Speyer (older spelling Speier, formerly known as Spires in English) is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, with approximately 50,000 inhabitants. Located beside the river Rhine, Speyer is 25 km south of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim. Founded by the Romans, it is one of Germany's oldest cities. The first known names were Noviomagus and Civitas Nemetum, after the Teutonic tribe, Nemetes, settled in the area. Around the year 500 the name Spira first appeared in written documents. Spire, Spira, and Espira are still names used for Speyer in the French, Italian, and Spanish languages. The city's name may be the origin of the Ashkenazi Jewish name, Shapiro, and its variants. Speyer is dominated by the Speyer Cathedral, a number of churches and the Altpörtel (old gate). In the cathedral, beneath the high altar, are the tombs of eight Holy Roman emperors and German kings. Wikipedia
A place in Germany, Speyer is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. A gripping city on its own right, Mainz also deserves a visit. Mainz is bestowed with interesting set of attractions like The Main Tower, The Goethe House, Sachsenhausen. If you want to fly to the destination, you can choose the nearest major airport to take a flight. The nearest major airport is Mainz Finthen Airport. A vacation to Speyer can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.
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