9. Frankfurt - Old Town Historic Walking Tour
Start your tour at the Römer, also called Roman, those nine medieval houses in the center of Frankfurt are an important spot of the town. It has been the city hall for more than 600 years and is a great place for many kinds of events. Weddings and civil registrations are happening in this feudal atmosphere. Formally known as the Imperial Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew, Frankfurt Cathedral is a great place to explore. It is the largest Roman Gothic church in the city and was a great symbol of unity during the Empire era. Its tower, organ and vaulted ceilings are amazing treasures. The next step of our tour is the Eiserner Steg, an iron footbridge crossing the river. First built in 1868, it has been replaced and rebuilt more than one time. Destroyed in 1946 by the Wehrmacht, it is since 1993 a 170 meters-long bridge with rivered steel reinforcements and two piers. You will walk by the Städel Museum. Selected as the Museum of the year 2012 by the AICA, the Städel Museum is quite a place to visit. The art museum is composed of the most wonderful collections in Germany, and of the 2,700 paintings, only 600 are displayed. This place is also the home of a library with more than 100,000 books. Get to see the Eurotower. This skyscraper which is 148 meters high will make you raise your head. EuroTower was the seat of the European Central Bank for many years until 2015. Designed by the architect Richard Heil, it is a great heritage of European financial history. Visit the Goethe House which is the birthplace and the childhood home of the great writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. You will have the chance to see his writing desk of his early works by entering the house; a wonderful journey in German literature. Walk by the St. Paul's Church which was previously identified as a Lutheran church. St Paul's Church became a Protestant church and a significant political symbol in Germany. Indeed, it was the seat of the first Frankfurt Parliament in 1848. This event was very important for the city. You will then walk through the Kleinmarkthall which is a wonder for food lovers. Open six days of the week, this market is composed of not less than 156 stalls selling delicious goods. From Frankfurt's famous green sauce to worldwide imported food, you will have the chance to try those fresh treats. Also known as the Main Guardroom in English, the Hauptwach is a central point of Frankfurt where many locals meet. You will walk by its great plazas and the baroque building built in 1730 which gave its name to the place. Finish your your at the Alte Oper which is now the Old Opera of Frankfurt. This concert hall hosted many great operas like Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in 1937. First built at the end of the 19th century, you will like to see this great artistic building as well as the Opera Square in front of it.