[ source: Flickr ]

Have a question about Frankfurt? Ask a local resident for special Frankfurt insider tips ...

In case you have a specific question for Frankfurt or would like a Frankfurt insider tip from one of our local property owners and Frankfurt experts. Simply add your question and enter your email address. You will typically receive responses from us soon, in many cases within less than 24 hours! Please note: We do not share your email address with with anyone. Responses will solely be sent from us.

I would like to also receive an occasional Live Like a German newsletter with special travel tips (at most once a month) and last minute Germany travel deals.
Thanks for submitting your question about Frankfurt.
Thanks for submitting your question to Live Like a German. We have currently one local expert assigned to Frankfurt.

Thanks for submitting your question to Live Like a German. We have currently more than local experts assigned to Frankfurt.

Previously asked Frankfurt questions and answers:

Here is a list of Frankfurt questions that were already answered by our local residents and property owners. Please browse through them. In case you still have a question that is not answered here please use the form above.

Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?

Are there any cultural highlights, museums?

Ideas for 2-3 activities and daytrips?

Good restaurants for dinner?

Typical tourist activities or places that one should NOT do, as they are not worthwhile doing.

Things can do to make it a fun and memorable evening?

How to get around and find best means of local transportation?

"Could you let me have a list of cider taverns in Sachenhausen. Tks " (posted 05/05/2016)

http://zumgemaltenhaus.de/index.html http://www.fichtekraenzi.de http://www.dauth-schneider.de/index.html http://www.apfelwein-wagner.com/der-wagner /geschichte.html
Answer provided by Filippos Semertzidis on 05/06/2016
This answer is helpful

Where to find good quality groceries?

Are there any special local events?

"Hello, what is the opening date of christmas market at or around Frankfurt?" (posted 10/23/2016)

Christmas Market Frankfurt 2016 Wednesday, November 23, to Thursday, December 22, 2016
Answer provided by Filippos Semertzidis on 10/24/2016
This answer is helpful

Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?

"I plan to use Frankfurt as a base to visit the surroundings. Are there day trips that I can purchase on arrival to visit the Rhine Valley and Heidelberg and another to the Black Forest? Are there summer sales in the shops in May? Thanks" (posted 04/01/2014)

Thank you for your inquiry. The Summer Sales in Germany usually start in early to mid August. Day trips to Heidelberg or the Rhine Valley can be arranged on one's own. There are no guided tours. Sincerely Xenios Apartments
Answer provided by Andrea Zielak on 04/02/2014
This answer is helpful
"Hello, We will be flying into Frankfurt on Christmas morning. Do you have any suggestions for what we might do on the 25th and 26th? Thanks for your help. Warm regards, Dana" (posted 10/19/2014)

Dear Dana, Thank you for your message. Please note that we in Germany have holidays on 25 and 12.26.2014. This means that shops, malls ect. will have closed. Alternatively, we can recommend a visit to the palm garden just a museum or example. More information is available at the Tourist Information in the city of Frankfurt: http://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/cms/tourismussuite/en/home.html Yours Grüßem Kristin Witter
Answer provided by Andrea Zielak on 10/20/2014
This answer is helpful

Is there a good local deli or restaurant with lunch menu?

Are there any points of interest or local attractions?

What are good places to go for shopping?

Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?

Questions around the weather, different seasons, ...



Popular Points of Interest in and near Frankfurt

  • Eschenheimer Turm
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Eschenheimer Turm

    Eschenheimer Turm (Eschenheim Tower) was a city gate part of the late-medieval fortifications of Frankfurt am Main and is a landmark of the city. The tower, which was erected at the beginning of the fifteenth century, is at once the oldest and most unaltered building in the largely reconstructed Frankfurter Neustadt (new town), now better known as the Frankfurt-Innenstadt (city center).

