Walk around-i think that's the...
Walk around-i think that's the best way to get the feel of a foreign place.(and...er,sorry for repeating it in all my pages!:) Visiting streetside flea markets,eating Bratwurst
(a thick German sausage with some special type of Bread)for lunch,grabbing HUGE bags of some deliciously flavoured popcorn as a snack,and eating dinner really late!(as you can see..food figures everywhere!!:)
It was great fun being in a place,where the language is alien to you(even though most people do speak english!:),and where you have to somehow figure out where to go,and how to get there..lots of excitement!:)
Frankfurt's skyline is dominated by skyscrapers, near its historic center/ downtown unlike some other German and European cities who restrict these constructions around historical areas. Due to its inumerous skyscrapers, and also because Frankfurt is bathed by River Main, it is often called Mainhattan or Chicago am Main.
The reason for Frankfurt's skyscrapers is related to WWII bombings. The historic centre of the city was highly damaged by bombs, and only part of the main landmarks were rebuilt. So, it was easier to approve the construction of high buildings than in other cities whose historic centre was well preserved.
The first skyscrapers date from late 1960s and are still not well accepted by locals.
Frankfurt's Revamped Wellness Spa
The Rebstockbad was the absolute swimming pool, the non-plus-ultra for Frankfurt, when it opened in the 1980's, with its wave pool with meandering underwater way connecting the pools, and an outdoor message fountain! Then in the 90's the city of Frankfurt made a grave mistake with respect to it's regular pool fans – they felt sorry for the town's welfare recipients, because they couldn't afford to have a real vacation. So they gave them free passes to the Rebstockbad. It's hard to say this here, because I don't necessarily believe that a person's income determines their amount of respect for other people's property – but there was a direct constellation between the poor quality of the water, the number of thefts and the general condition and amount of noise in the Rebstockbad and number of free passes the welfare department issued.
Finally the pool was becoming so run-down, that the city re-invested in 2003 and reopened the Rebstockbad. Now the Rebstockbad is also known as the “Aloha-Bad” and has been expanded to include the following facilities: Pools include: non-swimmer pool, kiddie pool, wave pool, outdoor pool, diving pool (up to 5 m), water slide (120 m long), The Black Hole water slide (125 m long), and outdoor play ground.
The Sauna area, which costs extra includes a dragon's breath steam room (45°C), the Geisha sanarium (a sanarium is for people who think a sauna is too dry for them – 60°C), the Tokyo Sauna (80°C), the Samurai Sauna (85°C), the Shogun Sauna (90°C), the Kyoto Sauna (95°C), the outdoor Lotus Sauna (95C°), the Bonsai Sauna (100°C), the Snow Chamber (-15°C), the Lotus Pond (outdoors), a whirlpool, a quiet resting room, a glassed-in patio, and a Mongolian Sauna.
For an extra charges you can now receive entrance to the hot whirlpool garden, Turkish steam bath, get a regular or a reflex-zone message. They also have baby-sitting, an indoor restaurant and a sauna health-food bar.
Please remember that beach shoes are required for the sauna area.
The pool costs 4.00 Euro for the first hour, and 0.50 Euro for every consecutive hour.
The sauna center costs 7.00 Euro for the first hour, and 3.00 Euro for every consecutive hour.
Städel Art Institute and Municipal Gallery
The Städelsches Kunstinstitut is one of six museums lining the river Main. Rubens, Dürer, Vermeer and Van Eyck feature along with over 100,000 works on paper. The collection was built up by Frankfurt's prosperous merchants.
63 Schaumainkai (Schweizer Platz metro), Open daily.
Comical Art (4): Owl with norwegian sweater
No big sight, but nice to know: This charming wooden sculpture after a drawing by the late artist F.K. Waechter shows an owl with a norwegian sweater. It can be found in the Stadtwald, along the "Grüngürtelpfad" (hiking/cycling path), high in the trees.
Location: pretty difficult to find. Get out at tram station "Oberschweinstiege", follow the sign "Goetheturm" along the paved road, then follow the sign "Jacobiweiher" to the right. Walk 5 minutes along the lake until you find the bridge. The owl is before the bridge in the trees on the left.