Top 10 Things to do in Speyer, Germany

March 13, 2018 Layne Dawes

Speyer (German pronunciation: [ˈʃpaɪ̯ɐ], older spelling Speier, known as Spire in French and formerly as Spires in English) is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, with approximately 50,000 inhabitants. Located beside the river Rhine, Speyer is 25 km (16 miles) south of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim. Founded by the Romans, it is one of Germany's oldest cities. Speyer is dominated by the Speyer Cathedral, a number of churches and the Altpörtel (old gate). In the cathedral, beneath the high altar, are the tombs of eight Holy Roman emperors and German kings.
Restaurants in Speyer

1. Speyer Cathedral

Edith-Stein-Platz 8 | Domplatz, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 6232 102118
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4.5 based on 865 reviews

Speyer Cathedral

The Cathedral St. Mary and St. Stephen in Speyer is church that is unique in its spiritual, architectural, and historical dimensions. Day for day this house of God, founded in the 11th century, casts its spell on people, serves as a site of contemplation and prayer, and testifies to the legacy of romanesque architecture. Furthermore, the Cathedral of Speyer is the gravesite of Salian, Staufer, and Habsburg rulers, thus functioning as a symbol of the medieval emperorship. In 1981, the Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. As an episcopal church, the Cathedral of Speyer is the spiritual centre of the diocese Speyer. Built in the Middle Ages as a house (Latin: domus) of God, to this very day its entire architecture serves to lead mankind to the Lord: the floor plan, the decoration, and all measurements serve this purpose. As an episcopal Cathedral church, as the cathedral's parish church, as a place of pilgrimage: mass is celebrated here every day of the week.

Reviewed By Kevin F - Lincoln, United Kingdom

I was surprised by this Cathedral as it was nothing like any I had previously seen in Germany. It was quite minimalist especially the lectern. It was not to my liking at all, except for the outside which was magnificent.

2. Technik Museum Speyer

Am Technik-Museum 1, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 6232 67080
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4.5 based on 936 reviews

Technik Museum Speyer

Reviewed By ltcguenther - Calgary, Canada

OK... our little group doesn't have all the same tastes which makes this a difficult one to rate!
My husband put it well... it's a place you can spend 20 minutes or 20 days depending on how much you love all trains, planes and automobiles.
We happened to visit with a group where half wanted to spend 20 minutes (and ended up bored) and the other half wanted to spend 20 days (and ended up feeling rushed). If I were to do it again, I would drop off the machine-lovers while the rest went to explore the Speyer Cathedral and then have everyone meet up somewhere.
Just something to think about for those travelling with family with differing tastes! (it's hard to drag the airplane lovers out of this place *laugh*)

3. Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer

Domplatz 4, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 6232 620222
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer

This impressive history museum features a diverse selection of exhibits from pre-history through modern times.

Reviewed By DonPaulo - Richmond, Virginia

We visited the Richard Lionheart exhibit with our eyes wide open. Clearly, there are not many artifacts that survived until today. Those that did, have significant intrinsic value, so there is not much for the hands-on exhibit visitors.
What the exhibit does well is displaying the timeline of Richard's life and the maps depicting the places. Alas, I learned nearly nothing that I did not already know.
For the young visitor, the audio-visual aspect of the exhibit is excellent. It captures the attention of the young and tells the story in a very child-friendly way.
For the viewer who is unfamiliar with the real life of Richard, this exhibit does not provide much information. Instead, I would recommend a good biography of Richard. You will get more detail, as many pictures and a far better understanding - at an equivalent price.

4. Altportel

Maximilianstrasse, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 6232 142392
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4.5 based on 127 reviews

Altportel

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

Altportel is the highest city gate in Germany, but besides this it is, perhaps, the most important symbol of Speyer. It is located at the other end of the central Masimillianshtrasse going from Cathedral. In the Middle Ages Altportel apparently was the part of the city wall, while being the gate tower. Otherwise, why would it have been to arrange as many as two rows of loopholes for firing - of course, on the back side with respect to Maksimillianshtrasse where the tower is even decorated?
On both sides of the tower is set a clock of original design with a double face.
In general, nothing special, but the gate looks pretty and gives the center of Speyer real medieval look.

5. Mittelalterlicher Judenhof

Kleine Pfaffengasse 20/21, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 6232 291971
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Mittelalterlicher Judenhof

Reviewed By csmmmh - Saint Paul, Minnesota

A small little museum that gives a hint of Jewish life in Germany that dates back a millennium. The Synagogue and Mikva show how these people felt comfortable being in medieval Germany and then, how they re-built again after setbacks until they were ultimately thrown out of their homes. A nice little museum and hopefully not a parable for our own times.

6. (Luther) Gedaechtniskirche

Bartholomaeus-Weltz-Platz, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 4962 3274327
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

(Luther) Gedaechtniskirche

Reviewed By Dorrith Z - Helvoirt, The Netherlands

the gedaechtniskirche in Speyer is a wonderful church, inside and outside: beautiful roof and big statue of Luther at the entrance and wonderful stained glass windos

Grosse Himmelsgasse 4, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 6232 629958
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Dreifaltigkeitskirche Speyer

Reviewed By CJTravelerTexas - Bryan, Texas

After visiting the Speyer Cathedral, out guide insisted we see Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Holy Trinity Church), built in the early 1700s as a Lutheran church. The interior of this church is beautiful, with painted vaulted ceiling and impressive altar. In addition, this church has painted panels depicting portions of the Bible - both Old and New Testaments. I am so pleased our guide brought us to this beautiful church.

8. Adenauer-Park Speyer

Bahnhofsstrasse, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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4 based on 18 reviews

Adenauer-Park Speyer

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

Adenauer Park (its area is one and half acres) is situated almost immediately in front of the train station along Bahnhofstrasse, the street leading directly to the heart of the city. First you'll see several abstract sculptures, then there will be quite old Gothic chapel (Lutheran, that is remarkable detail for the overall catholic Speyer), however, tightly closed. There are also exotic trees, and wrought figured lattice, and a pond with lilies, and the old cemetery (near the chapel, but I didn't watch), and even a nursing home. Later, in Trier, where to nursing homes is paid relentless attention, I regretted it. It would be interesting to compare the culture of the organization of social protection institutions in two cities and to draw a conclusion about the overall level of government support for older citizens.
And in the evening when I arrived, it was raining heavily, and the next day when I left, disgusted drizzling. So it was difficult to assess whether the park suits for recreation or not. At least for the elderly the good news is that the park terrain is quite flat and smooth.

9. Das Museum Wilhelmsbau

Am Technik-Museum 1, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 6232 67080
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Das Museum Wilhelmsbau

Reviewed By Veronica G - Burgess Hill

We visited this after the technik museum so entry was included, the gound floor is being renovated and is therefore closed to the public but the second and third floor are a great selection of goods from the local area. Very interesting how much is displayed in the space available, lots of toys and music related items.
Glad we visited at the end of the day, well worth the climb up the front steps.

10. SEA LIFE Speyer

Im Hafenbecken 5, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 6232 69780
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3 based on 410 reviews

SEA LIFE Speyer

Half a million gallons of water, 25 tons of salt and about 3000 animals from 100 different species of native and tropical waters await you in 40 Aquariums to enchant you! This year we have the special exhibition "Turtle Shelter"

Reviewed By Craig J

I have been to Aquariums before and I was skeptical about one in Germany but was pleasantly surprised by this one. Sharks and stingrays and sea turtles. Very quaint little aquarium but pretty cool exhibits. Not the biggest but definitely a fun little indoor aquarium.

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