    In 1400 the carpenter Klaus Mengoz began construction of a replacement for the first gate tower. The architect of the Frankfurt Cathedral, Madern Gerthener, completed the new Eschenheimer Turm in 1426–1428. In 1806–1812 the old city walls were replaced with new fortifications at the command of the Prussian government, and Eschenheimer Turm, along with all the other historic gates and towers, was slated for demolition. At the objection of the ambassador of the French occupying forces, Count d'Hédouville, Eschenheimer Turm was allowed to remain as a monument. Besides Eschenheimer Turm (the most famous of the ca. 60 towers that comprised the city's fortifications), only two other towers—the Rententurm on the Römerberg (Frankfurt's main city square) and Kuhhirtenturm in Alt-Sachsenhausen—were spared demolition.

  • Europaturm
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Europaturm

    The Europaturm ("Tower of Europe") is a 337.5 metre (1,107.3 ft) high telecommunications tower in Frankfurt, Germany.

    History

    Designed by architect Erwin Heinle, the tower's construction began in 1974. At its completion five years later, it became the tallest free-standing structure in the Federal Republic of Germany at 331 metres (1,086 ft). Even without the height of the antenna at its top, the building is over 295 metres (968 ft) high, which still makes it Germany's second tallest structure, after the Fernsehturm Berlin (368 metres/1,207 feet). Its base, at 59 metres (194 ft) thick, is the widest of any similar structure in the world.

    The top of the tower can turn and provides a panoramic view of the Rhine Main area. For a number of years, the upper part of the structure housed a restaurant and discothèque, but since 1999, the Europaturm has been closed to the public.

    In September, 2004, the antenna at the top of the tower was replaced, increasing the total height to 337.5 metres (1,107.3 ft). The six-ton antenna was lifted to the top in two parts by helicopter.

  • Eurotower (Frankfurt am Main)
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Eurotower (Frankfurt am Main)

    Eurotower is a 40-storey, 148 m (486 ft) skyscraper in the Innenstadt district of Frankfurt, Germany. The building serves as the seat of the European Central Bank (ECB) which occupies most of its 78,000 m2 (840,000 sq ft) of office space.

    The tower was designed by architect Richard Heil and was built between 1971 and 1977. The first main tenant was the Bank für Gemeinwirtschaft. The building was later used by the European Monetary Institute which was the forerunner of the European Central Bank that was established in 1998.

    The building is located at Willy-Brandt-Platz in Frankfurts central business district, the Bankenviertel, vis-à-vis to the Opern- und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt. There is a Euro Information Center of the ECB on the first floor open to the public and a club/restaurant called Living XXL in the basement. Right next to the building is an underground U-Bahn station and an aboveground tram station.

    The personnel of the ECB are also distributed to two other skyscrapers in the Bankenviertel, the Eurotheum and Neue Mainzer Straße 32-36, because of limited space in the Eurotower. The ECB is currently building new headquarters in the eastern part of Frankfurt to bring together all personnel in one place. Construction of the new tower started in 2008 with a completion date for 2014.

  • Festhalle Frankfurt
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Festhalle Frankfurt

    The Festhalle Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, built from 1907 to 1909, is a multi-purpose hall at the Frankfurter Messegelände. The interior of about 40 metres high dome provides an area of 5,646 square metres up to 4,880 seats. Together with the two tiers up to 9,843 people will in the banquet hall space, unseated at the interior than 13,500.

  • Frankfurt Cathedral
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Frankfurt Cathedral

    Frankfurt Cathedral (German: Frankfurter Dom, officially Kaiserdom Sankt Bartholomäus) is a Gothic church located in the centre of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.

    History

    Frankfurt Cathedral was an imperial collegiate church, termed Dom in German - a synecdoche for all collegiate churches used totum pro parte also for cathedrals -, and thus translated as cathedral in English. St. Bartholomew's is the main church of Frankfurt and was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries on the foundation of an earlier church from the Merovingian time.

    From 1356 onwards, emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were elected in this collegiate church as kings in Germany, and from 1562 to 1792, emperors-elect were crowned here. The imperial elections were held in the Wahlkapelle, a chapel on the south side of the choir (Hochchor) built for this purpose in 1425 (See the Plan to the right) and the anointing and crowning of the emperors-elect as kings in Germany took place before the central altar–believed to enshrine part of the head of St. Bartholomew – in the crossing of the church, at the entrance to the choir (See the Plan to the right).

