Day 1 in Frankfurt
Explore up and down the Old Town of Frankfurt!
The main landmarks of Frankfurt are found in the Old Town of Frankfurt. One of them is the City Hall, or Römer, like the Germans call it. The building is wrapped in an aristocratic air, being composed of three main structures: Alt-Limpurg, Zum Romer and Lowenstein. Firstly, the locals of Frankfurt built this architectural complex for ceremonies, fairs, as well as other trade purposes. The Gothic facade with a richly ornamented balcony has become the official emblem of the city. Nowadays, if there are not planned official meetings, you can admire the portraits of those 52 leaders of the Holy Roman Empire for a symbolic price of 1 Euro.
Right in front of the City Hall is the Römerberg square which is surrounded, besides the diverse buildings and churches, by numerous cafes and shops. Stop at “Roseli Cafe”, a nice little cozy cafe situated in the immediate vicinity of the square, and have a bite while meditating about what you have seen and what you intend to see.
After a break, head to Goethe-Museum and Goethe-House, that is the birthplace of the most famous author and poet of Germany – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The house is decorated with 18th century furniture and paintings, taking you right to the environment in which the writer spent his life. In the Goethe-Museum, you can admire the works which inspired the poet, as well as other works which refer to his contemporaries who fit into the Sturm und Drang movement.
It is impossible to miss the Dome. The name of Kaiserdom (the cathedral of the kings) is attributed to the fact that, in 1562-1792, it was the place of coronation of the German kings. Be prepared to climb 324 stairs up in a 95-meters high tower in order to enjoy priceless moments and take relevant photos in its top. In the 19th century, the Dome, as one of the major buildings of the Empire’s history, was a symbol of national unity.