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In the center of the city, near the city hall (tall white building) and the main bus stop, you can find parts of the former Imperial Palace (Kaiserplatz) -- built in the 12th Century for Frederick I, known as Barbarossa. On Saturdays (and other times through special arrangements), you can take a tour of the subterranean escape passages and get a nice history of the area.
It's a library with a main focus on palatinate (regional) issues. There's also a free wireless internet connection. It's one of four libraries in Kaiserslautern: Stadtbibliothek (Municipal Library), Universitätsbibliothek (university library of Kaiserslautern), and Hochschulbibliothek (Bibliothek of Fachhochschule - University of Applied Science).
Address: The corner of Schubert and Bismark
Directions: 200 meters from the market square (Stiftsplatz).
Is that a Brontosaurus?
The Gartenschau (Garden exhibition), better known as the 'Dino Park' because of its lifesize dinosaur models, is open from April through October and is popular with families. Having begun as a series of botanical displays and enjoying success at the first State Garden Exhibition of Rhineland-Palatinate in Kaiserlautern in 2000, this 54-acre park has been transformed into one of the most multi-dimensional cultural centers in Germany.
Directions: It's located across the street from Kammgarn, a 10-minute walk from the city center.
According to their website, www.kammgarn.de:
KAMMGARN IS A CLASSIFIED HISTORICAL MONUMENT. THE KAMMGARN BUILDINGS AND COURTS HOSTED A SPINNING FACTORY IN FORMER TIMES, WHICH HAS LEFT A NICE VINTAGE FLAVOR TO THE WHOLE AREA.
KAMMGARN RANGES AMONG THE TOP-VENUES IN GERMANY, AND HAS BEEN PRAISED AS AN INTERNATIONALLY HIGHLY-APPRECIATED, FIRST-CALL, CONCERT-LOCATION (JAZZ, ROCK, BLUES, POP, INDIE) FOR YEARS.
KAMMGARN HAS HOSTED INTERNATIONAL STARS LIKE B.B. KING, MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, PAT METHENY, JAN GARBAREK, MAXIMO PARK, TOCOTRONIC, MADSEN, OR REVOLVERHELD.
KAMMGARN PROMOTED MORE THAN 4,300 EVENTS IN 19 YEARS FOR 2 MILLION GUESTS.
KAMMGARN OFFERS THE LATEST STANDARD IN SOUND- AND LIGHT TECHNIQUE.
KAMMGARN MEANS: THE MOST COMPETENT SOUND- AND LIGHT-TECHNICIANS
KAMMGARN COMPRISES: 2 HALLS FOR ALL KINDS OF EVENTS ('KASINO'; 'MUSEUM2'); A CLUB ('COTTON CLUB'); 2 BARS; A RESTAURANT ('TURBINE'); PARKING AREA AT VENUE
Address: Schoenstrasse 10
Directions: It's a 10-minute walk from the city center. Go west on Ludwigstr. until it turns into Lauterstr. You'll see Kammgarn on the left-hand side. Look for the tall smoke stack.
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Phone: 0631 - 95 00 34
This is Kaiserslautern's art gallery. It was founded in 1874 as a museum of trades and crafts. The museum building was constructed from 1875 to 1880. Today, its main focus is on painting and sculpture from the 19th to 21st century.
Their website is very helpful, with lots of info on the collection you will find there.
Directions: In the city center. Up the hill from the Pfalztheater.
Phone: 0631/3647 -201
The Fruchthalle (fruit hall) is situated in the center of the city. It hosts many events throughout the year, but is primarily used for chamber orchestra-type concerts. The cultural department of the city can be found on the first floor. Contemporary art exhibitions are held there regularly as well. Rooms there can be rented out for banquets and private parties. I say the Fruchthalle is one-half the center of culture, because the Kammgarn is probably the other half. Where the Fruchthalle hosts art and classical music events, Kammgarn hosts rock, jazz and electronic music events.
The history of the Fruchthalle is interesting. According to Kaiserslautern's city website, the Fruchthalle is the most important secular building of the Palatinate (area). From 1843-1846, it was built by order of the city of Kaiserslautern according to the plans of the architect August von Voit, and its style reminds of the Florentine patrician palaces of Early Renaissance.
In May and June 1849, history was made in the Fruchthalle, because it was the strategic center of the Palatine Revolution of 1848/49. On 17 May 1849, people's representatives elected the Provisional Government of Palatinate, which was in session in the hall of the Fruchthalle until 13 June 1849. Until 1901, the fruit and grain market of the city of Kaiserslautern was held in first floor of the Fruchthalle. The above two-story banqueting hall is used for festivities, concerts, meetings and exhibitions since then.
Address: Fruchthallestrasse 10
Directions: Can't miss it... in the center of the city near the city hall, the tourist info office, and the main bus stop.
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Phone: 0631 365-1410
It's called the Kaiserbrunnen, or Emperor Fountain, and is supposed to be a three-dimensional history of Kaiserslautern. Both Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa and King Rudolf von Habsburg are featured. I don't know why some of the other stuff is on there. The engine probably has something to do with the Opel factory located in town. The elephants? I have no idea! But it's an interesting thing to see.
Directions: It's located at the far end of Stein Strasse, going away from the center of the city. Just ask someone "Wissen Sie wo ist der Kaiserbrunen?" They'll point you in the correct direction.
Driving out of Kaiserslautern toward Vogelweh and Eindseidlerhof on B-40, you may notice a long row of identical houses along the left side. This was a neighborhood built to house railroad workers who worked across the street at the large railroad yards. I don't know how old this is, but it's nice to walk along and have a look!
Address: It's a side street, parellel to B-40 leaving KL
Park Strasse is a small street on the south side of the Stadt Park where all the houses survived WWII bombs. The houses are very nice to see. It's a small thing to do, but if you're into architecture, and happen to be in KL, then check it out.
Address: Park Strasse, south west of the city center
Stadt Park on Sunday
The Stadt Park, or City Park, is located in nice little section of Kaiserslautern where some World War II bombs actually managed to avoid destroying a few buildings. So surrounding the park on 2 sides are some original, pre-WWII KL buildings (including one of the only free-standing houses to survive the war). Just like the Volks Park I mention on this page in the Off The Beaten Path, this park attracts many locals on the weekends. I think there are more children at this park though, because there is a huge playground area, and better walkways for kids on bikes.
If you have a child and want to let him or her run wild for a couple hours, this is the place to do it!
Address: the corner of PirmasenserStr. and TrippstadterStr.
Directions: South west of the city center.
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