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Situated on the Main River, Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and one of the two largest financial centres in continental Europe, the other being Paris. It is the place of residence of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Trade Fair

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» Baden-Baden

Baden-Baden, Baden-Wurttemberg

One of the northernmost towns in Baden-Württemberg's idyllic Black Forest region, the roman spa town of Baden-Baden has long been one of South Germany's most popular holiday destinations, entertaining everyone from Queen Victoria to Victoria Beckham over the years. Perched on the French border, the historic town is a charming blend of French and German cultures, mixing its grand Art Nouveau villas with a wave of modern boutiques and chic cafés …

» Black Forest

Black Forest, Attractions of Frankfurt

One of the northernmost towns in Baden-Württemberg's idyllic Black Forest region, the roman spa town of Baden-Baden has long been one of South Germany's most popular holiday destinations, entertaining everyone from Queen Victoria to Victoria Beckham over the years. Perched on the French border, the historic town is a charming blend of French and German cultures, mixing its grand Art Nouveau villas with a wave of modern boutiques and chic cafés …

» Eiserner Steg

Eiserner Steg , Attractions of Frankfurt

The looming steel peaks of the Eiserner Steg, or the Iron Footbridge, have dominated Frankfurt's skyline since 1869, a striking homage to the city's industrial age. The iconic footbridge runs across the Main River, linking the central Römerberg plaza with Sachsenhausen on the south bank. Taking in the views from the Iron Bridge is a favorite pastime of visitors to the city, looking out over the grand villas of the famous Museumsufer (Museum Embankment), which hosts Frankfurt's colorful Saturday flea market …

» Frankfurter Dom

Frankfurter Dom, Attractions of Frankfurt

Frankfurter Dom is the main church of Frankfurt. From the 14th century onwards, kings of the Holy Roman Empire were elected in this Catholic church. From the mid-16th century to the late 18th century, emperors were crowned here. The cathedral has been damaged in the past by fire and warfare, most recently during the WWII. It was reconstructed in the 1950s and has undergone periodic renovation since then. It has been widely recognized as an important national symbol for Germany …

» Frankfurt Main Tower

Frankfurt Main Tower, Attractions of Frankfurt

The Frankfurt Maintower is a 200 meter (660 foot) skyscraper in the center of the city, making it the 4th tallest building in Frankfurt. The name "Maintower" is derived from the Main River running through Frankfurt. The tower has a 40 m (131 ft) communications tower situated atop the building, as well as five underground floors and two public viewing platforms. The tower features two adjacent buildings. The smaller of the two is of a rectangular shape, the taller one circular and with an entirely blue glass exterior …

» Freiburg

Freiburg, Attractions of Frankfurt

Spectacular and historic Freiburg sits on the edge of the mountainous Black Forest in southern Germany, a photogenic old city that was founded in 1120 that lays claim to having the most sunshine in the whole country. Life in this vibrant university city centers on the Altstadt's cobbled and arcaded Rathausplatz (City Square), lined with Gothic churches and civic buildings interspersed with buzzy cafés and bars. The tangle of surrounding streets are stuffed full of medieval buildings …

» Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus)

Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus) , Attractions of Frankfurt

The Goethe House & Museum is the site where the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in 1749. Goethe's former house is a fantastic and tangible example of the living style of the 18th century Frankfurt's gentry. The house was technically Goethe's parents', and he lived here until moving to Weimar where he died in 1765. Main features include Goethe's original writing desk and the library on the fourth floor, where Goethe composed his famous epistolary …

» Hauptwache

Hauptwache, Attractions of Frankfurt

Located a few blocks north of Römerberg square, Hauptwache is one of Frankfurt's most famous public squares, leading onto the city's principal shopping street, the Zeil. The square takes its name from the restored 1729 baroque building of the same name, the former headquarters of the city's Stadtwehr Militia that now serves as a lively café and dominates the center of the square, overlooking the Zeil. A medley of architectural styles mark the Hauptwache, including the 17th-century baroque-style St Katharina Church …

» Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Attractions of Frankfurt

Stand on the northern shore of the River Neckar and you can see why Heidelberg is such a popular spot for overseas visitors to Germany. This classic view of the city encompasses the old stone bridge with its salt-and-pepper shaker towers guarding the way to the old town crammed with narrow lanes and romantic old townhouses, as well as the castle looming on the hills behind. Take Heidelberg's hillside castle as your starting point: hop on the funicular from the Kornmarkt and save your energy for a descent on foot …

» Lake Titisee

Lake Titisee, Attractions of Frankfurt

Southeast of the lovely medieval city of Freiburg in the scenic region of Baden-Württemberg, Lake Titisee is located in the Black Forest National Park amid thick forest in the foothills of Feldberg and Hochfirst. Formed by glaciers in the last Ice Age some 10,000 years ago, the lake is a popular vacation destination surrounded by the pretty town of Titisee-Neustadt, which is packed with shops, restaurants and spa hotels where many people go to take the waters. The town has a romantic lakefront promenade …

» Main River

Main River, Attractions of Frankfurt

Flowing 527km between Mainz and Bamberg, and passing through 3 German states (Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse), the Main River is one of the main tributaries of the mighty Rhine River. Running through the heart of Frankfurt, the river is not only the lifeline of the city's industrial center, but brings with it a steady stream of cruise passengers. Frankfurt sightseeing cruises are also a popular way to take in the city's sights, with attractions like Museumsufer (Museum Embankment), Frankfurt Cathedral …

