaeological finds and a nice summary of the triumvirate of cathedrals (Mainz, Worms, Speyer).

    In the first room on the main floor there is very nice model of the city when it was walled and surrounded by a protective moat. The moat is now a road, of course.

    Museum displays Model of Worms Old headstones
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    Rhine promenade – the place to be in summer

    by Trekki Updated Mar 24, 2008

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    THE place to be at in Worms in late spring, summer and early autumn is definitely the Rhine promenade. That’s the part at the river, north of Nibelungenbridge. It is dotted with sycamore trees and benches for resting. Wide enough that kids can skate. It also has two famous Worms institutions (well, 3, if you count Hagen’s statue as well, photo 4): the Beach Bar and the Fürst (see restaurant section). Yes, you read correct – beach bar ! Strandbar 443 (as it is called, also see restaurant section) usually opens in April or earlier, depends on the weather, and then they have loaded sand on this space, have parasols, sunchairs and desks out there and a bar which serves drinks and snacks (photo 3).
    Apart from the beach bar and the Fürst, there are more restaurants with much space inside and outside, including my favourite, Pfister Zunft (the Medieval one). And there is another institution, Pegelhäuschen (water-gauge house, photo 5), which measures the level of the river. It was renovated recently and is actually a place to meet at the promenade.

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    Enter Worms like a grand duke – the bridge

    by Trekki Updated Mar 24, 2008

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    I grew up close to Worms and we visited the town several times, as we had relatives there. My memory of these days is not that good anymore (I perceived the city as quite dull when I was a kid), but one thing was always very much present when I thought of Worms – the bridge. So I wanted to see it again some time ago and was very much fascinated again (and again and again – Joan will know that, haha, as I drive all my friends and visitors over this bridge, whenever we make it down to Palatine).

    The bridge is called Nibelungenbrücke (bridge of the Nibelungs), and is not as old as one would think when seeing it. It was built between 1897 and 1900, in honour to (haha) Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Darmstadt and thus was named Ernst-Ludwig bridge these days. The main attraction had been there two neoromanesque gatetowers. The bridge and one of the towers had been badly destroyed during WWII (by German pioneers….) and made crossing the Rhine here impossible for almost 5 years. Luckily, the left tower could remain and has been transformed into a Christian youth hostel or boys’ scout hostel. The tower is 53 m in height and has wonderful carvings in the pink sandstone, for example coats of arms of the 3 adjoining former provinces: Mainz (left) for Rheinhessen, Darmstadt (right) for Starkenburg and Giessen (middle) for Oberhessen.

    As the bridge has a lot of traffic, the officials have decided to build a new one just next to it and split the traffic after finishing in 2008. The work is still in progress. It is interesting to read about the planning and progresses while building this new bridge. Sadly, only in German, but you might like to look at the photos only:
    old photos of the bridge, after destruction,
    progress in building the new bridge

    On my photos, you can see the gate tower in all its glory (photo 1) and a close-up of the coats of arms (photo 2). And I was delighted to see that I can publish a photo of an old postcard showing the bridge how it looked before destruction, as it is public domain and copyright has expired (photo 3).

    Update, March 24, 2008:
    to my utmost surprise and delight, someone ("Eintracht4ever") took the time and made a 3D model of the gatetower on GoogleEarth. I have added a screenshot (photo 4).

    copyright note from Wikipedia:
    photo from Wikipedia

    Nibelungenbr��cke - in her full glory Close up of the gate tower Old postcard of the bridge 3D model on GoogleEarth (from the west) 3D model on GoogleEarth (from the east)
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    Imperial Cathedral – St. Peter and St. Paul

    by Trekki Updated Mar 24, 2008

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    Without doubt, Imperial Cathedral St. Peter & St. Paul is the most prominent landmark and place to visit in Worms.
    As mentioned in my intro, Bishop Burchard had initiated the church in early 11th century (it was built on an already existing smaller one). Most probably parts of the eastern choir and the western towers are from that time. The late Romanesque original cathedral was consecrated in 1181. In contrast to the other cathedrals, her main entrances have been at the sides (north and south); the northern one is also known as famous “Imperial Portal”, setting of the legendary dispute of the Nibelungen queens Kriemhild and Brunhild. The eastern and western towers are round in shape, similar as in Mainz, and different from Speyer. Around the cathedral, not much is left from the huge complex it was before 1689. Some remains of its cloister is still at the south western end, it is even nice to walk around and imagine its former place for silent contemplation.

