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A Day in Frankfurt am Main

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Städel Museum

The Städel Museum holds a number of art exhibitions every week. You can find exquisite art exhibitions featuring old masters like Caravaggio, Michelangelo as well as contemporary regional artists. The permanent collection includes works by the likes of Renoir, Botticelli, Rembrandt, extending from the medieval age to the contemporary era. Admire the numerous sculptures, art installations and photography collections on display as you explore themes like nature, history, religion, violence and love. The museum also houses a bookshop, a café and a library. Various seminars, events and workshops are organized throughout the year. Guided tours are available.

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Holbeinsteg

In 1990, this second footbridge was built over the river Main to connect the district of Sachsenhausen with the city. Holbeinsteg, a modern suspension bridge, was constructed by a well-known Frankfurt architect and hangs from red and blue cables which, in turn, hang from two pairs of pylons. The views from the bridge are great: in one direction you have a great view of the museums, and in the other, you can marvel at the impressive Frankfurt skyline. But be careful - the bridge sways!

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Holzhausen Castle

The idyllic Holzhausen Castle is situated in the middle of a lake in Holzhausen Park. Built in 1727 to 1729, the castle was once the Holzhausen dynasty's country residence. The Rococo building changed hands when it was taken over by the city of Frankfurt in 1923. Tranquil and exuding a peaceful charm, the castle was designed by French architect Louis Remy de la Fosse with Flemish and Nordic inspired architectural styles. The castle and its lush grounds are used today primarily for social and cultural events.

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Frankfurt Zoo

Frankfurt Zoo was established in 1858 and is one of the oldest in Germany. The zoo is linked closely with the name of the famous animal expert and researcher Bernhard Grzimek. After the World War II, it was Dr. Grzimek who took care of rebuilding the wrecked buildings. After being appointed as the zoo's director, he also took care of purchasing animals, new buildings and modern enclosures. The special attractions today are the tigers, lions and leopards, the snakes and spiders, and the so-called day and night house which simulates the night-time-so that visitors can see what animals get up to after dark. The 11 hectare (27.18 acre) zoo now boasts over 600 different species and a total of 5,000 animals.

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Palmengarten

Originally established in 1869 to house the Duke of Nassau's plant collection, the Palmengarten (Palm Garden) contains a stunning array of exotic plants. Visitors are free to wander through the gardens, although guided tours are recommended for those who want to learn more about the plants. Numerous activities take place here throughout the year, including open-air classical concerts in the summer, the Festival of Light in June, the Autumn Festival in September and the Orchid Festival in October.

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Botanical Gardens

A visit to the Botanical Gardens is like taking a fascinating journey through a beautiful green and flowery haven: from the hardwood forests of North America to the barren Savannah of Africa. Approximately eight hectares (20 acres) of open land and numerous greenhouses and plantation areas contain over 6000 different plant species. The spectrum includes everything from exotic rain-forest flowers to Central European weeds. A series of informative signs explains all about the different species and their natural habitats. The Botanical Gardens are run by the University of Frankfurt.

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Rebstockbad

Rebstockbad provides fun for the family the whole year round. A wave machine and the best water chutes in Frankfurt attract more than 600,000 visitors a year. The complex is decorated with plenty of plants and includes a non-swimmers' pool, plunge pool, therapeutic pool, a five meter diving board and a giant double chute. Visitors can also swim in the outdoor area, under bridges and past fountains. For a small fee, you can visit the beautiful Japanese sauna, the Turkish baths or the whirlpool.

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Justinuskirche

This place of worship is the oldest church in Frankfurt am Main. First erected in the 7th Century, a triple-nave basilica with a T-shaped ground plan and sandstone columns was added in the 9th Century. During the 15th Century, the building (then used as a parish church) slowly began to take the shape we know today, with its Gothic chancel, three chapels with fan vaults and a main portal. The column arcades from the original nave remain intact.

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St. Martin

St. Martin is a catholic parish church in Lorch am Rhein that is known for its beautiful Gothic altar, a masterpiece by famed German artist Hans von Worms circa 1483. The church's massive tower overlooks the wine and culture rich city. Another unique feature is in a part of the organ called the 'Riesling-register' which once pressed makes chirping sounds of birds and opens the hidden door behind the two bottles places in the Riesling and reveals two wine glasses.

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