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The Alte Nikolaikirche (Old Nikolai Church) has formed the south section of Frankfurt's Römerberg since 1260. Initially designed as a chapel for the neighbouring Stauferpfalz Palace, the church was later used for mass and prayer by the town council. In the 15th Century, the building underwent changes and the watchtower was made higher to enable watchmen to signal to ships on the river from the top of the tower. Members of the council could also watch the festivities on the Römerberg from the extended rooftop. A hundred years later, this place of worship was turned into a warehouse and silo. Today, the facade of the late Gothic, doubled-naved church is painted in its original colors of white and red.
Set on the banks of the River Main, the city Frankfurt Am Main actually means Frankfurt on the Main. Its course runs through all the historic and old parts of the city. During fair weather, it is not an uncommon sight to see tourists walking along the bridge and taking photographs of the splendid views here. Also, many festival and event organizers use this river as a natural backdrop.
Rising majestically near Main River, the Imperial Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew is one of the most historically rich monuments in the city. Its russet Gothic style facade has become a part of Frankfurt's spectacular skyline. With its origins dating back to 7th Century BCE, the church is steeped in royal chapters of Roman history. The cathedral is renowned for being a coronation church for Roman emperors from the years 1562 to 1792. Withstanding ravages of Second World War, the church was rebuilt in 1970s. Housing several relics and prized possessions, the sculpture by Hans Backoffen depicting a scene of Christ's crucifixion is a masterpiece belonging to early Renaissance. While its status as an imperial church declined after Roman Empire's fall, it became a beacon of national integrity after 19th Century.
Acquiring its name from the renowned Main River, Main Tower is a stunning 56 story architectural structure that also happens to be one of the most important buildings around the Innenstadt neighborhood. Through its spectacular blue glass facade, the tower reflects the bustling streets and city life of Frankfurt. The two attached towers are considered to be the fourth tallest structure in Germany. They comprise the German offices of the famous Standard & Poor's, Merrill Lynch, the Hessischer Rundfunk television studio and many others. The Main Tower Restaurant & Bar on the 53rd floor serves eclectic Euro-Asian cuisine that is loved by patrons.
Frankfurt Free Walking Tour is a great way to enjoy the city sights without burning a hole in your pocket. Run by a group of students, the tours are dynamic, energetic and full of local flavor. Having come here and fallen in love with the city, these students share their unique stories and favorite haunts with you, the tourist, so you can enjoy the best of the city. Tours take place daily at 2p and take approximately three hours. While the tour itself is free, tips are appreciated. Explore top sites like the town hall, Romer, St. Paul's Church, Goethe House, and Old Opera along with hidden gems along the way. This is a great way to spend an afternoon in the city.
Every city is different and to experience the uniqueness of Frankfurt, you ought to do the Frankfurt on Foot Walking Tours. This tour will guide you through some of the best and major locations in the city explaining their importance and their origins. There are various tours on offer as per different themes. Their informative guides will help you understand every aspect of this city and get you acquainted with all the information that you need to soon feel more like a local and less like a tourist. The tour walks you through landmarks like Roemer, Alte Nikolai Church, Medieval Jewish Cemetery, The Goethe House, and Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall. The guides all speak English as a first language, making this the perfect tour for English-speaking tourists.
Named after Adam Opel, founder of the Opel Automobiles, this zoo is situated in the middle of the forest near Kronberg. It boasts a fantastic variety of wild animals from every continent, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, monkeys and wild cats. The enclosures are large and designed with the animals in mind. A special section contains farm animals which the kids can feed and pet. There are a number of play areas with slides, trampolines, cable cars and a miniature railway, making this a great place for kids. With discounted ticket rates for large groups and entry for pet dogs, this is a great place for the entire family.
Opel is to Rüsselsheim what Ford is to Detroit. And if you want to know how a car is made, then this is the place to come. Visitors glide around the factory on a conveyor belt and watch all the different stages of production. A new feature is the virtual reality section, where visitors can take part in crash tests, simulations and speed checks. A great day out for kids and adults alike. Call for group visiting hours.