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Bill in Germany - FRANKFURT

A November 2002 trip to Frankfurt by billmoy

Römerberg-Main Square in Old Town Photo, Frankfurt, Germany More Photos
Quote: Frankfurt-am-Main is definitely the larger and more significant of Germany's two Frankfurts (the other being Frankfurt-an-der-Oder in the eastern part of Germany). Frankfurt originated as the "Ford of the Franks" in Charlemagne's time in 794.

Bill in Germany - FRANKFURT

Overview

Frankfurt Photo, Frankfurt, Germany
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Frankfurt-am-Main, the fifth largest city in Germany, is not the most exciting city (to me, Berlin holds that title). However, its prominence as an important financial, communications, and transportation hub means that I have stopped by for a few times, in hourly or daily increments. It is a pleasant enough city for a short stay, as it is mostly modern with a few historical and reconstructed touches. I highly recommend a trip to the viewing platform (Dachterrasse) atop the busy Zeilgalerie shopping center. It is free, but the fine views from the top are definitely worth more than that. Quick Tips: There are plenty of good museums in Frankfurt; many of them are part of the Museumsufer a...Read More

Kleinmarkthalle

Restaurant

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This small market hall is a somewhat nondescript indoor food emporium tucked away in central Frankfurt. Opening in 1954, its three stories feature various local food products and flowers. Perhaps the most prominent vendors are those featuring freshly butchered cuts of meats and German sausages (of course). There are plenty of different stalls selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and other various treats. To be honest, I was hoping to find some more exotic produce here, but the selections seemed a bit standard to me overall. There are limited areas where you can consume your purchase, which stifles the potential atmosphere here. The shopkeepers go about their business without bothering you, s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Kleinmarkthalle
Hasengasse 5-7
Frankfurt, Germany
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Römerberg-Main Square in Old Town

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Attraction | "Romerberg"

Römerberg-Main Square in Old Town Photo, Frankfurt, Germany
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The Romerberg is the historical market square of old Frankfurt, a place for celebrations and weddings even to this day. The middle of the square has been marked by the interesting Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen ("fountain of justice"), which is now dry but actually sprouted wine in the good old days. The Romer, along the western edge of the square, was and still functions as the town hall. The Romer also houses the Kaiseraal, which served as the imperial coronation hall for German emperors, starting with the great Charlemagne. A collection of portraits is found here, which may interest only the most dedicated history hound. A few grandiose banners and other decorative touches usually front the Romer. It...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Römerberg-Main Square in Old Town

Frankfurt, Germany

Dom St. Bartholomaus

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Dom St. Bartholomaus Photo, Frankfurt, Germany
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This red sandstone church in central Frankfurt has had quite a voluminous history over the ages. Begun in 1356, it was originally constructed over the site of a Carolingian building, following the plans of architect Madern Gerthener. It is not really a Dom or Cathedral (it is actually a parish church today), but it is referred to as Kaiserdom or Imperial Cathedral because it did serve as the coronation church of Germanic kings and emperors for hundreds of 300 years. The cathedral was finally completed in 1877. Much of the Dom was destroyed in 1944 during World War II, but it was reconstructed in 1953. The complex underwent a restoration from 1989 to 1994. The impressive west tower of the Dom or...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Dom St. Bartholomaus
Domplatz 1
Frankfurt, Germany 60311
49 69 289229

Städelsches Kunstinstitut

Attraction | "Städelsches Kunstinstitut (Städel Art Museum)"

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The palatial art museum, part of the impressive Museumsufer along the Main River, is located at the foot of the Holbeinsteg pedestrian bridge. Housed in the current building since 1878, this is the primary museum for those who want to see the most varied range of art in Frankfurt. The immense and significant collection of the Städel encompasses paintings, drawings, and sculptures from various periods and schools starting from the 14th Century. Featured artists include German masters (Durer, Memling, Cranach, Holbein) European greats (van Eyck, Vermeer, Rubens, Boticelli), French Impressionists (Renoir, Monet), and Modern artists from across Europe (Kirchner, Picasso, Dubuffet, Tapies). ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Städelsches Kunstinstitut
Schaumainkai 63
Frankfurt, Germany 60596
+49 69 6050980

Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art)

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Attraction | "Museum fur Modern Kunst"

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Noted Austrian architect Hans Hollein designed this Museum of Modern Art. It occupies a prime triangular patch of land a block north of the Dom, pushing Hollein to create a museum that looks vaguely like a "slice of cake". Hollein won the open design competition for the museum in 1983, and the complex building was constructed from 1987 to 1991. One can say that the building may overpower the artworks contained within, but I like to think of the architecture as a work of art in its own right. The interiors are appropriate settings for modern works as diverse as those created by Warhol, Liechtenstein, Beuys, etc. The complex series of forty or so rooms inside are to be experienced, along with ext...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art)
Domstraße 10
Frankfurt, Germany 60311
+49 69 2123 0447

Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Attraction | "Deutsches Architektur Museum"

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This museum, specifically dedicated to exhibitions on architecture, was a trendsetter, as it was the first significant architecture museum in Europe when it opened. German architect Oswald Mathias Ungers designed this modern building housing the museum in 1984. He actually adapted an existing 19th century villa and inserted a four-level "house within a house" and a series of "courtyards" into the new design for the museum. The newer rationalist elements involve mostly white shapes, pure and pristine. The result is a successful and low-key conversion. A renovation of the museum in 2001 was captained by local architect Ingo Schrader. This institution specializes in temporary exhibition...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Schaumainkai 43
Frankfurt, Germany 60596
+49 69 2123 8844

Museum für Kommunikation

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Attraction | "Museum of Communication"

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This colorful museum may not be the first thing you want to see in Frankfurt, but it is not a bad place to spend a bit of time if you are hiding from the elements. The building was designed in 1990 by the architectural firm Behnisch and Partners, who won an award for architecture incorporating aluminum. The modern glassy interiors promote a pleasant experience during your visit. The current museum has metamorphosized from the Federal Postal Museum, which was opened in 1958. The current museum tries to present the developing history of communications, with different displays for mail, radio, phone, etc. There are some interesting displays of old German mail delivery wagons, mailboxes, lumbering c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Museum für Kommunikation
Schaumainkai 53
Frankfurt, Germany 60596
+49 69 60600

Zeilgalerie

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This popular shopping center is located on the Zeil, the poshest shopping street in central Frankfurt. This pedestrian street is nicknamed "The Golden Mile" and can become very congested prime shopping times. Kramm and Streigel designed Zeilgalerie in 1993. Zeilgalerie has a gem of a viewing platform (Dachterrasse) that may be unknown to the general visitor. It is actually on the roof of the building, and it is open from 10am to midnight. Take one of the tiny elevators up, and then climb a few stairs until you are on the outside deck. There are some more metal stairs outside for an even more elevated view (note that these stairs can be slippery in the rain or snow, so take care!). You do get som...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Zeilgalerie
Zeil 112-114
Frankfurt, Germany 60313
+49 69 9207340

Commerzbank

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Attraction

Commerzbank Photo, Frankfurt, Germany
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British architect Norman Foster designed this tall, gray, triangular skyscraper as the central landmark for the noted German bank in Frankfurt. The tower has 53-stories with an overall height of about 259m (not including the antenna on top), making it the tallest building in Europe at the time of its completion in 1997. The edifice was proclaimed as the first ecological high-rise, with a full-height central atrium that acts conceptually as a natural ventilation chimney. There are gardens located throughout the building that feature vegetation from around the world. Office workers benefit by having operable windows. Interior columns do not obstruct their precious views and spaces. It is an exemp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Commerzbank
Kaiserplatz
Frankfurt, Germany