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In historical journals, Ingelheim can be found from the 8th century, and there are still many buildings today that bear witness to the long and eventful history of the town. From 835, vine growing on the hillsides around the town has been handed down, which is why Ingelheim calls itself „the town of red wine“ today. Its importance during the Middle Ages, however, comes from the Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz) founded by Carl the Great. In 774, he resided here for the first time and since 807, the place has been called a palatium or palace. During Carolingian, Ottonian and early Salian times, the Imperial Palace was a venue for Court Diets (Hoftage), imperial assemblies and other representative events, then its importance gradually decreased.

From the reign of the Staufen Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa (1122-1190), only one visit in Ingelheim has been documented: Presumably in 1154, he met Hildegard of Bingen there, who had already contacted him in 1152, shortly after his coronation. What they talked about is not known, but certainly Hildegard gave him advice on a good and just reign, as she also did in her letters.

Impressive ruins of the Imperial Palace can still be visited today. The Aula regia, the King’s Hall, stems from the Carolingian time and used to be a colourfully decorated rectangular hall with a semicircular apse. The Saal church (Saal stems from the quarter of the town called „Saal“) came about in its present form during Hildegard’s time in the 12th century. Also the „Heidesheimer Tor“ (Heidesheim Gate) and further fortification devices stem from the Staufen time. In the visitors centre / Museum at the Kaiserpfalz, you have the opportunity through virtual reconstruction to obtain an impression of the appearance of the Imperial Palace during different time periods.

Besucherzentrum und Museum bei der Kaiserpfalz
Francois-Lachenal-Platz 5
55218 Ingelheim am Rhein
Tel.: +49 6132-7147-01
Facs: +49 6132-7147-07
Opening Hours
The monument area of the Imperial Palace is openly accessible at any time, as the individual monuments are located in a residence area. Some presentation areas, however, can only be fully visited during the opening hours shown below. Due to organizational reasons, the monuments of the Imperial Palace at Ingelheim cannot be opened together at the same time.
Opening Hours of the Monuments
Aula regia (Throne Hall), Archaeological protective building with warm air heating Monday to Friday 7.30 am – 5.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Saal Church 1 April to 31 October Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, Sunday 11.30 am – 5.00 pm 1 November to 31 March Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, Sunday 11.30 am – 6.00 pm
Heidesheim Gate 1 April to 31 October Monday to Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm 1 November to 31 March Monday to Sunday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm On Mondays, the presentation house at the Heidesheim Gate is closed. The outside facilities are openly accessible.
Opening Hours of the Visitors Centre and the Museum at the Kaiserpfalz
François-Lachenal-Platz 5 1 April to 31 October Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm 1 November to 31 March Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Admission Fees
Free admission for the museum and the outside area
How to find us
The Imperial Palace at Ingelheim is located in the Saal area of Ingelheim am Rhein. To visit us, you have the following possibilities: By car: Ingelheim am Rhein has two junctions on the A60 (Ingelheim Ost and West). From both junctions, signposts lead to the town centre. Should the direct way to the Imperial Palace not follow the signposts to the town centre, you will be guided by the „Kaiserpfalz Ingelheim“ signs. As soon as you are directed by these signs, you follow the main roads. In case the direction has to be changed, another „Kaiserpfalz Ingelheim“ sign will show you the way. At the destination, you will find a sufficient number of car parks free of charge with different parking times in various places in the Saal area. The car parks are marked in the map provided by us for download. By train: The Kaiserpfalz area is approximately 15 minutes walk from the Ingelheim station. Walk along the Bahnhofstrasse for about 200 meters to the Deutsche Post office. Now turn left into the Binger Strasse and just follow the street. There are also buses driving from the station – line 612 starts at the station and stops after 9 minutes at Francois−Lachenal−Platz. You can find a detailed timetable on the website of the ORN (Omnibusverkehr Rhein Nahe). By plane: The Frankfurt airport is about 50 km away from Ingelheim. It takes you about 45 minutes to get from the airport the Imperial Palace by train or by car, depending on the traffic. By bike or walking: Visiting the Imperial Palace at Ingelheim by bike or walking is an excellent idea. Different routes such as the Kaiserpfalzwanderweg (Kaiserpfalz hiking trail) lead you to the Imperial Palace and the tourist sights.
The area and the museum are accessible for wheelchairs.