Germany’s major financial metropolis is a city with many faces. The core business district, Bankenviertel, immediately draws your notice and has all ten of the country’s tallest skyscrapers. The Museumsufer, a whole neighbourhood of museums that might keep you enthralled and entertained for days, is opposite that sci-fi cityscape.
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A cluster of 12 museums known as the Museumsufer (Museum Embankment) is on both sides of the river Main. The majority are on the left bank (south side). There are museums dedicated to film, art, architecture, communication, and anthropology, to mention a few. We’ll go over several of them in further detail later. The Museumsufer is a new concept, having emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. Some museums relocated to noble homes, while others had eye-catching structures designed by renowned architects such as O.M. Ungers and Richard Meier.
2. Stadel Museum
The Städel Museum, one of Germany’s major cultural destinations, was the German Museum of the Year, following an addition for contemporary art in 2012. The museum was in 1815 when banker Johann Friedrich Städel bequeathed to the city an unparalleled collection of old masters. The current museum building, built in 1878 in the palatial Gründerzeit style, includes a superb collection of artworks ranging from the 1300s to the present. Consider the works of Botticelli, Rembrandt, Hieronymus Bosch, Vermeer, and Van Eyck.
3. Main Tower
There is only one tower with a public observation platform in Frankfurt’s ever-expanding skyscraper jungle. The 200-metre Main Tower, was in 2000, is the fourth-tallest skyscraper in the city and the fourth-tallest in Germany. And, because it’s on the east side of the Bankenviertel, the top offers a clear view of the Altstadt and the Main.
Goethe House and Museum
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a German polymath, was born in 1749 at the magnificent corbelled mansion on 23 Großer Hirschgraben. It is a mediaeval house with a Rococo front and interior prior to Goethe’s parents moving in. Goethe resided here until the age of 16, returning for extended periods between studies at Leipzig and Strasbourg. He authored The Sorrows of Young Werther during that time, and the house has been to its original state after being during the war. A museum of Romantic art, fitting for Goethe’s “Sturm und Drang” period, is in the house.
5. Frankfurt Cathedral
Because of its historical significance during the Holy Roman Empire, Frankfurt Cathedral took on special significance when Germany was in the nineteenth century.
In 1562, this old collegiate chapel was designated as a “cathedral” and began conducting coronation ceremonies for Holy Roman Kings. From 1562 through 1792, ten kings were here, while imperial elections were in the chapel as early as 1356. The 14th-century choir stalls, the Baroque Assumption Altar, and the 15th-century mural of Mary’s life may all be in the southern transept.
The city’s most charming square is with beautiful mediaeval residences, a church, and old administrative buildings. The Römer, in the centre of a complex of three gabled structures that has housed Frankfurt’s city hall since 1405, will catch your eye. The adjacent “Goldener Schwan” building was also annexed, since the council preferred to move into pre-existing residences rather than build new ones.
Frankfurt’s botanical garden, which opened in 1871, spans 22 hectares and displays plant species from all over the world in greenhouses or in the open air. The specimens are in the following order: One glass pavilion houses a sub-Arctic scene, while the other houses a rainforest tropicarium, and two distinct structures house the desert habitat. Some are from the 1980s, while others date from the nineteenth century and were after the park was to the city in the 1960s.
8. Eiserner Steg
Frankfurt’s iron footbridge, which spans the Main between the city centre and the Sachsenhausen neighbourhood, has had an eventful 150-year history since its completion in 1869. It was twice, once in 1912 when the Main was accessible to larger boats, and once when the Nazis blew it up in the final days of WWII. The Eiserner Steg has also been the popularity of love locks, which are to any available surface.
A strip of parkland along both banks of the Main is with grass, flowerbeds, and pollarded trees. On hot summer days, you’ll see families having picnics, while in the evenings, you’ll see large crowds resting and conversing over drinks. The best photos are from the left bank, right east of the Museum Fer, where the skyscrapers on the opposite side are visible. Visit when the sun is setting or at night when the Bankenviertel is illuminated.
10. St Paul’s Church
St Paul’s Church on Pauls Platz is a landmark not only for Frankfurt, but for Germany as a whole. It began as a Lutheran church in 1789, with a circular plan created according to protestant ideas of the time, ensuring that every member of the congregation could hear the sermon. Because of its round shape, St Paul’s was the appropriate location for Germany’s first elected parliament in 1848. As a result, this would serve as the foundation for the German constitution.
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