Kaiserslautern is an unassuming city located in southwest Germany at the north end of the Palatinate Forest. Approximately 100,000 people call this small city home. Kaiserslautern offers visitors plenty of suitable options for sightseeing and leisure.
Kaiserslautern’s history traces back to the 9th century. The city received its name due to the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa) who resided in the area. In Kaiserslautern, you’ll also find Ramstein Air Base, one of the largest U.S. overseas military installations.
As for tourist attractions, Kaiserslautern has some truly magnificent gardens. These include the Japanischer Garten, one of the largest Japanese gardens in Europe, and the Gartenschau Kaiserslautern, a garden with a magical dinosaur exhibit. There are also several museums for you to explore such as the Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern and the Theodor-Zink Museum.
Other iconic architectural sights include Kaiserbrunnen, a bronze and sandstone sculpture full of hidden meaning, Burg Hohenecken, the site of castle ruins, the Gothic Stiftskirche church, and the stone Bumberg Tower to the southeast of the city.
Those looking to escape the city can easily venture to the surrounding Palatinate Forest for a pleasant stroll.