Frankfurt, the big little city
We spent five days in Frankfurt, Germany's 'Big Little City', last week. The Husband had to attend a job interview there, and we thought it would be a good opportunity for us to scout out the area as well. Although we lived in Karlsruhe before (about an hour's drive away from Frankfurt), I've never actually been to Frankfurt city. I have flown in and out of Frankfurt Airport multiple times though!
I loved the fact that planes were flying overhead almost constantly, and while some people may have find the noise an annoyance, to me, seeing the planes constantly crisscrossing the sky made me feel closer to the family and friends I have all around the globe and part of a larger, global world.
We stayed at an AirBnb apartment in Niederrad, which was a twenty minute tram ride away from the city centre. The first place we visited was Römerberg, the central and most beautiful square in Frankfurt's Altstadt (Old Town), largely thanks to its traditional German-style buildings that line the square.
Large trade fairs used to be held on the Römerberg, with some of it eventually developing into the now world-famous Frankfurt Messe and the Frankfurt Book Fair (which is still being held, although its now moved to new facilities).
The east side of the square, opposite the Römer is known as the Ostzeile. This row of six picturesque half-timbered houses are reconstructions of the original fifteenth- and sixteenth-century houses, most of which were rebuilt or expanded in the eighteenth century.
|Frankfurt's Alte Oper|
The Alte Oper, or the Old Opera House, is another building not to be missed when in Frankfurt. It suffered massive damage during the war and was bombed down to its foundation walls, but was faithfully rebuilt to the original plans in the early 1980s, where it stands until today as a fine example of preserving historical heritage.
|Lilu cafe in Niederrad|
|Lilu Park in Niederrad|
|View from the top|
|At the top of the Frankfurt Main Tower|
This is a city of contradictions which somehow exist together harmoniously, and is a little bit of everything I love. I"m definitely looking forward to getting to know the city better in the years to come!