Römer, Frankfurt am Main
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
Strangely enough, I had been to Frankfurt a few times many years ago and missed the Römer. Luckily for me, I was in Frankfurt at Christmas time more recently and it would have been impossible to miss the Christmas market at the Römer... the scent of mulled wine was a magnet.
Then I saw it in summer this year, and it's fun too. (I might be back with more soon, for this page I mean)
Town Square, the buildings around this part of town were some of my favourite in germany..So full of life, so many people around!
A Great place indeed..FRankfurt will be missed, but ill be back there next year (2002)
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
The three Gothic step-gables of Frankfurt's Town Hall have become the symbol of the city. They are the three houses called Alt Limpurg (Old Limpurg), Roemer (The Roman), and Loewenstein (Lion's Stone). Later, the newer attached houses of Frauenstein and Salzhaus (Salt House), were incorporated, as well as the Houses Wanebach, Silberberg, Viole, Frauenrode, Schwarzenfels (the last three pulled down in 1900 to make way for New Town Hall in 1901), and Golden Swan, until, in all, eleven houses comprised the Roemer (see the plan). After passing the entry portal of the Roemer, the main areas of the interior included the Emperor's Hall and Emperor's Staircase, the Elector's Chamber (which all functioned in the coronations of the German Emperors), as well as a fair and exhibition hall. To the rear of the House Roemer is it's Renaissance courtyard, the Roemerhoefchen.
Fondest memory: The Roemer sits on what was the city's major square in the Middle Ages, the Roemerberg (Roman Hill), which we look at in a separate section. Since it's near total destruction in WWII, the Roemer complex has been rebuilt to a degree, though for the most part, except for the famous facade, in a stylized, modernized form. Only the House Silberberg survives unaltered.
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.
Fondest memory: 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...
Favorite thing: The real city hall of Frankfurt is situated in the middle of the historical town, in the Romer Platz
Favorite thing: Frankfurt's pride, the old Romer Square, as it stood up to the war, with its distinctive shaped buildings, the justice statue and the city hall
Favorite thing: check out Romer Platz and the surrounding area. All tourists do! But jokes aside, this area contains the oldest of the city's architecture and is quite fascinating.