Speyer Roman Cathedral in the city of Speyer

One of the most important attractions in this city and the reason of many pilmigrages to the city of Speyer is for the world heritage cathedral. But if you want a cultural enrichment for children and activities for the family, the whole Speyer city is a must be family travel destination.

Speyer Cathedral as world heritage site

Speyer Cathedral, a basilica with four towers and two domes, was founded by Conrad II in 1030 and remodelled at the end of the 11th century. It is one of the most important Romanesque monuments from the time of the Holy Roman Empire. The cathedral was the burial place of the German emperors for almost 300 years.

The Cathedral is an expression and self-portrayal of the abundance of imperial power during the Salian period (1024 – 1125) and was built in conscious competition to the Abbey of Cluny as the building representative of the papal opposition.

The Speyer Cathedral has exerted a considerable influence not only on the development of Romanesque architecture in the 11th and 12th centuries, but as well on the evolution of the principles of restoration in Germany, in Europe and in the world from the 18th century to the present.

No less than eight medieval emperors and kings of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation from Konrad II to Albrecht of Habsburg in 1309 were laid to rest in its vault. In 1689 the Cathedral was seriously damaged by fire. The reconstruction of the west bays of the nave from 1772 to 1778, as an almost archaeologically exact copy of the original structure, can be regarded as one of the first great achievements of monument preservation in Europe.

Speyer as a city for family travel

Speyer is an important regional retail centre, and tourism is a leading industry with the Speyer Cathedral as a center for religious pilgrimage. The medieval city is surrounded by modern industrial and residential areas.

The city’s Romanesque cathedral, founded in 1030 by the Holy Roman emperor Conrad II, contains a unique crypt and the tombs of eight German emperors and kings and three empresses. Gutted in 1689 and rebuilt several times, it was consecrated in 1961 after its most recent restoration. This Cathedral is the largest Romanesque church in the world.

The city of Speyer is one of the oldest cities in Germany. In 1990 it celebrated its 2000th anniversary. The development of the city is linked the cathedral history.

If you want to book a tour that incudes the cathedral crypt the easiest way is to make a booking directly with the public tour operators. If you just want to have a guided tour for the cathedral, public tours usually take place on Saturdays at 11 a.m. The starting point is at the Dom-Info, where you can also buy the tickets for the tour on the same day.

As Speyer is a tourism centre on Germany, you could enjoy a culinary tour, cultural events and specific activities for children. Whole tours served by the town hall administration.

Book a tour to know the city of Speyer

For more information you could visit book a tour in Speyer

Location:State of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz)

Nearest City: Travel to Frankfurt

Country: Germany

Entrance price: Free