More than 1,200 years have passed since Charlemagne commissioned the building of his imperial palace in Ingelheim at the end of the 8th century. It was a magnificent structure that represented his power and position in the empire. Then as now, it shapes the face of the red wine city. If Charlemagne were to stand in his imperial palace today, he would be amazed. Elaborate excavations and reconstructions show the imposing dimensions of his palace.
If you would like to learn more about the history of the Ingelheim Imperial Palace and about the life of Charlemagne in the red wine town, we recommend taking part in one of the regular public tours or booking a group tour directly.
The City History Museum dedicates a permanent exhibition to the Imperial Palace and is therefore the first port of call for exploring the Imperial Palace. In addition, it regularly organizes special and studio exhibitions on selected topics from Ingelheim's history and offers interesting guided tours.
Since 1993, archaeological excavations have been carried out in the area of the Imperial Palatinate by the Kaiserpfalz Ingelheim Research Centre. The conservation and at the same time permanent presentation of the archaeologically uncovered monuments is a central task of the research centre.
The monument area of the Imperial Palace is freely accessible at all times, as the individual monuments are located in a residential area. However, some presentation areas can only be viewed in their entirety during the following opening hours.
Opening hours of the Imperial Palace monuments and museum at the Imperial Palace :
April – October :
Tuesday - Thursday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
Fri - Sun & public holidays - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m
November – March :
Tue - Sun & public holidays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m
The grounds of the Imperial Palace monuments can also be visited on Mondays (Apr-Oct until 5 p.m., Nov-Mar until 4 p.m.). The museum at the Kaiserpfalz, the hall church and the theme house in the Heidesheimer Tor monument area are closed on Mondays. The hall church is open on Sundays from 11.30 a.m. From November to March you need a key to visit the hall church, which you can obtain from the museum at the Imperial Palace. There you will also receive the key to visit the Jewish cemetery all year round.
The museum at the Imperial Palace is closed annually from December 23rd to January 5th.
Most of the presentation areas in the Kaiserpfalz area are barrier-free.
This booklet will accompany you on the historical circular route through the Archaeological Zone Kaiserpfalz Ingelheim. The circular route takes you to all historically interesting points where the history of the imperial palace can be read. The stations are colour-coded according to the five construction phases of Palatinate history. This makes it easier for you to differentiate between the individual construction phases or to target them specifically. For each construction phase there is a priority station with detailed information on site.
You can download the brochure at the bottom of this page under "Further information & downloads".
The Kaiserpfalz app is available free of charge from Google Play and the AppStore (find it under the keyword “Kaiserpfalz Ingelheim”). The app supplements the signage and accompanying booklet with a digital guide through the imperial palace area, which provides audio texts and picture galleries, among other things. This means that the Imperial Palace can also be experienced digitally anywhere and at any time.
The eGuide Kaiserpfalz Ingelheim accompanies you and provides information about the former and current appearance of the Palatinate and its buildings, about historical background, about the archaeological excavations and the current research results on site.
The eGuide provides audio texts and picture galleries for each of the 19 monument stations in the Palatinate region. Films and interactive crossfade pages are also stored at many points. You can choose how deep you want to delve into the history of the Imperial Palace.
The system runs on smartphones and can be borrowed from the museum at the Imperial Palace for a fee of €2.00 per day.
The digital reconstruction of the imperial palace makes it possible to experience the dimensions and the magnificent design of the palace buildings in a photo-realistic way. The reconstruction is based on the results of archaeological research obtained on site and on historical comparisons with other palace and secular buildings. It shows what the imperial palace might have looked like at the time of the Carolingians around the year 800.
Virtual tours, interesting films on archaeology at the church of St. Remigius and digital short tours can be found here
Individual digital information carriers in the Aula regia, at Heidesheimer Tor and in front of the visitor center and museum cannot currently be used. Unfortunately, due to current delivery problems for replacement material, we cannot make any statements about the duration.
The monument areas of the Jewish cemetery and warm-air heating are currently not accessible to visitors. The reason for this are current crack formations in the historic masonry of the medieval defensive wall. The adjacent areas must remain closed until the safety of visitors is guaranteed again.
Please also use our app "Kaiserpfalz Ingelheim" on site with all the basic and a lot of further information on all monument areas. You can get the app free of charge from Google Play or the Appstore.
We ask for your understanding.
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55218 Ingelheim am RheinTel: (0049) 6132 710 009 200