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Located in the city center, Bethmannpark, occupying 3.1 hectares (8 acres) of land area, is a splendid treat which also features a Chinese garden. The beauty of the park is accentuated by stunning trees, a playground for children, a chess field, and ponds.
The first people to settle on this piece of land in the middle of Bornheim were the Romans. Several centuries later, a castle was built on top of the ruins, although this was later turned into a farm. The land was bought by the Rothschild family, a wealthy family of bankers. In the 19th Century, they began to erect a palace on the grounds. The palace didn't survive the next century of turmoil, but the lovely tree-lined park did. A favorite haunt for families with children, the park now contains a fountain with plunge pool.
Situated in the Westend precinct of Frankfurt, the Grüneburgpark is one of the largest and most loved parks in Frankfurt. The old masters like Wolfgang Goethe would seek solace in this lush greenery and seek inspiration here. Grüneburg which literally means Green Castle, was once the site of a castle in the 14th century but as time passed, it went on to become a 29 hectare green space for the public. One of the focal points of the park is the Korean Garden, which is segregated into four areas symbolizing the four seasons. Because of the park's proximity to the business district and educational institutions, a lot of students and businessmen come here to unwind after work.
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.
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.
Situated at the edge of Bornheim, this popular park is a summertime favorite with Frankfurt locals and tourists alike. The park was formerly an estate belonging to the Rotschild family, and while it it now features newer elements like a waterslide, a playground and a climbing tower, the charm of its days past still lingers.
This park crowns the top of Frankfurt's highest hill, the Lorberg, not too far away from the center of town. Created in 1919-30, Lohrpark offers a wonderful panorama of the city, the River Main, Taunus, and Odenwald, and is also home to the only vineyard within city limits. The Lohrberg-Schänke offers thirsty visitors a selection of refreshments. An experimental garden and orchard are attached to the park.
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 several play areas with slides, trampolines, cable cars and a miniature railway, making this a great place for kids. With an area covering 27 hectares (66.7 acres) and 200 species, this is a great place for the entire family.