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11 Feb 2008

Frankfurt - Attractions Guide

List of most of the attractions in Frankfurt with quick information:

GF04 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Bockenheim Strasse

Details: Many of Frankfurt's liveliest bars, cafés and restaurants are in Bockenheim (sometimes called Pig-Out Alley), a working-class district that has evolved into an alternative scene center, heavily populated by students and bohemians. Food shops offer cheeses, fish (smoked or fresh), and local favorites such as Frankfurter sausages.

GF05 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Brotfabrik

Details: Brotfabrik is one of the city's most original performance venues, featuring live and disco music, heavy on salsa, African and Asian sounds. A restaurant and café are on site.
Location: Bachmannstrasse. Call (069) 978-455 for more information.

GF06 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Frankfurt Zoo

Details: Frankfurt’s zoo is one of the most attractive in Europe and is very popular with both locals and visitors. There are 13 different areas in these 14 hectares (35 acres) of land, where thousands of animals from all over the world, including eight endangered species, can be observed. The obvious highlight is the Grzimek Haus, where artificial darkness is created in order to observe nocturnal animals going about their business.
Location: Alfred-Brehm-Platz 16
Tel: (069) 2123 3735.
Opening hours: Daily 0900-1900 (summer), daily 0900-1700 (winter).
Admission charge (concessions available).

GF07 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Geldmuseum der Deutschen Budesbank (Money Museum of the German Federal Bank)

Details: The Money Museum is a sign of the changing times. In this Deutsche Bundesbank building, an extensive historical collection of coins and paper money has finally been made accessible to the public. The museum also explains the complex nature of monetary policy (especially the new European system) using films, challenging computer games and interactive teaching programmes.
Location: Wilhelm Epsteinstrasse 14
Tel: (069) 9566 3073.

GF08 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Goethehaus & Goethe-Museum

Details: Completely destroyed by Allied bombers in 1944, the house where Goethe (1749-1832) was born and spent most of his youth was rebuilt after the war, in 1951, and restored to its former 18th-century glory. Visitors can see the family music room, library, living room and Goethe’s own puppet show and study. Next door, the Goethe-Museum displays German paintings and sculpture from the late Baroque period up to early Romanticism. There are daily guided tours of the house at 1030 and 1400. Tours of the museum can also be arranged on request.
Visit Goethe's birth house and the adjoining Goethe Museum. The Goethehaus is the birth home of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, one of the greatest figures in Western literature. Destroyed in the Second World War, it has been restored to look as when he lived there, with a few original items surviving the war.
Location: Grosser Hirschgraben 23-25
Tel: (069) 138 800.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1730, Sat 1000-1800 and Sun 1000-1730.
Admission charge (concessions available).

GF09 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Haus Giersch Museum Regionaler Kunst (Haus Giersch Museum of Regional Art)

Details: This newcomer on the Frankfurt museum scene is devoted to work from artists from the Rhine-Main region and is a wonderful way for culture-keen visitors to get a taste of the regional artistic fare. Taking its place alongside Frankfurt’s finest institutions on Museumsufer, the bright, airy and thoroughly contemporary gallery hosts two changing exhibitions on art and art-historical themes. The one constant exhibit is the building itself, the neoclassical Villa Holzmann.
Location: Schaumainkai 83, Museumsufer
Tel: (069) 6330 4128.

GF10 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Historisches Museum (Historical Museum)

Details: The Historical Museum is housed in a complex of imperial buildings overlooking the Main, which also includes the 12th-century palace chapel. The museum traces the story of Frankfurt (including its destruction in World War II) and visitors can learn about the traditions of Äppelwoi in the museum café. There are guided tours on the last Saturday of each month.
Location: Saalgasse 19
Tel: (069) 2123 5599.

GF11 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Jüdisches-Museum (Jewish Museum)

Details: Until the Holocaust, Frankfurt was home to Germany’s second largest Jewish population, many of whom played a key role in the city’s financial and cultural success. The story of this important community from the 12th to the 20th century, is told in the Jewish Museum, housed in the Rothschild Palais (a mansion that was the former home of the Rothschilds). The remains of Mikvah (women’s ceremonial baths) in the former Jewish ghetto and special exhibitions are displayed in the supplementary Judengasse Museum (Jewish Alley Museum).
Location: Untermainkai 14-15
Judengasse Museum Kurt-Schzumacher-Strasse 10
Tel: (069) 2123 5000.
Tel: (069) 297 7419.

GF12 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Liebieghaus

Details: The Liebieghaus is Germany's premier specialist museum of sculpture, with exhibits ranging from ancient civilizations of Sumeria, Egypt, Greece and Rome to the colossal altarpieces of European Baroque.
Location: Schaumainkai 71, Frankfurt. Call (069) 2123-8617 for more information.

