It's a nice stereotype to...
It's a nice stereotype to start describing the historical center from these buildings. This is what is called Römer. More information about Römer in my travelogue. I was deeply impressed how carefully old buildings were restored by Germans after the World War II. City was almost totally ruined, but it was built anew, avoiding changing old architecture with new buildings. It also gives us a perfect chance to feel how the city looked like centuries ago, without the inevitable signs of time...
Whenever I'm in Frankfurt on a Saturday, there is a demonstration. Maybe it's a coincidence, but there certainly are lots of demonstrations, usually between the area at the city hall -Roemer - to the area at the old opera house, or vice versa.
The picture here is from a demonstration asking for better schools and more teachers. While parents and teachers were marching, waving their banners, there were also some kids marching along. They were shouting" School's out! School's out!"
Somehow I think they didn't quite understand what this was all about...
"Race for the Cure"
This year's race will take place on 29 June 2003 and starts at 10am. I joined the race two years ago and it was a great day. I will join again this year.
You can chose a 2 km walk or the 5 km running. The start is at the "Museumsufer" crossing Schweizerstrasse. The running course takes you around the Main.
Frankfurt's second river
Aside from the Main (which by the way is pronounced more or less like the English word mine), Frankfurt has another river called the Nidda.
It cuts through the city from the Northeast to the Southwest, coming in from a suburb called Bad Vilbel and flowing by or through the Frankfurt districts of Harheim, Berkersheim, Bonames, Heddernheim, Eschersheim, Ginnheim, Praunheim, Hausen, Rödelheim, Nied and Höchst, where it empties into the Main at the Wörthspitze..
On both sides of the Nidda there are fields, woods, parks and gardens nearly all the way, so it’s great for cycling, jogging, walking, inline skating, picnics and kite-flying. Also there are four outdoor swimming pools right near the Nidda, in Eschersheim, Hausen, Rödelheim and Höchst.
For several years my daily cycling route from home to the office (8 km.) was partly in the Nidda Valley, which was great because there are no cars, no traffic lights, no grade crossings -- the ideal way to get to work.
The only problem for cyclists is that in the summer and on weekends the paths right along the Nidda can get very crowded, so it helps to know alternate routes.
Second photo: Further downstream on the banks of the Nidda, in the Frankfurt district of Roedelheim, is the historic Petri House. This was originally an 18th century half-timbered house, but it was bought in 1808 by a well-to-do Frankfurt citizen named Georg Brentano, who had it re-built as a Swiss house. It became famous as the meeting place of some of the leading literary figures of that era, such as Clemens Brentano and his sister Bettina von Arnim. The house was saved from demolition by energetic public protests in the 1980s. It has recently been restored and renovated, and now houses a small museum.
Comical Art (5): Giant Woodpecker
Another work of the late artist F. K. Wächter after one of his nature drawings: a giant wooden woodpecker clinging to atree in the Stadtwald forest. From a distance you might mistake him for the real thing!
Location: pretty difficult to find. Get out at tram station "Oberschweinstiege", follow the paved road (sign Oberschweinstiege, direction Goetheturm) for rougly 20 minutes. On the way, you cross a road and a gate after that.