Worms Travel Guide

  • Worms
    by christine.j
  • Worms
    by christine.j
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Worms Things to Do

  • Little Jerusalem

    Worms once had a thriving and ancient Jewish community, dating back as far as the last millennia, and numbering as many as one thousand even as late as 1933. Today the community is gone. The final straw was the Nazis, but there had been many other persecutions, including the destruction of the Jewish Quarter by crusaders in 1096, and then being...

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  • St Paulus

    The Dominican order established a monastery at the site of St Paulus church in 1226, but due to the secularisation of the city it became first a hay store, then a city museum, before being finally returned to the people as a place of worship after the war. The church is built of rough sandstone in the Romanesque style, and looks quite obviously a...

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  • Liebfrauenkirche

    Just outside the city centre is one of the most famous churches in Germany, the Liebfrauenkirche. It is so big it could pass for a cathedral itself, and can be seen clearly from the Rhein around the Nibelungenbrücke. The immense stone structure, with its extravagant towers, is set back from the city in some large vineyards. If you know anything...

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  • Torturm

    The Torturm (Gate tower) sits atop the Nibelungenbrücke that you drive across to enter the city from the east. It is an extravagant piece of work, and very impressive, and surprisingly only built as recently as 1900. I saw people in the tower and thought I could walk up, gaining access from the left side (approaching from the town), but even though...

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  • Andreasstift

    The old Romanesque Andreas church now hosts one of the best museums in Worms, the Museum der Stadt Worms. The church itself contains articles of medieval sacred art, and the buildings around the back have works of Roman and Frankish antiquities. There is also a special Luther room that explains the events of the 1521 Diet of Worms, along with some...

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  • Magnuskirche

    This is the oldest Evangelical Church in South West Germany, but more importantly this was one of the first churches in the region to turn to Protestantism during the Reformation. It is a Carolingian church with Romanesque and Gothic extensions, but despite its age it has been restored several times, most recently in 1953.

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  • Cathedral

    The Cathedral of Worms is outstanding, and probably the main draw of the town. You can see the cathedral's roof and towers for miles around, and it makes an impressive part of the town's skyline. It is very distinctive, and looks particularly spectacular from the front, and has a few Gothic additions mixed in with its basic Romanesque construction....

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  • Roman Wall

    Built in the 4th century A.D. the "Römische Mauer" is one of Worm's oldest and most striking reminders of its Roman history. Its dilapidated arches contain a history of the town depicted in Romanesque mosaics. Like many of the Roman remnants, the locals built over them with their own form of the same: you'll see that the medieval town wall follows...

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  • Rathaus

    This doesn't seem to be marked down as a particularly worthwhile tourist attraction, perhaps because Worms has so many other sights, but I was really impressed by this immense grandiose town hall. It's not like any other I've seen in Germany, and I loved the way it curved protectively around Hagenstrasse, a wonderful street in itself to walk along,...

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  • Nibelungen Museum – solve the mystery...

    If you expect a museum with exhibits on display – be warned, there is nothing here like that. Eventually, the Nibelungen saga is a legend. This museum was realized in 2001, integrated into parts of the old city wall and two remaining fortification towers. It is a completely new concept according to their website. So, there is no real gold here, but...

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  • Nibelungenmuseum and the legend (Worms,...

    In the August of 2001 the city of Worms opened their historic Nibelungenmuseum, depicting and audio-journeying the tales about the Nibelungenlied right at the town wall where some of the legends may have taken place. They boast of "state-of-the-art" didactic aids that are led by story tellers representing the great renowned tales of the unknown...

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  • Worms Dom (Cathedral) - Worms, Germany

    The Worms Dom, or "Wormser Dom" is also known as the "Cathedral of St Peter". This is the principal church and chief building of the city of Worms, Germany. It represents one of the finest Romanesque churches on the Rhine, next to Speyer and Mainz. It consists of a impressive basilica, two large domes with a choir on each end, four round towers,...

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  • St Paulus

    The church St.Paulus belongs to the Dominican cloister of Worms, still a working cloister. We had seen the church from the top of the Nibelungenmuseum and wanted to go there. There are two spires looking more like oriental towers than the usual church spires here. It's not as well-known as the cathedral, but I though it was more beautiful. Inside...

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  • Dom - the Cathedral

    While this is certainly a very impressive building, I didn't really like the cathedral. This is of course strictly a layperson's opinion, but for me it was too much of everything.An interesting building, very plain in some parts, but the baroque altar didn't seem to fit. It looked out of place, at least for me.I later learned that it had been added...

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  • 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...

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Worms Hotels

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  • Hotel Roemischer Kaiser

    Roemerstrasse 72, Worms, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67547, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • CCL Asgard Hotel Worms

    Gutleutstrasse 4, Worms, Rhineland-Palatinate, D-67547, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Parkhotel Prinz Carl

    Prinz-Carl-Anlage 10-14, Worms, Germany, 67547, de

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Worms Restaurants

  • Dine and lunch in Medieval style :-)...

    No heading can ever describe this marvellous restaurant and atmosphere and the very much delicious dishes. Last Sunday (March 4) I was heading south, wanted to get deep into Palatine. But as the weather was too good, I made a short detour to Worms to take photos of the bridge and another Nibelungen monument close to the Rhine. So I stopped at the...

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  • Schmitt's (Worms, Germany)

    Address is believed to be "Richard-Knies-Str. 87, Worms - +49 6241 95813-0" but unfortunately my German is not so good and it was hard to search for online. This Tavern is located a few streets away from the Lincoln Theater in old town. A very quaint European tavern charm with delicious dishes and exquisite cooking. The service was friendly and...

