‘Besucherzentrum’ (visitors centre) and Museum bei der Kaiserpfalz
Open: Tuesday – Sunday (the outdoor area also opens on Mondays)
Seasonal opening times: Summer (01.04.-31.10.): 10am – 5pm / Winter (01.11.-31.03.): 10am – 4pm
Closed: Mondays (except bank holidays) and 23.12.-05.01.
Barrier-free access and senior friendly service.
Aula regia (royal hall)
Open: Monday – Sunday: Summer (01.04.-31.10.) 10am – 5pm / Winter (01.11.-31.03.) 10am – 4pm
Open: Summer (01.04.-31.10.): Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sundays 11.30am – 5pm / Winter (01.11.-31.03.): Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sundays 11.30am – 4pm
Accessible from the North.
Barrier-free access: through the paled gate next to the main entrance of the church (in the West) going towards the northern entrance.
Heidesheimer Tor – archaeological window and exhibition house
Open: Summer (01.04.-31.10.) 10am – 5pm / Winter (01.11.-31.03.) 10am – 4pm.
The exhibition house at the Heidesheimer Tor is closed on Mondays; the exterior area is always accessible.
Accessibility: Exterior area marginally restricted. Exhibition house: ground floor barrier-free access, the 1st floor can only be reached via a staircase.
Crescent-shaped building – exterior area ’Am Graben’
Accessible around the clock.
Archaeological shelter for the hot-air heating
Open: Monday – Friday 7.30am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Accessible around the year.
Barrier-free access (there are two steps to get to the very edge).
Ottonenstraße / settlement
Accessible around the clock.
Church of St Remigius
Open: Monday – Friday 10am – until nightfall (closed for sightseeing during services or events)
‘Burgkirche’ in Ober-Ingelheim
After the service on Sundays from about 11am onwards
Easter-September: During the week 3 – 6pm, Sundays and bank holidays 12am – 6pm
Outside these times, the key can be obtained from:
Weingut Hamm at the Bürgermeister-Bauer-Straße 1, Tel.: 0049-(0)6132-3524
Advance bookings for guided art-historical tours in the ‘Gemeindebüro’ (parish office):
Tel.: 0049-(0)6132-73031 or 0049-(0)6132-40336
General guided tours of the church and the historic fortifications:
Besucherzentrum bei der Kaiserpfalz (visitors centre of the Kaiserpfalz):
Barrier-free access via the southern portal of the church.
The historic fortifications are only accessible via a staircase and are therefore not barrier-free.
Directions and travel information: Fig. 58
The nearest airport is in Frankfurt, about 50 km from Ingelheim. The journey from Frankfurt to Ingelheim takes about 45 minutes by train or car, depending on traffic conditions.
Approaching by car on the A60 drivers should take either the exit ‘Ingelheim West’ or ‘Ingelheim Ost’ (East) and follow the signs towards the city centre. From there follow the brown signs (preserved for monuments) saying ’Kaiserpfalz Ingelheim’ to one of the car parks near the site.
From Ingelheim train station take the bus 612 and alight at ‘François-Lachenal-Platz’. Walking from the train station to the site will take about 20 minutes.
The Museum bei der Kaiserpfalz was already established in 1917 and managed for a long time by the Historischer Verein Ingelheim (Historical Society) on a voluntary basis. The museum was re-opened in 1999, under the combined trusteeship of the town council of Ingelheim and the Historischer Verein Ingelheim. Only four years later it was possible to refurbish and extend the museum. It was re-opened again in April 2004 incorporating the ‘Besucherzentrum bei der Kaiserpfalz’ (visitors centre) as well as a branch of the tourist information office Ingelheim. The exhibition in the museum encompasses the entire prehistory of the region, the Roman period as well as the Merovingian’s. The main focus, however, lies on the Pfalz. The exhibition includes building and architectural elements as well as a model of the Pfalz. The unique solidus (gold coin) showing Charlemagne is also part of the exhibition and visitors can use computer terminals to find out more about the history and development of the Pfalz and related buildings. The museum also offers a wide range of educational programs and workshops which are becoming increasingly popular.
The Römisch-Germanische Kommission (RGK) of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) conducts and promotes archaeological research on the pre-and early history of Europe and the Roman provinces. To achieve this aim it works closely together with universities, museums and national heritage protection agencies both within Germany and abroad. The RGK is a branch of the DAI, a federal institution under the auspices of the foreign office of the Federal Republic of Germany. The RGK has conducted numerous research projects on German sites and abroad since its establishment in 1902. It contributes to German cultural foreign policy through the research of the cultural heritage of the host countries. Successful projects of recent years include the late antique palace of Gamzigrad in Serbia and the Neolithic tell settlement Okolište in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Two important German sites investigated by the RGK are the Iron Age oppidum at Manching and the Roman town foundation of Lahnau-Waldgirmes. In addition to the CEC project, the RGK is a cooperative partner of a number of projects funded by the European Union and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German research foundation). The RGK organises lectures and conferences and publishes the results of archaeological research. The library of the RGK comprises one of the most comprehensive collections of literature on the pre-and early history of Europe, the archaeology of the Roman provinces, and other related disciples including the natural sciences. The library can be used by researchers and the interested public free of charge.
Isabel Kappesser, Museum bei der Kaiserpfalz
Nina Schücker, Römisch-Germanische Kommission
Translated by: Julia Heeb