Speyer Travel Guide

  • Historisches Museum der Pfalz
    Historisches Museum der Pfalz
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  • Gasthaus zum Domnapf
    Gasthaus zum Domnapf
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  • Dreifaltigkeitskirche, Speyer
    Dreifaltigkeitskirche, Speyer
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Speyer Things to Do

  • Cathedral - Kaiserdom

    In medieval times it was custom to protect houses and churches against the evil spirits. This was mostly done with statues, carvings or reliefs on the walls which showed demonic figures, meant to ward off the evil by holding up the mirror to the devil so that he sees his own evil. During Gothic times these demons were integrated into the gargoyles,...

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  • Technical Museum

    Between a museum and a collection of junk, there is a thin red line. Unfortunately, the Technik Museum is on the wrong side of this line although it has a collection of very interesting aircraft, vehicles and other items. Its biggest fault may be that it doesn’t focus on one genre (e.g.: cars), but tries to be everything for everybody. A leitmotif...

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  • Trinity Church - Dreifaltigkeitskirche

    After having visited the Cathedral, do not miss to have a look into this beautiful church. While the Cathedral impresses through its massive Romanesque arches and pillars, the protestant Dreifaltigkeitskirche has beautiful Baroque wood carvings. Indeed, the interior is almost exclusively made out of wood. A masterpiece of Baroque art!  ...

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  • Old City Gate - Altpörtel

    Speyer's only remaining city gate was once part of an extensive city defence system. Indeed, Altpörtel is the only structure left undamaged after the War of the Great Alliance from 1689. The Carmelite monks asked the French troops to spare the tower as a collapse of the tower would damage the monastery as well. The troops did not destroy the tower,...

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  • Historical Museum Of The Palatinate

    If you are interested in historical museums, Speyer’s History Museum of the Palatine is a M-U-S-T !. For me, it was one of the best museums, I ever visited (followed by Mannheim’s Museum for Technics and Regional History), as the staff is very nice, helpful and extremely knowledgeable! The museum has been recently renovated and all newly added...

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  • Memorial Church - Gedächtniskirche

    You should not miss this church when visiting Speyer, mainly if you are interested in stained glass windows (it has 36 !!), and even if it is located a bit off the main center. Gedächtniskirche / Memorial Church was built end of 19th/early 20th century as commemoration of the events in Speyer, where followers of Luther protested against the...

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Speyer Hotels

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  • Hotel Am Wartturm

    Owners: Christiana & Günter HECK They have single, double and triple rooms. Special offers for the...

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  • InterCityHotel Speyer

    Karl-Leiling-Allee 6, (formerly Steigenberger Esprix), Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67346, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Domhof

    My freind found and booked this hotel before our arrival and I checked it out on the net but it...

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Speyer Restaurants

  • Domhof

    4 out of 5 stars

    In addition to the beer garden, Domhof has also a very good restaurant and of course the brewery. The selection of dishes is of course larger than in the beer garden and it is also open all year round. The prices are the same for restaurant and beer garden. They have a very large seating space, but because it is so popular, it will be crowded on...

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  • Café Schlosser

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    .In Maximilianstrasse, almost opposite of the St. James’s Way pilgrim’s statue is Cafe Schlosser, one of the traditional cafes in Speyer. They have a large outdoor seating, enough space inside and are well known for very good cakes, coffee and sundaes. In the meantime they also offer breakfast and snacks. Some years ago I have tried one of their...

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  • Zum Alten Engel

    5 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant is off the mainstreet but one more proof that the best not always in the centres. Once I saw the slow food logo in the window of this restaurant, which belongs to the Hotel Goldener Engel, I knew that I want to eat here one day. When I was in Speyer for an overnight stay in May 2008 I booked a table. So I was anticipating...

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Speyer Nightlife

  • Illuminated Altpörtel – ah, what a sight

    Luckily, Speyer does not have much of nightlife (well, maybe yes, but not direcly in town). So it gets quiet in the evening, when people have dined and sit at home or with friends or in restaurants. Walking along Maximilianstraße is amazing in the evening, when all is quiet, and sometimes I even get the feeling as if people on horses are coming...

