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    Germany: Frankfurt, a city that surprises

    Germany: Frankfurt, a city that surprises

    Located in the heart of Europe, Germany, Frankfurt am Main, or Frankfurt is not just a transit airport, but a real city, which surprises with its many skyscrapers. It is also a pleasant city, very green, which one appreciates the softness of living. Do you dare to try?

    We love Palmengarten

    The Palmengarten is our favorite. This botanical garden founded in 1868 at the initiative of the citizens of the city offers a green space of 22 hectares composed of many thematic greenhouses and gardens.

    "Plants, life, culture" is the mission of this inspiring place where you can admire some 13,000 tropical and subtropical species (cacti, rhododendrons, orchids, camellias), attend concerts and conferences all year round Or rent a paddle boat or canoe and sail on the small lake.

    Play areas for children are arranged, including a mini golf, and there is even a small train that runs through the garden from one end to the other.

    You can enjoy delicious pastries at the Siesmayer café, and there is also the chic Lafleur restaurant (two Michelin stars). It's simple, it's paradise, kids only dream of one thing: to return (and us too).

    A visit to Goethe

    This is the childhood home of the writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe. It is here that he was born on August 28, 1749, and it is here that he wrote The sufferings of the young Werther in 1775 as well as a first version of Faust.

    This 18th century mansion is composed of four floors. During the visit, we are immersed in the intimacy of the family, we enter the dining room, in the library, then in the office of the young Goethe.

    The house was rebuilt identically, since it was destroyed during the Second World War, like most of the city, by the way.

    The medieval district

    It is the most touristy place in the city, but it remains essential, since it is historic. The Römerberg is the big square that recalls the medieval past of Frankfurt - where the trade was taking place and the traditional Christmas market.

    Moreover, Frankfurt is still a city of fairs: the most important is that of the book, which is held in mid-October.

    In the middle of the pretty colored houses throne the Römer, the impressive city hall of Frankfurt since 1405.

    We also go through the new "old city", which has been completely rebuilt. We can then head for the Eiserner Steg bridge, which offers a beautiful view of the skyline of Frankfurt, and cross the river Main.

    We are then on the other bank, in the very lively district of Sachsenhausen. Do not forget to walk along the river, a few restaurants and cafes like the Yacht Club are to discover.

    Aperitif in Sachsenhausen

    It is the most festive and typical district, as there are many traditional German taverns.

    The Frankfurters meet there for the aperitif and sipping in a warm atmosphere the Apfelwein, a German cider.

    You can also taste the famous green sauce of Frankfurt (Grüne Sobe) composed of seven herbs (chives, parsley, chervil, watercress...); it is served with potatoes and boiled eggs.

    There is also the typical currywurst, a sausage served with curry and ketchup. One can also taste the best Wiener Schnitzel of the city at Lohninger. Sachsenhausen is obviously one of the favorite neighborhoods of the inhabitants of Frankfurt.

    Make the museums

    Frankfurt is a city of museums. It includes a museum of modern art, an incredible museum of natural history, a history museum, German cinema, architecture, or the Children's Museum.

    The Städel Museum is one of Germany's most important fine art museums with a collection of more than 3,000 paintings and 600 sculptures of European art, from the Middle Ages to today.

    It brings together a large collection of German painters as well as painters such as Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Renoir and contemporary artists.

    Moreover, it presents very beautiful temporary exhibitions, like the one on Van Gogh which starts on October 23rd.

    A tip in passing: you must always have cash on hand, because credit cards are refused in many restaurants and museums.

    Walking in the pedestrian streets

    Many streets in the center of the city are pedestrian, so it is very pleasant to walk around. The Alt Oper Opera House (Opernplatz) is also a nice place to have a meal.

    We start the walk towards the very chic Goethe Strasse, where we cross the shops Prada, Dior and Chanel.

    You can also stop in the cafes and shops of Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse. We continue our way to the very wide Zeil, pedestrian shopping street where we find the big international and German brands.

    We stop at the MyZeil shopping center, designed by the architect Massimiliano Fuksas, where a terrace awaits us on the roof (Sander restaurant).

    There is also that of the department store La Galeria Kaufhof, on the seventh floor. We pass by the historic café Hauptwache, very well located in the middle of the square, which opens at 10 am.

    Tower with view

    Inaugurated in 1999, the Main Tower is a 56-story, 240-meter-high skyscraper with a beautiful panoramic view of Frankfurt.

    It is not the tallest tower in the city, but it is the only one with an observatory at its top (there is also a restaurant).

    This is the skyscraper of the headquarters of the German bank Commerzbank, signed by the architect Norman Foster, which is the tallest tower in the city with its 300 m.

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