Mainhattan - the most beautiful banks of the world
There are people, who love the sense of history preserved on the facades. There are also those, who prefer to look high in the sky and enjoy the steepness of modern design. The skyscrapers of glass and metal delight more than the medieval cathedrals. Modern architecture enthusiasts will surely be interested in the most important financial center of Germany - the banking district of Frankfurt am Main. Modern buildings of the area look just like the view of the Manhattan in New York City – that’s where its common name comes from.
Here we find the biggest cluster of skyscrapers in Europe. Out of over a dozen buildings, 10 exceed the height of 150 meters. Two of them, Messeturm and Commerzbank Tower, are the highest skyscrapers in the European Union. Many of these buildings are the premises of the banks and that’s where the term "banking district" comes from. Among others, Deutsche Bundesbank is located here, as well as the German Federal Bank and the department of the World Bank. The Maintower on the other hand is a place, where several pubs and restaurants are located. Standing on the observation deck on the top of the tower, you can admire the panoramic views of the city, the river and the Taunus mountains.
Frankfurt am Main - modernity and classics
Frankfurt is one of the top financial metropolises of the world. At the same time it’s the city with many delightful attractions. Let’s take bridges as an example, which here are just wonderful, and each one has a different design. Similarly, the footbridges – here we have the neo-Gothic Eiserne Steg, opened in 1869, and colorful, steel structure of Holbeinsteg footbridge.
Another interesting spots are the two museums. In the district Westwend, in an old mansion, is Struwwelpeter Museum located. It is dedicated to Heinrich Hoffmann, or should we rather say – to his work. The story "Shaggy Peter" ("Struwwelpeter") written by him became a classic of children's literature. In this museum you can see the rare copies of the story, translations, drawings and even parodies. Another intriguing place is Caricatura Museum Frankfurt (Museum für Komische Kunst) in a word, a museum of nonsense.
Unquestionable architectural gem would be Frankfurt Cathedral, also known as the Saint Bartholomew's Cathedral (Kaiserdom St. Bartholomäus). It’s the oldest, the largest and the most important religious building in the city - its origins date back to the reigns of the Merovingian. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Bartholomew because of the thirteenth-century relics that are located in it. It’s one of the most important local monuments of Gothic art of the fourteenth and fifteenth century, so it’s undoubtedly worth visiting.
The church is located in the historical part of Frankfurt, in Römerberg district. Another interesting spot would be the Steinernes Haus, which means “The Stone House”. Currently, it houses an art gallery. A museum situated in Goethe’s house, as well as the historic Town Hall with the Kaisersaal (Imperial Room) are also a noteworthy places. On the south side of the district there’s St. Nikolaikirche (the Church of St. Nicholas). It’s a magnificently restored temple, which is definitely worth visiting.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe grew up in Frankfurt. The house where he was born is located in the downtown, close to the Goethestraße, which is a luxury shopping alley. In the Städel Art Institute there’s a masterpiece of Hans Tischbein "Goethe in the Campagna di Roma". In the Frankfurt City Forest (Frankfurter Stadtwald) there’s a Goetheturm, a great and magical wooden tower overlooking the whole city. In turn, on the banks of the river Main, Gerbermühle is located. It’s one of the oldest restaurants, and back in the days - a favorite place of the Master.
His persona is also associated with Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) founded in 1914 It is the first university in Germany founded not by the authorities, but by the citizens of the city. Those, who are interested in medicine, know that the best Polish implantologists are trained there.
The journey with a camper
Frankfurt am Main has a dense communication network, so it is connected virtually with the whole world. The city rank’s the Europe’s second and world’s seventh largest airport. There are also railway lines and kilometers of highways – as a result, there’s no problem with getting to the city. Especially when we consider organizing the trip on our own, like for example coming here by a camper.
Local campsites have a well-prepared offer for tourists. One of them is City Camp Frankfurt GmbH (An der Sandelmühle 35). It’s a year-round camp where we can rest – there’s a lot of quiet, both during the day and night. Some special facilities are prepared for camping vehicles, and for kids there’s a playground and a sports field. In high season we recommend you to book a place in advance, and the approximate cost of accommodation for 2 adults, who come with a camper, oscillate within 23.50-28.50 € per day.
Go just a little bit further from the city and you will find another campsite - Campingplatz Mainkur (Frankfurter Landstrasse 107, 63477 Maintal). This, in turn, is seasonal and you can come here from 01.04 to 30.09. It’s location by the stream makes the place very romantic, so it will surely attract the anglers. You can buy fresh bread and enjoy a wide offer of the restaurant, including take-away meals. There is also a common room, laundry and drying room. The cost of accommodation is 22.80-28.20 € per night (for a double occupancy).
A modern city with a history
As you can see, apart from the skyscrapers, Frankfurt has a lot to offer. Frankfurt’s Green Belt (GrünGürtel) constitutes undoubtedly one of the main advantages of the city – it’s like the green lungs with parks, fields and forests covered with veins of streams and ponds. Visiting all the places will definitely take a lot of time. But after such experiencing trip, you can stop at one of the many restaurants and try a glass of apple wine, or eat a plate of hot frankfurters.