Frankfurt sights in the city center
Which Frankfurt attractions in the city center are worth visiting? We have been asking ourselves this question for a long time. In Frankfurt we only know the airport and the train station so far. On a drive through the city center to ours Journey through Hessen However, we noticed how attractive the city on the Main is. Skyscrapers, which gave the city the nickname Mainhattan, indicate its financial strength. With their diversity, they inspire fans of modern architecture. But there is also the old town. The town hall from the 15th century can be found there. With its stepped gable facade, the Römer is one of the city's landmarks. You can also find half-timbered houses in Sachsenhausen. Bars are grouped along the cobblestone streets, where the landlords serve cider with specialties from the region.
Marita Sinden was born in Frankfurt. She knows the attractions in the city on the Main and knows which ones are worth visiting. She introduces them in her guest post. Discover with us the Frankfurt sights in the city center.
A walk to the sights in downtown Frankfurt
Maintower, Römer, Goethehaus, Museumufer and much more. The sights of downtown Frankfurt can be easily reached on foot in one day.
I grew up near Frankfurt and have already guided many visitors through Frankfurt, showing them the sights and drawing their attention to Frankfurt's specialties.
We start our walk at the Hauptwache S- and U-Bahn station. This is where the Zeil, Frankfurt's shopping mile, begins. The Zeil was already a grand street in the 18th century and is now one of Europe's top-selling shopping streets.
Before we get lost in the jumble of shops, we walk in the direction of the old town and Römer, past the baroque St. Katharinenkirche, the main Protestant community in Frankfurt, in the direction of the Main.
On the way it is worth stopping at the Paulskirche, which is considered the birthplace of democracy in Germany. The first representatives of the people met here in 1848. An exhibition in the church is a reminder of this.
Frankfurt old town
A visit to Frankfurt's old town is also recommended. It was almost completely destroyed in World War II. Office buildings were built here in the post-war period. But between 2012 and 2018 the old town was reconstructed according to old plans. The project was very controversial at the beginning. Critics called it a "project of the political elites". Nowadays, the reconstruction is considered successful. It has won awards and attracts visitors. Here is also the Struwwelpeter Museum, which is reminiscent of the children's book by the Frankfurt doctor Heinrich Hoffmann from 1844.
Römer - one of the Frankfurt attractions in the city center
The Römer has been the city's town hall and landmark since the 15th century. That is why many buildings from the past are grouped on the Römerberg.
Are to be mentioned
- Alte Nikolaikirche
- Frauenstein and Salzhaus houses
- Well of Justice
- Half-timbered row of houses
- Historical Museum.
Folk festivals have been celebrated here since the 12th century. Those who are lucky enough to visit Frankfurt during Advent will find the Frankfurt Christmas Market here.
Kaiserdom - Frankfurt landmark in the city center
St. Bartholomäus is the most imposing church in Frankfurt. It is actually not a cathedral because a bishop never resided here. But the honorary title is justified by the role as the electoral and coronation church of the Roman-German emperors. In the 19th century in particular, the cathedral was a symbol of national unity. Friends of church art should visit the cathedral museum. If you feel like it, you can also climb the 66 meter high tower and enjoy a view over Frankfurt, with the skyline of the bank towers and the outline of the Taunus Mountains behind.
Culinary highlights in Frankfurt
Those who are already hungry can get supplies here in the old town.
The House of the Golden Scales is one of the half-timbered houses of the Renaissance, which was completely destroyed by the bombing in March 1944. It is one of the most important and expensive reconstructions of the Dom-Römer project and can now be visited again through admission to the Historical Museum.
But now there is also a coffee house in the Golden Waage. There you can taste cakes with historical flair like the Frankfurter Kranz and other delicacies.
The Old town butcher and sausage file Dey has all Frankfurt sausage specialties. Above all, you should try the meat sausage here. Those who are already hungry can try a grilled Frankfurt beef sausage here. Because "Wurstbraterei" is an old word for "snack bar."
If you would like to take some delicious souvenirs home with you, visit the Kleinmarkthalle. The market hall was first put into operation in 1879. It was completely destroyed in the Second World War. It has been rebuilt since 1954. Here you can find sausage, cheese, baked goods and antipasti. A visit for every gourmet.
Eiserner Steg - View of the Frankfurt sights in the city center
The Eiserne Steg is a pedestrian bridge that connects Frankfurt's old town with the Sachsenhausen district. The locks of the newlyweds or newly in love residents of Frankfurt hang on this bridge.
In addition to the Eiserner Steg, you have the opportunity to take a boat trip across the Main. In good weather this is definitely recommended.
Museum embankment walk
On the other side of the Eiserner Steg one arrives at the Museumsufer in Frankfurt.
There are ten museums in Frankfurt alone. Above all the Städel Museum, one of the most important German art collections. If you would like to visit one of the museums, it is best to find out beforehand this website, because there are always special exhibitions.
From the museum embankment mine has a view of the city side of Frankfurt. We walk west along the banks of the Main, which is lined with poplars.
After a short walk we come to the Untermainbrücke, which we cross and walk towards the Goethe House.
The Goethe House is located on the Großer Hirschgraben. The poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born here in 1749. He lived there, apart from his studies in Leipzig, until he went to Weimar in 1775. The house where he was born is now a museum that gives an insight into the poet's early life. There is also a picture gallery with works from Goethe's time.
Alte Oper - one of the Frankfurt attractions in the city center
We return to the main station. From there it goes over the Fressgasse, as the street is popularly known because of the restaurants, to the Alte Oper.
The opera house, built at the end of the 19th century, was completely destroyed by an air raid in 1944. Reconstruction of the building did not begin until 1976. In 1981 it was reopened as a concert and congress hall. The Opernplatz with the fountain is a meeting point for Frankfurt residents and this is where the Opernplatzfest takes place in summer, offering culinary delights.
Main Tower - one of the modern Frankfurt sights in the city center
If you haven't had enough, you can still visit the MAIN TOWER at the Taunusanlage. At a height of 200 meters you can enjoy a view over Frankfurt, the Main and the Taunus with the 881 meter high Großer Feldberg when the weather is clear.
Our walk through the city center of Frankfurt ends here. There is a lot more to discover, but you have to take more time to do that.
About the author
Marita Sinden grew up near Frankfurt. She runs the blog, MyDinner.co.uk in English, presenting German food culture and recipes in English for international readers. She lived in England for a long time and now lives with her family in Bremen.
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