Explore Speyer in Germany with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.Individual Sights in Speyer
Sight 1: Gedächtniskirche der Protestation
The Gedächtniskirche der Protestation is a United Protestant church of both Lutheran and Reformed confessions in Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, that commemorates the Protestation at Speyer in defense of the evangelical faith, specifically Lutheranism. Built between 1893 and 1904, the church was constructed in memory of the protest that took place at the Diet of Speyer by the Protestant rulers of the Holy Roman Empire in 1529. The tower is the tallest bell tower in the whole Palatinate at 100 metres (330 ft).
Sight 2: St. Joseph Kirche
St. Joseph's in Speyer is a Catholic church and the center of a whole complex of buildings of the parish of St. Joseph. In the cathedral parish of Pax Christi, which covers the entire city area, it serves as a place for joint parish services, while the cathedral is the seat of the parish. The church, with its extraordinary size and magnificent furnishings, was built as a reaction to the construction of the neighbouring Protestant Memorial Church of the Protestation.
Sight 3: Altpörtel
The Old Gate is the medieval west city gate of Speyer, and is one of the original 68 towers in the old walls and gates. Today it is one of the largest and most architecturally significant of the remaining city gates in Germany.
Sight 4: Villa Körbling
The upper-middle-class Villa Körbling in Speyer, Bahnhofstraße 15, was built between 1911 and 1912 for the Speyer ophthalmologist Eberhard Körbling and his wife Anna Körbling, née Pallmann. The villa has been preserved in its original condition and is included in the list of cultural monuments in Speyer. In 2014/2015 it was restored in accordance with the requirements of the listed building.
Sight 5: Augustinerkloster
The Augustinian monastery in Speyer was a begging monastery founded in the 13th century.
Sight 6: Speyer Jewry-Cout
The Jewish courtyard in Speyer, is an historic and archeological site located in the inner city of Speyer, Germany. Built in stages between 1104 and the 14th century, the courtyard contains some of the oldest and best-preserved Jewish community buildings. Along with the other ShUM-cities of Worms and Mainz, Speyer was the hometown of one of the most important Jewish communities in Middle Ages in northern Europe. Because of its historical importance and its testimony to the European Jewish cultural tradition, the Jewish courtyard was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2021.
Sight 7: Museum SchPIRA
Sight 8: Historisches Museum der Pfalz
The Historical Museum of the Palatinate is a museum in the city of Speyer in the Palatinate region of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is situated across the square from the Speyer Cathedral. The museum's focus is on the History of the Palatinate; it has a collection of about 1 million artifacts, the oldest being an approximately 190,000-year-old hand axe. The museum is among the most important in Germany, and is known for its special exhibitions. With over 200,000 visitors per year it is one of the major attractions of Speyer.
Sight 9: Helmut Kohl
Helmut Josef Michael Kohl was a German politician who served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998 and Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 1973 to 1998. Kohl's 16-year tenure is the longest of any German chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, and oversaw the end of the Cold War, the German reunification and the creation of the European Union (EU). Furthermore, Kohl's 16 years and 30-day tenure is the longest for any democratically elected chancellor of Germany.
Sight 10: Friedrich Magnus Schwerd
Friedrich Magnus Schwerd was a German high school teacher, geodät, astronomer and physicist.
Sight 11: Dom zu Speyer
Speyer Cathedral, officially the Imperial Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and St Stephen, in Latin: Domus sanctae Mariae Spirae in Speyer, Germany, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Speyer and is suffragan to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bamberg. The cathedral, which is dedicated to St. Mary, patron saint of Speyer and St. Stephen is generally known as the Kaiserdom zu Speyer. Pope Pius XI raised Speyer Cathedral to the rank of a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church in 1925.
Sight 12: Rudolf von Habsburg
Rudolf I was the first King of Germany from the House of Habsburg. The first of the count-kings of Germany, he reigned from 1273 until his death.
Sight 13: Adolf von Nassau
Adolf was the count of Nassau from about 1276 and the elected king of Germany from 1292 until his deposition by the prince-electors in 1298. He was never crowned by the pope, which would have secured him the imperial title. He was the first physically and mentally healthy ruler of the Holy Roman Empire ever to be deposed without a papal excommunication. Adolf died shortly afterwards in the Battle of Göllheim fighting against his successor Albert of Habsburg.
Sight 14: Domnapf
The Domnapf is a large bowl made of sandstone in front of the Imperial Cathedral in the city of Speyer (Rhineland-Palatinate). According to tradition, it is to be filled with wine "for all the people" after each new election of a bishop. The bowl has a capacity of 1580 litres and bears a Latin inscription.
Sight 15: Dreifaltigkeitskirche
The Dreifaltigkeitskirche is a late Baroque, Protestant parish church in Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Since 1988 it has been a cultural asset worthy of protection within the meaning of Article 1 of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.
Sight 16: Retscher
The Retscher is the ruin of a Gothic townhouse in the historic old town of Speyer. It is located right next to the Holy Trinity Church.
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