Speyer, Rhine

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Speyer, Germany

You know you're in for a treat if your river Rhine cruise itinerary includes the city of Speyer. Renowned for being one of the oldest German settlements, you will see architecture and monuments here quite unlike anywhere else.

Exploring the picturesque old town should be at the top of your priorities list, with opportunity aplenty to venture into Germany's incredible history. The foundation stone of the Imperial Cathedral, for example, is thought to have been laid by Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1030. Quite understandably, the incredible building has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

But equal pleasure can be derived from simply drawing up a chair on one of the outdoor terraces, ordering a coffee and watching the world go back. Once upon a time, this was an essential cornerstone of the Roman Empire. It's fun to imagine what the streets looked like back then, gleaming in the midmorning sun on market day as the Romans went about their daily lives. 

Other must-visit attractions include the Technik Museum and the transport museum, both of which offer superb interactive attractions in a variety of languages.

Speyer, Germany

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