Frankfurt City Centre

Frankfurt am Main is a dynamic and international financial and trade fair city with the most imposing skyline in Germany. It is one of the three European cities with the most number of skyscrapers, alongside Paris and London. Frankfurt is one of the major European aviation hubs. Its central location at the heart of Europe and its excellent accessibility by air, rail and road make Frankfurt especially attractive.

Near to the skyscrapers, at the heart of the bustling city centre, we can find historical sights again and again. Frankfurt is also the hometown of its most famous son, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Goethe House, birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, provides a fascinating insight into upper-middle class life in the mid-18th century. Of all of Frankfurt’s buildings, St. Paul’s Church has perhaps, played the greatest historical role: this is where Germany’s first freely elected parliament met in 1848. Römerberg Square and the old town hall, known as the “Römer”, are the very heart of the old quarter.

The Frankfurt Cathedral called Dom Sankt Bartholomäus is a Gothic building. With its height of 95 meters, it is easily recognizable from far away.

The Eiserner Steg is a pedestrian bridge built in 1868 across the Rhine River. It is 170 meters long, consists of steel truss bridge with two pillars with Gothic Revival architecture. The bridge was named after the construction material used – “iron”. The best view of Germany’s foremost financial centre and its unique skyline can be gained from the bridge itself.

The famous Alte Oper was built in 1880 but was heavily damaged during the Second World War. The concert hall was then rebuilt in its late-classical style. Since its reopen in 1981, the Alte Oper has been an integral part of Frankfurt’s cultural life.

The city centre and the neighbouring shopping streets are all within walking distance. The shopping boulevard of “Zeil” is characterised by its huge department stores, selling a stunning array of international brand goods, cosmetics and fashions under one roof. Goethestrasse is lined with international designer-label shops.

written by lihooi on 2011-08-08 in #world #locations #urban-adventures #winter #europe #select-type-of-location #frankfurt #germany

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