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Worms in 24 hours - The best of Worms

Relax while strolling down the Rhine Promenade where many plants – also exotic ones – give a Mediterranean flair to the banks of the Rhine at Worms. Feel like taking a break? The beach bar right on the banks of the Rhine has a sandy beach with chairs and loungers where you can sip drinks and cocktails in the pleasant shade of palm trees.

Treasure hunt starts at the Nibelung bridge

According to the saga, Hagen sank the Nibelung treasure in the Rhine near Worms. So what better starting point for your tour of the city than the Nibelungenbrücke over the Rhine? Although this picturesque bridge and its mighty gate tower were only built at the end of the 19th century, it gives the impression of being a gateway to the mysterious days of the 12th century, when the Song of the Nibelungs was written. Just a few minutes' walk northwards on the bank of the Rhine is the bronze Hagen statue, a reminder of the city's fabled history.

Continue to Nibelung museum

A 10-minute walk towards the town, at the Fischerpförtchen gate, is the Nibelung Museum, which opened in 2001. Behind the attractive exterior – the museum is housed in two towers of the medieval town wall – is state-of-the-art multimedia technology which brings the Nibelung saga to life in an exciting and unusual way. Tip: it is still possible to walk along parts of the town wall.

Churches of Worms

Then you can go on to explore Worms, the city of churches. There are seven churches in the center, all built before 1745. Close to the Nibelung Museum, on the right hand side of Petersstrasse, is St. Paul's Church, a hall church built between the 11th and 13th centuries, with a Dalberg high altar and Gothic cloisters, both worth a visit. To the left of Petersstrasse towards the market square is the baroque Trinity Church dating from 1725. The mighty cathedral is already in view, but there is another little detour to the left before you get there. The Adler Pharmacy building on Neumarkt square is one of the handful of town houses that has survived from the baroque era. Passing by the south side of the cathedral you come to the Church of St. Magnus. The simple, one-roomed church has its roots in the Carolingian era of the 9th century and was later extended to include Romanesque and Gothic elements.

Discover the Luther Room

The St. Andrew's Seminary on the other side of Weckerlingplatz square is home to the municipal museum which traces the city's history from prehistoric times to the present day. The "Luther Room“ contains original manuscripts by the great reformer Martin Luther.

Worms cathedral

Behind Willy-Brandt-Ring is Heiliger Sand, Europe's oldest Jewish cemetery dating back to the 11th century, with more than 2,000 preserved gravestone inscriptions. Next on your sightseeing program is the magnificent cathedral. The Romanesque basilica dates from the 11th and 12th centuries and, like Mainz and Speyer, belongs to the famous triumvirate of imperial cathedrals on the Rhine. A more recent highlight is the baroque high altar by Balthasar Neumann. Legend has it that the northern imperial portal is the site of the fabled battle between Nibelung queens Kriemhild and Brünhild, which ultimately resulted in the murder of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer and the downfall of the Burgundy Kingdom.

Continue in Martin Luther's footsteps

Opposite the cathedral, set amid the parks, is the Heylshof Palace, home to some wonderful art collections. The Palace Gardens were the scene of numerous Imperial Diets, including that of 1521 when Martin Luther stood in front of Emperor Charles V and refused to recant his propositions. Memorial plaques on the ground record this momentous encounter. From here you can see the Luther monument, erected in 1868.It shows Luther at the center of a group of other reformers and is the largest of its kind in the world.

Jewish community in medieval Worms

Through the gardens, which follow the line of the former city fortifications, you come to the church of St. Martin, a Romanesque basilica in red sandstone with a lovely west portal. Then continue along Kämmerer Strasse into the former Jewish quarter. Together with the Jewish cemetery, the synagogues and the Jewish museum in Raschi Haus form a striking reminder of the once-influential Jewish community in medieval Worms.

Culinary end of your walking tour

After all this sightseeing you'll be ready to discover Worms, city of wine. Continue northwards for another 10 minutes to the Gothic Church of Our beloved Lady, picturesquely located in the middle of the vineyards that gave the world-famous Liebfraumilch its name. To end your "legendary“ day we recommend the excellent restaurants and taverns at the center of Worms. Or why not have a beer or two at the Hagenbräu on the river banks to end where you start your treasure hunt.