Frankfurt am Main – or as it is more commonly known, Frankfurt – is the largest city in the state of Hesse in Germany and is the fifth largest in the country. It is the German centre for finance and transportation and is also an international centre for finance, commerce, culture, transport, education and tourism.
The city has a great skyline for fans of architecture and design with not only a fantastic array of classic buildings and cathedrals it also has an interesting modern history with great 20th and 21st century architectural delights.
For anyone visiting the city some of the cathedrals and churches that must be seen include Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral and Saint Paul’s Church. Saint Bartholomew’s is a grand gothic building constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries and kings of the Holy Roman Empire were elected in this church. In 1867 a fire destroyed the building and it was rebuilt to its current state and during World War II parts of it were destroyed and rebuilt in the 1950′s.
Saint Paul’s Church is a national historic monument which has a large political back story, it also has an interesting style because the original building was built between 1789 and 1833 but parts were destroyed in World War II, particularly the interior which was all rebuilt with a modern appearance.
Romerberg square is a great spot to visit and is home to ‘Romer’ which is a complex of nine houses that together form the Frankfurt city hall, the middle house became the city hall when the city council aquired the buildings in 1405 and was later connected to the surrounding buildings as well.
creating a peak in the landscape of the Innenstadt district the Eschenheim Tower is a 15th centruy building that originally served as a city gate and is now the oldest and most unaltered building in the district.
Frankfurt Airport was built in 1936 and is now one of the busiest passenger traffic airports in Europe (only beaten by London Heathrow Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport) it has two main terminals with Terminal 2 being added in 1994 and has a very modern design that is usual to large commercial buildings of recent times with a mostly glass front. The airport also has various buildings nearby, most of which are very modern including the Park Inn Airport Hotel and The Squaire (square and air combined) an office building attached directly to Terminal 1.
Frankfurt also has a significant number of skyscrapers if that is more your interest. The Commerzbank Tower is 259m tall and was Europe’s tallest building between 1997 and 2003. They also have the impressive Deutsche Bank Twin Towers both 155m tall and the headquarters of the Deutsche Bank. There are 12 skyscrapers overall and 4 more high rise buildings that just miss out on the height requirements to be skyscrapers.