Top architectural sightseeing and landmarks of Frankfurt am Main - ideas on city exploration routes
Our suggestion on the way to observe the most important architectural landmarks of Frankfurt am Main is very simple – fly, read, watch. Thanks to our original 3D technology of flying over cities, you will be able to “visit” (see the video) and watch the most important architectural landmarks of the city - Europaturm, Paulskirche, Maintower, Messeturm, Hauptbahnhof Frankfurt and many others. We have carefully selected the supplementary information for each of them, including interesting historical facts and a collection of photographs. Additionally, we have placed all main sights on the map of Frankfurt am Main below, since this information can be useful when you plan your walking routes in Frankfurt am Main.
Europaturm, Frankfurt am Main
» Its height was 331 m and then it was the highest in Germany. The diameter in the upper part was 59 m - this is a world record for such structures. The foundation of the tower lies at a depth of 18 meters.
» At the top of the tower there was a restaurant and a disco. After 1999, they were closed and visitors' access was prohibited.
» In 2004, the antenna was completely replaced due to introduction of a satellite television.
» The replacement has been made with a support of a helicopter and the height of the tower increased to 337.5 m.
» The inhabitants of the city call the tower "Ginnheimer Asparagus", by the name of the area in which it is located. The nearest metro station is Ginnheim.
Paulskirche, Frankfurt am Main
» Within its walls in 1848-1849 the National Assembly meetings were held. Also, the first German constitution was adopted here.
» In 1944, the church was destroyed during bombings. It was decided to restore it to the centenary of the Frankfurt National Assembly.
» In 1948 it was opened, but not as a religious institution, but as a cultural center with the new name "The House of All Germans".
» Since then, important public events have been hosted here, including the award ceremony of the Peace Prize of German booksellers.
» In 1963, US President John Kennedy has given a speech in the House of All Germans during his visit to Germany.
» Nowadays, the Church of St. Paul is recognized as the national cultural monument.
Maintower, Frankfurt am Main
» The construction was carried out such that the fragments of the facade of the old building were built into the new building, demonstrating the connection of the past with the present.
» This is the first skyscraper in Europe with a facade of full glazing.
» On the highest floor of the tower there is an observation deck for those who like observing the city scape from atop. The high-speed elevator gets up at a speed of 7m/s.
» The Main Tower skyscraper mainly houses bank offices. A restaurant and a cocktail bar are located at an altitude of 187 m, and on the 53rd and 54th floors there is a Hessen radio station.
» The skyscraper uses the energy produced by its own geothermal power plant.
» Beside this, the building does not use an air conditioning system because all rooms have the ventilation by the windows opening outwards.
Messeturm, Frankfurt am Main
» Back then, this building was the highest in Europe.
» The project was designed by the architect Helmuth Ian, who was born in Germany, but moved to America.
» The skyscraper's construction begins with a cubic base, a parallelepiped with cut corners, a cylindrical section goes then and the summit ends with a pyramid. As a joke, the residents call the tower as ‘pencil’.
» The facade of the Messeturm tower is faced with steel, glass and panels of red granite. Red facades are very characteristic for Frankfurt buildings, as they traditionally were trimmed with red sandstone mined in the Main River.
» This stylish tower is an administrative building. In its garage there are 900 parking spaces and it is directly connected to the metro.
Hauptbahnhof Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main
» The station was rebuilt several times, increasing its size, due to the growing number of passengers and cargo.
» To this day, two relics of that time have survived: a large clock with two day-night statues and a powerful statue of Atlantes holding the Earth on their shoulders. The statue is located on the roof above the main entrance.
» Today, the station is Germany's largest transport hub. Every day, its terminals handle 450,000 people, 340 long-distance routes and 1,100 local routes.
» The train station is very convenient for travelers, as it provides commuting with metro lines, tram, bus routes and local trains.
» The modern Hauptbahnhof has an excellent infrastructure in order to provide passengers with everything they need: information boards and signs, restaurants, cafes and bars. Proper provisioning have been created for people with disabilities.
Old St. Nicholas Church, Frankfurt am Main
Facts: » The old church of St. Nicholas is a 13th century building. For several centuries it was a court church.
» During the Middle Ages, its tall tower served as a fire building and a lighthouse, serving as a reference point for river ships.
» During the Second World War, the church building was damaged. After the war, both the building and the interior were restored.
» The 14th century relics here are the memorial plaques of Siegfried Zum Paradeus, the artist of middle ages.
» Now it's an active Lutheran church. Every day 40 bells ringing from the belfry of the church produce music waves over the city.
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