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Fantastic Frankfurt & more!

 

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about Frankfurt? The first thing that comes to my mind is ‘Frankfurter sausage’ as I had this tasty sausage from my early childhood. Luckily, I realised later that Frankfurt has many more to explore other than Frankfurter sausage. Frankfurt is actually the largest city in the German state of Hesse, also known as ‘Frankfurt am Main’. Besides, there are some old cities nearby that you should not miss when visiting Frankfurt.

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Frankfurt is not only a global hub of commerce but also a hub of culture, education, tourism and traffic. It is the most important financial centre of the European continent with many prominent of the European Central Bank, for example, Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, DZ Bank.

It is also home to many cultural and educational institutions such as the Goethe University, Städel, Senckenberg Natural Museum, etc.

There are some interesting landmarks that I think they are the must visit places whenever you travel to Frankfurt and these can be explored in just a few days!

Römerberg

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The Römerberg is Frankfurt’s old central square. It was ornately gabled half-timbered buildings, reconstructed after WWII, giving an idea of how beautiful the city’s medieval core once was. Since the 9th Century, the place is known by its weekly markets, fairs, tournaments and festivals. It is also famous for being the place of execution and the place of coronation for the royal family. However, in 1944 bombardments flattened the whole historic district, including the Römerberg. Therefore, some of the historic buildings, like the Römer were reconstructed soon after the war.

Address: Address: Römerberg 27, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral

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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. It is one of a handful of churches in Germany to be designated as an Imperial Cathedral. It was here from 1562 to 1792 that the coronation of Emperors took place in the Election Chapel. 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 the grave-slab of King Günter 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

The Städel Art Museum

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The Städel, officially known in German as the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, is an art museum with one of the most important collections in Germany. The Städel owns 2,700 paintings (of which 600 are displayed) and a collection of 100,000 drawings and prints as well as 600 sculptures. It has around 4,000 square meters of display and a library of 100,000 books and 400 periodicals.

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The Städel was honoured as “Museum of the Year 2012” by the German art critics association AICA in 2012. In the same year the museum recorded the highest attendance figures in its history, of about 448,000 visitors. I really enjoyed the contemporary art and modernism at the Städel and hope you will too!

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Address: Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

 

The Old Opera House

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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. Although destroyed during WWII, (reopened in 1981), it remains one of the city’s most important concert venues. The city’s new opera house, Opern-und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt, is also located in the square and in addition to acting as the home of the Frankfurt Opera company, it also houses Theatre Frankfurt in its state of the art theater. It’s a pity that I don’t have enough time to explore inside the Alte Oper. Perhaps next time!
Address: Opernplatz, 60313 Frankfurt am Main

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IMG_6017In 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 old historic buildings and newer modern 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, with a large underground mall. It’s also the point from which the city’s main shopping and commercial streets meet: the pedestrian-friendly Zeil heads east, and Kaiserstrasse, with many places of entertainment in its side streets, runs southwest by way of the Rossmarkt and Kaiserplatz to the city’s main train station, the Hauptbahnhof, built in 1888 and one of the largest stations in Europe.

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IMG_6019Address: An der Hauptwache 15, 60313 Frankfurt am Main
The Eschenheimer Tower

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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 such establishment in the country.
Address: Börsenplatz, 60313 Frankfurt am Main

Zoo Frankfurt

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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 many excellent animal houses, including the unique Grzimek House with its displays of Madagascar’s diverse fauna. Also of interest is the Exotarium with its many animals from different climatic regions, including marine life, reptiles, and crocodiles. The Borgori Forest is also a must see, and has a superb Ape House in an authentic jungle setting. Other highlights include the Nocturnal Animals House and the Bird Hall. A variety of fun events and programs are offered, including family festivals, exhibits, and themed tours.

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Address: Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, 60316 Frankfurt am Main
Official site: www.zoo-frankfurt.de/schnellzugriff/information-in-english.html
There are some nearby beautiful towns that are just about half an hour drive from Frankfurt that I have been recommended to visit and I think it’s really worth to go there!

Dreieich

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Dreieich is a town in the Offenbach district in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hessen, Germany. The town is part of the Frankfurt Rhein-Main urban area and is located roughly 10 km south of downtown Frankfurt am Main. With a population of more than 40,000 it is the district’s second largest town.

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At the lower end of Fahrgasse, here you will find the ruins of Hayn Castle. The earliest parts of the castle were built roughly in 1100, but there’s hardly anything left of these. Instead, there are newer parts like the ruins of the tower and a fireplace.

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To me, Dreieich-Dreieichenhain has a very nice and picturesque centre with numerous half-timbered houses and some remains of the city walls. It is advised to enter the centre from the upper part of Fahrgasse as you will then walk through the gate which is well-kept and very beautiful. Walking down Fahrgasse, you will see a lot of the half-timbered houses, some displaying a plaque when they were erected. If you leave Fahrgasse to the left or right, you will soon come across the city walls remains. However, there is not much left to see but old stones.

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Kronberg in Taunus

‘Kronberg im Taunus’ is a town in the Hochtaunuskreis district, Hesse, Germany and part of the Frankfurt Rhein-Main urban area. Kronberg lies at the foot of the Taunus, flanked in the north and southwest by forests. A mineral water spring also rises in the town.

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Kronberg is especially known for its extremely expensive residential areas. It is therefore a very exclusive area to live and that is indicative of the higher than average incomes enjoyed by its population. No wonder, I observed there are many expensive sports cars parked around this residential area. The scenic beauty of this town seems to cost a lot for their owners!

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Kronberg’s Altstadt is a steep climb from the plains to the cool air of this mountainside respite. It was once encircled by formidable medieval walls, and some of these remain in good condition. The cobbled streets of the Altstadt are narrow and lined with half-timbered buildings. It retains a lot of its old world charm, yet there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

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Directions: Walk up the hill from the station.

 

Seligenstadt

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Seligenstadt is a wonderful small town on river Main, not far off A3: abbey, basilika, old town market square, as well as many good restaurants and ice cream parlors. If you come from A45, you can take car ferry across river Main from Karlstein.

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To me, the city of Seligenstadt is worth a visit. It has a museum, ancient houses, a playground by the river, water tower and a ferry that takes you to the other side of the River Main.

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To me, the city of Seligenstadt is worth a visit. It has a museum, ancient houses, a playground by the river, water tower and a ferry that takes you to the other side of the River Main.

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The garden was beautiful, with roses, fruit trees, vegetables and a fantastic herb garden where all the plants are colour coded advising medical properties of each plant.

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There are many beautiful buildings made of timbers and lots of café that you can rest and sip on a cup of tea and coffee! I went to Seligenstadt with my friend and discovered an amazing living 1200 years charming site, located 50 km east of Frankfurt.
There are several places in town offering great delicious desserts and ice creams.
Many families with small children walked around the popular market in the afternoon. It is such a great place you will see nice and friendly people and great service and the walk along the river was so enjoyable!