  • Frankfurt Central Station
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Frankfurt Central Station

    Frankfurt Central Station (Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof) is the busiest railway station in Frankfurt, Germany. In terms of railway traffic, it is the busiest railway station in Germany. With about 350,000 passengers per day the station is the second most frequented railway station in Germany and one of the most frequented in Europe.

    This situation was considered impracticable due to rising passenger figures in the 19th century, so plans were laid out as early as 1866. At first, a large scale station with up to 34 platforms was considered, then the number got reduced to 18. Post and baggage handlings had their own underground facilities, and the city council demanded the station to be moved further away from the city. In the end, in 1881, the German architect Hermann Eggert won the design contest for the station hall, his runner-up in the contest, Johann Wilhelm Schwedler was made chief engineer for the steel-related works. The new station was placed about 1 km to the west of the first three stations. The platforms were covered by three iron-and-glass halls.

  • Frankfurter Büro Center
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Frankfurter Büro Center

    Frankfurter Büro Center (English: Frankfurt Office Centre), also known as FBC, is a 40-storey, 142 m (466 ft) skyscraper in the Westend-Süd district of Frankfurt, Germany.

    Background

    The construction of the skyscraper was stuck in 1975 through the oil crisis in the shell. Until 1979 there was significant because of the construction cost and risk letting a buyer. The ECE project development company reached an agreement with owners and artisans, and developed a construction program for completion and technical improvement as well as a rental concept. In 1981 the tower was approximately 52,000 m (171,000 ft) of gross floor area (40 upper and 2 underground levels) is finally finished.

    Richard Heil from Frankfurt is the architect. The building was owned from 1985 to 2007 the basic value fund, an open real estate of the Dresdner Bank subsidiary DEGI. Zum 30. April 2007 were from a total of approximately 47,600 m (156,200 ft) of office space to around 17,000 m (56,000 ft) in the EC - 19 OG nicht vermietet. OG is not rented out. Thus, the occupancy rate was approximately 65 percent. The building's anchor tenant is main German offices of the international law firm, Clifford Chance.

    On the square in front of the tower was set up in 1997 a 21 m (69 ft) sculpture of the artist Claus Bury. With the renovation of the lobby (Just.Burgeff. Architects) in the first quarter of 2007 was connected with the cultivation of coffee, "Face to Face", which is simultaneously also a bar and lounge. The lobby, the adjoining cafe and the exterior is completely redesigned and are the motto of "Modern Classics" embody. The new architecture, FBC has, like many of his kindred building in Manhattan, as a porch entrance, the building both visually and functionally more open to the public space out.

  • Frankfurter Judengasse
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Frankfurter Judengasse

    The Frankfurter Judengasse (from German: “Jews' Alley”) was the Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt and one of the earliest ghettos in Germany. It existed from 1462 until 1796 and was home to Germany's largest Jewish community in early modern times.

    At the end of the 19th century, most of the buildings in the Judengasse were demolished. The area suffered major destruction during World War II and reconstruction left no visible signs of the ghetto in today's townscape of Frankfurt. Post-war usage of the area included a car park, a petrol station and a wholesale flower market. The decision to build an administrative complex triggered a public discussion as to what should be done with the archaeological remains uncovered during the excavation in 1977. The foundations of 19 buildings were found and five of these can be seen at the "Museum Judengasse" which was incorporated into the new building.

  • Frauenfriedenskirche
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Frauenfriedenskirche

    The Frauenfriedenskirche (German for Our Lady's Peace Church) is a Roman Catholic church in Bockenheim (Frankfurt am Main) (Germany). It was built by Hans Herkommer from 1927 to 1929, on a rise then known as Ginnheimer Höhe. The church is an unusual example of interwar modernist church architecture, combining elements of expressionism with the "New Objectivity" of Bauhaus architecture, and using monumental mosaics for external and internal decoration.

