Last Friday a few friends and I drove down to Speyer to see the Cathedral and do some shopping. (We also made a stop in Schwetzingen to tour the palace and gardens, but that's another post.) The weather wasn't at it's greatest, but we still had a great time and managed to get a few good photos. The town was still all dressed up for Christmas -- lights still strung and trees still adorned. There was even a Christmas Market in full swing for Three Kings Day, and I was more than happy to munch on one last steak sandwich for this holiday season.
Fun facts: Construction on the cathedral began in 1030, at the bequest of Emperor Conrad II, and took 80 years to complete. Measuring 133 meters in length, it is the largest example of Romanesque architecture in Germany. If you're interested in the cathedral's history, you can read about it here and here.