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  • Kaiserdom from my balcony, Frankfurt
    Kaiserdom from my balcony, Frankfurt
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  • Alte Opera, Frankfurt
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Land Hessen Things to Do

  • Churches

    Frankfurt am Main Things to Do

    The Cathedral of Emperors is not as impressive as its title suggests, and has also been shrouded in scaffolding for some time now. Despite this, the cathedral has an arguably even more impressive a history than the Paulskirche, being the place of coronation for ten of the Holy Roman Emperors between the 16th and 18th century.

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  • Römer

    Frankfurt am Main Things to Do

    The Römberberg (Roman mountain) is the central square of Frankfurt. It derives its name from the Römer (Roman) house which is the town hall today. How that house got its name is still not clear. The square is known for its half-timbered buildings and comes close to the stereotype of an old German market square. In the west, there is the Römer...

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  • Museums

    Frankfurt am Main Things to Do

    Just a short ways downstream from the Städel is the Liebieghaus, a small but exquisite museum of sculpture not only from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman times, but also from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The newest piece is I believe from the beginning of the 19th century, unless I have overlooked something newer. The items on display...

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  • Main River

    Frankfurt am Main Things to Do

    In the mid-19th century, the industrial revolution was clearly showing its effects on trade and traffic. By that time, the only point to cross the Main river at Frankfurt was the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge). As the city refused to invest into a new bridge, it was the local business who joined forces and built the second bridge over the main. The...

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  • Skyscrapers

    Frankfurt am Main Things to Do

    Frankfurt's skyline is one of the major sights in the city and it is worth to look at it from an elevated position. Especially around dusk, the lights of the city are good for some marvellous effects.   While the most famous and highest platform is located at the Maintower, that platform is also the most expensive. Another popular viewing point...

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  • Alte Oper

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    Frankfurt am Main Things to Do

    The Old Opera (Alte Oper) was the original Opera House in Frankfurt's until WWII when it was burned out after bombardments. The ruins were reconstructed and the Opernhaus officially reopened on August 28, 1981. It was renamed to 'Alte Oper' because a new Opera House was built in 1951. The Facade and the lobby were rebuilt similar to the original...

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  • Zoos and Parks

    Frankfurt am Main Things to Do

    One of the highlights of Frankfurt in the summer is open-air opera in the beautiful setting of the Palmengarten, put on by an off-beat low-budget private opera company called the Kammeroper (Chamber Opera). They specialize in comic operas, for instance in the summer of 2004 they did Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and in 2005 they are doing...

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  • Apple Wine Express

    Frankfurt am Main Things to Do

    I thought the Apfelwein tour was the biggest waste of money!!! I have lived in Frankfurt for three weeks, and this past weekend, my friend came and visited. I decided to take her on the Apfelwein and we were really disappointed. First of all, the station is impossible to find, because it is just a regular Strassenbahn stop to the right of the zoo...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, the future...

    Construction is well underway, as of 2013, for the future headquarters building of the European Central Bank (ECB). The location is on the Sonnemannstraße in the East End of Frankfurt, on the site of the former wholesale produce market. It is next door to Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory and diagonally across from the Frankfurt Adult Education Center...

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  • Kranichstein’s Hunting Castle

    Located only 10 km northeast of Darmstadt, Kranichstein Hunting Castle is a very popular spot for the locals on weekends. Darmstadt’s landgraves were passionate hunters and have expanded a former farm house as a castle in 16th century and had made it their summer residence and hunting ground. It is a three winged baroque castle which houses a...

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  • Lovely train museum, Kranichstein

    Near Darmstadt is an extra special museum which should be a must for all lovers of old trains. It is located in Kranichstein, a suburb of Darmstadt, next to the (suburb’s) train station. The half private society takes care of the old trains, and part is being funded by Deutsche Bahn, although I have heard that it is not that much anymore. The more...

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  • Dieburg, half-timbered houses & carnival

    Another lovely town at the Half-Timbered-Houses Scenic Road, in addition to Groß-Umstadt, is Dieburg. It is bigger in size than the former and has its origins back to the Bronze Age. Later it was inhabited by the Romans, rmains of a Mithras stone and a Jupiter column can be seen in the gardens and parks outside of the town wall. Inside the town,...

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  • Gross Umstadt, full of half-timbered...

    The German Half-Timbered House (Framework) scenic road has a section “From Rhein (river) to Main (river) and Odenwald (forest)” where several really beautiful villages are located at. Groß-Umstadt is one of them and it is definitely worth a visit. It is located east of Darmstadt, at the slopes of Odenwald hills and called “Weininsel”, which means...

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  • Cute and beautiful Alsbach Castle

    Auerbach Castle (see previous tip) might be the more famous and the more frequented castle along Bergstraße, but my favourite is Alsbach Castle. This is a bit north of Auerbach castle, smaller but in hands of the local conservation society which helds festivals, has a little restaurant, café and beer garden on the premises and looks after a herbal...