    Update, April 2007 (and still in March 2008):
    The Cathedral is currently under restoration, and by now the western towers are back to their usual pink sandstone colour (photo 1). It surely pays to also take a closer look at the above – the dwarf gallery in the western section does have very interesting looking sculptures ! (photos 3 and 4). Also, some remains of these scary looking sculptures, which were meant to scare off witches and the devil, can be found around the whole building in the lower sections (photo 5, close to the southern stairs).

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    St. Peter & Paul Cathedral – inside details

    by Trekki Updated Mar 24, 2008

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    Now after a second visit to the Cathedral on a lovely sunny April day, I still think that it is a bit dull inside compared to the one in Speyer, but nevertheless it is worth to look around for all the details. These details are what makes the Cathedral so special (Speyer’s does not have them at all on the other hand).

    On the northern side, close to the altar section, there is a fine gothic chapel dedicated to St. Mary. It has a beautiful window telling St. Mary’s life in 14 pictures (a photo of it, see next tip about the windows in general). But the chapel also has fine paintings on the pillars and vaults, something I didn’t quite often see in German cathedrals, but have seen it in the Swedish ones of Uppsala and Strängnäs.

    The western choir is quite elaborate as well; it could be built that way as the Cathedral had her entrance at the side (rather than in the west). So here, Bishop Burchard is buried, a simple tomb embedded in the ground. This part is dedicated to St. Laurentius with plain walls, except one painting of Laurentius (photo 4).

    A very interesting side chapel is the one of St. Nikolaus (to your left after entering). It helds a relic of St. Nikolaus. The original one was destroyed during the War of the Great Alliance with the French, but end of last century, Worms go another one (however, I could not find out who donated it to Worms). This chapel is used as baptising chapel today.

    Painted vault of St. Mary's chapel Painted pillar of St. Mary's chapel St. Laurentius - in the western choir Coat of arms in Worms Cathedral Relic of St. Nikolaus in Worms Cathedral
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    St. Peter & Paul – remains of the cloister

    by Trekki Updated Mar 24, 2008

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    On the Cathedral’s south-western side the cloister was located. But due to destruction and neglect, it was completely removed in 1830. But from what I read about it, it must have been a wonderful and quiet place for contemplation, Gothic style. Some of its reliefs have been moved into the Cathedral and are now decorating the northern wall.
    What is left outside still has a charm, as you can see in the pictures – old ornaments, portals, a capitel on the Cathedral’s wall, slowly eroding, and a little sculpture of an angel. Make sure to take some time to look around, everytime I was there I found more tiny details. It is also here where the funny sculptures sit on the dwarf gallery. Part of the big reliefs with scenes of Christ’s life are now inside the Cathedral at the northern aisle walls.

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    St. Peter & Paul – the windows

    by Trekki Updated Mar 24, 2008

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    Inside the Cathedral, you will notice stained glass windows in both aisles. These have been added quite early, between 1986 and 1992, but kept in an old style.
    Little plates describe the meaning of each window.
    The most remarkable one is the so-called Geschichtsfenster, story window (photo 2), on the south-eastern side in St. Joseph Chapel. Similar as the picture bible on the main portal, this window tells stories relevant to Worms in 20 pictures.
    Start bottom right with the picture of Bishop Burchard (main photo), who had built the church; the others are telling about the Worms Edict (banning of Luther), Worms Concordat (ending of the disputes between church and emperors over power), French Revolution, destruction after 1689, etc.
    The other windows on the southeastern side show the 14 emergency helpers (photo 3) and Passion and Resurrection (photo 4).
    On the northeastern side is a chapel, dedicated to Mary with another beautiful big window.
    Another nice however more modern window is in St. Nikolaus Chapel in the second picture (photo 5).
    As I like these windows and was lucky to have been in the Cathedral during a sunny day, I have dedicated two travelogues to the windows.

