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Frankfurt Am Main – is an important commercial and economic centre, and today we are here to show you its top 10 Tourist Attractions. The city’s skyline, dominated by the great cluster of high-rise buildings in the banking quarter, has a distinctly North American flavour, earning Frankfurt the nicknames “Mainhattan” and “Chicago on the Main.” Let’s not forget that this is the city where Light and Building 2018 is happening, which becomes the need to go even stronger. Considered a global city – it frequently ranks in the top ten best cities to live and do business – Frankfurt has also long been an important centre for cultural and tourism activities.
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The Römerberg: Frankfurt’s Old Town Center
Not only is it Frankfurt’s most picturesque public square, it’s the city’s busiest pedestrian zone and home to numerous tourist attractions and things to do. These include its many open-fronted shops, once common throughout the old town, and the Römer, with its 11 lovely buildings, faithfully reconstructed in 1954 from original 15th- to 18th-century floorplans, with an amazing architectural design. The historic Wertheim House survived the 1944 air raids that destroyed much of old Frankfurt.
Also of interest here is the Historical Museum District (Historisches Museum), founded in 1878, with its collections related to Frankfurt’s rich cultural history from medieval to modern times, and the six traditional-style buildings of the Ostzeile.
Address: Römerberg 27, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
The Palm Garden
On the Bockenheimer Landstrasse is the beautiful 54-acre Palm Garden (Palmengarten), the largest botanic garden in Germany, with a beautiful interior design but even better outdoor. The gardens also offer boating, a children’s playground, and picnic spots. From Palmengarten, the Europaturm – a telecommunications tower also known as the Tower of Europe – is just a short walk away, and worth visiting for its viewing platform and restaurant.
One of the prettiest things here happens at night time: the colorful lighting design. This brings so much light and personality to space, making it much more special.
Address: Siesmayerstraße 61, 60323 Frankfurt am Main
St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral
Roman Catholic St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom, or Dom St. Bartholomäus) was built of red sandstone in Gothic style between the 13th and 15th centuries, and at 95 meters, still manages to stand out in this city of skyscrapers.
Beneath the tower is the magnificent Crucifixion by Hans Backoffen, sculpted in 1509, while in the Marienkapelle is the Maria-Schlaf-Altar from 1434. Other highlights include-besides the beautiful interior design– the grave-slab of King Günther von Schwarzburg, who died in Frankfurt in 1349, as well as numerous carved side altars dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. The cathedral’s most important relic is the skullcap of St. Bartholomew, kept in the Late Romanesque Bartholomew’s Choir.
Address: Domplatz 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Markets are always a good place to get a feel for a city, and Frankfurt’s Kleine Markthalle, where many locals shop daily, is no exception. This is a must stop, markets absorb the best vibes of a city, making it one of the most worthy tourist attractions. The present hall dates from 1954, and its 1,500 square meters house 150 market stalls selling some of the finest foods in Germany.
This is a good place to try out the famous Frankfurt “Green Sauce” (Frankfurter Grüne Soße), a traditional condiment made of seven herbs, sour cream and egg. You can also savour local specialities like sausages, cheeses, and pastries. Meaning: a great place to have lunch while visiting Light and Building 2018.
Address: Hasengasse 7, 60311 Frankfurt am Main – Altstadt
Goethe House and Museum
Frankfurt was the birthplace of Germany’s greatest writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. His family home, Goethe House, where Goethe was born on August 28, 1749, and lived until 1765, shows how the well-to-do family and their staff would have lived. You can see everything from the sumptuously decorated dining room on the main floor to Goethe’s writing room on the top floor, where he penned many of his early works and where he played as a child with his puppet theatre, basically, the entire home decor.
Next-door is the Goethe Museum, a 14-room gallery showcasing artworks from the writer’s time, including masterpieces of the Late Baroque and Romantic periods. (Family guided tours of both properties are available.)
Address: Großer Hirschgraben 23-25, D-60311 Frankfurt am Main
In the middle of the city and one of Frankfurt’s busiest pedestrian areas, the Hauptwache – literally translated, the Main Guard – is famous for its mix of fine historic buildings and modern architectural design structures. The most notable building here is the old Baroque Guard House after which the square is named.
Built in 1730, it once housed the city’s militia, a prison, and later, a police station, and now serves as a café. The square itself is one of Frankfurt’s main shopping areas, complete with a large underground mall. It’s also the point from which the city’s main shopping and commercial streets radiate. A good suggestion for you that are trying to have a break from the Light and Building 2018 event.
Address: An der Hauptwache 15, 60313 Frankfurt am Main
Art City: The Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art
The Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art (MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt) is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most important galleries of contemporary art. Opened in 1991 in a stunning post-modern building in the heart of the city, the museum includes in its vast collection some 5,000 fine examples from more than 450 leading artists. Spanning from the 1960s to the present, works are by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Francis Bacon.
The museum also operates MMK Zollamt, a satellite exhibition space featuring works by younger and as yet unknown artists; the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Art (Museum für angewandte Kunst), with more than 30,000 items of European and Asian applied art, including furniture, tapestries, glass, ceramics and books; and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, showing both modern and contemporary art.
Address: Domstraße 10, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Home to more than 4,500 animals representing at least 450 different species, Zoo Frankfurt covers 32 acres near the city’s old Friedberger Tor. Founded in 1858, it’s Germany’s second oldest zoo and is noted for its excellent animal houses and home decor– imagine they have a house better decorated than yours- hilarious.
Also of interest is the Exotarium, with animals from different climatic regions, including marine life, reptiles, and crocodiles. The Borgori Forest has a superb ape house in an authentic jungle setting. Other highlights include the Nocturnal Animals House and the Bird Hall. A variety of events and programs are offered, including family festivals, exhibits, and themed tours, where you can go to relax while the Light and Building 2018 event is happening.
Address: Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, 60316 Frankfurt am Main
The Old Opera House
In the heart of Frankfurt’s Opera Square (Opernplatz), the Old Opera House (Alte Oper) was constructed in 1880 in the style of the Italian High Renaissance, with the greatest lighting design. Destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1981 as one of the city’s most important concert venues. The city’s new opera house, Oper Frankfurt, and the drama theatre, Schauspiel Frankfurt, share a contemporary, state-of-the-art venue known as Opern-und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt, about half a mile away on Willy-Brandt-Platz, near the river.
Address: Opernplatz, 60313 Frankfurt am Main
The Eschenheimer Tower
And to finish our top 10: The Eschenheimer Tower (Turm), built in the early 1400s, remains the finest relic from Frankfurt’s old town walls. At 47 meters high, it still impresses with its dimensions and dominates the Eschenheimer Gate district. Today, the tower houses a café and meeting rooms used by local historical societies. Also of interest is the nearby Stock Exchange, built in 1879 and the largest in the country.
Address: Börsenplatz, 60313 Frankfurt am Main
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