- By Kevin
- On Aug 2, 2017
- Travel Tips
Frankfurt,the old imperial city on the River Main-hence its full name,am Main-is,by virtue of its central situation,the most important commercial and economic center on mainland Europe.The city's skyline,dominated by the great cluster of high-rise buildings in the banking quarter,has a distinct North American flavor,earning Frankfurt the nicknames"Mainhattan"and"Chicago on the Main."And here're some must-see sites in Frankfurt,just follow our Frankfurt travel guide to enjoy it.
The Römerberg-Frankfurt's Old Town Center
Address:Römerberg 27,60311 Frankfurt am Main
In the heart of Frankfurt's Old Town(Altstadt),the R?merberg is an irregularly shaped square with the Justice Fountain(Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen)at its center.Not only is it Frankfurt's most picturesque public square,it's the city's busiest pedestrian zone,home to numerous tourist attractions from its many Kulturschirn,a form of open-fronted shop once common throughout the old town,to the R?mer,a complex of 11 lovely old buildings from the 15th to 18th centuries that include the Old Town Hall(Altes Rathaus)with its Imperial Hall(Kaisersaal),once the scene of splendid banquets.Other notable buildings include the New Town Hall(Neues Rathaus)from 1908,the 14th-century Gothic Church of St.Leonhard,and St.
Nicholas Church,notable for its carillon.Also of interest are the Historical Museum(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.
Goethe House and Museum
Address:Grosser Hirschgraben 23-25,D-60311 Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt has the distinction of being the birthplace of Germany's greatest writer,Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.His family home,Goethe House,is where Goethe was born on August 28,1749,and where he lived until 1765 and shows how the well-to-do family(and their staff)would have lived.There are many rooms to explore,from the sumptuous décor of the 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 theater.
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.)Other Frankfurt attractions that stand testament to the writer's fame are the Goethe Tower,a 43-meter-tall wooden structure offering superb views of the city,and Goethestrasse,a high-end shopping area with many fine boutiques,art galleries,and cafés.