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Speyer, which has approx. 50,000 inhabitants (2008), situated on the Rhine in southwestern Germany – in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.The town is first mentioned in 496 ADKr, and is then called Spira – but already ten years f.Kr. there was a Roman military installations here.
Speyer is primarily known for its impressive Cathedral – Kaiser und Mary zu Speyer – the world’s largest Romanesque cathedral. It was begun in 1030 and opened in 1061. 40 years later it was expanded. Large parts of the church was destroyed in 1689 during a war with France , but rebuilt in the late 1700’s.It has since 1981 been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Another major attraction in Speyer’s Das Technik-Museum. It was opened in 1991 and includes a collection of aircraft – including a Boeing 747 and Antonov An-22. In addition, you will find here a 44 meter long submarine, several locomotives and a number of other technical devices.
Nearest international airport is Frankfurt Airport , located 110 km north of Speyer.