Sights in Frankfurt

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Besides being the capital and a busy financial center of Germany, Frankfurt has an array of amazing historical sites which are worth visiting to travel back in time. The following Frankfurt Sights involve some popular tourist destinations:

Alte Oper

The Alte Oper, which is now a huge concert hall, was originally an opera house inaugurated in 1880. Gutted completely by bombing during the World War II in 1944, the Alte Oper was inaugurated again in 1981 with about 160 million DM spent for its reconstruction. The Alte Oper is composed of many large and small halls. The Großer Saal, which is the largest hall, here has the capacity of accommodating 2,500 spectators.

Palm Garden

Situated in the heart of Frankfurt, Palm Garden is a stunning garden with a collection of plants from all over the world. Spread across 29 hectares of land, the garden also has recreational facilities like summer concerts, festivals, exhibitions, and guided tours. The garden is famed for its wide range of tropical plants including palms, ferns, bromelias and succulents. Aside from the exhibition of flowers, some educational programs relating to botanical topics are held here. The Rose and Light Festival celebrated in the garden is quite popular among tourists as well as locals. The entire garden is illuminated with lights, and fireworks are displayed on this occasion.

Alter Jüdischer Friedhof

Alter Judischer Friedhof is the oldest Jewish cemetery existing in the world. Founded in the 13th century, the cemetery had 6,500 tombstones until it was severely ravaged by the Nazis. The Holocaust Memorial near the cemetery is another reminder of the massacre of Jewish in Frankfurt. The memorial, with the inscription of 12,000 names of the Jewish who were brutally murdered during the World War II, sends a shiver down your spine even to imagine about the barbarism.

The Frankfurt Zoo

Founded in 1858, the Frankfurt Zoo is the second oldest zoo in Germany. Expanding upon 13 hectares of land, the zoo exhibits more than 5,000 animals of over 600 species. During the World War II, the zoo was almost reduced to dust with only 20 animals having survived the bombardments. Today, the zoo has inhabitants like South American swans, mouse lemurs, galagos, kiwis, fossas, gorillas, chimps and the list is endless. The zoo is so huge that it will take an entire day for exploring its different sections like the aquarium, Asian Cats' House, Grzimek Night House, Exotarium and birdhouse.

The Romer

The Romer is one of the most important historical sites in Frankfurt. This building has been a town hall for 600 years. Located in Romerberg Square, the middle building of a set of 3 buildings is originally the Haus Romer. The buildings were extensively damaged during the World War II and were reconstructed. The Romerberg Plaza is very popular square for tourists as well locals to spend some time roaming about or having a quiet meal at any of the restaurants nearby. Saint Bartholomeus' Cathedral, located near Romerberg Plaza, is also worth a visit to view the spectacular Gothic 14th- or 15th-century structure.

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St. Pauls Church

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The "Paulskirche" is not only a building in Frankfurt but also an institution in German history. It was here, where in 1848 the first German parliament met to formulate a German constitution. The church itself, build, like a rotunda, was designed by Johann Andreas Liebhardt in 1787 in late classicistic style. The building is used nowadays as a venue for meetings, price-giving ceremonie setc. A couple of years ago, the large bronze bell in the tower fell down. Fortunately nobody was crushed by it, so that people could afford to remain silent about this somewhat embarrassing incident.

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address:Paulsplatz, west of the Cathedral
tel:+49 (0)69 - 281 098

Palm Garden

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One of the finest botanical gardens in Europe is the Frankfurter Palmengarten, a trust established by the citizens of Frankfurt in 1868. On 50 acres, the gardens display numerous beautiful and interesting plants throughout the year. In addition, the Palmengarten offers a variety of recreational activities including guided tours, summer concerts, evening festivals and exhibitions.

The Palmengarten is known world-wide for its ample collections of tropical plants. With 5000 sqm, the Tropicarium is one of the largest complexes of greenhouses. It displays tropical plants more..

