speyerer dom, cathedral

To the cathedral

From Wikipedia: Begun in 1030 under Conrad II, the imposing triple-aisled vaulted basilica of red sandstone is the "culmination of a design which was extremely influential in the subsequent development of Romanesque architecture during the 11th and 12th centuries". As the burial site for Salian, Staufer and Habsburg emperors and kings the cathedral is regarded as a symbol of imperial power.With the Abbey of Cluny in ruins, it remains the largest Romanesque church. It is considered to be “a turning point in European architecture”, one of the most important architectural monuments of its time and one of the finest Romanesque monuments.
In 1981, the cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of culturally important sites as "a major monument of Romanesque art in the German Empire"


beer,  fountain

Bees in the fountain

From the same fountain, the Kaiserbrunnen, as the fish, The creator, Prof. G. Rumpf, was responsible for several other fountains in the surrounding area including one in Neustadt depicting the mythical Elwetritsch bird.


flammkuchen, tarte flambée, red brick,

Flammkuche - flame cakes

Crème fraîche, onions and bacon on a bread base, baked in a wood-fired oven.


castle,  barbarossa

Traces of Emperor Red Beard

In front of the Fruchthalle are the remains of the castle of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. The castle dates back to the 12th century.


concert hall, market

Fruchthalle - Fruit Hall

Built between 1843 and 1846 as a market place for grain, it is now the main concert hall in Kaiserslautern.


The West Curve

Kaiserslautern is small in size (less than 100,000 inhabitants), but big in football. In the photo, you see a massive banner wishing Ottmar Walter, a former player, a happy 65th 86th birthday. The impressive new stadium itself is named after his brother Fritz Walter, a national football legend.

Atmosphere. Tradition. Football.


roots, storm, trees


Xynthia struck and, in the woods around Saarbrücken, many trees were left horizontal.