I recommend hanging out in old...
I recommend hanging out in old town and enjoy drinking and chatting with the locals. I met some very interesting people and the views were great. One late afternoon, after touring many of the great museums, I decided to rest my feet and have some food. I stopped at the Römer Bembel and decided to try some Ox meat and Äpelwine. I strongly recommend it. After completing my meal I hung out and drank some more. In any event- I happened to meet a most interesting old Germany woman who spoke with me about the many differences in Germany since she was a child. She had some unbelievable stories to share with me. I will always remember that afternoon. So if you have a chance: stop, drink and speak with a local.
Public Art - Hammering Man
Jonathan Borofsky is an American artist (b. 1942) who has created a series of "Hammering Men" for several cities around the world. The Frankfurt Hammerer is the largest of the set; others may be found in Basel, New York City, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. His works seems to be an interesting junction of minimalism and pop art - I like it.
We took a long walk around the Green belt north of Frankfurt, along the banks of the Nidda river.... very popular with locals who take their kites, bikes and dogs there in the evenings and at weekends.
do you like football? no? i'd...
do you like football? no? i'd advise you not to read on then :-)
for the rest of you: when in frankfurt at the weekend (football WE in this case: from friday evening to sunday afternoon) visit a football match of the (has-been-)famous club Eintracht Frankfurt! the new stadium has been completed for the world cup 2006.
if you can't come to visit: www.eintracht.de
The Adler company, formerly Heinrich Kleyer AG, was founded in 1880 and for over a century was a thriving manufacturer of bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles and typewriters.
During the Second World War the Adler company was commissioned to make fighter planes. From August 1944 to March 1945 over 1600 prisoners of various nationalities were held here and forced to work in the factory. According to a plaque on the side of the building, 528 of the prisoners died of hunger and cold, or were executed or murdered or died in an air strike on January 8, 1945 because of inadequate protection. 245 more were selected as being unable to work and were sent to the concentration camps at Dachau or Vaihingen, where they were murdered. Hundreds more died during the evacuation of the factory near the end of the war.
After the war bicycle and typewriter production resumed, and the fate of the prisoners was forgotten for many years.
In the 1990s, after the collapse of the typewriter market, the factory building and grounds stood empty for a time, before being redeveloped into a complex of office buildings, with the odd apartment building added at the far end, under the name of Galluspark. There is still a huge hole in the middle of this area, where they have been promising for seven or eight years to build more buildings, but so far nothing has come of it.
You might be able to see the Adlerwerke from the train as you approach Frankfurt central station, depending on which track you come in on. I go by here quite often because my office is nearby, and also because the Gallus Theater now occupies one small corner of the building.
Address: Kleyerstraße 11-23, Frankfurt, near the S-Bahn station Galluswarte.