***image1***The Tourist Information of Kaiserslautern offers a variety of guided tours on a regular basis. Tours by bus, feet or bike are available.
The sightseeing tour by bus teaches participants interesting facts about Kaiserslautern. After visiting Casimirsaal in former Casimir Palace and the underground passages from the 12th century, each tour guest receives a heraldic glass with Palatinate wine or juice. The bus goes through the center of town and its recreation areas in the outskirts, and passes PRE-Park, the university and soccer stadium. The two-and-a-half hour long tour costs €5 for adults and €3 for students.
The historical guided walk takes participants into Kaiserslautern’s past. After exploring Casimirsaal and the underground passages, the group walks over to Stiftskirche from the 13th century and on to the historical part of town, which is known as “Altstadt.”
After visiting Theodor-Zink Museum, the tour ends at Kaiser fountain, where the guide will explain the different symbols the fountain is made of. The historical tour is about two hours long and costs €4 and €2.50 for students.
The historical gastro tour includes visits of Villa Munziger, the Jewish Bath and Fruchthalle, which used to be the town’s fruit market hall and now is known as concert hall. In between the group stops at three local pubs and restaurants to discuss history while drinking and eating. The three hour tour with wine, beverages and snacks costs €15.
Anyone interested in arts and paintings, should join the “Sculptures, architectures and Palatinate painters” tour, which lasts two hours. In Villa Munzinger, visitors learn about decorations painting. The Pfalzgalerie, which houses the most important Palatinate painting collection, presents well-known painters such as Max Birkel, Max Slevogt, Albert Weisgerber and Hans Purrmann. The arts tour costs €5 for adults and €3.50 for students.
A variety of fountains will be presented during the fountain tour leading through the center of town. It lasts about 90 minutes and costs €4 for adults and €2.50 for students.
The sight-seeing tour of historical churches teaches interesting facts about churches and their history in Kaiserslautern city and the county. Visits to Stiftskirche, St. Martin’s Church and the “little church” are scheduled in the city.
***image2***In Kaiserslautern County, sight-seers will tour the Klosterkirche in Enkenbach and the Abbey Church in Otterberg. Adults pay €8 for the three-and-a-half hour tour. Students pay €6.
Soccer enthusiasts can enjoy the tour on the track of champions. After touring the Fritz-Walter soccer stadium, which will be one of next year’s World Cup locations, participants drive on to Fritz-Walter-Haus in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, where a glass of prosecco is offered. On the way back, there is the chance to visit the gravesite of Fritz Walter, who was a world champion and one of the most famous soccer players Kaiserslautern ever had. Adults pay €10 and students €8 for the three-hour tour.
The bicycle tours are offered in cooperation with the ADFC bicycle club. Participants must have safe bikes.
For more information and to arrange English-speaking tours, call Tourist Information at 0631-365-2316 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Guided tours must have a minimum of five persons. All tours start near the Rathaus (city hall).
(Information provided by Kaiserslautern Tourist Information)