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Kaiserslautern Overview

Kaiserslautern is a city in southwest Germany, located in the Bundesland (State) of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) at the edge of the Palatinate forest (Pfälzer Wald). The historic center dates to the 9th century and is within easy reach of Paris (459 kilometers) and Luxembourg (159 kilometers).

Kaiserslautern is home to 99,469 people. In the city and its surrounding district (Landkreis Kaiserslautern) live an additional approximately 50,000 NATO military personnel members (mainly American), who often call the city K-Town, and contribute approximately $1 billion annually to the Kaiserslautern economy.

Today, Kaiserslautern is a modern center of information and communications technology as well as a well-known university, a technical college and many international research institutes located throughout the city.

The Palatine Gallery dates from 1874 featuring exhibits of painting and sculpture from the 19th century to the present day.

Town Hall Kaiserslautern is one of the tallest buildings and is located in the city centre. The bar and coffee shop on the top floor provides a paranoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside.

The tallest building in the center of Kaiserslautern is Marienkirche, a Catholic church.

The television tower, the highest structure in Kaiserslautern is not in the city center but at Dansenberg, a suburb in the southwest of the city.

Kaiserslautern's large botanical gardens feature a Japanese-style garden. Another unusual feature is the Waschmühle, an enormous 160-metre public swimming pool that is the largest in Europe. There are several pedestrian only shopping zones with numerous and varied restaurants and bars located in the city centre surrounding the old city (Altstadt). In the Altstadt you will find the "Kaiserbrunnen", a large ornamental fountain in which various historically important features of the city are represented, including eg. a sewing machine - for the Pfaff-werke, a football, and various creatures, on which children can climb.

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Things to See in Kaiserslautern

The Palatine Gallery dates from 1874 featuring exhibits of painting and sculpture from the 19th century to the present day.

Town Hall Kaiserslautern is one of the tallest buildings and is located in the city center. The bar and coffee shop on the top floor provides a panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside.

The tallest building in the center of Kaiserslautern is Marienkirche, a Catholic church.

The television tower, the highest structure in Kaiserslautern.

Kaiserslautern's large botanical gardens feature a Japanese-style garden.

The Waschmühle, an enormous 160-metre public swimming pool that is the largest in Europe.

University of Kaiserslautern

Oberpfälzer cultural and military museum

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Travel Insider Tips for Kaiserslautern


Address in Mehlbach but in Kaiserslautern almost every day. Shopping, Altstat fest, Christkindlemarkt, Sommerfest, Frulingfest and we were there for the World Cup! Love it, Love it, LOVE IT!

Shared by Crystal Walker Irvin, Dec 2009


I was in K'Town during World Cup 2006...what a party!! Go Deutschland! Go USA!

Shared by Darrin Hall, Jun 2010


I lived a little outside Kaiserslautern, near Trippstadt, in the forest area.

Shared by Bruce Ensor, Nov 2010


My favorite city is Kaiserslautern ... beautiful city and still green trees and a lot to do in the area, including trips to Idar Oberstein, Thallichtenberg with the largest ruin castle in Germany and just hiking in the Pfaelzer wald...i miss being home!!

Shared by Chris Kraft, Sep 2009


The Schloss at Landstuhl is very close by (small charge here as well but cannot recall exactly how much); not as grandiose as other castles in Germany but you can find a nice view of the area from the top with a bier at the shop.

Night life: Nacht Schicht next to the Bahnhof is good for a younger crowd (3 different rooms with different genres of music playing; however, if one is seriously interested in hip hop, Stuttgart is going to be a better spot for discos of that genre than Kaiserslautern and it's not too far of a drive and a night's stay in yet another great city).

Outdoors: There are enormous amounts of trails to walk/hike in the entire Kaiserslautern area and within easy driving distance (Trier, for example).

Special Spot: I grew up on Erdbeerenkuchen at Spielmann Cafe in Ramstein Village (in the Kaiserslautern community). Spielmann is my favorite cafe in all of Europe and I must recommend this cafe to anyone traveling to or through Ramstein. It is owned by a different family from the days I lived there but each time I visit, the recipes are exactly the same: absolutely delicious and wonderful service. (Landstuhlerstrasse 61, 66877 Ramstein, Phone +49 (0) 6371-58270. Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 0630-1800; Saturday: 0630-1400).

