Originally built as a parish church in 1235, an edict of 1356 decreed that all German emperors be elected here, thus conferring cathedral status upon the church. The cathedral was rebuilt several times over the years, including after a devastating fire in 1867 and after World War II. The only parts of the original interior which survived are the frieze of St. Bartholomew, the choir stalls and the Maria-Schlaf altar. The tower contains a masterpiece of the early Renaissance period - a sculpture by Hans Backoffen portraying a scene from the crucifixion. The museum houses some of the cathedral's treasures.
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.
The Städel Museum holds a number of art exhibitions every week. You can find exquisite art exhibitions featuring by 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.
The English Theatre Frankfurt was founded in 1979 and has moved to few locations before settling in its present location. The charismatic theater is home to Broadway and West End shows, musicals and comedies. As there aren't many English language theaters in the region, the theater is popular with school classes who come to improve their English. Visitors can relax in the bistro before or after performances.
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.