Germersheim — Where All Roads Leave To A Road Museum

Visitors to Germersheim may be surprised (and possibly delighted) to find that it has an unusual star attraction — Germany’s only museum dedicated to the road. Since 1989 the 5,000 square meter building that houses the Deutsches Stra├čenmuseum has been displaying road-related exhibits, ranging from the early days of road construction through to the modern day.

There are also some other exhibits worthy of your attention in the museum, including a large model railway and pieces of equipment used to create the surfaces that we travel on, such as a Horse-pulled road roller that dates back to around 1800.

Believe me, once you leave the museum you will know more about the surfaces and materials used on our roads than you ever believed possible.

The combination of sights may not be entirely to everyone’s taste, but if you do decide to visit you can be sure to go away having learned something special.

Germershiem is also a town of culture, with a number of parks that give the area an extremely green appearance. Try a relaxing stroll in the Fronte Lamotte Fortress Park or the Seysselkaserne park in the west of the city, which is home to a number of attractive sculptures.

Another landmark you may wish to visit during your stroll is the Wei├čenburg Gate, which is known as the city’s unofficial key landmark, and is within a short stroll of the main town center.

One of the oldest buildings in the town is the City Hall, which was built in 1740 as a replacement to the previous building which was destroyed in 1674. This area of town makes for an interesting walk, with some high-quality architecture to be enjoyed.

Perhaps the oldest building of all is the Church of St. Jacob, which itself was nearly destroyed in 1674, but salvaged and rebuilt.

 

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