    The plan to build such a church was developed in 1916 by Hedwig Dransfeld, then chairperson of the Katholischer Deutscher Frauenbund (Catholic German Women's Organisation). The church was meant to represent a prayer for peace in stone and also serve as a memorial for the fallen of the First World War. The foundation money initially collected for the project was lost due to the 1914-1923 German hyperinflation.

    The church was finally completed on 5 May 1929 and handed to the Catholic congregation of Bockenheim. It was badly damaged in the Second World War, and afterwards rebuilt with money donated for the purpose. The names of any German soldiers killed or missing in either World War were displayed in the church in return for a donation.

  • Gallileo
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Gallileo

    Gallileo is a 38-storey 136 m (446 ft) skyscraper in the Bahnhofsviertel district of Frankfurt, Germany. It was built from 1999 to 2003.

    The towers architecture is made up of two towers linked by a connecting central core. The north tower is 136 m (446 ft) with 38 storeys, and the south tower is 114 m (374 ft). The core is the building's full height. Together with its 49,000 m2 (530,000 sq ft) floor space, it is the 14th tallest building in the city. Its name is an intentional misspelling of the scientist Galileo's name; the extra l comes from the building's other namesake, the nearby park Gallusanlage. Along with the nearby Silberturm, it served as the corporate headquarters of Dresdner Bank since 2008. A year later, after the takeover of Dresdner Bank by Commerzbank, the new owner plans to use only the Gallileo.

    Gallileo has a glass facade with 400 individual windows forming an approximately 22,000 m2 (240,000 sq ft) large transparent outer skin. In the glass floors were the American artist James Turrell, integrated lighting, which make the building at night from the inside out glowing. These are not architecturally visible. The undersides of the floor slabs serve as reflective surfaces.

    Shops, a bar, and the English Theatre Frankfurt are located on the ground floor.

  • Goethe House and Museum

    Visit the birthplace and childhood home of Germany's most important writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). With its period furniture and old paintings, the late Baroque bourgeois house still harbors the spirit of this period. Goethe’s parent’s house is one of the oldest and most interesting memorials in Germany.

    The museum next door is the only picture gallery exclusively dedicated to the Age of Goethe. Here you will find pictures by important artists of the German-speaking lands, from Late Baroque through Sturm und Drang, Classicism and Romanticism to the Biedermeier period. It is not a literary museum in the usual sense of the term – instead, the fourteen rooms offer you a journey through the art of the Age of Goethe. Goethe, himself an artist and collector, attaches great importance to fine art throughout his life.

    Hours: Monday -Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday and public holidays 10am-5:30pm.

    Admission: Adults 5 €, Reduced 3 €, Students 2.50 €, Children (7-18 years) 1.50 €, Children 6 & under Free, Family card 8 Euro.

  • The Römerberg historic Square
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    The Römerberg historic Square

    The Römerberg (Roman Mountain) is the historic heart of Frankfurt and home to its City Hall (Haus Römer), which dates back to 1405. Flanked by half-timbered houses, this historic square used to be the place for Frankfurt's first trade fairs in the 13th century.

    The Römer is not a museum and is actually used by the city for various purposes, for example, the wedding rooms are located in the first and second floor of the Haus Löwenstein. Perhaps the best-known room of the Römer, the Kaisersaal, or Emperor Hall, is located above the Römerhalle on the second floor and is a major tourist attraction. During the Holy Roman Empire, coronation banquets took place there. Today, the Kaisersaal is well-known for its unique and unparalleled collection of 19th century portraits of all of the emperors, including works by Eduard Von Steinle of Albert I and Ferdinand III.

  • Senckenberg Museum
    [ source: Flickr ]

    Senckenberg Museum

    The Senckenberg Museum is the largest museum of natural history in Germany. It is particularly popular with children, who enjoy the extensive collection of dinosaur skeletons; Senckenberg boasts the largest exhibition of large dinosaurs in Europe. One particular treasure is a dinosaur fossil with unique, preserved scaled skin. The museum also contains the world's largest and most diverse collection of stuffed birds with about 2000 specimens.

    Hours: Daily 9am - 5pm, Wednesday 9am - 8pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 9am - 6pm.

