Worms is a city in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany.

The entrance to Worms


Being one of the older German cities, Worms has played a key role in German history. Worms current incarnation was founded by Charlemagne, and the city's bishopric dates back to the fourth century. The town is famous for the Diet of Worms, to which Luther was summoned in 1521 to Emperor Charles V. He refused to recant his beliefs, saying the famous words "Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen." As a result, he was declared vogelfrei (=outlaw) by the secular authorities and excommunicated by the church. You can still see many vestiges of the old city walls, particularly the Torturmplatz and the Karolingerstraße. The Dom of St. Peter and St Paul, which was completed in 1325 survived the destruction of World War II.

The city also has a rich Jewish history.

Get in

By train

Trains from Bingen, Mainz, Bensheim, Mannheim, or Ludwigshafen (Rhein).

There is a ticket office in the main station of Worms (closed on Saturday afternoon, Sundays and holidays).

By car

Reach by the B47 either from the A61 (west) or the A67 or A5 (east) over the Rhine.

Get around

Walking is the best way to enjoy the historical center.

There is also a bus system running day and night, obtain tickets from the drivers.


Worms Kaiserdom St. Peter
Luther Monument
In the park viewing at the manor-house




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