Frankfurt Germany - No Longer Bankfurt
Frankfurt's Romerberg Square
With its forest of skyscrapers perched on the banks of the Main River,
If you arrive in
In the 1980s,
Many of the city's historic sights are clustered around Romerberg, the main square.
Saalgasse, literally "long hall street," just off the main square, offers a perspective on pre-WWII Frankfurt. In the 1990s, famous architects from around the world were each given a ruined house on this street and asked to design a new building to reflect the structure that stood there before the war. The result is a lane of postmodern buildings that echo their higgledy-piggledy predecessors.
For another before-and-after experience, visit
If you stay in
When you're done sightseeing and ready to unwind, go to
Apfelwein, drunk around here since Charlemagne's time 1,200 years ago, became more popular in the 16th century, when local grapes suffered from disease. Apple wine is about the strength of beer (5.5 percent alcohol), and is served spiced and warm in winter, cold in summer. To complement your traditional drink with a traditional meal, order
From the seedy to the sublime, from Goethe to apple wine, even two or three hours in
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