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  • for all fans of great IMAX-films

    There is a great IMAX-cinema inside the Technik-Museum in Speyer, BUT you need NOT visit the museum in order to see the IMAX-movies !!!It might make sense to combine the IMAX with a visit to the museum, as prices are reduced a bit then for the combination-tickets.ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo oooMovies that were...

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Speyer Transportation

  • By Train

    Speyer lies on the regional train line Mainz-Ludwigshafen-Karlsruhe. There are trains every two hours running the full distance (RegionalExpress). These only stop at larger cities. The suburban railway (S-Bahn) stops also at smaller places. These trains (S3 and S4) run every half an hour between Germersheim and Ludwigshafen and continue on the...

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  • By Car - Parking

    In a lot of German towns, especially the ones with high tourist appearance, advantage is being taken from this and very high parking fees apply. Not so in Speyer. Already when I came here in 2006, I was stunned to see how much or better how less they charge for a whole day: 1 Euro!! Ok, in the meantime (June 2015) the fee is 3 Euro per day but...

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  • By Ship

    The most traditional way to get to Speyer is certainly to take a ship on the river Rhine. In 1980, while I was working on a cruise-ship of KD on the river Rhine, we always had an overnight-stop in Speyer. The ship-station is just a few hundred meters from the technik museum and the cathedral, so in case that you arrive by cruise-ship you might...

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Speyer Shopping

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  • Mediterraneo - Italian products

    Those who know me better know that I have a deep passion for Italy, the people, their passions, the art & culture, the landscapes and nature and for the culinary delights throughout all Italy. It breaks my heart that, due to job reasons, I haven’t been to Italy in the last 17 months. So I often find myself wandering around looking for Italian food...

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  • Farmers' Market

    In case you are in Speyer on Saturdays (or Tuesdays or Thursdays) and are looking for small snacks and not necessary a full lunch meal, I can highly recommend going to the farmers’ market, which is held on “Königsplatz”, just south of the main street, Maximilianstreet. It is a small market, but you can buy fresh produces from the surrounding...

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  • Very good bookshop Osiander

    Those who know me better know that I cannot pass a bookstore without entering and browsing. Since I am in Speyer frequently I was delighted to find Osiander bookstore. Given the interior and the book selection, I will be a loyal customer. The store is located a few metres off Speyer’s main street Maximilianstraße. Its interior is open and wide,...

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Speyer Local Customs

  • Where again are we? London? No, Speyer...

    Those who visit Speyer and wander around in the western part of town, west of the old town gate Altpörtel, might wonder where they are when, for the church bells, it is about time to strike the hour. The question might arise – where again are we? Tuesday, so it must be London? Where is Parliament Square? Do our ears hallucinate?No they don’t – it...

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  • Romans’ introduction of wine culture

    Wine was the Romans’ most preferred liquid, that’s why they started to cultivate it in Palatine region with its mild climate (ah, thanks dear Romans!). But – bad news for wine gourmets: Romans’ wine drinking habits have been quite… uuhm.. horrible in our terms. They preferred sweet wine (brrr) and made it by preparing sweet must. They had been...

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  • Terra sigillata – exclusive Roman...

    Parts of the “Barbarian Treasure(s)”, which have been found in the 80ies on several spots in the Rhine, are ancient Roman dishware. It is fascinating how these findings can add to understanding how life in these days must have been.As already mentioned before, the Romans brought their handicrafters with them when settling in what is now Southern...

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Speyer Warnings and Dangers

  • Please - watch your steps!

    This is a sensitive topic because there is no danger involved.While Speyer is a very traveller friendly and safe town to visit, there is one thing that makes it quite dangerous for the visitor who is wandering around in a dreamy and absent-minded state once being near the Imperial Cathedral. The very open space around the cathedral’s western part,...

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  • Ticket vending machines

    Be aware that Speyer has only a small railway station which means two ticket counters and at holidays, these tend to be closed, leaving you to battle it out with the ticket vending machines, dreaded even amongst the Germans themselves. They DO work, but bear in mind that here you have a DB machine and a local transport machine and if all you want...

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  • Bollards

    Strolling across the Domplatz, be aware that cars can come at you at quite some speed. What you think is a cobbled square to walk across in fact includes a street and there is no elevated pavement or anything to show you this, just stone bollards to direct traffic into the narrow lane.