    Admission: Adults 6 €, Reduced 5 €, Children (6-15 years) 3 €, Children 5 & under Free, Family card 15 €.

  • Botanical Gardens (Palmengarten)
    [ source: Flickr ]

    Botanical Gardens (Palmengarten)

    The Palmengarten is the largest garden of its kind in Germany. On 50 acres, the gardens display numerous beautiful and interesting plants throughout the year. In addition, the Palmengarten offers a variety of recreational activities including guided tours, summer concerts, evening festivals and exhibitions. The Palmengarten is worth a visit at any time of the year.

    Hours: November through January, 9am - 4pm (Gate Siesmayerstraße 63: until 6:00 pm) March through October 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Gate Siesmayerstraße 63: until 8:00 pm). On weekends and public holidays, the entrance at Zeppelinallee is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Admission: Adults 5 €, Children aged 6 to 17 and students 2 Euro, Families 9.50 €.

  • Museum of Modern Art (MMK)
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Museum of Modern Art (MMK)

    The Modern Art Museum (Museum für Moderne Kunst or MMK) is not only famous for its extensive art collection, which includes artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, and Gerhardt Richter, but also for its bold architecture. Designed by the Viennese architect Hans Hollering, the museum has a triangular shape and is called the slice of cake by locals.p>

    Hours: Tue. & Thurs. – Sun. 10am – 6 pm, Wed. 10am – 8pm, Closed on Monday.

    Admission: 8 €, 4 € concessions and children.

    Admission is free on the last Saturday of each month.

  • Goethe Tower
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Goethe Tower

    The Goethe Tower (German: Goetheturm) is a 43-metre high tower built entirely out of wood on the northern edge of the woods of Sachsenhausen near Frankfurt am Main. After the Jahrtausendturm, the two towers of the Brück aerial testing facility, the Blumenthal Observation Tower, and the Linsen Tower. It is the fifth tallest wooden construction in Germany, due to the addition of two antenna measuring stations.

  • Fine Art Museum (The Städel)
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Fine Art Museum (The Städel)

    The Städel, officially the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, is an art museum with one of the most important collections in Germany. The Städel owns 2,700 paintings (of which 600 are displayed) from seven centuries, beginning with the early 14th century, moving into Late Gothic, the Renaissance, Baroque, and into the 19th and 20th centuries. There is also a graphical collection of 100,000 drawings and prints as well as 600 sculptures.

    Hours: Tuesday, Friday - Sunday 10am to 6pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 9pm. closed on Monday.

    Admission: Adults 10 €, Reduced 8 €, Family ticket (two adults and at least one child) 18 €. Children under 12 are free.

  • Goethe University Frankfurt
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Goethe University Frankfurt

    The Goethe University Frankfurt (full German name: Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) is a university which was founded in 1914 as a Citizens' University, which means that, while it was a State university of Prussia, it had been founded and financed by the wealthy and active liberal citizenry of Frankfurt am Main, a unique feature in German university history. It was named in 1932 after one of the most famous natives of Frankfurt, the poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Today, the university has 38,000 students, on 4 major campuses.

    Until now Goethe University Frankfurt has produced 14 Nobel Prize winners, including 8 graduates. Being research focused, the university is an affiliate of 11 academics, who have been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the highest research prize in Germany.

  • The Jewish Quarter (Judengasse)
    [ source: Flickr ]

    The Jewish Quarter (Judengasse)

    The Jewish Quarter (Judengasse), established in 1462 in front of Frankfurt’s city wall, existed until the 19th century. Inside the museum, archaeological remains from the 15th to the 18th century can be seen. Exhibits include the excavations (i.e. foundation walls from five residential homes and two ritual baths), history and architecture of the ghetto, a historical model with more than 1,000 houses, an interactive Jewish Quarter database with information on houses, inhabitants, and history, and photographic and written documents, films and audio productions.

    Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm, Wednesday 10am – 8pm. Closed on Monday.

    Admission: 2 € Adults, 1 € Children and Concessions.

