Kaiserdom in Speyer

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Kaiserdom in Speyer

The Wonderful Speyer Cathedral

The Speyer Cathedral is dedicated to St. Mary who is the patron saint of the city and it was constructed in the thirty years before 1061 when it was consecrated. It is the largest surviving Romanesque church in the world and has a long and fascinating history.

Surviving periods of both peacetime and war, the Speyer Cathedral has been ransacked and occupied but even after the devastating Thirty Years War it remained largely intact. During the time of the Palatinate War of Succession (1688–97), the congregation brought their belongings into the church to keep them safe.

The Largest Church In Europe

The Salian Emperor Conrad II was determined to show his power over the Pope and with this huge building he thought it would demonstrate his every growing political and religious superiority. The cathedral is 134 metres in length and the height of the Eastern spire is over 71 metres. Since 1981 it has been on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The graves of a number of German Emperors, Kings, Queens and Bishops are to be found at this huge cathedral.

The Imperial Hall At The Cathedral

One of the highlights of a visit to the Speyer Cathedral is to see the Imperial Hall and to hear the chime of the cathedral bells. there are a total of nine bells, four large and five smaller ones. On the west side of the cathedral is a viewing platform and there is also a permanent exhibition showing the oldest frescoes.

To get to the viewing platform you need to climb 304 steps and this gives you a panoramic view over the city of Speyer and the Vorderpfalz. Taking in this wonderful Romanesque cathedral which is a symbol of both Medieval and modern times, you can see how the preservation of history has been observed.

Hotels Near To Kaiserdom in Speyer

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Hotel Residenz am Königsplatz

Just 460 metres from the Kaiserdom in Speyer is the Hotel Residenz am Königsplatz. It is located in a quiet part of the town and rates four stars. Newly renovated in 2012, the rooms are all stylishly decorated and feature cable TV, a mini bar and a private bathroom.

The hotel is only 1.4 kilometres from the train station at Speyer and is very centrally located. You can enjoy a varied breakfast buffet and there are also drinks and snacks available. This accommodation is close to the A6 motorway and you can park your car close by.

Hotel Löwengarten

Right in the heart of Speyer is the Hotel Löwengarten which is just over a kilometre from the Kaiserdom. This is a family run concern with four star accommodation that includes rooms with a private bathroom, flat screen satellite TV and a safe.

Fresh local cuisine is served in the hotel restaurant which also has an extensive wine list. Special diets can be accommodated on request and the beds are extra long for your comfort. In front of the hotel are free parking spaces. The central location of the accommodation makes it a good choice for those who want to explore more of the region.

Lindner Hotel & Spa Binshof

The Lindner Hotel & Spa Binshof is a superb four star hotel with a choice of restaurants. It is located around 5.14 kilometres from the Kaiserdom in Speyer and has excellent rooms which feature granite floors and antique furniture.

Breakfast is free when you book a room at this hotel which also serves delicious meals in the evening at the Sallerhof restaurant. There is also a bar and bistro for light snacks and drinks and the spa area has a whirlpool, outdoor and indoor swimming pools and a sauna.

Getting To The Kaiserdom in Speyer

By Air

Flying into Flughafen Frankfurt FRA (Frankfurt airport) which is 92.6 kilometres from Speyer you can then take the car and drive, a journey of around an hour or choose the train which takes just under two hours.

By Train

Trains from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf run hourly to Mannheim Hbf. Change to the S82501 or S 82502 for Speyer Nord-West. This is just 5 stops and the total journey takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes. It is a 1.6 kilometre walk to the Kaiserdom.

By Road

Depart Frankfurt airport using the A5, A67 and A6 motorways. On A67 follow sign for Stuttgart/Mannheim/Saarbrücken then take A6 and follow signs for A61 to Speyer. Exit 64 will take you to the L722 to Speyer. Total journey time is just under one hour.

Other Things To Do Near The Kaiserdom

Wine Tasting In The City

This region around Speyer is noted for its tradition of growing grapes and making fine wines. The growing area covers over 23,400 hectares and it is the second largest grape growing region in Germany. The Palatinate has several wine festivals and events including the Wein am Dom – Weinforum der Pfalz. This event features over 100 wineries that compete for the best titles each year and it is held in front of the cathedral.

A Visit To The Technology Museum

Just a 10 minute walk from the Kaiserdom in Speyer is the Museum of Technology which houses exhibits reflecting railways, shipping and aviation. You can learn more about these amazing technological masterpieces and see a real Boeing 747 and a submarine.

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