Three must-see Frankfurt Sights
Frankfurt am Main or "Mainhattan" is Germany's skyscraper and financial center, but what should you make sure you don’t miss while roaming around this fair city?
Frankfurt’s Old Town Center is an irregularly shaped square with the Justice Fountain at its center. Not only is it Frankfurt’s most picturesque public square, it’s the city’s busiest pedestrian zone, home to numerous tourist attractions from its many Kulturschirn open-fronted shop, to the Römer, a complex of 11 lovely old buildings from the 15th to 18th centuries.
Goethe House and Museum
Frankfurt has the distinction of being the birthplace of Germany’s greatest writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. His family home, Goethe House, is where Goethe was born on August 28, 1749, and where he lived until 1765. There shows how the well-to-do family (and their staff) would have lived. Next-door is the Goethe Museum, a 14-room gallery showcasing artworks from the writer’s time, including masterpieces of the Late Baroque and Romantic periods.
St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral
Built with red sandstone of Gothic style in the 13th and 14th centuries, the 95m tall cathedral still manages to stand out in this city of skyscrapers. Beneath the tower is the magnificent Crucifixion by Hans Backoffen, sculpted in 1509.
Seven famous children of Frankfurt
• Dr. Alois Alzheimer—a neuropathologist who in 1906 identified the memory-loss ailment named after him
• Johann Wolfgang von Goethe—a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist and artist.
• Leading philosopher Theodor Adorno
• World famous composer Clara Schumann
• The father of immunology, chemotherapy, hematology and pharmacology Dr. Paul Ehrlich
• Anne Frank
• Founder of the Rothschild financial empire, Mayer Rothschild
Words: Cindy-Lou Dale