Being the oldest city in the whole of Germany, 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 banned to the outer reaches of the empire. 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.
- Tourist Information Center, Am Neumarkt 14, +49 6241 2-50-45. Pick up a map of the city's main attractions.
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.
- Romanesque cathedral, one of Germany's three "imperial cathedrals" on the Rhine (together with those in Mainz and Speyer), dating back to 600 AD.
- Listen the mythical story of Worms in Nibelungen museum. Notice there is nothing to see in that museum. It's only listening to a story from headphones.
- Jewish Bath, Jewish Cemetery ("Heiliger Sand" - Holy Sand)
- River Banks with restaurants
- Nice historic Rhine bridge
- The monument to Martin Luther and other church reformers.
- City Walls
- The Park and the manor-house in Herrnsheim. The park was created by Friedrich Ludwig Sckell, who designed the "Englischer Garten" in Munich as well.
- Cross the Rhine bridge for a walk through the green eastern banks. You can bathe in the Rhine, too! The water quality is again very good, even the salmon have returned!
- Rôtisserie Dubs, ☎ . Kirchstraße 6, Worms-Rheindürkheim. One of the big names in Worms' restaurant scene, their staff does an impressively creative job on regional cuisines. Their wine list offers wines made from the owner's vineyard as well as French and New World wines.
- Bistro Léger, ☎ . Siegfriedstraße 2. Geared more towards the German baby boomers, the Bistro offers a very contemporary menu and matches it with wines from the areas around Worms.
- Hagenbräu, ☎ . Am Rhein 3. If you want to try real German cuisine with a freshly brewed beer (from their own brewery) then Hagenbräu is your first choice in Worms. Very nice in summertime where you can sit outside at the riverside and enjoy a chilled beer. They sometimes has got changing buffet like schnitzelbuffet or fishbuffet for a good price between 5.30 and 9pm, just check it out on their website.