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  • Don’t miss Otzberg fortress and cute...

    I am amazed and ashamed that I didn’t visit this gem of a fortress earlier, because I live only 20 km away from it. Shame on me....Odenwald region is both a famous and mysterious regions, many legends and sagas come alive here. It is part of the Variscan mountains, which were in between where Gondwana and Laurasia crashed eons ago. Later, several...

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  • Lovely Auerbach Castle at Bergstraße

    If you drive from Frankfurt to Basel or vice versa via train or car, you will notice the many castles, fortresses and ruins on the eastern hilltops. The hilltops are the western ridge of Odenwald (forest) and were most naturally places where defensive castles were built. The views are amazing! Auerbach Castle is said to be the most important one...

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  • Eltville, picturesque wine village,...

    I have already mentioned Eltville as a perfect alternative to Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse because it is a much more pleasant and not crammed with masses village and only a stone throw away from this tourist trap. In addition, Eltville’s centre, old town and riverside are actually riverside and not separated by either main road or train tracks, which...

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  • Einhard Basilica: Carolingian...

    Einhard Basilica is being considered to be one of the rare masterpieces of Carolingian times (times of Carolus Magnus, Charlemange, 8-9th century). Its founder, Einhard, was a powerful man of his times, teacher and consultant to Charlemange and he also wrote a biography about the emperor: Vita Karoli Magni. He received the region around Steinbach...

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  • Lorsch and the King’s Hall (UNESCO...

    Lorsch is a tiny town in southern Hessen and most probably overlooked by many German and foreign tourists alike. At least I don’t see many tourists when I am here from time to time. But it is definitely worth a little detour,because it is home to one of the oldest remains of an abbey of early Medieval “Germany” (well, where today’s Germany was part...

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  • Marburg, half-timbered houses galore

    If you like to spend a day or two - or even more - in a beautiful relaxing atmosphere, dive into history and wonderful half-timbered house architecture to the fullest, and go and see Marburg. The lively university town (which is the oldest protestant university in Europe, founded 1527) offers a lot of scenic walks through town, its hills or along...

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  • Eberbach Monastery- contemplation and...

    Eberbach Monastery is quite well-known by the Germans who live close by, but because it is no UNESCO heritage site, it does not always get attention like Cologne and Berlin by (non-German) travellers. It is however located in one of the most beautiful parts of Germany, the region around Rhein river and only a stone’s throw away from famous...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 7

    The Opern Turm, so called because it is across the street from the Old Opera, was opened at the beginning of 2010. It is located at Bockenheimer Landstraße 2-4. With a height of 170 meters, it is currently the seventh tallest building in Frankfurt am Main – but not for long, because a taller one is nearing completion.Turm means tower, by the...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, Roof of # 5

    The Main Tower is two hundred meters tall, which makes it the fifth tallest building in Frankfurt am Main. Chicagoans will of course be unimpressed, since their Sears Tower is over twice as tall, and I don't even want to know what the Kuala Lumpurians think about it, not to mention the folks in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei or Dubai.But we like the...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 14

    Construction of the Frankfurter Büro Center was well underway in 1975, when the oil crisis brought work to a standstill. The building stood unfinished for four years while the financial and rental situation was sorted out. Then finally it was sold to a company called ECE Project Management, which completed the building in 1980 and found tenants to...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 13

    The Eurotower, which is the current (temporary) headquarters of the European Central Bank, is Frankfurt's thirteenth tallest building. It is 148 meters high, has 39 floors and was opened in 1977. It got its name long before the Euro as a currency was even thought of. The building was originally built for a different bank entirely, the BfG or Bank...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 12

    You might have thought Skyper was the name of an electronic information service. Well, it is, but it's also the (silly but official) name of this skyscraper, which was completed in December 2004. (I mean really, if you had just spent millions of Euros building an elegant new skyscraper, would you give it a silly name like "Skyper"? Of course you...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 10

    From above they look black because they reflect the ground. I never really believed this until I went up to the top of the Main Tower one morning and looked for myself.The two Deutsche Bank Towers are 155 meters high, which makes them the tenth and eleventh tallest buildings in Frankfurt. The address for both buildings is Taunusanlage 12.Everybody...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 9

    If you ask some local person how to get to the WestendGate, formerly called the Plaza Büro Center, they probably won't know what you are talking about. We all just call it the Marriott, which is no wonder since the word Marriott lights up the nighttime sky in big red letters at the top of the building.It turns out, though, that the Marriott Hotel...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 8

    The Silver Tower used to belong to the Dresdner Bank, which was gobbled up by some other bank during a recent financial crisis. The building now belongs to the DB, Germany’s out-of-control railway corporation which has over a thousand subsidiaries worldwide and can do everything except provide satisfactory train service. So the Silver Tower now has...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 6

    The Trianon got its name because of its triangular shape and because of the upside-down pyramid which is (or seems to be) suspended from the three corners at the top. It is 186 meters tall, which makes it Frankfurt's sixth tallest building. It has 45 floors and was completed in 1993.It replaced an earlier high-rise building, the twelve-story BfG...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 2

