You have little time or are passing through? Then have a look at our recommendations on how to make the most of a single day in the City of the Nibelungs, capture the most interesting sites and experience truly fabulous moments!
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According to legend, Hagen sank the treasure of the Nibelungs in the Rhine at Worms. So what better place to start your tour of the city than the Nibelungen Bridge over the Rhine? The impressive gate tower in the Nibelungen style was built at the end of the 19th century.
A few minutes to the north, the bronze Hagen statue on the Rhine promenade commemorates the city’s legendary history.
A 10-minute walk towards the city centre will bring you to the Nibelungen Museum on Fischerpförtchen, which opened in 2001. Housed in two picturesque towers of the mediaeval city walls, the museum uses cutting-edge multimedia technology to present the legend of the Nibelungs in exciting and unusual ways.
Now to explore the the city’s historic churches. There are seven of them in the centre of Worms, none of them built any later than 1744.
A few steps away from the Nibelungen Museum, on the right of Petersstrasse, lies St. Paul’s, a hall church dating from the 11th to the 13th centuries with an interesting high altar and Gothic cloister.
On the left of Petersstrasse, towards the market you will find Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Holy Trinity Church), which was built in 1725 in the baroque style.
You can see the impressive cathedral from here, but it’s worth making a detour to the left first, past the southern side of the cathedral to Magnuskirche. This simple, one-room church can trace its roots back to the Carolingian era of the 9th century, with later Roman and Gothic additions. It is one of the oldest Reformation churches in south-west Germany.
St. Andreas-Stift, a former church complex on the other side of Weckerlingplatz, houses the city museum, which presents the history of Worms from antiquity to the modern era. The Luther Room commemorates Martin Luther’s visit to the city during the Diet of Worms in 1521. Tip: The picturesque courtyard with its late-Romanesque cloister is particularly worth a visit.
On the other side of Willy-Brand-Ring you will find Heiliger Sand, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe, which dates back to the 11th century and still contains over 2000 gravestone inscriptions.
Next, our sightseeing tour takes us to the wonderful Worms Cathedral. This Romanesque basilica was built in the 11th and 12th centuries and is one of the three famous imperial cathedrals on the Rhine. The others are in Mainz and Speyer. A more recent architectural feature is the high altar designed by Balthasar Neumann in the baroque style. The legendary dispute between the rival Nibelung queens Kriemhild and Brunhilde (which eventually led to the murder of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer and to the fall of the Burgundian empire), is said to have taken place at the cathedral’s northern portal.
In a park opposite the cathedral you will find the Heylshof Museum, which houses one of the most important art collections in Rhineland-Palatinate. Heylshof Park was once the site of the Bishop’s Palace, the historic setting for the encounter between Emperor Charles V and Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms in 1521, where Martin Luther refused to renounce his theses. There are plaques in Heylshof Park commemorating this event.
Diagonally opposite, you can see the Luther Memorial, which was erected in 1868. It shows Luther surrounded by other Reformation figures and is the largest Reformation monument in the world.
If you walk through the park, which follows the line of the old town fortifications, you will come to St. Martin’s Church, a Romanesque basilica of red sandstone with a beautiful west portal.
From the church, Kämmererstrasse will bring you to the former Jewish quarter. The synagogue, Mikweh bath and Jewish Museum at Raschi House provide an impressive reminder of the influential mediaeval Jewish community of ‘Warmaisa’, as Worms was called in Hebrew. The Jewish communities in Worms, Mainz and Speyer – referred to in Jewish sources as the Shum cities – were the cradle of Jewish scholarship.
After all that sightseeing, it’s time to discover the city of wine. A 10-mintue walk towards the north will bring you to the Gothic Liebfrauenkirche (Church of our Lady) and the vineyards where Liebfraumilch is produced.
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