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Frankfurt is the biggest city of the state of Hessen located in the center of Germany. Is is well known for it skyscrapers, international airport and as the financial capital of Europe. Getting around is easy because of its modern and efficient public transport system. If you are looking for a historical city with old buildings, Frankfurt may not be the best choice for a touristic visit. However, this multicultural, modern place does have a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing. Europe doesn’t offer many opportunities to see so many skyscrapers in such a small space. However, there are several interesting landmarks in Frankfurt to visit like a large number of museums, art galleries, concert halls and historical buildings.

Frankfurt city view

Frankfurt am Main has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment and culture. The following places are certainly worth seeing:

The Goethehaus is the house where Goethe was born on 28th August 1749. When visiting the house you can get an impression how people lived in the late baroque period. It was completely destroyed during the Second World War but it was restored to its original state between 1946 and 1951. Most of the objects that are on display didn't belong to the Goethe family, but they are from the same period. It's also worth taking a trip to the adjoining Goethe Museum, which was renovated and contains both a library and a bookshop.

The Paulskirche became famous as an important meeting place. Built to replace the Barfüßerkirche (Church of the Barefooted), it was opened in 1833, the construction work began in 1789. The first freely-elected German parliament sat there in 1848. Destroyed in an air-raid in 1944, the church was rebuilt in 1947/48 as a memorial to the horrors of war. The simple hall now provides a venue for important events such as the annual German Peace Prize ceremony and the City of Frankfurt's Goethepreis awards. Both are dedicated to civil rights.

Frankfurt old town square
Frankfurt old town square


The Henninger Turm. This white, 120 metre-high silo was built in 1961 by the Henninger brewery to store barley. As such, it is the tallest brewery in Germany. 761 steps lead up to the viewing platform which offers fine views of the city and the surrounding countryside. A restaurant is located in the tower along with a small museum devoted to the history of brewing. The Henninger Turm is also known for the yearly cycling event in May, the name of this contest is Rund um den Henninger Turm and top cyclists participate.

The Old Opera House (Alte Oper) still looks as magnificent and imposing as it did in 1880, when it was inaugurated in the presence of Emperor Wilhelm I. The building was financed by wealthy Frankfurt citizens and was built in Italian Renaissance style by Richard Lucae. It was completely destroyed in an air raid in 1944. It was rebuilt between 1964 and 1981, and was renamed 'Old Opera Concert and Conference Centre'. The rebuilding of the opera house was again financed by the citizens of Frankfurt. The main hall has seating for about 2,500 people. This is the central part of the building and is used for concerts, conferences or smaller events. There are also other rooms, these rooms enable a number of functions to take place at the same time.

Main Tower is one of Frankfurt's most famous buildings. It is 200 meters high. You can visit the Main Tower's spectacular observation platform, from where guests are presented with a fascinating bird's eye view of Frankfurt. It is the first bank skyscraper to open its doors to the citizens of Frankfurt and visitors to the city.

 
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