Prior to my departure from...
Prior to my departure from France to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair I heard about an English website for restaurants in Germany. It is still new but worthwhile checking: http://www.selected-restaurants.com or http://www.preview.selected-restaurants.com.I found a few off-the-beat places for Frankfurt
ART OF HALL (Schirnhalle):...
ART OF HALL (Schirnhalle): modern art in modern architecture!
http://www.schirn.de Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Römerberg, D-60311 Frankfurt
U-Bahn Linie 4 und 5,
Parken: Tiefgarage Römer
Cycling and jogging by the river
People flying in to Frankfurt from other parts of the world often ask me what I suggest they could do here during a brief visit, and the first thing I always recommend is that after sitting cramped up in a plane for many hours they should get out and have some exercise by cycling, jogging, walking, or in-line skating along the left (south) bank of the Main River.
The regional cycling routes M and R3 lead right through here along the left side of the Main River, that is the south side or Sachsenhausen side, also known as "dribbdebach" in the local dialect, as opposed to "hibbdebach" which is the right/north side where all the big buildings are.
This (left) side of the river is also known as the Museumsufer or Museum Bank, because many of Frankfurt's major museums are located here.
Second photo: The city of Frankfurt has been fixing up the river bank very nicely in the past few years. On this side (which is the left / south bank) you can now cycle from Offenbach to Schwanheim without stopping, and have great views all along the way. The tallest-looking buildings in this photo are, from left to right, Westendstraße 1, Silver Tower, Gallileo, Skyper, Eurotower and Commerzbank Tower. For details and photos of the individual buildings, please have a look at the Frankfurt Skyline Countdown on my Land Hessen page.
Third photo: Sunbathers on one of the new grassy areas on the left bank. The suspension bridge off to the right is a pedestrian and cycling bridge called the Holbeinsteg, which leads directly from the city center to the Städel art museum.
Fourth photo: Does anyone know what these things are called?
Fifth photo: Cyclist on the Untermainbrücke (Lower Main Bridge).
Update November 2010: Thanks to VT member alza (Lou) for pointing me to an article about the sports equipment shown in the fourth photo.
It turns out that these things the guy has strapped to his feet and legs have numerous names including Adjustable Stilts, Flying Jumpers, Powerisers, Powerskips, Velocity Stilts, Flyjumpers, 7 League Boots, SkyRunner, Pro-Jumps and Powerbocks.
They were invented in the 1990s by a German named Alexander Bock, who has been awarded patents on them both in Europe (2003) and in the United States (2004).
'Henninger Turm'.Unique brewery tower with restaurant and open air deck at the height of 110m/360ft. If you want good fotos of Downtown this is the best place to be.
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Across the street from the Adler factory there is a little square which never had a name before as far as I know.
It has recently been named Golub-Lebedenko-Platz in honor of Adam Golub, born on June 12, 1925, in Dnepropetrowsk, and Georgi Lebedenko, born on October 6, 1923, in Kiew (both in the Ukraine).
Golub and Lebedenko were two of the more than 1600 prisoners of various nationalities were held here at the Katzbach concentration camp and forced to work in the Adler factory making airplanes.
On March 14, 1945, they attempted to escape and were both shot to death in two of the streets near this square. The local population did nothing to help them, on the contrary.
Scarcely two weeks later, on March 29, the American Army occupied the city, and the war was over as far as Frankfurt was concerned.