An Overview of the City

Maximilianstraße with Altpörtel steel engraving from 1860 © Stadtarchiv Speyer

The over 2000-year-old history of the city of Speyer is closely connected to the history of Germany and Europe. Celts and Romans, wars and revolutions, emperors and bishops and above all, private citizens with their cultural and business accomplishments have shaped the development and character of this city on the Rhine.


 
Grave goods © Archäologisches Schaufenster

(from 1st century B.C. to the 5th century A.D.)

More than 5000 years ago, peasants formed a permanent…

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Grave crown of Kaiser Konrad II, 1039 © Historisches Museum der Pfalz

... to an imperial free city (4th to 13th centuries).

Speyer became a bishopric for the first time in…

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Jewish Museum SchPIRA © Klaus Venus
The Jewish community contributed very significantly to the city's economic surge during its heyday…
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Gothic Chapell in the Adenauerpark © Stadtarchiv Speyer

... and Religious Issues of the 16th Century

The two Diets of 1526 and 1529 place Speyer in the…

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Cityscape by Merian 17 century © Stadtarchiv Speyer

... until the Congress of Vienna (17th - 18th centuries)

Speyer stood astride the conflicting…

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Pomotional Poster Brewery Company Storchen © Stadtarchiv Speyer
After 1816, the Palatinate belonged to the kingdom of Bavaria. Speyer became the capital city of the…
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Postoffice in 1901 © Stadtarchiv Speyer

... to the Federal Republic

The Wilhelmine era bestowed a multitude of representative new…

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