Shared by Stefanie Benyard, Sep 2009


Yes, I am from Kaiserslautern. There are great places to hike. A beautiful town, called Bad Duerkheim, is having a wine fest right now. It's called the Duerkemer Wurstmarkt. It is a great time to be there; good food, good wine, and good beer. Lots of fun. There is also a great hotel and it is called Gartenhotel Heusser. Its very nice to stay there... Go there and have fun anytime.

Shared by Maggie Korpi, Sep 2010

Leda A.

If you are near Kaiserslautern, they have castle ruins there, look for a Barbarosa and sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee. There is a restaurant called the Hoffbrau Haus in Kaiserslautern that serves the best Jaegersnitzel that I have ever had!

Shared by Leda A. Miller, Sep 2009


My favorite city is Kaiserslautern - home and close to awesome places nearby....

Shared by Stefanie Benyard, Sep 2009


there is a small Hofbrauhaus in Kaiserslautern also...snitzels are excellent.

Shared by Anna Campbell, Aug 2010


Did a Volksmarch up to the Turm a million years ago. Got a glass to prove it.

Shared by Linda Cross Rogers, Dec 2009

Popular Points of Interest in and near Kaiserslautern



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The Fritz-Walter-Stadion is the home to the Bundesliga club 1. FC Kaiserslautern and is located in the city of Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is also one of the stadia used in the 2006 World Cup. It is named after Fritz Walter, who played for the Kaiserslautern club throughout his career and was captain of the Germany national football team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup in the "Legend of Bern". The Stadium was built on the Betzenberg Hill, hence its nickname "Betze", and was opened in 1920.

Palatinate Forest Nature Park

Palatinate Forest Nature Park

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The Palatinate Forest Nature Park (German: Naturpark Pfälzerwald) lies in the south of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany and borders on France. The nature park covers an area of 177,100 hectares (684 sq mi) and some 76% of its area is under the woods of the Palatinate Forest, the largest contiguous forest region in Germany. Together with a part of northern Alsace it forms the Palatinate Forest-Vosges du Nord Biosphere Reserve and has an impressive Bunter sandstone landscape.

The park is the responsibility of the Naturpark Pfälzerwald e.V. founded on 20 July 1982. The members of the organisation are those districts and towns on whose territory the nature park is located as well as the Palatinate Regional Association and numerous sports clubs and environmental groups. Many business are involved in the work of the nature park which enables the independence of individual functional and regional interests to be guaranteed. The aim of the organisation is to develop in a coherent way the nature park and the biosphere reserve of the same name and to look after and preserve its uniqueness and beauty as well as its pan-regional value as a recreation area. The headquarters of the park association has been based seit in Lambrecht since 1997.

Humberg Tower

Humberg Tower

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The Humberg Tower is an observation tower on the Humberg hill, 425 metres (1,400 feet) high, to the south of the city of Kaiserslautern.

The idea of building a tower on the Humberg (already in those days a favourite hill among the citizens of Kaiserslautern, for its view) was taken up in 1896. For this purpose, inhabitants of the city founded the Humberg Association, with the aim of financing the building of an observation tower. Among the founding members were the well-known sewing-machine factory owner Pfaff, the mayor Dr. Orth, the distinguished businessmen Pfeiffer and Karcher and the malt manufacturer Gelbert. The tower was built according to the plans of the Munich architect Ludwig Ritter von Stempel, who had already made a name for himself with some public buildings in the city. The Humberg Tower is a monumental construction of sandstone blocks, typical of the Wilhelminian period. Building began in the spring of 1899. The building material was quarried on the spot from the stone plateau of the Humberg. The tower was ceremonially opened on September 2nd, 1900. The tower is 35.77 metres (119 feet) high, its observation platform is 28.16 metres (93 feet) above the ground. The spiral staircase inside has 130 steps; in addition, there are a further 33 steps in the outside stairs at the base.

