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Pirmasens Guide


Pirmasens is situated in the Rhineland-Palatinate region in eastern Germany, close to the French border. With a population of approximately 50,000 people, Pirmasens is a very imaginatively rebuilt city and it was, at one point in time, the centre of the German shoe industry. It also acts as the urban hub of south-western region of Palatinate.

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The city was established by Count Ludwig IX who selected this region for his residential purposes and a military garrison. Ludwig was a very strict ruler in his time, and used to march his troops frequently on the parade ground. He was seen as one of the most enlightened rulers and is remembered fondly by the public.

Visit the incredible Shoe Museum in the Old Town Hall in the center of Pirmasens. The shoe industry indirectly owes its allegiance to Ludwig. When he died, his army was disbanded, and the soldiers turned to making shoes using the leather parts of their uniform. In a desperate attempt to make money, these shoes were then sold by their wives to the public. This was the beginning of world famous brand names such as Schlabbe. Remnants of Pirmasens' magnificent shoe industry can be seen even today.

By opting for car hire travellers can travel just over 60kms west of Pirmasens to the beautiful city of Saarbruecken, where tourists can visit the Saarbruecken Castle (pictured above), and many more great attractions.


Pirmasens nearest airport is Flughafen Saarbrücken Airport, with flights operating to and from the UK and many European destinations. Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt car rental desks are located opposite the main terminal building. For the cheapest available deals prebook car hire online. Fill in your travel criteria in the search form above and let us search and compare quotes from more than forty leading car hire firms to ensure we find you the best deals, and the best car.

Pirmasens Central Station offers bus and train services to other neighbouring destinations, however it is always best to walk around the city, or catch a bus, to take in all the beautiful buildings and attractions. Car hire is always best if tourists wish to travel into the surrounding countryside to explore the region and its other amazing sights.

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