|Frankfurt - Top Attractions
Child hood memories of the famous Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany’s
world-famous poet and writer, are buried in this shrine, which lies
next to two neighboring half-timbered houses in Grosser Hirschgraben.
The house was reconstruction after it was destroyed in the Second
The Goethe Museum lying next to it contains a huge library of books,
documents, and graphics relating to the poet.
This 15th-century, red-sandstone tower of the Dom St. Bartholomäus,
is an astounding feature of the Altstadt. The emperors of the Holy
Roman Empire were elected and crowned for nearly 300 years in this
Destroyed by Allied bombs in 1944, it was rebuilt in 1953, and today
the chapel is most noted for its west tower, which is exclusively
ornamented and crowned by a polygonal gable, and topped with both
a lantern and a dome.
Another key treasure is its choir stalls, which represent brilliant
Upper Rhine artisanship, dating from around the mid-14th century.
Established in 1858, Zoologische Garten is one of the oldest, largest,
and well-maintained zoos in Germany. Located in Ostend, it is home
to about 600 different species and 5,000 animals, mostly kept in
enclosures resembling as closely as possible their natural habitats.
A unique feature is a 'day and night house' where visitors can watch
what nocturnal creatures do after dark.
Frankfurt's most interesting art gallery exhibits a fine collection
of most European schools of painting. The first floor features French
Impressionists such as Renoir and Monet, along with German painters
of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the Tischbein's Portrait of
Goethe in the Campagna in Italy. In the second floor, you will find
outstanding collection of Flemish primitives, 17th-century Dutch
artists, and 16th-century German masters such as Dürer, Grünewald,
Memling, Elsheimer, and many others. One of the most impressive
paintings is Jan van Eyck's Madonna (1433). So take out time and
make sure you visit both the floors.
The University administers the well-ordered and interesting Botanical
Garden in Frankfurt.
The gardens cover more than eight hectares (20 acres) and contain
more than 6,000 different botanical species, from exotic rainforest
flowers to European weeds.
Visitors can take a trip through the different areas of the plant
kingdom, from the hardwood forests of North America to the barren
savannah of Africa.