In 1909, the existing Humberg Association was dissolved. The tower and the association’s capital came into the possession of the city of Kaiserslautern. In 2001, the Humberg Tower Association of Kaiserslautern e.V. was founded with the aim of preserving the tower and its attractiveness as a goal for hikers.

ContentThe Japanese Gardens

ContentThe Japanese Gardens

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One of the most beautiful outcomes of the contact between Kaiserslautern and the Japanese sister city Bunkyo-ku is the Japanese Garden, which has been continuously expanded upon and perfected since its opening. It is among the most beautiful and largest parks of this kind in Europe. Among the typical elements of a Japanese garden are the ponds, waterfalls, stone arrangements, gravel, tea houses, moss gardens and stone lanterns.

Hours: Open daily April 1 - October 31 10am - 6pm.

Admission: Adults 3.50 €, Concessions 2.50 €, Youth ages 12-17 1 €, Children under 12 free. Guided tours, tea ceremonies, sound-meditation with Tibetan sound bowls and more are available for an extra fee.

The Museum Palatine Gallery (Pfalzgalerie)

The Museum Palatine Gallery (Pfalzgalerie)

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The Museum Palatine Gallery was founded in 1874 as a museum of Trades and Crafts. The museum building was constructed from 1875 to 1880. Today, its main focus is on painting and sculpture from the 19th to 21st century.

Hours: Tuesday 11am - 8pm, Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm, closed Mondays.

Admission: Permanent Exhibition 2 €, Special Exhibition 4 €, Combination 5 €, Family card 8 €, Children under 16 free.

Humberg Tower (Humbergturm)

Humberg Tower (Humbergturm)

A fantastic view over the city is worth climbing up the Humbergturm. The tower was built in 1899/1900. The nearby village Hohenecken and the ruins of the castle are also worth a visit. Historical records first mention the castle in 1195. After being destroyed by the French in 1689, the ruin was restored in 1940. Today the castle ruin of Hohenecken is among the most impressive remains of the period of the Staufer.

Zoo of Kaiserslautern

Zoo of Kaiserslautern

The zoo has 17 acres with over 60 animal species and 360 wild and domestic animals. There is a playground with a nature adventure trail for young visitors as well as restaurant.

Hours: Summer season daily from 8am - 6:30pm; Winter season daily from 9am - 5pm.

Admission: Adults: 5 €, Children (age 4-17): 2.50 €.

Garden Exhibition and Neumühle Park

Garden Exhibition and Neumühle Park

The Garden Show is the scene of the largest outdoor dinosaur exhibit in Europe. Over 80 models faithfully recreated dinosaurs Neumühle inhabit the park. Additionally, alternating hall flower exhibitions, various theme gardens, exhibitions and a cultural program make a trip to the parks worthwhile. From the Kaiserberg (Emperors Mountain) you can enjoy a marvelous view of the city; the Neumühlepark attracts above all young visitors on account of its leisure time grounds like skating park, beach volleyball field and water playground.

Hours: open daily April - October; Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm, Saturday, Sunday 10am - 7pm.

Admission: Adults 6 €, Concessions 3 €.

Theodore-Zink Museum

Theodore-Zink Museum

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This beautiful 1870’s building was turned into a museum of local history in 1976 and is full of models (such as the 1625 moated K-Town), artifacts, a map of the old city wall and where remnants are today, bibles, pottery, coins, etc. variously dating from the Stone Age to a fine selection of modern local industrial design (i.e. Pfaff sewing machines). Check out the horse-drawn hearse in the courtyard.

Hours: 9am- 5pm Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 6pm Saturdays.

Admission: Adults 3 €, Concessions 2 €.

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More about the History of Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern received its name from the favorite hunting retreat of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa who ruled the Holy Roman Empire from 1155 until 1190. The small river Lauter made the old section of Kaiserslautern an island in medieval times.

As French power declined after 1815, Kaiserslautern and the Palatinate became a Bavarian province and remained so until 1918. After World War I, French troops again occupied the Palatinate for several years. In World War II, more than 60% of Kaiserslautern was destroyed by bombs from Allied aircraft. The pace of the economy remained slow until 1952, when construction for newly established garrisons of American troops brought economic growth to the area.

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