Located in Rhineland Palatinate, south western Germany, Kaiserslautern is a lively student town full of quaint bars, is the football capital of southwest Germany and the cultural heart of the Palatinate. It is close to Heidelburg and the Palatinate Forest. It is a historic center going back to the 9th century. The town owes its name to the Hohenstaufen Emperor (Kaiser) Barbarossa, who had an imperial palace built at "Lautern" 850 years ago, after being so impressed by the beauty of the local countryside.
Kaiserslautern is a relaxed and friendly city with a 'provincial' feel. The town has a lively local rock and jazz music scene.
Enjoy nature at its best in the Palatinate Forest biosphere reserve, Germany's largest contiguous area of forest. It is not far outside the town of Kaiserslautern.
Within easy reach of France and Luxembourg
Location for the annual World Garden Show
Site of large US Army base - 'K-Town'