Don't you just love a city that has a river running through it. Frankfurt has the River Main, a tributary of the Rhine river, dissecting it. We spent quite a bit of time walking by the river in Frankfurt, as our hotel was located close to the river and it was an easy way to get to/from the centre of town. I find a river stroll is a wonderful way to take a break from 'traditional' sight-seeing, and relax for a while.
If you prefer to get out onto the water, you can do a river cruise and see some of the sights as you motor by, or even go on a romantic dinner cruise. Boats leave from just near the Eiserner Steg. There is a paved path that runs along the city side of the river. I highly recommend a stroll, and there are plenty of benches along the way if you want to take a break and watch the passing scenes.
with the flying carpet over Frankfurt
The museum of the German movies is one I really like. The permanent exhibition shows many funny and interesting things. A lot of things you can try and touch. There a some sceneries and the flying carpet which explains how a special effect (used eg in the movie "never ending story") works. Already forgot the name of the effect something with blue ...
Everybody who has habit...
Everybody who has habit travelling with knowing just English, reported some difficulties of talking to german or french people. This is not an issue in Frankfurt, as I noticed during my trip. I don't speak German, but I had no any problems in Frankfurt.
Discover the suburbs by subway!
Take a subway, drive to whatever direction you chose and get out wherever you want to! There is so much to discover in the suburbs, too!! Bockenheim is the university neighboorhood, it is full of young people, there are some nice cafes, a huge park and so many cute little stores! Just get of the subway and walk around and see something different but all the usual tourist attractions!
The Synagogue Beth-Hamidrasch is in the Westend district of Frankfurt, at Freiherr-vom-Stein-Strasse 30. It was inaugurated in 1910 as a house of worship for the liberal wing of the Frankfurt Jewish community.
It was set on fire by the Nazis during their night of terror in November 1938, but unlike the other three synagogues this one was not completely destroyed. It was rebuilt after the war in 1948, and underwent major renovation work in 1980 and 1994.
Before the Nazis came to power there were about 28,000 Jewish people in Frankfurt. This was the second largest Jewish community in Germany, after Berlin. Many Frankfurt Jews were able to emigrate in the 1930s, but over 10,000 were deported and murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War. There are now nearly 7000 Jews in Frankfurt, many of whom are immigrants from the former Soviet Union or other Eastern European countries.
Second photo: Here in another part of Frankfurt, further to the east, is the site of another synagogue, which was built in 1907. This one was completely destroyed by the Nazis in 1938, and they soon used the site to build an above-ground air-raid bunker. There are several of these bunkers in Frankfurt, and despite their ugliness they have not been torn down because they are practically indestructible. This particular bunker served for many years as a huge warehouse for used furniture. I remember spending many cold hours in there in the 1970s trying to find cheap furniture for one of our early apartments. Now the furniture-and-junk company has moved out, and a memorial site has been erected in front of the bunker, with a large photo of the inside of the old synagogue mounted on the outside wall.
Third photo: The same scene at night. Inside the bunker there is now an exhibition, in cooperation with the Jewish Museum, about Jewish life in the East End of Frankfurt in former times. The exhibition is only open on Sundays from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. The address is Friedberger Anlage 5/6. Admission is 2 Euros.