  • Großmarkthalle
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Großmarkthalle

    The Großmarkthalle (Wholesale Market Hall), located in the Ostend of Frankfurt am Main, was the city's main wholesale market, especially for fruit and vegetables. It was closed on June 4, 2004. It is considered a major example of expressionist architecture.

  • Hauptwache (Frankfurt am Main)
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Hauptwache (Frankfurt am Main)

    The Hauptwache is a central point of Frankfurt am Main and is one of the most famous plazas in the city. The original name Schillerplatz was superseded in the early 1900s.

    The Plaza

    The plaza has been reformed several times. Its current appearance is marked by a sunken terrace leading down to underground pedestrian area with shops and the public transport station. Frankfurters call the sunken area "the Hole" (das Loch).

    The plaza contains a number of different architectural styles. Apart from the baroque Hauptwache itself, the surrounding buildings are mostly new architecture because of the damage from the war.

  • Henninger Turm
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Henninger Turm

    Henninger Turm (English: Henninger Tower) is a grain storage silo located in the Sachsenhausen-Süd district of Frankfurt, Germany. It was built by Henninger Brewery (now part of the Binding Brewery/Radeberger Group) and has a storage capacity of 16,000 tons of barley. The 120 m (390 ft), 33-storey, reinforced concrete tower was designed by Karl Lieser and was built from 1959 to 1961. It was inaugurated on 18 May 1961.

    Since 31 October 2002, the tower has been closed to the public while plans to destroy the tower and replace it with a new one were abandoned.

    From 1961 to 2008, the annual professional cycling race Rund um den Henninger-Turm was held on 1 May, the course circling the tower multiple times.

  • German National Library
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    German National Library

    The German National Library (German: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek or DNB) is the central archival library and national bibliographic centre for the Federal Republic of Germany. Its task, unique in Germany, is to collect, permanently archive, comprehensively document and record bibliographically all German and German-language publications from 1913 on, foreign publications about Germany, translations of German works, and the works of German-speaking emigrants published abroad between 1933 and 1945, and to make them available to the public. The German National Library maintains co-operative external relations on the national and international level. For example, it is the leading partner in developing and maintaining bibliographic rules and standards in Germany and plays a significant role in the development of international library standards. The cooperation with publishers is regulated by law since 1935 for the Deutsche Bücherei Leipzig, since 1969 for the Deutsche Bibliothek Frankfurt. Duties are shared between the facilities in Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main, with each center focusing its work in specific specialty areas. A third facility, the Deutsches Musikarchiv Berlin (founded 1970), deals with all music-related archiving (both printed and recorded materials).

  • Holy Cross Church, Frankfurt-Bornheim
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Holy Cross Church, Frankfurt-Bornheim

    The Holy Cross Church (German: Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche) is a Roman Catholic church in the district Bornheim of Frankfurt am Main (Germany). It was built by Martin Weber from 1928 to 1929, on a rise then known as Bornheimer Hang. The church is an unusual example of interwar modernist as sacred architecture of Bauhaus architecture.

    The church was finally completed on 25 August 1929 and handed to the Catholic congregation of Bornheim. It was damaged in the Second World War, and afterwards rebuilt with money donated for the purpose.

    It is branch church of the parish St. Josef and lies in the Diocese Limburg. The diocese gave a new regulation to the church from 1 August 2007 and settled in it the center for Christian meditation and spirituality. During the period of renovation of the St. Leonhard's Church in the city center it is also home of the St. Leonhard's International English-Speaking Catholic Parish since May, 7th 2012.

  • IG Farben Building
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    IG Farben Building

    The IG Farben Building or the Poelzig Building was built from 1928 to 1930 as the corporate headquarters of the IG Farben conglomerate in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is also known as the Poelzig Ensemble or Poelzig Complex, and previously as the IG Farben Complex, and the General Creighton W. Abrams Building. The building's original design was the subject of a competition which was eventually won by the architect Hans Poelzig.

    On its completion, the complex was the largest office building in Europe and remained so until the 1950s. The IG Farben Building's six square wings retain a modern, spare elegance, despite its mammoth size. It is also notable for its paternoster elevators.

