town in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Speyer is a city in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. It is one of the oldest German cities and has a beautiful old town. Speyer has been a diocesan town since 346; its first churches and monasteries were built in the 6th and 7th century.

Cathedral in Speyer

The foundation stone of the imperial cathedral was laid in 1030 by Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor and first of the Salian dynasty. The cathedral is the resting place of the Salian dynasty. It was widely destroyed in the War of the Grand Alliance in 1689.

Get in


By road


Speyer is located just south of the Autobahn A61.

By train


The main station has frequent connections to Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Karlsruhe, although it is not directly connected to the high-speed ICE train network. Speyer has two train stations: Speyer main station, and Speyer North-West station. There is a ticket office at the main station (closed on weekends and holidays).

Speyer has train connections to Germersheim and Karlsruhe (via Heidelberg) every 30 minutes and express trains to Karlsruhe and Mainz every 2 hours.

Get around

Map of Speyer

By bus


Speyer has a city bus system. You can buy tickets from the drivers. The city shuttle (Bus line 565) costs only €1 and is valid for 1 day only in this bus line. Speyer has also regional bus connections to villages without a train connection.

If you want to go to the Technical Museum, IMAX Dome film theater or to the Sealife you can get a combination ticket. This ticket is valid for outward and return journey with train to Speyer, in the bus line 565 and admission to the Technical Museum or IMAX Dome film theater or Sealife. Ask at the ticket office at your train station. They have it for single persons, groups or families. The same offer can you get for the technical museum Sinsheim and IMAX Dome film theater Sinsheim.

Cathedral in Speyer
Speyer's Main Street
  • 1 Kaiser und Mariendom (Speyer Cathedral). The romanesque imperial cathedral, with crypta of the Salian Emperors. A UNESCO World Heritage Site    
  • historic old town. Very nice
  • Judenbad. Oldest Mikvah north of the Alps
  • 2 Altpörtel. A 55 m high gate, part of the former fortification wall    
  • 3 Gedächtniskirche der Protestation. A protestant church with wooden interior from the 17th century    
  • 4 Historisches Museum der Pfalz. History museum    
  • 5 Technik Museum (Technical Museum). Hall full of old cars and outside a number of aircraft and a small submarine you can walk through. Space exhibition which includes the Russian shuttle.
  • 6 Sealife. An aquarium, not as large as the ones in the U.S.A. but interesting, nevertheless. Can have long lines at peak hours.
  • 7 Jewish Courtyard. Speyer was an important Jewish city in the Middle Ages, and this courtyard was the heart of the city's Jewish community then. One of four Jewish sites in Rhineland-Palatinate making up the world heritage site ShUM Sites of Speyer, Worms and Mainz.    

Forget the Kaisertafel. Avoid tourist traps in main street area.





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