» Old Opera House (Alte Oper)

Old Opera House (Alte Oper) , Attractions of Frankfurt

Inaugurated in 1880 Frankfurt's Old Opera House (Alte Oper) was among Germany's elite opera houses during its 20th-century heyday, but by 1951 the building had been badly damaged by fire and a new Opera house had sprung up to take its place. Further damage was sustained throughout the war years and it wasn't until 1981 that the Old Opera House, saved from demolition by a public petition, was reconstructed and reopened …

» Old Sachsenhausen

Old Sachsenhausen , Attractions of Frankfurt

Stretching along the south bank of the Main River, the old quarter of Sachsenhausen is one of Frankfurt's most atmospheric districts, with its cobblestone streets and historic taverns standing in sharp contrast to the high-rise landscape of modern Frankfurt. Linked to the central Römerberg square by the iconic Eiserner Steg (the Iron Footbridge), Old Sachsenhausen is best know for its famous Museumsufer, a collection of over a dozen world-class museums housed in a series of elegant 18th-century villas …

» Roman Mountain (Römerberg)

Roman Mountain (Römerberg) , Attractions of Frankfurt

Römerberg (or Roman Mountain) is the historic heart of Frankfurt and often the first stop for tourists. The Town Hall, or Römer, is located on the west side of the square and consists of 3 pink colored buildings with gables built in Gothic style. Römerberg was ravaged by bombings during World War II and was later rebuilt to reflect its original Gothic style. Römerberg is a beautiful square situated in Frankfurt's Old Town. It is flanked with half-timbered houses, a church, and the Town Hall …

» Romantic Road

Romantic Road  , Attractions of Frankfurt

The Romantic Road leads through unspoiled areas, picturesque villages and past medieval castles. This attractive area gives the travelers a taste of typical German scenery and culture. As a former trade route built in the Middle Ages, the road has retained its medieval charm and distinctive character to this day. Take a half-day trip to Heidelberg, the old university town at the banks of Neckar River, including a visit of the inner courtyard of Heidelberg Castle, one of the most impressive historic landmarks of Germany …

» Romer

Romer, Attractions of Frankfurt

With its striking three-peaked façade looming over the central Römerberg square, Frankfurt's historic town hall, the Römer, is one of the city's most identifiable buildings. The distinctive medieval design, characterized by three stepped gables, adorned with Neogothic embellishments and topped with a domed bell tower, was originally built in the 15th century, but reconstructed after the war to include the now-iconic central balcony. Today, the Römer also features an additional wing, added in the late 19th-century …

» Rothenburg

Rothenburg, Attractions of Frankfurt

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, to give it the full name which distinguishes it from Germany's other two Rothenburgs, has few equals as a fairy tale destination. This perfectly preserved medieval town looks like a film set, and indeed the town's tumble of half-timbered houses and stone watchtowers have been featured in numerous movies, including the last two Harry Potter installments. Wandering the streets is the main activity here, but you can also climb the Röderturm …

» Senckenberg Natural History Museum

Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg) , Attractions of Frankfurt

The Naturmuseum Senckenberg in Frankfurt is the second largest natural history museum in all of Germany. Senckenberg contains the most comprehensive exhibition of large dinosaurs in Europe. Outside, you are greeted by enormous life-size representations of dinosaurs. Inside, you can trace the tracks of a Titanosaurus towards its skeleton on a covered patio. One particularly fascinating attraction is a dinosaur fossil with its scaled skin preserved. These dinosaur exhibits are exceptionally popular with children …

» St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)

St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche) , Attractions of Frankfurt

After WWII destroyed much of Frankfurt's historic center, it was the late 18th-century St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche) that was rebuilt first a fitting tribute to the symbolic significance of the holy building. The landmark church is renowned as more than just a center of worship it was also the seat of the first freely elected German parliament and the location of the German National Assembly inauguration on 18th May 1848. Since reopening in 1948 to mark the parliament's 100th anniversary …

» Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden, Attractions of Frankfurt

The pretty spa town of Wiesbaden might be proud of its reputation as one of Europe's most prestigious wellness centers but its self-effacing elegance keeps its feet firmly on the ground. This might be a town of glitzy shopping boutiques and exclusive health resorts, but there's still something for everyone in the provincial capital of Wiesbaden. Lying across from Mainz on the banks of the Rhine and perched at the gateway to the idyllic Rheingau Wine Region …

» Wurzburg

Wurzburg, Attractions of Frankfurt

The once-powerful Bishops of Würzburg, clearly not shy of worldly pleasures, endowed their city with one of the great Baroque palaces of Europe. Once past the imposing yet elegant exterior set in sweeping landscaped gardens, the great staircase rising from ethereal white to the celestial visions of Tiepolo's ceiling fresco (the largest in the world) is just the first of the decorative feats which await you. Despite wartime damage, Würzburg's historic center lining the River Main also has its fair share of sights …

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Frankfurt am Main is the headquarters for many big businesses and banks, and as such is one of the main cultural and economic centres of Europe. Frankfurt was the brithplace of German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and there are many fine museums to explore …

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