Frankfurt am main, Germany
Frankfurt am main is the largest city in the German Federal state of Hesse and the fifth largest city in Germany.
As the name of this metropolis implies, it is located on the banks of the main river and is considered the financial and business center of the country.
In addition, it is also recognized as the financial capital of Europe, which is confirmed by the fact that Frankfurt is the headquarters of the European Central Bank and the entire German exchange.
The city is also known for its futurism, sometimes referred to as the second Manhattan. Frankfurt am main has at its disposal the largest airport in Germany and the third largest in Europe, it is the gateway to Germany for many tourists coming from outside.
Frankfurt is a city of contrasts, boasting the tallest skyscrapers in Europe, as well as the surrounding areas of Bockenheim, Nordend and Sachsenhausen, with beautiful nineteenth-century streets and many parks.
Frankfurt offers a wide selection of theaters and galleries, museums and architectural gems. More than half of the city, including during the Second world war, was destroyed (especially the center), it was after this that the authorities opted for innovation rather than restoration.
The city center is located to the East of the Central railway station, where you can find most of the banks and financial institutions.
But the southern Bank of the main river, known as Sachsenhausen, is worth seeing in full. Most museums are located in the so-called Museum mile, near the city center.
The old town is a good place to start exploring historical buildings, such as the Old town hall or St. Bartholomew's Church.
St. Peter's CathedralBartholomew with its huge dome contrasts very strongly with the modern skyscrapers in the city center. The Cathedral was built in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and took part in the coronation of many kings and emperors.
The Church was rebuilt several times: in 1867 after a fire, and again in the 1950s, after damage caused during world war II. Inside there is a small Museum and shop.
Eschenheimer Turm is one of the few remaining towers of the medieval fortifications surrounding the city of Frankfurt.
Museums and galleries in Frankfurt
The most famous art gallery in Frankfurt is the Stedel gallery, which contains an impressive collection of paintings that reflect the ideas of many schools in Europe in the past.
On the ground floor there are works by German artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as famous French Impressionists like Renoir and Monet.
The second floor offers visitors an unusual collection of Flemish primitives, Scottish artists of the eighteenth century and German masters of the sixteenth century, such as Durer, Grunewald, Memling, Elsheimer and many others.
One of the most impressive paintings is the "Madonna" by Jan van Eyck.
Another house-Museum is the Goethe house, where Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, a famous German poet and writer, was born in 1749. This house is a reconstruction of the present one, since the original was destroyed during world war II.
The Goethe Museum contains a huge library of books, documents and drawings related to the poet.
Historisches Musem has many permanent exhibitions showing objects and works of art from the middle Ages to the present day.
The Liebieghaus building was built in 1896 for one of the Czech barons, today it is a sculpture Museum in Frankfurt.
Gardens and parks in Frankfurt
The Botanical garden is located in the Eastern Site. It takes visitors on a journey through various areas of the plant Kingdom: from the forests of North America to the arid savanna of Africa.
The gardens cover more than 8 hectares and contain more than 6000 different Botanical species, from flowers to herbs of exotic European forests.
The Frankfurt zoo is one of the most interesting and attractive in Europe. It has more than 4,500 animals from 500 species
The zoo consists of an Exotarium (aquarium and terrarium), a zone of monkeys and gorillas, and a bird zone (the largest in Europe). Nocturnal animal species have their own zone.