Mainhattan - the most beautiful banks in the world
There are people who love the touch of history embedded in the facades. There are also those who prefer to raise their heads high, admiring the soaring of modern constructions. The glass and metal skyscrapers delight them more than medieval cathedrals. Such people will surely be interested in the most important financial center of Germany, i.e. the banking district of Frankfurt am Main. The modern development of the area resembles the view of New York's Manhattan district - hence the colloquial name.
Here we find the largest cluster of skyscrapers in Europe. Out of a dozen or so buildings, 10 exceed the height of 150 meters. Two of them, Messeturm and Commerzbank Tower, are the tallest skyscrapers in the European Union. Many of these buildings are home to banks, which is explained by the term "banking district". There are, among others, Deutsche Bundesbank, German Federal Bank as well as a branch of the World Bank. The Maintower Tower is home to numerous pubs and restaurants. While standing on the observation deck on the tower, you can admire the panorama of the city and the river to the Taunus Mountains.
Frankfurt am Main - modern and classic
Frankfurt am Main is one of the most important financial metropolises in the world. At the same time, it is a city with many attractions that delight tourists. Even the surrounding bridges are beautiful, extremely interesting to the eye, and each of them has a different structure. Similarly, footbridges - we can choose from the neo-Gothic Eiserne Steg, opened in 1869, or the colorful, steel structure of the Holbeinsteg footbridge.
Two museums are also interesting. In the Westwend district, in an old villa, is the Struwwelpeter Museum. They were dedicated to Heinrich Hoffmann, or rather his work. The fairy tale he wrote, "Staś Straszydło" ("Struwwelpeter"), became a classic of children's literature. In the museum, you can see rare editions of fairy tales, translations, drawings and even parodies. The second intriguing place is the Caricatura Museum Frankfurt (Museum für Komische Kunst), a museum of nonsense.
An undoubted architectural gem is the parish church of St. Bartholomew, known as the Imperial Cathedral (Kaiserdom St. Bartholomäus). It is the oldest, largest and most important religious building in the city - its origins date back to the reign of the Merovingians. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Bartholomew because of the thirteenth-century relics that are in it. It is worth getting to know this one of the most important local monuments of Gothic art in the 14th and 15th centuries.
The church is located in the historic part of Frankfurt, in the Römerberg district. Another interesting monument that is located there is the Steinernes Haus, or Stone House. Currently, it houses an art gallery. The museum in the Goethe House and the historic Römer town hall, which houses the Kaisersaal - Imperial Hall, are also noteworthy. On the south side of the district stands St. Nikolaikirche, or the Church of St. Nicholas. It is a beautifully restored temple worth visiting.
In the footsteps of Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was brought up in Frankfurt. The house he was born into is located downtown near Goethestraße, which is a luxurious shopping avenue. A work by Hans Tischbein, "Goethe in Campagna di Roma", hangs at the Städel Art Institute. In the Frankfurt City Forest (Frankfurter Stadtwald) stands the wooden Goethe Tower (Goetheturm) from which you can see the entire city. On the banks of the Main, there is the Gerbermühle, one of the oldest restaurants and once a favorite place of the master.
He is also associated with the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main), founded in 1914. It is the first university in Germany founded not by the authorities but by the citizens of the city. Those who are interested in medicine know that the best Polish implantologists train there.
In a campervan for a trip
Frankfurt am Main is connected by a communication network with practically the whole world. It has the second largest airport in Europe and the ninth largest in the world. In addition, there are railway lines and kilometers of highways - as a result, getting to the city is not a problem. Especially when we think about organizing transport ourselves, i.e. arriving in our own motorhome.
The offer of nearby campsites is also well prepared. One of them is City Camp Frankfurt GmbH (An der Sandelmühle 35). It is a year-round camping where we can relax - it is peaceful here both during the day and at night. There are special amenities for camping cars, and for children there is a playground and a sports field. In the high season, it is recommended to book a place in advance, and as for the price of accommodation, the approximate cost of stay of 2 adults who came with a motorhome is within the range of EUR 23.50-28.50 / day.
A bit further from the city you will find another campsite - Campingplatz Mainkur (Frankfurter Landstraße 107, 63477 Maintal). This one, in turn, is seasonal and you can come to it from 01/04 to 30/09. It lies in a romantic location by a stream, so it will surely appeal to anglers. Here you can buy fresh bread and take advantage of the restaurant's extensive offer, including take-away meals. There is also a common room, laundry and drying room. The cost of accommodation is 22.80-28.20 euro / day (the price applies to two people).
A modern city with history
As you can see, in addition to its skyscrapers, Frankfurt has many fascinating attractions to offer. Apart from the monuments, the value of the city is also the Frankfurt green belt (GrünGürtel) around the center - green lungs with parks, fields and forests, veined by streams and ponds. Visiting all places will definitely take us a lot of time. After such an eventful trip, you can stop at one of the many restaurants and drink a glass of apple wine or eat a plate of hot Frankfurters.
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