City Sights
Business Traveller India|June-July 2017

Having lived in Germany’s financial hub for a few years, Beate Mauder-Kakkar suggests the best way to enjoy the city within a short time frame.

Frankfurt is a city of great importance, not only to the financial world — being the headquarters of the European Central Bank since June 1998 — but also to historians and gourmands alike.

An example of its historic wealth is the imposing seventh century gothic Kaiserdom, the imperial cathedral and former coronation church of the Holy Roman Empire. There is also Paulskirche, seat of the first publicly and freely elected German legislative body, and symbol of German democracy.

The city is popular for its delectable offerings too. There isn’t a dearth of restaurants here, but punctuating Frankfurt’s food scene are nine Michelin-starred restaurants — two have two stars and the remaining seven restaurants have one star. Except Sundays, most are open daily for lunch and dinner. However, for a rustic taste of Frankfurt, I’d suggest the local dining venues.

There is much more to explore within and on the city’s periphery.Apart from the usual hop-on, hop-off buses, rent a bicycle or walk to explore Frankfurt in all its beauty and rich history.

HISTORY 

Start your tour with a panoramic view of Frankfurt in the city centre. A 56-storey and 200-metre tall Main Tower (open 10am- 9pm Sunday-Thursday, until 11pm Friday-Saturday, during winter until 7pm; €7.50/₹545; main tower. de) offers two public viewing platforms to capture absolutely amazing views of the city and its surroundings. Look up straight ahead from the observation deck, and you will spot the Taunus mountain range of the State of Hesse, and its tallest peak, Feldberg at 878 metres. The Taunus area is also known for its geothermal springs and mineral waters. An eight-minute walk from the tower is Goethe House (open 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday, until 5:30pm Sunday; €7/₹490; goethehaus-frankfurt.de). It is the famous German writer and statesman’s family residence and museum in Frankfurt. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born here in 1749 and continued to live here until 1765, when he moved to Leipzig to study law. The foundation of today’s collections in this building is the so-called “Goethe treasure”: objects and works of art that serve to keep alive the memory of Goethe. One of the most important collections of manuscripts in Germany, a high-profile art collection with a museum of the time, and a special library with a total of about 1,30,000 books, has been developed here.

Even if you’re not familiar with the works of this writer, visit to peek into a typical bourgeois home from the late baroque period and architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. The dining room has a rich baroque mirror in the then fashionable light blue shade or bleumourant. Other rooms too hold baroque styled furniture, upholstery and other such furnishings.

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