The zoo is amazing. No fences...
The zoo is amazing. No fences between the animals and you! There are huge ditches so that the animals don't escape and people don't try to pet the animals. If you have student ID, or you can flirt with the ticket person,they might let you in for the price of a student. The zoo is huge, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to look at all the exhibits. I am not really fond of the whole zoo idea, but it is presented very well. I don't remember seeing any whales or dolphins, nothing that swims.
The three Gothic step-gables...
The three Gothic step-gables of Frankfurt's Town Hall have become the symbol of the city. They are the three houses called Alt Limpurg (Old Limpurg), Roemer (The Roman), and Loewenstein (Lion's Stone). Later, the newer attached houses of Frauenstein and Salzhaus (Salt House), were incorporated, as well as the Houses Wanebach, Silberberg, Viole, Frauenrode, Schwarzenfels (the last three pulled down in 1900 to make way for New Town Hall in 1901), and Golden Swan, until, in all, eleven houses comprised the Roemer (see the plan). After passing the entry portal of the Roemer, the main areas of the interior included the Emperor's Hall and Emperor's Staircase, the Elector's Chamber (which all functioned in the coronations of the German Emperors), as well as a fair and exhibition hall. To the rear of the House Roemer is it's Renaissance courtyard, the Roemerhoefchen. The Roemer sits on what was the city's major square in the Middle Ages, the Roemerberg (Roman Hill), which we look at in a separate section. Since it's near total destruction in WWII, the Roemer complex has been rebuilt to a degree, though for the most part, except for the famous facade, in a stylized, modernized form. Only the House Silberberg survives unaltered.
World Cup 2006
Frankfurt has been a host city of the World Cup 2006. My wife and I went to the game Korea vs. Togo. The stadium was just awesome and the game was allright. The funniest part of the game: The officials played twice the national anthem of Korea. We felt so sorry for the guys from Togo. The have been on the screen, looking puzzled and as their anthem finally started, the kids with the flag have allready left.
The Big Park in East Frankfurt - Ostpark
Too nice to stay in a stuffy museum? How about a picnic in the Ostpark? the Ostpark is about a 5 acre park on the East end of Frankfurt, just across the street from the ice skating rink. Because the parking lot across the street from the park is huge, they often have events here, such as summer carnivals or midways, such as the Dippemess around Easter or early September. Circus' often play here.
The park across the street, in contrast is quiet, and is a nice place to meet people. Groups of families, neighbors, colleages or friends get together here every day to play an impromptu game of soccer, baseball or badmitton. Some bring their own barbeques and picnic lunches. There is also a jogging circuit here that's 2 miles long for people with itchy feet.
In the small village of Lautertal-Reichenbach (Odenwald region) the "Felsenmeer" is located, a conglomeration of giant boulders that can be explored by several hiking paths. Even the Romans made use of those boulders. The stonemasons even left their clearly recognizable marks on some of the stones.
The "Felsenmeer" is marked by signs with a brown dot. From Frankfurt, drive direction Heidelberg and then take the exit "Michelstadt". Drive further direction Michelstadt, the Felsenmeer is sign-marked.