Winter snow accumulation is very low and often melts quickly.
Other industries include chemicals, metal goods and fodder.
Worms is located on the west bank of the river Rhine between the cities of Ludwigshafen and Mainz.
The story of this war later inspired the Nibelungenlied.
The city appears on the Peutinger Map, dated to the 4th century.
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.
Provoked by Burgundian raids against Roman settlements, the combined Romano-Hunnic army destroyed the Burgundian army at the Battle of Worms (436), killing King Gunther. The Romans led the survivors southwards to the Roman district of Sapaudia (modern day Savoy).
On the northern edge of the city the Pfrimm flows into the Rhine, and on the southern edge the Eisbach (English "Ice Stream"), flows into the Rhine.
Worms has 13 boroughs (or "Quarters") around the city centre.
In 1096, eight hundred Jews were murdered by crusaders and the local mob.
The Jewish Cemetery in Worms, dating from the 11th century, is believed to be the oldest surviving in situ cemetery in Europe.
The city, known in medieval Hebrew by the name Varmayza or Vermaysa (ורמיזא, ורמישא), was a centre of medieval Ashkenazic Judaism.