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Whenever football fans hear the name Kaiserslautern, they immediately think of the ‘rote Teufel’ (Red Devils) and of highly-charged home matches at Fritz-Walter stadium. Kaiserslautern is a town that celebrates its love of football. It is a lively student town with a number of friendly pubs lining the streets of its ‘old town’. It is also a cultural capital whose lively alternative scene attracts people from all over the Palatinate region. Nature and culture go hand in hand in Kaiserslautern. Surrounded by secluded woods, Kaiserslautern is the lively heart of the Palatinate Forest (Pfälzer Wald).

1. Location of Kaiserslautern in Germany

The city of Kaiserslautern is located in the Pfalz holiday region, approximately 129 km to the southeast of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).

The Pfalz is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. The Pfalz, the southernmost part of the Rhineland-Palatinate, is a veritable Garden of Eden. Fruits such as almonds, figs and kiwis thrive here thanks to a climate that is exceptionally mild. This is a land of superlatives: with more than 150 million vines, the Pfalz has the largest uninterrupted wine-growing area in Rhineland-Palatinate. In Bad Dürkheim, you will find not only the biggest wine barrel in the world but also the biggest wine festival, the Bad Dürkheim Wurstmarkt. The Pfalz also has plenty to offer in the way of historical interest. Speyer's cathedral, for instance, is a UNESCO world heritage site. ... read more about the Pfalz holiday region

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2. A Town Rich in History and Art

Once upon a time, Barbarossa may have groped his way through the dark, underground tunnels of his Imperial Palace, as he fled from his enemies. Almost 900 years later, the narrow passageways of the imperial castle are once again filled with tense faces. Back in the daylight, these passageways lead the way to the Casimir residence of the Count Palatine, Johann Casimir, better known as the ‘Palatinate Hunter’. He knew what he was doing when he chose Kaiserslautern as the location for his new castle in 1571. One of the attractions was the Palatinate forest, the largest area of uninterrupted woodland in Germany. Today you will spot hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers enjoying this peaceful and secluded national park.

In 1250, craftsmen laid the foundations for a new church in the lanes of the town. They could not have known that the collegiate church would go on to become the most important late Gothic hall church in the whole of South-West Germany. Not far away, the idyllic Saint Martin’s square (Martinsplatz) still welcomes its visitors with its secluded spots under the linden trees. If you can tear yourself away from this cosy little resting place, you should pay a visit to the Palatinate Gallery (Pfalzgalerie), where the rooms of the most important art collection in the Palatinate region house works by Macke, Kandinsky, Liebermann and Slevogt.

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3. Points of Interest

Rathaus (Town Hall)
The Panorama Restaurant on the 21st floor offers superb panoramic views over Kaiserslautern and the Palatinate Forest.
Casimir Residence
The legendary ‘Hunter of Kurpfalz’ built his Renaissance palace in 1571. The Casimir Hall is preserved exactly as it was in Casimir's times.
Kaiserpfalz Palace
The underground escape passages that Emperor Barbarossa had built beneath his imperial palace 850 years ago are now open to the public.
Fruchthalle (Fruit Hall)
The new market hall, built in 1843, was modelled on the Palazzo Medici in Florence. Today, its Festival Hall hosts symphony and chamber concerts.
Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church)
The late Gothic hall church dating back to the 2nd half of the 13th century is considered to be the most important in south-west Germany.
Sankt Martinsplatz
In an idyllic setting beneath the shady chestnut trees, this historic square with its cast-iron fountains offers a quiet spot in which to relax.
Theodor Zink Museum
Numerous artefacts relate the exciting history of the town and the surrounding region.
The former hostelry of the Norbertine religious order. Wadgassen has a splendid Stucco Room, whose ceiling is one of the most important examples of baroque stucco work in south-west Germany.
Kaiserbrunnen Fountain
Past and present are brought together in a bronze and sandstone sculpture. The symbolic fountain composition was created by Gernot Rumpf in 1987.
Pfalzgalerie (Palatinate Gallery of Art)
Houses the most important collection of paintings in the Palatinate region. Exhibits include international masterpieces of the 19th and 20th century.
Zum Spinnrädl
Historic guest house. The half-timbered house was built in around 1740 and is one of the oldest and most attractive half-timbered houses in the town.
Japanese Garden
A little piece of the Far East in the South West. The artistically and harmoniously laid out garden envelops the visitor in the tranquillity of the Far East.
Pfalz Theatre
Arias, pirouettes, boisterous songs and passionate dialogue. The Pfalz Theatre offers the full repertoire from opera to musicals.
Kammgarn Arts Centre
If it's not the ever-popular Salsa Nights, it's rock, pop and jazz in the Casino and Cotton-Club. Plus comedy, dance and children's theatre.
Altstadt Theatre
Edith-Stein-Haus is the place to go for Palatinate dialect and Palatinate humour.
Schöner Brunnen Fountain
First mentioned in 1571. Together with the Adler apothecary built in 1811 and other old buildings, it forms a romantic ensemble at the heart of the town.
Siegelbach Zoo
Exotic and native animals to admire and in some cases to pet.
Hiking Tours
Nature lovers can enjoy the 215 km of well marked footpaths that surround the town, with the "Barefoot Path", deer park, woodland nature trails and woodland playgrounds.
The best places to relax and recharge your batteries are the Neumühle park and the Kaiserberg hill, on the former site of the first Regional Garden Show in Rhineland-Palatinate.