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address:Palmengartenstr
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Frankfurt Zoo

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Frankfurt zoo is amongst the oldest in the world, having its origins not in a menagerie, but was founded by citizens in the 19th century. On 8 August 1858, Germany's second zoo (after Berlin) was opened by the zoo company, presenting 600 animals. On about 130.000 sqm you can admire and observe today more than 4500 animals of 600 species: the "Grzimek-Haus" presents you night active animals, inside the "Exotarium" you will experience a trip around the world from the polar seas to the amazonas and the bird halls are unique in Europe.

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address:Alfred-Brehm-Platz 16, 60316 Frankfurt/Main
openinghours:daily 9am (8am summer weekends) - 5pm (winter) or 7pm (summer)

Historical Gardens

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In these historical gardens, you can see foundations from the Roman and Medieval times.

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address:Nearby the cathedral

German Film Museum

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Very good option. It is cheap, only 2,50 marks and they have an interesting collection as well as good exhibitions.

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address:Schweizer Strasse near the water.

The Old Opera House

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Opened in 1880 the Opera in Frankfurt celebrated its first success with Mozarts "Don Juan". The building, designed by the Berlinian architect Richard Lucae is dominated by Renaissance and Hellenistic elements and is obviously influenced by the buildings of Gottfried Semper in Berlin and Dresden.

For detailed information about the program have a look at the webpage.

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address:Opernplatz
tel:+49 (0)69 34 03 75
url:www.alte-oper-frankfurt.de

Town Hall

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The old Town hall on the, known as Römer, consists of three 15th century houses. Visit the Kaisersaal with portraits of rulers. Open daily from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm. Entrance 3 DM.

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address:Römerberg

The Schirn Gallery

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Exhibitions of paintings and art from the ancient world through the postmodern area. Also temporary exhibitions. Admission: 10-14 DM; children/students, 6-9 DM

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address:Römerberg
url:www.schirn.de
openings:Sun. & Tues., 11:00 AM-7:00 PM; Wed.-Sat.: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM
tel:+49 (0)69 29 98 82

Nikolaikirche

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address:Römerplatz

The Old Town

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Frankfurt's  enchantingly beautiful medieval quarter is centred around a cluster of breath - taking Gothic buildings known as the Roemer. The Cathedral and the Hauptwache are only two of these buildings.

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Stock Exchange

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The Börse, Stock Exchange, dates back to 1874. The building is however totally new.

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Karmeliterkloster

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Erected between 1460 and 1520 this monastery houses the famous wall frescoes in the cloister painted by Jörg Ratgeb. Open Tue - Sun from 1pm to 6pm, on wednesdays from 11am till 8pm.

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address:Münzgasse 9
tel:+49 (0)69 - 212-38425

The Römer

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The Römer, one of the most popular sights in frankfurt, has been the symbol of Frankfurt for more than 550 years now. Since 1612 the German emperors after their election celebrated large banquets here. In 1944, when great parts of the inner city were totally destroyed by the Allied Forces in World War II, the Römer was destroyed, too. Being rebuild after the war the Römer is used today for festive occasions by the city and mayor of Frankfurt.

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address:Römerberg
tel:+49 (0)69 - 212-01

Cathedral St. Bartholomäus

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The Dom or cathedral is one of the few buildings remaining from prewar times. In 1235 the erection of this new church replaced the old Carolingian "Salvatorkirche". Since 1356 ten German emperors were crowned here. Very impressive is the late Gothic tower with a height of 96 metres. Nearby are the historical gardens.

address: Domplatz 14

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Municipal Gallery Liebieghaus

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Classical, Baroque and Renaissance sculpture. Admission 5 DM. Transport Connection: Subway U1-3: Schweizer Platz Streetcar No. 15/16: Otto-Hahn-Platz Bus 46: Städel

Fax +49 (0)69 212-30701

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address:Schaumainkai 71, 60596 Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen
tel:+49 (0)69 212-38617
openings:Tue - Sun 10am - 17pm, Wed 10am - 8pm.

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