    This quaint little building (by Dubai, Taipei or Shanghai standards) is the Messeturm (Fair Grounds Tower). It is 257 meters tall and was the highest office tower in Europe from 1991 until May 1997. Now it is number two in Frankfurt and number three in Europe, since an even taller one has just been built in Moscow.Still, it is a prominent Frankfurt...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 3

    Frankfurt's third tallest building (208 meters) is named after its address, Westendstraße 1. Actually the main entrance is around the corner at Mainzer Landstrasse 58, near Platz der Republik. The building was completed in 1993.This is part of a complex of buildings which form the headquarters of the DZ Bank.Westendstraße 1 has a distinctive steel...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, the new # 4

    The latest addition to the Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, as of 2012, is the Tower 185 at Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35 – 37, near the Trade Fair and next door to the building called Pollux.Originally this new building was supposed to be 185 meters tall, which is why they named it Tower 185. Later the plans were changed, somewhat mysteriously, and the...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, South from...

    Looking south in this photo from the observation platform on the roof of the Main Tower we can see the Eurotower, the Frankfurt Opera on Willy-Brandt-Platz, the Main River and beyond that the Frankfurt district of Sachsenhausen.Beyond that you can see the Frankfurt City Woods, which has several fine cycling routes. My favorite is number 17, which...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, East from #...

    Here we are looking upstream from the roof of the Main Tower. If you go up the Main River far enough (good cycling paths on both sides!) you can get to Hanau, Aschaffenburg, Miltenberg, Wertheim, Gemünden and lots of places in between, not to mention Würzburg and Bayreuth, which are further up.The cathedral spire, near the center of the photo, was...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 5

    Most Frankfurt skyscrapers are not open to the public, so we are very glad that the Main Tower, which was completed in the year 2000, has an observation deck at the top, on the 54th floor (actually the 56th after you have climbed the last two flights of stairs), which is open to the public and on a clear day provides nice views of Frankfurt and...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 11

    The twin towers of the Deutsche Bank, known locally as "Credit and Debit", are highly reflective buildings, in fact one of them is reflected in the other in the first photo. When these reflective towers were completed in 1984 the neighbors in the Westend district were irritated because those on the east saw the sun rise in the west, and those on...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 15

    This 142-meter building is now called the City-Haus and is a very pleasant place with a nice fountain at the front. You can even walk or cycle through a passageway at the bottom of the building, or just look at it on the way to or from the fairgrounds. While it was being built, though, in the early 1970s, it was very controversial -- so...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 16

    The Gallileo Tower, Frankfurt's 16th tallest building, was completed in 2003. It actually consists of two "towers" -- the north tower is 130 meters tall, the south tower is 114 meters and the connecting core is 136 meters. Gallileo is located across the street from the Eurotower, which is occupied by the European Central Bank, not far from the...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, Live from #...

    On the 53rd floor of the Main Tower there is a restaurant and a television studio which can accommodate a studio audience of up to one hundred people. The regional station Hessenfernsehen broadcasts daily from here, so most people know what the view is like even if they have never gone up themselves.When the weather is really nice they sometimes...

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  • Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, # 1

    Here is Frankfurt's tallest building, the Commerzbank Tower, as seen from the pedestrian bridge Eiserne Steg.The Commerzbank Tower is 259 meters tall and has the reputation of being an "ecological skyscraper" because of the technology used for heating and cooling the building. Unfortunately it is not open to the public, except for the plaza level....

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  • Hoher Meißner - Kurhessen

    The high Meißner lies between Bad Sooden-Allendorf (north-east), Eschwege (east), Waldkappel (south), Hessian Lichtenau (west) and Großalmerode(northwest). Together with big parts of the Kaufunger Wald (Kaufunger forest) and the Söhrewald he forms the very extensive nature reserve Meißner-Kaufunger forest. The Hoher Meißner is not the highest...

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  • Darmstadt

    Darmstadt is situated in the very south of Hesse, founded in the 11th century. Darmstadt received its municipal charter in 1330 and became an university town in 1836. The city suffered from Allied air raids during World War II. Some old building were rebuild and today the centre attracts with narrow streets, a 16th-century Town Hall and the...

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  • Kassel

    Kassel, situated on the Fulda River, was founded by the Romans. Today it has about 200,000 inhabitants and is the largest city in north Hesse. Today, the university city is known for its Documenta - exhibitions of contemporary art, staged every four years since 1955. Kassel was almost completely destroyed during World War II because of the...

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  • Wiesbaden

    The Hessian state capital is located on the banks of the Rhine River and at the southern foot of the Taunus Mountains. Its 26 hot springs and their therapeutic effects made this site a popular place to settle with the Romans in 12 BC. The name Wiesbaden ("meadow bath”) came into use in the 9th century. Today, Wiesbaden is an important wine-trade...

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