Frankfurt was a quick, one-night stop on my 30-day Europe trip. Beforehand, I read somewhere that the city was known for its futuristic skyline. I expected a super mod, high-tech looking city, and I sort of got it here…
I had some time before dinner to wander around the area and I eventually ended up in the futuristic-looking Skyline Plaza mall! Inside was like any other high-end shopping mall, though.
But then, I was surprised to see places like this on the way to dinner:
We passed Römerberg, the historic heart of Frankfurt. Now this is what I imagined all of Germany to look like. Pretty, picturesque houses that you’d find only in small towns.
Turns out that row of picturesque half-timbered houses are reconstructions of the original fifteenth and sixteenth-century houses. 1944 bombardments obliterated the whole historic district, including the Römerberg. I forget how WWII made lasting marks of damage on European cities (another reminder was St. Paul’s Cathedral in London). These kinds of things are truly “out of sight, out of mind” for me, living in America (so there’s another reason to travel!).
And then we crossed the Main River:
By walking over Frankfurt’s own love lock bridge, Eiserner Steg:
The buildings on this side of town were still European-cute, with flowers sitting on the windowsill and all. This was a feature that I saw frequently in Europe and wished to emulate!
A bit more walking and we arrived for dinner at Dauth Schneider.
I won’t elaborate on dinner because you can read all about my experience with German food in this blog post!
On the way back, I felt lucky to catch the sun set over the city.
The highlight was seeing the “futuristic skyline” from Eiserner Steg bridge on the way back:
I was so glad that I got to see the skyline in person. All those Google images looked promising, but…
…nothing beats the real experience.
Passed by Römerberg Square, again:
The number of beautiful churches and cathedrals standing in Europe never fails to amaze me. Alte Nikolaikirche (above) is a small early Gothic church which was built as early as in the eleventh century.
It also turns out that scores of Holy Roman Emperors celebrated their coronations in this square. In 1612 at the coronation of Matthias, that fountain even ran with wine!
The only downside was that this trip through Germany was too quick. Ideally, I’d like to see more of this country – especially Berlin. But I also know that a bunch of small German towns are equally appealing… So! Where would you go, big city or small town?
Have you been to Germany? Frankfurt? What were your favorite things to see & do?
Thanks for reading!