Top things to do in Speyer

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 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 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…
Museum in Speyer

Technik Museum

At this technology extravaganza, 1km south of the Kaiserdom, you can climb aboard a Lufthansa Boeing 747-230 mounted 20m off the ground (and walk out on its wing), a 1960s U-boat that’s claustrophobic even on dry la…
German in Speyer

Domhof-Hausbrauerei

Just beside the Kaiserdom, this historic brewery has a courtyard beer garden shaded by chestnut trees. Regional specialities, some prepared using the three beers brewed on the premises (light, dark and wheat), inclu…
Museum in Speyer

Historisches Museum der Pfalz

Exhibits at this treasure-packed museum across from the Kaiserdom include the Goldener Zeremonialhut von Schifferstadt, an ornate gilded hat shaped like a giant thimble, which dates from the Bronze Age (c 1300 BC), …
Church in Speyer

Dreifaltigkeitskirche

Consecrated in 1717, 200 years to the day after Luther posted his 95 Theses, this harmonious church half a block north of Maximilianstrasse is a superb example of Protestant baroque. Almost all the rich interior dec…
Cafe in Speyer

Maximilian

Always buzzing, this local favourite by the Altpörtel serves 12 different breakfasts, from traditional German spreads to eggs Benedict and French toast, various lunch specials, and an à la carte menu spanning sausag…
Wine Bar in Speyer

Alter Hammer

On the grassy banks of the Rhine, this half-timbered manor house has a sprawling, 360-seat summer beer garden canopied by linden trees. Its lengthy local wine list includes house-made Glühwein in winter. Traditional…