One of the lovliest parts of Frankfurt is the Main River. We walked across the pedestrianized Eisenbrucke - iron Bridge which affords great views over the old town, the cathedral, the church in Sachsenhausen and from the other side some of Frankfurt's tall buildings. People had attached padlocks with their names and the names of their partners as a form of love token onto the sides of the bridge. We walked along the green banks of the Main on the Sachsenhausen side. Up on the road were the many museums Sachsenhausen is famous for.
Despite the fact it had been pouring down earlier, the sun suddenly came out. We passed a little Turkish boat called Meral's imbiss and bought some ayran for me, beer for my husband and some sheep cheese filled sigara borek. We sat on a park bench, enjoyed the sun and watched the world pass by. Bliss!
On the other side of the Main, not far from Willy Brandt Square and the new opera are the Niazza Gardens which stretch along the banks of the Main. These are flower filled and lovely for a stroll.
On the rare days the sun comes out in Frankfurt, you can be sure that the city's population will pour down to the riverside to enjoy a pleasant stroll along the Main. If there's some special event, like the museumsufer, it is often so crowded you won't be able to move. Here you can take in the river and the spectacle of the office towers reflecting onto it, or walk down the city side and enjoy the views of leafy Sachsenhausen and the Dreikonigs church.
The largest city on the river is Frankfurt, that is how they called in Frankfurt am Main. There are several bridges over the river and I’m sure it would be great having a walk along it. It was so windy when we went there but although I climb on a bridge and I forgot about the cold weather, I felt free…
A relaxing way to kill time in Frankfurt is to make your way to the Main River and stroll along the riverside paths. It's a great way to get your blood pressure down in this all-business city. It was rather cloudy when I took my walk, but you can still get the idea of how calming the views are.
The river Main is hardly a romantic sight, which is perhaps one of the reasons why Frankfurt’s main water artery has never garnered the popularity of the Seine or the Thames. Nevertheless, the river is probably quite pretty during the spring and summer, when the various river cruise boats anchored along the quays offer tourists and residents the opportunity to spend a few hours drinking and dining aboard.
Brickegickel means “bridge tap“ and it refers to the deepest point of the river under the Old Bridge. Since 1401 this point has been marked by a crucifix placed on the bridge, to help the boats that had to pass under the bridge.
This very place was used also for the execution of criminals in those times when executions were performed by drowning.
The crucifix we see now is the sixth, it was placed here in 1994 because its predecessor had been stolen in 1992.
The name Old Bridge derives from the fact that this is the location of the very first (and for several centuries the only) bridge in Frankfurt, connecting the Old Town to Sachsenhausen. The history of the various bridges that existed here is well documented since 1222, but it is almost sure that a bridge here existed long before that date.
For several centuries the bridge had towers at each end, but sadly they were demolished, one in the last years of the 18th century, the other at the beginning of the 19th.
The various bridges that existed here suffered floods, were often damaged by ice and were badly damaged or destroyed during wars.
The Old Bridge we see now was built in red sandstone in 1926. During the WW2 two of its arches were destroyed by bombs, so the bridge required partial reconstruction after the end of the war.
It is a good place for taking pictures of the city and of the river, in fact the main picture in my intro page was taken from this bridge.
We spent only a day in Frankfurt. I was glad that we went for a nice walk along the river. Walking along the river was wonderful; all the activity of the boats, bikes and people. We crossed the bridges several times and explored each side of the bank. There were some incredible trees in the park that we photographed which looked like large candlabras.
We were on the bridge as the sun began to set. It was very beautiful watching the sky turn such beautiful colors and the reflections on the water.
bridge over the river Main - the "Deutschherrenbruecke".
Visiting this bridge you can walk at the south bank of the river Main in direction of the city - and you'll have several possibilities taking amazing pictures of the city.
there are a number of cruise operators that offer main river cruises. the primus line can be boarded on the river near the romer. they offer a one hour frankfurt city cruise which runs frequently every day. on weekends you can take day cruises to aschaffenburg, mainz, rudeshein and other locations along the river main. even though i did not have time to take it i have been told that the aschaffenburg cruise is a very nice trip.
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