Historical building, "Römer"
3 former patrician houses (from the 14th century) -with their gothic, triple-gabled front- form the striking facade of the so called "Römer" -the symbol of the city of Frankfurt. In 1405, the Frankfurt city council acquired these houses along with 8 other patrician houses and converted them into a prestigious city hall. The center building contains exhibition and trade halls, used until 1846. Above these halls lies the emperors courtroom
Deutsches Architektur Museum
The majority of Frankfurt was bombed in WWII, although there are some older, preserved buildings, but there are a lot of seriously innovative, impressive newer buildings and items of architechture.
But you can see and hear the real deal at the Deutches Architekture Museum - I don't think I need to translate that one :-))
There are and have been many great German architechts. If you're into architechture, definitely worth checking this out. Deutsches Architektur Museum
Schaumainkai (Museumsufer) 43
D 60596 Frankfurt am Main
Telefon +49 - 69 - 212 38844
Fax +49 - 69 - 212 37721
a hot aeppler?
As you could imagine Frankfurt has of course a Christmas Market!
Around Roemer you find everything which is typical for a German Christmas Market. A lot of stands selling Gluehwine, sausages and other food and drinks.
As you are in Frankfurt you can also get hot aeppler. I tasted it last year for the first time and it was quite good, a nice change to gluehwine ...
The Frankfurt Holocaust Memorial is a wall around the old Jewish cemetery. On this wall there are small plates which carry the names of almost 12,000 Jewish citizens of Frankfurt, who had been deported during the Nazi era.The sheer mass of these small name plates makes it a very impressive memorial, considering that each plate stands for one person.
To get there turn right at Konstablerwache, walk down Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse and turn left into Battonnstrasse.
The International Theater
The policy of the International Theater Frankfurt is to present plays, musical theater, concerts, recitals and variety shows from all over the world in their original languages – not only in English, French and Spanish, but also in Portuguese, Czech, Italian, Russian, Turkish and several others. (And occasionally even in German.)
The audience often consists of expatriates who understand the language involved, but also of people who are trying to learn that language. And about half the shows, particularly music and dance performances, have a little heart-shaped symbol in the program folder, meaning "performance for everybody – no linguistic proficiency needed!"
From the photo you might get the impression that this is a huge theater, but actually it occupies just a small corner of this large new building at Allerheiligentor. They do have 180 seats in the theater, though, as well as a lobby with a bar, and direct access to an adjoining restaurant.
Second photo: The entrance to the International Theater is in the Zoo-Passage at Hanauer Landstrasse 5-7, near the S-Bahn station Ostendstrasse.
Third photo: My most recent visit to the International Theater was to hear a recital of songs from Broadway musicals by two American singers I know, soprano Janet O'Donovan and tenor Kent Carlson. They called it Musical Chairs because they kept changing places the whole evening. In the photo Janet is singing and Kent is at the piano, but just as often it was the other way around.