The Find-It Guide - Kaiserslautern

Situated in the heart of the West Palatinate region, Kaiserslautern is an international city with over 100,000 inhabitants. Building on its proud history, Kaiserslautern has evolved into a hub of modern technology and versatile cultural and shopping offers. Nicknamed K-town by Americans, Kaiserslautern is home to the largest community of Americans in Europe.

1. Shopping

Kaiserslautern serves as the shopping center for the Western Palatinate region. Those, who are interested in shopping, will find everything for their needs at the Merkurstrasse (KL-West), within the City Center at the Schillerplatz, the Fackelstrasse, the Marktstrasse, the Eisenbahnstrasse and many more other streets. During your shopping tour have a break at one of the sidewalk cafes, where you can enjoy yourself, your friends and your surroundings.

2. Theaters and Cultural Centers

See the new and modern Palatinate Theater (Pfalztheater), offering musicals, operas, operettas, ballets and plays. Visit the cultural centers Kammgarn and Cotton Club for live concerts of international rock, pop and jazz performers.

For more info check Kammgarn’s quarterly magazine (available at the venue and around town).

3. Farmers` Market

Stroll along Stiftsplatz on Tuesdays and Saturdays for the local Farmers` Market. The booths are filled with ripe fruit and vegetables, meat and cheese specialties as well as fresh flowers and local products like honey and spices.

4. Kaiserslautern Gartenschau

Dive into a colorful sea of blossoms, discover the largest open air dinosaurs exhibition in Europe and enjoy the good cuisine of the Brauhaus. The Gartenschau Kaiserslautern is fun for the whole family with large adventure playgrounds. Open daily from April 1 to October 31, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information go to http://www.gartenschau-kl.de

5. Red Devils Soccer

Kaiserslautern avidly supports its soccer team, 1. FCK (Red Devils), through good seasons and bad. The Red Devils compete on national level with teams from other major German cities. For the 2006 Soccer World Cup, Kaiserslautern expanded the Fritz Walter Stadium, named for the city`s most famous soccer player, to now seat 48,500 spectators.

6. Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden (Japanischer Garten) provides a tranquil setting for a relaxed stroll among the flora of the East. Pause at one of the many ponds and waterfalls or revive yourself at the teahouse. The Japanese Garden is open daily from April thru October, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

7. Kaiserslautern Zoo

Kaiserslautern Zoo is home to 250 animals from around the world, along with a playground for your little ones, a nature path and guided tours. The zoo is open daily from April thru August from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and September thru March from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

8. Festivals throughout the Year

Throughout the year, festivals and carnivals are very popular in German cities, no matter if they are big or small. Kaiserslautern hosts celebrations and fairs for Fasching (Carnival) and Christmas, and invites visitors to special city festivals: Altstadtfest, Swinging Lautern and the Halloween City Parade.

9. Art and History

Decked with hundreds of paintings and sculptures, the Pfalzgalerie houses the best collection of art in the Palatine region. To get your dose of folk art and history, visit the Theodor Zink Museum in a building that was once a brewery.

10. Stiftskirche

Very few old buildings remain in the city of Kaiserslautern. The Stiftskirche (church) downtown is the oldest structure, dating back to the 13th century. It is open for visitors and special programs are offered as well, like the carillon.