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Top Choice Cathedral in Speyer

Kaiserdom

Begun in 1030 by Emperor Konrad II of the Salian dynasty, this extraordinary Romanesque cathedral has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1981. Its square red towers and green copper dome float majestically abov…
Top Choice Castle in Heidelberg

Schloss Heidelberg

Towering over the Altstadt, Heidelberg’s ruined Renaissance castle cuts a romantic figure, especially across the Neckar River when illuminated at night. Along with fabulous views, attractions include the Deutsches A…
Top Choice Stadium in Heidelberg Region

HockenheimRing

The hallowed HockenheimRing, 22km southwest of Heidelberg just east of the A6, has three circuits and stands accommodating up to 120,000 fans. It hosts some of Germany’s most famous car races, including the Formula …
Top Choice Palace in Mannheim

Barockschloss Mannheim

Mannheim’s most famous sight is the yellow and red sandstone Schloss, Germany’s largest baroque palace. Now occupied by the University of Mannheim, the 450m-long structure was built over the course of 40 years in th…
Top Choice Ruins in Speyer

Judenhof

A block south of the Rathaus, the ‘Jews’ Courtyard’ is one of the most important medieval Jewish sites in Germany: the remains of a Romanesque-style synagogue that was consecrated in 1104 and used until 1450. Highli…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Worms

Hagenbräu

Producing four varieties of beer each month (light, dark, wheat beer and a seasonal brew such as potato beer), this half-timbered microbrewery is one of several hugely popular beer gardens along the Rhine, just nort…
Top Choice European in Heidelberg

'S' Kastanie

A panoramic terrace provides sweeping views of the river at this gorgeous 1904-built former hunting lodge with stained glass and timber panelling, set in the forest near the castle. Chef Sven Schönig's stunning crea…
Top Choice German in Speyer

Rabennest

A half-timbered, green-shuttered building houses this timber-panelled, two-storey winery, which serves Palatinate vintages and specialities such as Leberknödel (liver meatballs in beef broth) and Pfälzer Bauernsteak…
Top Choice Gate in Speyer

Altpörtel

The 55m-high, 13th-century Altpörtel, the city’s western gate, is the only remaining part of the town wall. Its clock dates from 1761. Climbing 154 steps to the top of the Altpörtel rewards you with breathtaking vie…
Top Choice German in Heidelberg

Zur Herrenmühle Heidelberg

A flour mill from 1690 has been turned into an elegant and highly cultured place to enjoy refined ‘country-style' cuisine, such as saffron-crusted dorade royale with baby spinach and creamed potato, beneath weighty…