Pirmasens Travel Guide

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Pirmasens Things to Do

  • Stierbrunnen and Schlosstreppe

    This is probably the most spectacular townscape that Pirmasens has to offer. Schlossplatz and Schlosstreppe still bear this name although the Schloss (palace) is long gone. The low-lying square used to have a stairway that lead up to the palace. The location on the hillside has afterwards been occupied by the catholic church of St Pirmin, whose...

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  • Catholic Church of St Pirmin

    The large catholic church on the hill above Schlossplatz and Stierbrunnen is not as old as it pretends: The neo-gothic basilica was only completed in 1900. After severe damage in World War II it was rebuilt in modern style with some preserved neo-gothic parts, the steeples in particular. The porticus with its tall arches is new, but underneath...

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  • Old Town Hall

    The baroque old town hall in Schlossplatz also dates from the era of Landgrave Ludwig IX. and the rise of the garrison town. It was built a decade later than the two protestant churches, around 1770. The sandstone façade is inserted into a row of post-war houses now. The gable displays the coat or arms of Hessen, the striped lion in red and white...

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  • Hauptstraße: Pedestrian Zone

    Hauptstraße, the “main street”, is pedestrianized and the town’s main shopping area. I found shops to be mostly the usual chain shops of cheap to medium range, though, not much to write home about. The same applies to eateries. The architecture is mostly post-war. Halfway it crosses Schlossplatz with the old town hall its impressive stairway and...

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  • Lutherkirche: Interior

    The church shared the fate of vast parts of the city: being destroyed by World War II bombs. After the war the church was rebuilt but the interior received an entirely new, modern design. The pulpit is the only surviving piece of the original furnishing which is still visible. The nave now has a common longitudinal design with the altar in the...

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  • Lutherkirche: Baroque Schoolhouse

    The building attached to the steeple of Lutherkirche, with a baroque façade from red sandstone, is now the parsonage. It was built around 1760 together with the church and served as school building for the garrison, i.e. for the children from soldiers' families. Many soldiers got married, built their little houses and settled down in Pirmasens....

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  • Lutherkirche

    The Lutheran parish church was built in the years 1757 – 1761 since the previous church was in bad shape and too small for the growing court and garrison. It substituted the old parish church which became too small and wasn’t “representative” enough as court, garrison and town parish church. In World War II it was heavily damaged, but then rebuilt...

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  • Johanneskirche

    The church in the corner of Exerzierplatz was built from 1750 to 1758 as the parish church of the Reformed, i.e. Calvinist, community. The County of Hanau-Lichtenberg was a Lutheran land. The Calvinist confession was not tolerated. Only here in Pirmasens they managed to obtain freedom of faith, their own parson and church due to the fact that many...

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  • Exerzierplatz

    The largest square in the city centre is the former parade ground. Prince Ludwig IX. had it installed to exercise his troops. In the 1870s a school building was erected on the western side of the square, which was later on turned into the new town hall as the baroque one in Schlossplatz became too small. The square has been redesigned in the...

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Pirmasens Hotels

  • Hotel-Restaurant Kunz

    Bottenbacher Strasse 74, Pirmasens, Rhineland-Palatinate, 66954, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Alt Pirmasens

    Wittelsbacherstr. 26, Pirmasens, 66954, de

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

  • Landauer Tor

    Landauer Str.7-9, Pirmasens, Rhineland-Palatinate, 66953, Germany

Pirmasens Off The Beaten Path

  • Old Post Office

    The finest Gründerzeit building in Pirmasens is the old post office, not far from the railway station, dating from 1893. It has an elegant neo-baroque façade with high arches over the portals. The inscription “K. B. Postamt (Königlich Bayerisches Postamt)” refers to the era when Palatine belonged to the Kingdom of Bavaria from 1815 to 1918....

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  • The Little Park by the Railway Station

    The small park opposite the station building isn’t special – a gravel ground, some benches, surrounded by trees and lawns and a few flower beds, and some bits of railway track as decoration. In spring, though, it has its moment of glory. The trees are Japanese cherries with white, ‘filled’ blossoms. When they are in bloom the place undergoes a...

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  • Fire Station

    This fancy silver building could just as well be a modern hotel or convention centre, or the office complex of some insurance company, but in fact it is the central fire station of the town. It is located close to the railway station, so if you arrive by train you will spot it on your way into town. The building was completed in the year 2000 and...

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