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Update, March 2007:
Well, I must face it - weather often does lead to completely wrong assumptions. I was in Worms now several times after my visit in September 2006, and... I really really like it.
It is full of life and history, has great restaurants, lot of beautiful buildings (even if it does not seem so on the first view), it has a beach bar, the Rhine promenade to relax at, my all time favourite restaurant Pfister Zunft and... hahahaha, I seriously consider to move there. It would only be 40 minutes from work, and I would be in my beloved Palatine - so why not.
Plus, appartments are very much reasonable, not as in the town I live in at the moment (which is overpriced and ugly).
I would not have to stick to idiotic traffic regulations of Darmstadt, to the thieves in the Darmstadt municipality, which are lingering around to find a moment to fine you, I would not have to pay ridiculous prices for almost anything, I would NOT have to get deaf one day with all the airplanes of Frankfurt airport departing and landing over my head, I would not live in a dirty environment, the vicinity of Frankfurt airport brings to Darmstadt, but:
I would live in the clean environment of Worms, have Rhine river close to me, would pay normal prices and get not deaf. I would not end up in jail for maybe one day killing someone in municipality or traffic office, as Worms has people there with a brain and no pickpocketers.
Haha, and just in case, some of "well meaning" and curious colleagues (or those draw conclusions without asking first, just as a kind of a ridiculous wishful thinking): I am NOT thinking of quitting my job, haha. I just don't like Hessen if I can have Palatine to live at - work, that's another story. Work will stick with me, even if some don't like that ;-)
Worms am Rhein – Worms and Rhine River do have a long history for Germany and Europe. Both names are also synonyms for legends and myths. Who does not know famous Siegfried (or Sigurd as he is called in Northern Europe) who killed the dragon, and who did not dream at least a bit to find the famous Nibelungen treasure, which is hidden in the Rhine ?
Celts already settled here in Bormitomagus in the years B.C., but it developed only after the arrival of the Romans and the bishops’ permanent residence. Bishop Burchard (1000 – 1025) can be considered as the real founder of Worms and its prosperity. He restored the Cathedral and built the monasteries St. Paulus, St. Andreas and St. Martin. Recently, the diocese has honoured his efforts by installing a statue in front of the Cathedral’s southern gate – now he friendly greets all believers who come to pray in “his” church.
During the following times, Worms was the centre of decisions and disputes in many religios conflicts. Who has read what I wrote about Speyer might remember that Concordat of Worms was settled here in 1122, which finally passed the law that the church only has the right to nominate bishops.
Later, during the split-up of the persuasions, Luther defended his theses here at the Reichstag of 1521, which was answered with Worms Edict and his banishment (excommunication). 5 years later, this time in Speyer, it was released and freedom of religion was granted for all and everyone (maybe we could need another protestation in our world today ?).
As for so many other towns in Palatine, Worms' glamour and prosperity came to a sudden end in 1689, when troops of Louis XIV (Sun King) burnt it to ashes in the War of the Great Alliance.
Hesitantly, life came back into town end of 17th century, but French Revolution put another end to this, the citizens were set back to a life as vasalls.
In 1816, Worms was integrated into grand dukedom Hessen-Darmstadt and prosperity started again. The city became an important centre for leather industry.
And then, WWII finally has left Worms in big destruction and standstill. Some of the wounds are still not healed, and it explains why by now, only a very small amount of old historical sites can be still seen and visited in town and close surroundings.
When I was here in Sept. 2006 (after having visited the city countless times as a kid), the all grey weather didn’t help a bit to disclose its attractiveness.
The city still has its secret charm, however, not as easily visible as in Speyer, the other famous town of Holy Roman Empire.
So let’s try and discover Worms – old history, old myths and legends.
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