How to Make the Most of a Stopover in Speyer Germany

It's possible to visit Speyer as a stopover on a day trip between Frankfurt and Heidelberg.  We boarded the S-Bahn train in Heidelberg and within an hour were in Speyer. It was about a 15 minute walk from the train station to the old town. Speyer Cathedral anchored one end of the pedestrian shopping street.  Even though it was Sunday, many of the shops in Speyer were actually open, even up to 7-8 pm!  This was a total surprise for a German city!
View of Speyer Cathedral on a day trip to Speyer Germany

Visiting Speyer at Dusk

View of Speyer Cathedral on a day trip to Speyer Germany
We admired our surroundings in the fading light.
Church spire in Speyer Germany on a day trip en route from Heidelberg to Frankfurt
Shopping district of Speyer Germany
Open-air cafe in Speyer, Germany
Town hall in Speyer Germany
We could see Speyer's clock tower anchoring the other end of the shopping strip.
View of the clocktower in Speyer, Germany
We stopped at a local vendor to pick up an enormous German pretzel.  Yum!
Giant pretzel in Speyer Germany

A Visit to Speyer Cathedral

We walked up to the Speyer Cathedral and took a moment to admire it both outside and in.
Speyer Cathedral
Inside Speyer Cathedral in Germany
The decorations inside Speyer Cathedral were quite sedate and sparse.
Inside Speyer Cathedral in Germany
I loved these little flourishes on the outside.
Monkey motifs on the columns of Speyer Cathedral
Back outside, we walked through Old Town Speyer, soaking in the ambiance.
Old Town Speyer, Germany

Speyer After Dark

Speyer seemed to glow as the lights came on in the evening.
Clocktower in Speyer Germany after dark
Clocktower in Speyer Germany after dark

Have a Glass of Wine in Speyer

We found a local wine pub tucked away on a back alley and stopped in for a glass of German vino.
Glass of wine at a wine bar in Speyer, Germany
The inside of the pub was dark and charming.
Wine bar in Speyer, Germany
Candle in a wine bar in Speyer, Germany
Statuettes in a wine bar in Speyer, Germany

Return to the Train Station in Speyer Germany and Onward to Frankfurt

After dallying a bit too long over our glass of wine, we hurried back toward the Speyer train station for our timed return to Frankfurt. However, I couldn't help crossing the street to check out this statue in the front of this building.
Building in Speyer Germany
Unicorn!  This definitely confirms that it was a magical day trip to Speyer.
Unicorn in front of a building in Speyer, Germany
We arrived at the train station in Speyer with a few minutes to spare and were whisked back to Frankfurt for a good night's sleep.
DB Bahn train in Speyer, Germany

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: How to Make the Most of a Stopover in Speyer Germany
How to Make the Most of a Stopover in Speyer Germany
Explore Speyer, Germany as a stopover on a day trip between Frankfurt and Heidelberg. A photo-rich post by travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari).
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