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    St. Peter & Paul Cathedral - inside

    by Trekki Updated Mar 24, 2008

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    Inside, the Cathedral is richly decorated with a Baroque altar, high choir and two side altars by Balthasar Neumann, crafted after the destructions in 1689. The side walls are decorated with Romanesque and Gothic reliefs showing Christ’s life. Also, a lot of small chapels are added into the outer naves, but only some are open for prayers. A famous one is Nikolauskapelle (near the main gate), where a relic of St. Nikolaus is treasured. The side walls do have very nice stained glass windows, one of them is a storytelling window and tells about all events that happened in Worms in the past. For more impressions of these, please see my two travelogues.
    In the crypt (below the choir) are the remains of the Salian Kings, which ruled before Konrad II (see Speyer).
    Make sure, you also go to the southeastern part inside the Cathedral (right hand side of the choir) to see a model of Kaiserpfalz*, Cathedral and adjoining buildings of the days before the destructions in 1689. It must have been a huge complex and seeing the model left me again with a sad and angry feeling for the sick brains which initiate wars (in any time). It is quite dull and dark inside, sorry that my pictures cannot show it all better.

    Well, how should I describe my personal impression of the Cathedral ? I like Baroque, but only if it “fits”, which for me are more the little churches. Here, in the huge Cathedral of Worms, I had a strange feeling of mourning and dullness. Compared to Speyer’s Cathedral (which originally was built more or less around the same time), Worms Cathedral does not have the grandeur for me. Maybe it is that Speyer had more money (through the UNESCO listing) to spend for original restoration, maybe it’s the overdecoration here in Worms, I don’t know.
    If you come and visit Worms and the Cathedral, try to go to Speyer as well to get your own impression.

    *%s(“Pfalz” = seat of power of emperors during the Holy Roman Empire, not to be confused with Pfalz = Palatine, the region)

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    Southern Portal – the picture bible

    by Trekki Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    The most prominent feature on the Cathedral’s main entrance (south) is the so-called Bilderbibel (picture bible) at the Gothic pointed arch. The arch is dated around 1300 and had replaced the older Romanesque portal.
    Allow yourself some time to have a closer look; the carvings are indeed excellent. They are grouped into 4 parts – left and right on the lower part are statues of Old Testament’s four prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezechiel, Daniel) and evangelists (Matthäus, Markus, Lukas and Johannes). The upper part of the arch then allegorises scenes of Old (God creates the world, God creates Eve, Noah and his ark, etc) and New Testament (life of Christ).
    On the arc’s top, Mary is sculptured, riding on a tetra morph (4 animals, symbolizing the evangelists in one).
    The tympanum above the entrance shows Mary’s coronation.

    Update: April 2007:
    Now I can show you the details of this magnificent stone carving work:
    Photo 1: Noah and his ark (April 2007),
    Photo 2: Adam and Eve are expelled from paradise (April 2007),
    Photo 3: Coronation of Mary (April 2007),
    Photo 4: sculptured capital just below the tympanum (April 2007),
    Photo 5: the southern portal (Sept 2006).

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    The Nibelungen Museum

    by wroclawiak Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    I would highly recommend the visit of this museum before seeing the town. Worms is often called the Nibelungentown. Before coming to Worms get acquainted with the Nibelungen myth. You will meet a lot of places connected with the Nibelungen. If you don't know anything about the Nibelungen myth you won't understand the history of the town and the meanings of some places.

    The museum is very interesting but don't expect too much from the multimedia show.
    Nice views from the museum tower.
    For a detailed sightseeing you need more than two hours.

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