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Speyer Tourist Traps

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    Very much tourist friendly = no traps

    by Trekki Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    I must mention this (even if I write “no traps”), as I am always very much amazed about Speyer’s pricing and the people’s mentality.
    Usually, (German) towns, which are tourist magnets, do have a certain mentality to rip-off tourists. Be it with parking fees, additional fees for shuttle busses, dishes in restaurants or cafes, hotels, museums, shops – you name it.

    Not so Speyer !

    The city is fair to any visitor as it is to the locals: fair prices, no rip-offs and very often the prices are even lower than average. Take the parking fee for example: where else can you park your car for only 1 € for the whole day ????
    This all comes along with the local people everywhere: helpful, friendly, a smile in their face – no matter if in restaurants, shops, museums or on the street.

    It is almost as if the beauty and special atmosphere of Speyer reflects in its people, who are proud of their (home)town and show it, which makes the city even more marvellous.

    It is like a virtuous circle (as opposed to vicious circle). And this makes Speyer sticking very much positively out of all the other German towns.

    If I ever have the choice to pick out a German city to live in for the rest of my life – it would be either Speyer or Mannheim. (even if this is off-topic, lol).

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    Climate in Speyer

    by Leipzig Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 - 47°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 23°C ( 72 - 73°F ); min: 12 - 13°C ( 52 - 55°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 5°C ( 38 - 41°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )

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Speyer Off The Beaten Path

  • Technical Museum

    "Yesterday "Accademie" was held especially for us. It lasted from 5 o'clock in the evening until 9 o'clock at night. I had the pleasure of hearing not only good male and female singers, but also an admirable flutist, Mr. Wendling, and the orchestra is without a doubt the best in Germany, and many young people, and definitely people of good...

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  • Day Trip to Schwetzingen

    You won't be expecting these. Tucked away in the wilds of the Domgarten I stumbled upon them unexpectedly and didn't find out till I saw the sign what they were. In fact they are statues of Konrad II (1024-1039), Heinrick III (1039-1056), Heinrick IV (1056-1106), Heinrich V (1106-1125), the Salian kings. Also there you will find Gisela who took...

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  • Trinity Church

    If there is any way you can gain entrance to this church whilst you are in Speyer (ask at the Tourist Information office) then do so. We were lucky enough to have a tour during the 2008 VT Euromeet. Although the church is not especially old (built 1701-1717) its interior has been preserved exactly as it was. Wooden panels cover the ceiling, and...

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Speyer General

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  • Excellent books about Speyer's cathedral

    For those who wish to read more about the imperial cathedral I can highly recommend the following books:“The Salian Building Phases of Speyer Cathedral” (in German, English and French),By Dr. Jörg Finkbeiner. Those who joined me during the VT Meet 2008’s da in Speyer might remember the drawing I showed to explain the building phases. The book is...

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  • Historical Museum: Fascinating special...

    One of the reasons why I love the Historical Museum of the Palatinate so much is because of their world class special exhibitions. Since many years I am member of the Historical Society of the Palatinate, which guarantees me free entry into the museum also for their special exhibitions. This makes it even more fun because I can go more than only...

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  • Very much fascinating guided tours

    Speyer’s people are proud of their city and so are the tour guides. Together with tourist office, a lot of very exciting and interesting tours are offered. Besides the regular tours (like Speyer in general, the Cathedral or the Historical Museum) more than 20 different special tours are offered for groups, and of course in several languages (yes,...

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Delicious Italian treats
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Wirtshaus am Dom – well....
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Imperial Cathedral - forecourt and basin
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Domhof's very good restaurant
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The jewel – Speyer’s Imperial Cathedral
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Schraudolph paintings inside the cathedral
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The impressive Western Portal of the cathedral
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Kaiserdom - Emperor's Hall and magic views
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Kaiserdom – the Crypt
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Snacks and pastry on the weekly Farmers' Market
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Cafe Maximilian, good breakfast
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History Museum of the Palatine - a MUST !
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Magnificent interior of the Imperial Cathedral
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Slow Food dining, excellent dishes, Alter Engel
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Kaiserdom – The Great Paradise
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Domhof with its charming beer garden
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Café Schlosser: very good cake in the main street
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