GF13 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Museum für Angewandte Kunst

Details: Displayed in an innovative building by the American Richard Meier, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst has large collections of decorative art from Europe, the Islamic world and the Far East.
Location: Domstre. 10, Frankfurt. Call (069) 21230447 for more information.

GF14 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art)

Details: The outside of the Museum of Modern Art alone would count as one of the city’s major attractions. It is therefore a bonus that this museum, designed by Viennese architect Hans Hollein, is filled with a superb collection of post-war art, predominantly by German and American artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys. There is also a café-restaurant.
Location: Domstrasse 10
Tel: (069) 2123 0447.
Opening hours: Tues, Thurs-Sun 1000-1700, Wed 1000-2000.
Admission charge (concessions available).

GF01 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Palmengarten Und Botanischer Garten (Palm Garden)

Details: The Palm Garden is a wonderland of tropical plants and exotic birds. Hidden away from the bustle of the city centre, the attractions of this botanical garden include glasshouses, some 300 different palms and a boating lake. There are concerts staged here in summer, as well as a number of exhibitions and events. Guided tours are available.
Tropical and semitropical greenhouses contains flora, including orchids, and palms. The surrounding park has a lake with rowboat rentals. Between the Palmengarten and the adjoining Grüneburgpark, the botanical gardens have an assortment of wild, ornamental, and rare plants. Flower shows and exhibitions take place throughout the year.
Location: Siesmayerstrasse 63
Tel: (069) 2123 3939/6689.
Opening hours: Daily 0900-1600 (Nov-Jan), daily 0900-1800 (Feb-Oct).
Admission charge (concessions available).

GF02 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Römerberg

Details: In 1240, this low hill (the main square and heart of the Old Town) was the site of the city’s first official trade fair. The Römerberg is bordered by half-timbered houses (Fachwerkhäuser), reconstructed after total destruction in 1945, and the former court chapel – the Nikolaikirche (Church of St Nicholas). The main attraction, however, is the Rathaus Römer (Frankfurt’s city hall since 1405) with its Gothic stepped gables made of Frankfurt’s trademark red sandstone. The coronation of German emperors was celebrated by banquets in the Kaisersaal (Emperor’s Hall) on the upper floors. Portraits of 52 emperors, from Charlemagne to Franz II, now hang on the walls. It is a working town hall, however, and there are currently no tours. The Christmas market that takes place on Römerberg every December is one of the best in Germany, and has taken place here since the late 14th century.

GF03 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Römerberg, Römer Sankt Bartholomäusdom (Cathedral of St Bartholomew)

Details: Between 1562 and 1792, German emperors were crowned in the Cathedral of St Bartholomew, hence its other name – the Kaiserdom (Emperor Cathedral). In the 1950s, this was Frankfurt’s tallest building, at 96m (315ft), which illustrates just how much the city has developed since then. The cathedral has a red sandstone façade and interior and is one of Frankfurt’s most recognisable landmarks. The present structure was rebuilt after World War II but contains a number of original carvings. There are also great views of the city from the tower. A museum, the Dommuseum, is adjoined to the cathedral and is packed full of ancient archaeological findings.
Location: Domplatz 14
Tel: (069) 297 0320.
Opening hours: Mon-Thur and Sat 0900-1200 and 1430-1800, Fri and Sun 1430-1800, until 1700 in winter (cathedral), Tue-Fri 1000-1700, Sat-Sun 1100-1700 (museum).
Free admission to the cathedral, charge for the museum.

GF15 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Sachsenhausen

Details: Frankfurt is Europe's cider metropolis, and most of its distinctive apple wine taverns are in Alt-Sachsenhausen, the heart of the historic south bank quarter.

GF16 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: St. Bartholomäus Cathedral

Details: The Gothic cathedral of St. Bartholomäus, the ancient venue for election and coronation of the Holy Roman Emperors, has a tower that invites climbing for a fabulous view.
Location: Dompl. 1, Frankfurt.

GF17 City: Frankfurt
Name of Attraction: Städelsche Kunstinstitute und Städtische Galerie (Städel Art Institute and Municipal Gallery)

Details: An exemplary and comprehensive collection of European painting from the 14th to the 20th centuries is housed in this museum (commonly known as just Städel) on Frankfurt’s legendary Museumsufer (Museum Embankment). German masters, such as Cranach, Holbein and Beckmann, are displayed alongside the likes of Botticelli, Rembrandt and Rubens. Around 500 sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries are also on show, including works from artists such as Rodin, Kirchner and Picasso. There is also a café, and an excellent bookshop. Originally founded by Johann Friedrich Städel as an art museum and art school, the Städel is now one of Europe's most comprehensive art galleries, with paintings ranging from German, Dutch and Italian Primitives to the avant-garde.
Location: Dürerstrasse 2
Tel: (069) 605 098 200.
Opening hours: Tues, Fri-Sun 1000-1700, Wed and Thurs 1000-2100.
Admission charge (concessions available).

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