Worms, Germany

Worms (German pronunciation: [vɔʁms] (listen)) is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, situated on the Upper Rhine about 60 km (40 mi) south-southwest of Frankfurt am Main. It had about 82,000 inhabitants as of 2015.[3]

Nibelungen Bridge over the Rhine in Worms
Nibelungen Bridge over the Rhine in Worms
Flag of Worms
Coat of arms of Worms
Location of Worms within Rheinland-Pfalz
Worms  is located in Germany
Worms  is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Coordinates: 49°37′55″N 08°21′55″E
DistrictUrban district
  Lord mayor (201826) Adolf Kessel[1] (CDU)
  Total108.73 km2 (41.98 sq mi)
Highest elevation
167 m (548 ft)
Lowest elevation
100 m (300 ft)
  Density770/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes06241,
06242, 06246, 06247
Vehicle registrationWO
The medieval Cathedral of Worms
Town hall of Worms

A pre-Roman foundation, Worms is one of the oldest cities in northern Europe. It was the capital of the Kingdom of the Burgundians in the early fifth century, hence is the scene of the medieval legends referring to this period, notably the first part of the Nibelungenlied.

Worms has been a Roman Catholic bishopric since at least 614, and was an important palatinate of Charlemagne. Worms Cathedral is one of the imperial cathedrals and among the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Germany. Worms prospered in the High Middle Ages as an imperial free city. Among more than a hundred imperial diets held at Worms, the Diet of 1521 (commonly known as the Diet of Worms) ended with the Edict of Worms, in which Martin Luther was declared a heretic. Worms is also one of the historical ShUM-cities as a cultural center of Jewish life in Europe during the Middle Ages. Its Jewish sites (along with those in Speyer and Mainz) were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2021.[4]

Today, the city is an industrial centre and is famed as the origin of Liebfraumilch wine. Its other industries include chemicals, metal goods, and fodder.

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