Altstadt or 'old town' in English, is completely surrounded by the Innenstadt district (present day city centre) and lies just to the north of the river. The Altstadt has existed since Frankfurts beginnings, however only a handful of the original buildings survived the bombings during WWII with many having to be rebuilt years later

Despite this, Altstadt has retained plenty of medieval charm and is an absolute delight to visit.  It contains many of Frankfurts important sites, the Römerberg plaza (a definite must see) along with Römer city hall and Frankfurt Cathedral (Kaiserdom St Bartholomaus).

The iconic Römerberg square is a perfect representation of the half-timbered houses once so loved by a bygone era!  As previously mentioned most of the original timber frame houses were destroyed in the war.  Thus, for a chance to see the only one still remaining in the square head down towards the river.  Directly opposite the steps leading to the Historisches Museum you will find that it is not only still standing but fully functional, housing both a bakery and restaurant.  Compare it to the buildings on the rest of the square and it certainly proves what a wonderful job the city has done rebuilding this historic part of the city!

Take a seat at one of Frankfurts coffee institution Wackers and people watch as tourists amble across the square or perhaps head round the corner to the Schirn and take in an exhibition.  Whatever your pleasure though there’s  bound to be a little something for everyone.

Good to know:

  • the Römerberg is famous for its outdoor Christmas Market
  • the cultural epicentre of Frankfurt with plenty of museums, galleries and shops

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