Frankfurt on webcam
Wondering what is going on in Frankfurt right now? Why not have a look, there are several links to webcams on the following page: http://www.frankfurt.de/sis/Stadtportrait_webcam0.html Have fun!
(There's even one in the Boerse/stock exchange and you can have a look at the DAX)
Poelzig-Bau / Campus Westend
This building, a superb example of architectonic functionalism, was built by the architect Hans Poelzig in 1930. Nowadays it is part of the University of Frankfurt.
Address: Grüneburgplatz 1
Stop U 1 - 3 Holzhausenstraße
Grüneburg is a lovely multi-use park just on the northern edge of the Westend neighborhood. It's a great place to continue your longish walk around the outskirts of Frankfurt - a walk which might also encompass the Palmengarten and the Botanischer Garten as well. Grüneburg is not really a garden - but it's full of trees and grassy and flowery, so it's another extension of Frankfurt's "Greenbelt."
The park is on the grounds of what was the estate of the local Rothschild family. The "Neue Palais," constructed in 1845 for Amschel Rothschild, stood in the center of the park. You can't escape history in Germany: the Palace was destroyed in a 1944 bombing raid.
The Gay Scene in Frankfurt
Although I am heterosexual, some of my friends are homosexual, and when we meet we like to go to places where both are welcome.
I have heard that many gays have apprehensions about visiting Germany, because they are afraid of being assaulted by Neo-Nazis. Fortunately this is a very rare occurance in Frankfurt, but just to be on the safe side, here are some tips for gays and lesbians.
Wherever you see the Rainbow Flag, you will feel welcome. Another meeting point symbol for gays, is the one in the picture - the pink triangle - a sad reminder of the NS period, in which gays where put into death camps. Jews received yellow David's stars, and gays were forced to where pink triangles. Today, German gay rights activists wear this symbol with pride.
In Germany, same sex marriages are legal, and have the same status as heterosexual marriages.
Although lesbian bars and clubs usually don't have to worry about violence, many gay clubs, still have security measures, which means that if you want to enter a club or a bar, you have to ring the doorbell first, before a doorman will let you in.
If you want to know what is going on in the gay lesbian scene in Frankfurt, just click on the page below to get all the details.
THE German Department Store
I rembember Kaufhof from growing up in Germany and it was a pleasure visiting one after not hvaing been in one for 20 years.
There's another department store close by, "Karstadt". I didn't have the time to visit that one, but I imagine the range of products to be pretty much the same. The ground floor has a grocery and deli section where you can stock up on German food, including wine and spirits, and chocolate. Lots of free sampling and tasting.