A pre-Roman foundation, Worms was the capital of the Kingdom of the Burgundians in the early 5th century and hence 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.
Winter snow accumulation is very low and often melts quickly.
Worms was in ancient times a Celtic city named Borbetomagus, perhaps meaning "water meadow". In 14 BC, Romans under the command of Drusus captured and fortified the city, and from that time onwards a small troop of infantry and cavalry were garrisoned there.
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Worms is located on the west bank of the river Rhine between the cities of Ludwigshafen and Mainz.
Few remains of this early Burgundian kingdom survive, because in 436 it was all but destroyed by a combined army of Romans (led by Aëtius) and Huns (led by Attila); a belt clasp found at Worms-Abenheim is a museum treasure.