Kaiserslautern is a bit different from the other cities in the Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) area.
The ubiquitous medieval building that marks the Town Hall is here a spanking new modern version featuring a coffee shop with great city views at the top. If that doesn’t set this town apart, the television tower should. This is said to be the tallest structure in Kaiserslautern.
The city center is, however, totally in thrall of the Marienkirche which dominates the area with its medieval splendor and impressive stature.
Another impressive sight to set your spirits soaring would be the Kaiserpfalz castle that takes you back to the 12th century. More castles await you at Burg Nanstein and Burg Hohenecken.
Perhaps the best place to spend a lazy afternoon would be at the St. Martinsplatz where the pedestrian zone lets you relax without having to worry about getting run over by peak hour traffic. A range of local cuisine restaurants guarantee a treat for your palate while the various shops that line the streets ensure you find the right souvenir.
As the sun goes down, the place opens up to a vibrant night life that will definitely spice up your vacation.
More treats are in store at the Pfalzgalerie where you get to browse exhibits from the early 19th century, and the Wadgasserhof which tells you all you want to know about local history.
For a fabulous view of the Palatinate Forest and surrounds, get yourself off to the top of the Humbergturm observation tower.
Of interminable interest to families would be the Kaiserslautern Zoo, the Karistal canyon, and the Gartenschau which is said to have the largest dinosaur exhibit in Europe.