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4. Town of Sports

The whistle blows and off they go. When the ‘Red Devils’ chase the ball through the Fritz-Walter stadium, the Kaiserslautern supporters live every second with their players. Loudly they spur their players on. They go wild and cheer so much that it even gets the non-football fans up from their seats, anxious for every point. Yet, whether Kaiserslautern FC win or lose — the fans continue to support their club. They like setting up their own clubs too. There are over 90 sports clubs in Kaiserslautern alone and countless sports facilities.

When you come to Kaiserslautern you can look forward to lots of activity, with riding, golf, ice-skating, shooting and canoeing. Or you can play tennis or go swimming. In the summer you will find the best place for your early morning swim is the ‘Waschmühle’, or ‘Wesch’, as the people of Kaiserslautern have lovingly nicknamed their open-air pool, which has the longest swimming pool in Germany. On a cool summer morning there is nothing like diving undisturbed into the depths of this pool. After so much activity, you can look forward to a wonderful reward — enjoying the Palatinate way of life. You can do this at one of the colourful festivals or in the ‘old town’ where the people of Kaiserslautern gather in the many small and friendly bars to enjoy a glass of Palatinate wine. And on those long, warm evenings when the aroma of the lime trees wafts over ‘Martinsplatz’ square, people meet up at the cast iron fountain and talk until well into the night. Why not join them next time; you will always be made very welcome.

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5. Museums, Theatre & Leisure Activities

Art is highly appreciated in Kaiserslautern, whether it be classical plays in the modern surroundings of the new Pfalz Theatre or cabaret in the Kammgarn Arts Centre, a former spinning mill. The Altstadt Theatre also stages lively plays performed in the Palatinate dialect.

Theodor Zink Museum
At the other end of the Steinstraße with its many bars and bistros sits this museum, containing collections of folklore and civic history.
Wadgasser Hof
The splendid stucco room, furnished with objects from the 18th century, serves as a reminder of the building’s history as the residence of nobility.
Palatinate Gallery of Art (Pfalzgalerie)
The reconstructed permanent exhibition halls now house an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures as well as exquisite pieces of artwork.
New Palatinate Theatre
Arias, pirouettes, boisterous songs and passionate dialogue. The Pfalz Theatre offers the full repertoire from opera to musicals.
Kammgarn Arts Centre
If it's not the ever-popular Salsa Nights, it's rock, pop and jazz in the Casino and Cotton-Club. Plus comedy, dance and children's theatre.
Japanese Gardens
The Japanese Garden is among the most beautiful and largest parks of this kind in Europe! Visitors feel the meditative effect of this artistically arranged park.
Garden Show
Varying indoor flower shows, a sea of flowers in the park, the largest dinosaur exhibit in Europe, numerous culture offerings, sports and leisure time activities.
Betzenberg Deer Park
This 62-acre area enables citizens and guests of the city of Kaiserslautern to observe game species that can be found in our hunting grounds or that were once found there in former times.
Kaiserslautern Zoo
The Zoo is a popular destination in the western outskirts of the city of Kaiserslautern.
Panoramic Views
A fantastic view over the city is worth climbing up the Humbergturm.

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6. Palatinate Forest

With the Palatine Forest, which is distinguished by the UNESCO as a biosphere reservation, the largest contiguous forest in Germany is just in front of the ‘gates’ of the city of Kaiserslautern! Here there are not only rare animal and plant species, light flooded mixed forests and romantic hilly landscapes but in all also around 12,000 km of hiking trails! Do you too want to draw from the peace of nature? With hiking, bike hiking, mountain biking or walking, you can get to know the most beautiful parts of the region. Map material for this is of course available at the Kaiserslautern Tourist Information — and here you will get presented the most beautiful tours in the direct vicinity of the city.

Lots of nature, lots of peace, lots of ‘Gemütlichkeit’ — that is how you can describe the Kaiserslautern region between the Palatinate Forest, Sickinger Höhe, West Palatinate Senke and Palatine Bergland at first glance. Discover the cultural insider's tips, romantic Old Towns, numerous leisure time possibilities, astounding buildings, cosmopolitan people and many historical attractions! This vacation region offers you numerous possibilities to make you feel good.

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7. Events Finder

There is always something happening — whether it is art, music, wine festivals or a host of other activities. The Events Finder gives you an overview about what is on, where and when. Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.

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8. Hotel & Holiday Flat Finder

Here you have direct access to the online accommodation reservation service of the Tourist Board of Rhineland-Palatinate. No other hotel reservation system on the Internet offers you such a broad and comprehensive list of accommodation in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate regions. You can list accommodation, search accommodation, contact accommodation establishments and make online reservations.

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9. How to get there from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

9.1 By Rental Car

Google Maps: Route from (A) Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to (B) Kaiserslautern
(129 km distance / 1:23 hours driving time) » get directions

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9.2 By Rail and Bus Services

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway or bus connection to Kaiserslautern. However, the buses from the airport will take you to the railway stations in Koblenz, Trier, Mainz, Frankfurt Main Airport, Frankfurt Main City, Kirn, Idar-Oberstein and Saarbrücken where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.

Weblink: Deutsche Bahn — show integrated Rail and Bus Services from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Kaiserslautern

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Kaiserslautern Tourist-Information
Fruchthallenstrasse 14
67655 Kaiserslautern

Tel.: +49 (0) 6 31 - 365 23 16
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