  • Japan Center (Frankfurt)
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Japan Center (Frankfurt)

    Japan Center is a high-rise building in the Innenstadt district of Frankfurt, Germany. The 115 meter high office tower with 27 floors was completed in 1996.

    The building was designed by Berlin architect Joachim Ganz and cost approximately 200 million Euros. The strict geometric forms based on the measure of a Japanese tatami mat (0.9 m × 1.8 m) and terra cotta stone cladding correspond to classical Japanese design. Its wide roof reminisces the shape of a Japanese stone lantern.

    The building outline is square (36.9 m × 36.9 m). Its central core houses nine elevators, two emergency staircases and utility shafts. The facade features large and small square windows housing open plan and single offices respectively.

    The ground floor is an arcade with shops and a Japanese restaurant. The 1st floor holds a multi-room conference center for up to 360 people. Utilities are housed in the 2nd floor followed by 21 office floors with a total area of 26,000 square meters. In the 25th floor, close to the roof, is another restaurant, which serves as a cafeteria and is used by a catering service as a venue. The topmost floors hold additional offices and utilities for the upper half of the building.

    The Japan Center office rooms are used by the corporate finance advisory firm Accuracy, the consulting firm McKinsey, the corporate finance boutique First Capital Partners and the law firm Allen & Overy in Frankfurt. The McKinsey offices also accommodate the German branch of the Ashoka organization.

  • MyZeil
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    MyZeil

    The MyZeil is a shopping mall in the city center of Frankfurt, designed by Roman architect Massimiliano Fuksas. It is part of the building ensembles PalaisQuartier and forms its access to the Zeil shopping street. It was officially opened on 26 February 2009, during a public presentation of Frankfurt's Mayor Petra Roth and recorded 120,000 visitors on the first day, according to press reports. Because of massive interest, visitors had to be admitted in phases; after two weeks, visitors exceeded the one million mark.

    The MyZeil has six floors, with one of the longest escalators in Germany (46 m). The gross floor under the vaulted, with about 3,200 triangular glass-based structure is 77,000 square metres, to retail in the bottom three floors account for about 52,000 square metres. Anchor tenant in the basement are bullet is a Rewe-Markt (food), Anson's (menswear with many leading fashion labels) to three Part bullets and (in the third / fourth floor Saturn electronics and home appliances market) to 7500 square meters. In the upper floors there is a 'gastro-boulevard "with restaurants, a fitness club (Fitness First), with height and a spacious pool games and care for children. The total of nearly 100 shops were rented out to open about 97 percent, however, not all related. The square metre price expected to amount to a record high of up to 485 euros.

    The structural design of the imposing steel and glass construction is by Knippers Helbig from Stuttgart. Rainwater from the nearly 6000 square meters large roof areas is collected, cleaned and returned to the water cycle of the house. Early 2008, the shell of the shopping center was completed and started the interior work. The name of the investor MyZeil presented on 10 November 2008 in the presence of the Frankfurt Mayor Petra Roth to the public. The name emphasized the historical roots of the site, and be also of Frankfort, as Englishmen like to express. The mayor described the name as "absolutely brilliant". After a wave of some heavy criticism, expressed inter alia, the letters in the local press, said the investor on November 24, again with explicitly that he was adhering to the naming.

  • Kastor und Pollux
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Kastor und Pollux

    Kastor und Pollux, also known as Forum Frankfurt, are two high rise buildings in the Gallus district of Frankfurt, Germany. The unequal twin towers were named after the Dioscuri in Greek mythology, Castor and Pollux.

    The towers are located at Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage next to the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds, between the Messeturm and the Tower 185. The towers were consructed between 1994 and 1997. Before that the site had been the headquarters of Deutsche Bahn.

    The taller tower, named after the semi-god Pollux, rises to a height of 120 metres and has 33 storeys and comprises approximately 31,500 m² of space. The main tenant, Commerzbank, occupies 24 floors. The shorter tower named after the mortal Kastor measures 95 meters over 22 floors and offers 28,800 sqm of office space. The Consulate General of Malaysia is one of Kastor's tenants.