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  • A break before sightseeing

    Coming from the train station we passed this nice café. Tables were out in the sun, many people were having a late breakfast or an early lunch and we decided to have a break before we had even started sight-seeing. We felt somewhat lazy, but after all, getting to know a town also means getting to know its restaurants, doesn't it?It was a good...

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Worms Transportation

  • From FRANKFURT (Hahn)

    From the Frankfurt Hahn aiport take the bus to Heidelberg. The bus stops close to the city center. For fares and schedules visit the site listed below.

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  • Getting To Worms From Frankfurt

    TRAINS: Depart Frankfurt at frequent intervals for Mainz, where you change for Worms. The total journey takes up to 90 minutes. Return service operates until mid-evening. Be sure to check the schedule as there are other possible routes.CAR: Worms is about 50 miles southwest of Frankfurt. Take the A-5 Autobahn, the switch to the A-67 and head south...

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  • Train

    Worms is off the main train lines, and the only trains passing through are the horribly slow Regional Bahns, and a Regional Express if you are lucky. Worms is on the Mainz-Mannheim line, and about 40 minutes from Mainz and 30 from Mannheim.

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  • Most magic ancient-modern jewellery in...

    If you like old sagas and legends or celt or pagan inspired motifs, then I can only highly recommend to pay a visit to Aurum Jewellery in Worms. Goldsmith Arnulf Kienast and artist T.W. Eichfelder have combined their knowledge and skills for a magic and marvellous variety of jewellery which reflect the old pre-Christian religion symbols with a...

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  • Chocolate heaven – the best on earth !

    This is one of the typical stories, only life can write…. Some time ago, I saw a documentation about Worms, which also showed local producers of finest quality delicious home made and home grown specialities. At the end of this documentation, a group of young local people, sitting at a table loaden with delicatessen, that I was about to jump into...

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Worms Local Customs

  • Dragons in all sizes and colours

    One of the possible explanations for the name "Worms" is from "Wurm" - worm in English. Since one of the old German words for dragon was Lindwurm, it may be that memories of dragons are reflected in the city's name. I don't know if this is true, but there are lots of dragons to be seen all over the town. Old ones ,for example on the wall of the...

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  • The famous dachshund at the Cathedral

    Haha, I think it cannot get more “local customs” than this one, and I am very grateful to a nice lady who told me about this (and note, she adressed me when I was wandering through the Cathedral with my Japanese colleagues – this is also typical for Palatine people – they are just nice and helpful to any foreigners !)Ok, the story is the...

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  • ... and the queens dispute

    So far, the only additional pictures I took connecting Worms and Nibelungenlied are ones about the dispute of the queens.After Siegfried married Kriemhild and Gunther married Brünhild, the girls were in constant quarrels. It finally leadt to the dispute whose husband had more class, thus who of the queens would be the one to enter the Cathedral...

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Worms Off The Beaten Path

  • Ibersheimer Dukatenscheißer (lol)

    It cannot get more off path than this, but if you have time and are mobile when at Worms, you should go and see this most cutest tiny house yourself ! Ibersheim, a “suburb” of Worms (not actually suburb, but incorporated into Worms greater town), is only 12 km to the north at the banks of river Rhein. Just go to Rheindürkheim and then turn right,...

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  • Bergkirche inside – plain but beautiful

    Inside, Bergkirche is very simple, but has a lot of serene atmosphere when the sun shines through the windows and paints shadows on the floor. The windows still have the old ornaments painted around them (photo 3). On the gallery, I found a beautiful old organ, but learnt that only the outer shell is still from 1781, made by the famous local organ...

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  • Architectural details at Bergkirche

    As described above, Bergkiche’s tower has many of these apotropaic sculptures, called scaring heads or envy heads in German. These have been widely used since ages on all kinds of buildings to scare off “the evil”, demons, devils or witches. Most of the sculptures on the tower of Bergkirche are the original ones, but some have been restored early...

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Worms Sports & Outdoors

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    by christine.j Written Sep 15, 2010

    A sightseeing tour of the special kind is the Nibelungenlauf.
    It's a run which takes place the second Sunday in September. This is really not the best date, as it coincides with heritage day, and I had a hard time making up my mind which event to choose. I decided to run in Worms and had a great time.

    The course takes you through Worms, you pass most of the old historic buildings, surround the cathedral, run through a nice and shady park and end up near the Rhine harbour.

    There are several distances to choose from, half-marathon, 10k, 5k, a women-only run of 5 k, a above 60 run and one for children. Since the half-marathon does the same course twice - something I don't like too much -, I chose the 10k and enjoyed it very much.

    All the announcements were in German and English, a very good idea, when there are runners from more than 20 countries participating.

    Equipment: As for all runs, the only thing you really need are good running shoes, and they shouldn't be brandnew.

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  • How Worms got its name – Joan was right

    Haha, now this has a bit of VT history. The name of this city is Worms, and of course, Worms always meant Worms city for me, the city I grew up close to. When I was starting to write about Worms, Joan (scottishvisitor) dropped me a comment saying something about wiggling. It took me some time to realize what she meant and then I just could not stop...

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  • Information for Worms visitors

    Visitors are pretty good self-guided through Worms, as there are several walking tours, called “Zu Fuß durch zwei Jahrtausende” (on foot through two centuries). At every major point of interest, these panels are arranged in town.They show the city’s centre (more or less rectangular from north to south), the particular position and the three...

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  • Visting Worms

    A visit to Worms may be made at any time, but note tht some of the museums are closed on Mondays and holidays. Worms has a populatio of about 80,000.Tourist Information Office is at Neumarkt 14, behind the cathedralTelephone +49 (06241) 250-45Fax +49 (06241) 263-28

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Enter Worms like a grand duke – the bridge
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Imperial Cathedral – St. Peter and St. Paul
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