Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #1 in Speyer, Germany


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 18 sights
Distance 3.8 km
Ascend 69 m
Descend 74 m

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

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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).

Wikipedia: Gedächtniskirche, Speyer (EN), Facebook, Website, Youtube

252 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 2: St. Joseph Kirche

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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.

Wikipedia: St. Joseph (Speyer) (DE)

410 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 3: Altpörtel

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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.

Wikipedia: Old Gate (Speyer) (EN)

234 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 4: Villa Körbling

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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.

Wikipedia: Villa Körbling (DE)

332 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 5: Augustinerkloster

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The Augustinian monastery in Speyer was a mendicant monastery founded in the 13th century.

Wikipedia: Augustinerkloster (Speyer) (DE)

724 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 6: Synagogue Speyer

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The historic synagogue of Speyer was built at the beginning of the 12th century and was the second synagogue in Speyer. The community was expelled in the course of the 15th century and the building was destroyed in the War of the Palatine Succession in 1689, except for the outer walls. Today, the ruins are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the ShUM sites.

Wikipedia: Synagoge (Speyer) (DE)

160 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Speyer Jewry-Cout

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Speyer Jewry-Cout

The Judenhof Speyer was the central district of the medieval Jewish quarter of Speyer and consisted of the synagogue including the women's school, synagogue courtyard and yeshiva as well as the oldest surviving mikveh in Central Europe, the ritual immersion bath of the Jews. The synagogue was built around 1100, and the women's school was added a little later. The mikveh also dates from this period. The site was no longer used after 1534 and fell into disrepair. Speyer's new synagogue on Maximilianstrasse, built in 1837, was destroyed during the November pogroms of 1938. The Judenhof with women's school, old synagogue and mikveh has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2021.

Wikipedia: Judenhof Speyer (DE)

22 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 8: Museum SchPIRA

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Museum SchPIRA is a museum in Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Wikipedia: Museum SchPIRA (DE), Website

300 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 9: Historisches Museum der Pfalz

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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.

Wikipedia: Historical Museum of the Palatinate (EN), Website

160 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 10: Friedrich Magnus Schwerd

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Friedrich Magnus Schwerd

Friedrich Magnus Schwerd was a German high school teacher, geodät, astronomer and physicist.

Wikipedia: Friedrich Magnus Schwerd (DE)

48 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 11: Helmut Kohl

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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 tenure of 16 years, 26 days is the longest for any democratically elected chancellor of Germany.

Wikipedia: Helmut Kohl (EN)

70 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 12: Rudolf von Habsburg

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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 in 1291.

Wikipedia: Rudolf I of Germany (EN)

59 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: Dom zu Speyer

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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.

Wikipedia: Speyer Cathedral (EN), Website, Url, Heritage Website

121 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 14: Domnapf

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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.

Wikipedia: Domnapf (DE)

62 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 15: Adolf von Nassau

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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.

Wikipedia: Adolf, King of the Romans (EN)

191 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 16: Dreifaltigkeitskirche

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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.

Wikipedia: Dreifaltigkeitskirche, Speyer (EN), Website

55 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 17: Retscher

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The Retscher is the ruin of a Gothic town house in the historic old town of Speyer. It is right next to the Trinity Church.

Wikipedia: Retscher (Speyer) (DE)

565 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 18: Kloster St. Magdalena

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The Monastery of St. Magdalena is a convent of the Dominican nuns in Speyer, Germany.

Wikipedia: Kloster St. Magdalena (Speyer) (DE), Website


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