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Frankfurt

A city to be experienced 
Frankfurt am Main, the city in the heart of Europe, is characterised by notable contrasts, such as tradition and modernity, commerce and culture, industriousness and tranquillity. Its international trade fair activity and financial activity, on the one hand, and its exceptional artistic heritage and cultural scene, on the other, contribute to its metropolitan character.
 
 
The most famous attraction of Frankfurt is without doubt its skyline, which can be seen from a great distance away. It is often said that the quality of life in Frankfurt is as high as the striking skyscrapers that dominate the landscape. This city is much like an open-air museum that displays monuments of different styles and eras: imposing buildings, an expression of contemporary art, that seem to chase each other upwards; commercial buildings and middle-class residences, stupendous churches and elegant museums
 
Römerberg Square
The historic center
 
Don’t miss a visit to the RömerFrankfurt’s City Hall, the Cathedral or the Church of St. Paul in the old town.
 
Frankfurt offers gardensfilled with Mediterranean flora and numerous parks. The zoo is particularly loved by families. This city institution has been open for 150 years.
A unique way to discover the city is offered every day by the red “Hop On-Hop Off” double-decker buses, from which you can get on or get off at any of the numerous stops available. Almost all the attractions in the old town, which has small roads and picturesque alleyways, can be reached on foot.
 
The Museums
Frankfurt enjoys fame as an important cultural city, thanks to the unique and celebrated embankment of Museums (Museumsufer). There are 26 in total, 13 of which are located along the banks of the Main, set side by side like pearls in a necklace; the other half are in the direct vicinity of the river.
 
The Iron Bridge
Holbein Bridge, completed 1990 and the modern alternative to the nearby nineteenth-century Iron Bridge, is an important pedestrian connection with the museum embankment. This steel and cement bridge, which is lit up with striking lighting, is crossed each day by approximately 10,000 people. It connects the city centre and Römerberg with Sachsenhausen on the opposite bank of the Main.
 
Frankfurt Opera
The theatres
Frankfurt’s varied and diverse cultural scene is also distinguished by 60 theatres and independent theatre groups. The Frankfurt Opera has a musical theatre of the highest level and plays an important role on the international opera scene.
 
 
Goethe's home
 
Goethe's home
A visit to the house of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who was born in the city in  1749, gives one an idea of what life was like during the time of this famous writer and poet. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is one of the best loved attractions of Frankfurt, and visitors following in his footsteps will discover some of the most beautiful places in the city.
 
 
 
It is easy to reach Goethestraße, the luxurious shopping street, from his house. In the southern area of Frankfurt, where the forest begins, the Goethe wooden Tower (Goetheturm) can be climbed, which with its 45 metres height offers an exceptional view.
 
The churches
Germany’s more recent history of can be experienced in Paulskirche (Church of St. Paul). In 1848 this church, in fact, held sessions of the first German parliament. The Medieval Cathedral of Kaiserdom was the site of the appointment of kings and ceremonies of the coronation of emperors of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Kaiserdom from the river
 
Nearby is the historic symbol of the city - the façade of the Römer with its three gables. This noble house became Frankfurt’s city hall in 1405 and today it is still the seat of the mayor. Römerberg, the square in front of the city hall, is the heart of the old town and a popular tourist attraction. Each Saturday morning, a picturesque and very popular flea market takes place on the river bank - the perfect occasion for buying a souvenir.
 
 
To taste
Apfelwein (apple wine) is often drunk in Frankfurt. It has been considered a local drink for over 250 years and is the symbol of hospitality in the many traditional pubs. The wine is the perfect accompaniment to “Grüne Soße”, a green sauce made using at least seven aromatic herbs, which is served with boiled potatoes and egg or boiled meat.
 
Where to sleep in Frankfurt

Frankfurt is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.

To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.  

 

 

Text by Eugenio Sorrentino

Photos: Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock

Video: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de

Copyright © Sisterscom.com
Published on Avion N42 - Update July 2018

 

 

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WHERE TO GO
Monuments
CATHEDRAL ST. BARTHOLOMAUS
Domplatz 14
The starting point for visiting the city, the Gothic Cathedral (Dom) is dominated by a 95-metre tower. It dates back to the year 852. Ten emperors were crowned here between 1562 and 1792. The tower is open to the public and, after a climb of 324 steps, offers a marvellous view of city.
GOETHE HOUSE
Berliner Str.
This is the house where Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born on 28 August 1749 and where he lived with his sister Cornelia. It offers 3 floors for discovering the life of Goethe and his family, including the study where the poet wrote his greatest works, which is found on the second floor.
 
ST NICOLAS' CHURCH
Römerberg, 11
St. Nicholas’ Church of Frankfurt has a square perimeter plan with a tall side tower; its facades are white with upper borders and its bell tower is brown. Inside, it has numerous depictions of St. Nicholas. An interesting feature of this church is the sound of its bells: some 40 are rung at the same time.
ROMERBERG
This is the largest square in Frankfurt and the pulsating heart of the old city, where each year the traditional Christmas Market with over 200 stalls is held. The square features the Fountain of Justice, which was the site of celebrations after each imperial coronation. Alongside the square is the Römer, a building with stepped gables that has been the city hall since 1405.
 
OLD SACHSENHAUSEN
Alt-Sachsenhausen
This small district takes visitors back in time. The area is lined with pubs and bars with wooden tables and benches, where apple wine can be drunk and Frankfurt’s specialities can be eaten. 
OLD OPERA HOUSE
Opernplatz, 1
The Opera House was inaugurated on 28 August 1981 after being knocked down and rebuilt many times over the years. Since then, almost 300 concerts and events a year have been held in its splendid halls. Each evening national and international shows are performed in the Great Hall (2450 places). This hall, which is fitted out in mahogany, is famous for its acoustics. The Mozart Room (720 places) is instead available for additional events.
 
Museums
GIERSCH MUSEUM
Schaumainkai 83 (Museumsufer)
This museum is devoted to the research and exhibition of art from the region, with Frankfurt as a focal point. In addition to exhibitions of artists who have been connected to the region since birth, the Giersch Museum offers a rich educational programme to children, adults and the sight-impaired, with guided tours, conferences, cultural events and creative workshops.
MMK MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Domstraße 10
One of the most important museums in the world of contemporary art. Inaugurated in 1991, it plays an important role in the cultural and social life of the city. The collection to date includes over 4,500 works of international art that date from 1960 to the present day. The museum has received generous support from Frankfurt’s citizens, and national and international companies have helped the museum to grow over time.
 
Excursions
BOAT TOURS
A short distance from the Römer, directly on the main wharf, is the Primus Line. From here you can set off on various excursions on the lake, viewing the city of Frankfurt and its skyline from afar.
EXPRESS EBBELWEI
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 8
Travel leisurely through Frankfurt, enjoying a glass of original Ebbelwei (Apfelwein or cider) on the Ebbelwei Express. This colourful tram has been part of the Frankfurt cityscape since 1977 and is affectionately known as “Ließsche” by the people of Frankfurt. The hour-long trip takes visitors to the best sights of the city.
 
ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN
Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
Established in 1858, the zoo is one of the oldest in the world with a total of 500 different species and more than 4,500 animals. In the Grzimek building, day becomes night, and visitors can observe nocturnal animals such as bats and African aardvarks.
TITUS THERMEN
Walter-Möller-Platz 2
This thermal spa, built in ancient Roman style, is found in the 'Nordwestzentrum' shopping centre. It offers a deep pool, adventure pool with slide, large sauna and wellness centre, gym, swimming lessons, water gymnastics and massages.  
 
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