Driving to Speyer, Germany is always a bit magical: at first you see some trees in front of river Rhein and behind that only some high towers made of red sandstone. They belong to the cathedral of Speyer, the Speyrer Dom officially called Domkirche St. Maria und St. Stephan. It is a UNESCO world heritage site dating back to the year 1025 CE.
It was built by Konrad II to be the biggest church of the occident. Today it is the biggest preserved cathedral in romanic style in the world. It is 134 meters long and the towers are up to 71 meters high. Many emporers are buried here, including Konrad II, his descendants Henry III to V but also members of the houses of Nassau and Habsburg.