    The towers are separated by a small park with a light sculpture by the Swiss artist Christian Herdeg, about 70 meters apart on the square of the unit.

    It was designed by New York architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. The towers' construction cost was approximately 850,000,000 Deutsche Marks.

  • Main Tower
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Main Tower

    Main Tower is a 56-storey, 200 m (656 ft) skyscraper in the Innenstadt district of Frankfurt, Germany. It is named after the nearby Main river. The building is 240 m (787 ft) when its antenna spire is included.

    The tower has five underground floors and two public viewing platforms. It is the only skyscraper in Frankfurt with a public viewing observatory. It is the 4th tallest building in Frankfurt and the 4th tallest in Germany, tied with Tower 185. The structure was built between 1996 and 1999, and serves as headquarters for Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba). Other tenants are the German Offices of Merrill Lynch and Standard & Poor's and a television studio of the Hessischer Rundfunk. The first tenants moved in on 5 November 1999, and the official inauguration was 28 January 2000. During weather reports by the television station, the weather reporter stands on the top of the building.

    The foyer of the building has two art pieces accessible to the public: the video installation by Bill Viola "The World of Appearances" and the wall mosaic by Stephan Huber "Frankfurter Treppe / XX. Jahrhundert" (English: "Frankfurt's Steps/20th century").

    The tower's design features what appears to be two connected towers. The smaller of the two is of a cuboid shape and a design common to 1970s architecture. The second and taller of the two towers is a circular tower with an entire blue glass exterior which features the transmission tower on top.

  • Messeturm
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Messeturm

    The MesseTurm (English: Trade Fair Tower) is a 63-storey, 257 m (843 ft) skyscraper in the Westend-Süd district of Frankfurt, Germany. It is the second tallest building in Frankfurt, the second tallest building in Germany and the third tallest building in the European Union. It was the tallest building in Europe from its completion in 1991 until 1997 when it was surpassed by the Commerzbank Tower, which is also located in Frankfurt.

    The Messeturm is directly located near the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds. Helmut Jahn designed the Messeturm in a Postmodern architectural style. Despite its name, the Messeturm is not used for trade fair exhibitions but as an office building.

  • Museum für Moderne Kunst
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Museum für Moderne Kunst

    The Museum für Moderne Kunst (English: Museum of Modern Art), or short MMK, in Frankfurt, Germany, was founded in 1981. The museum was designed by the Viennese architect Hans Hollein. Because of its triangular shape, it is called "piece of cake".

    Exhibitions

    The museum and its director, Susanne Gaensheimer, were commissioned to curate the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and 2013.

  • Naturmuseum Senckenberg
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Naturmuseum Senckenberg

    The Naturmuseum Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main is the second largest museum of natural history in Germany. It is particularly popular with children, who enjoy the extensive collection of dinosaur skeletons: Senckenberg boasts the largest exhibition of large dinosaurs in Europe. One particular treasure is a dinosaur fossil with unique, preserved scaled skin. The museum contains the world's largest and most diverse collection of stuffed birds with about 2000 specimens. In 2010, almost 517,000 people visited the museum.

    The building housing the Senckenberg Museum was erected between 1904 and 1907 outside of the center of Frankfurt in the same area as the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, which was founded in 1914. The museum is owned and operated by the Senckenberg Nature Research Society, which began with an endowment by Johann Christian Senckenberg.

    Today, visitors are greeted outside the building by large, life-size recreations of dinosaurs, which are based on the latest scientific theories on dinosaur appearance. Inside, one can follow the tracks of a Titanosaurus, which have been impressed into the floor, towards its impressive skeleton on a sheltered patio.

    Attractions include a Parasaurolophus with its crest, a fossilized Psittacosaurus with clear bristles around its tail and visible fossilized stomach contents, and an Oviraptor. Big public attractions also include the Tyrannosaurus rex, an original of an Iguanodon, and the museum's mascot, the Triceratops.

  • Opern- und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt