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East Innenstadt Sights (Self Guided), Frankfurt

The Innenstadt (Inner city) is the central city district of Frankfurt am Main and is home to Germany's most expensive shopping streets and real estate. It is home to The Zeil - Frankfurt's most famous street, beautiful churches and modern skyscrapers, trendy restaurants, night clubs, and much more. Take this tour to experience the history and glamor of today's Frankfurt.
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East Innenstadt Sights Map

Guide Name: East Innenstadt Sights
Guide Location: Germany » Frankfurt (See other walking tours in Frankfurt)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Eschenheimer Tower
  • Schiller Straße
  • Frankfurt Stock Exchange
  • Zeil
  • Church of Our Dear Lady (Liebfraukirche)
  • Gabler
  • Tongesgasse
  • Erzeugermarkt
  • Staufer Wall (Staufenmauer)
  • Raus aus dem Keller
  • Dominican Monastery (Dominikanerkloster)
  • Memorial Wall
Eschenheimer Tower

1) Eschenheimer Tower (must see)

One of the few remaining medieval towers that once protected the city of Frankfurt, the Eschenheimer Tower is a well-known city landmark. It is now located at the center of one of Frankfurt’s busiest intersections.

At the time of completion, the Eschenheimer was one of 60 towers that protected the city of Frankfurt from its enemies. Klaus Mengos, a carpenter, built the tower’s rectangular-shaped base in 1400 and the design was executed and completed by master builder Madern Gerthener. A self-portrait bust of Gerthener is placed on its archway. The tower became functional in 1428. In the 18th century, the city began to expand and many medieval towers were demolished. The timely intervention of French ambassador Count d’Hedouville helped prevent the demolition of the Eschenheimer Tower and to preserve this fine example of medieval architecture till the 21st century. The tower is 47 meters high with eight levels and two attics.

The Eschenheimer Tower is located one block north of the Hauptwache. A bistro called E.T. im Trum is located at the ground floor serving classic German food and beer. Visitors can also view the tower’s well-preserved battlements.

Why You Should Visit:
This tower is EXTREMELY German, has a friendly easy-going feel to it, and just begs to be photographed.
Inside it is comfortable, but there's a large covered outdoor patio, and if the weather is good, that's a nice option.

Alternately, go to the top of Fleming's Hotel nearby for a drink and a nice view.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 12pm-1am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-3am
Schiller Straße

2) Schiller Straße

Despite nearly 40 shops and several dining facilities, Schiller Straße is one of the shortest shopping streets in Frankfurt. The major attraction at Schiller Straße is the weekly market, which takes place every Friday.
Frankfurt Stock Exchange

3) Frankfurt Stock Exchange

The Borse or the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is the third largest stock, share and foreign exchange market in the world. The present building located in the heart of the city was constructed in the early 19th century.

In the 9th century, the stock exchange in Frankfurt began with a free letter by Emperor Louis the German permitting the establishment of free trade fairs. The letter spurred a flurry of financial activity and by the 16th century, Frankfurt was a flourishing center for trade and financial services. The first Borse was formed in 1585 and in 1874 the stock exchange moved into its present location. The building housing the new Borse was designed by German architects, Rudolf Heinrich Burnitz and Oskar Sommer. The red sandstone structure had a neo renaissance style with an ornate Greco Roman facade. The elegant appearance of the Borse is further enhanced by the bronze sculptures of a bull and bear at the square in front of the building. The figures were cast by Sculptor Reinhard Dachlauer and placed at the location in 1988.

Floor trading is still conducted at the stock exchange and visitors can reserve a seat to view the proceedings. The visitor’s gallery is open for two hours on each trading day and assistance and interactive methods are used to give viewers a better understanding of the floor trading process.
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Zeil (must see)

Once the center for large scale cattle trading, this old and busy shopping lane extends from the Konstablerwache Plaza to the Hauptwache Plaza in Frankfurt. The Zeil is a shoppers’ paradise where visitors with varied budgets can find a range of products from mid-priced supermarket fare to high-end brands.

The Zeil has been Frankfurt’s retail hub since the 14th century. The name Zeil comes from the German 'Zeile' that means row. At first, it meant a row of residential houses that later became the city’s popular marketplace. Before World War II the street had many grand buildings that were destroyed and subsequently restored.

Among the three major buildings located on the Zeil is the Zeilgalerie, a ten-storey shopping center with a unique spiral design (there are many music and electronic stores and restaurants in the building). Modern architecture and baroque are blended in another shopping center called the PalaisQuartier, which has a spectacular vortex-like glass façade, glass columns and irregularly shaped ramps. Finally – the 12-storey Beehive House, a commercial and office building which is also one of the Frankfurt’s early skyscrapers – is also located on the Zeil.

Visitors will enjoy the unique shopping experience offered by the shops at the Zeil. Products available include luxury items, designer brands, handicrafts, clothes designed by young Frankfurt designers, outlets of all major German retail chains and produce from the Frankfurt area.

Why You Should Visit:
Could be referred to as an "outdoor shopping mall", but it is so much more than that; it's the perfect place to acclimate to Europe if you arrive in Frankfurt, fun to shop, eat and explore while admiring its architecture. You don't need to worry about cars to cross the street – that's a bonus.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of Our Dear Lady (Liebfraukirche)

5) Church of Our Dear Lady (Liebfraukirche)

Between the Zeil shopping street and the busy Romerberg square in Frankfurt lies this gothic style church that dates back to the early middle ages. The building is a functioning catholic parish church and Capuchin monastery. It is open to the public and the Capuchin fathers provide food for the needy and homeless near the main building.

The Liebfraukirche was donated by a Frankfurt aristocrat, Wigel of Wanebach whose epitaph still remains in the church in 1322. His son Wigel Frog and his widow Catherine of Wanebach added a chapel and expanded the building. The small church building was further enlarged in 1344 and a three aisle gothic hall was constructed. In 1415 the façade of the church was adorned with what is considered its greatest treasure, a Tympanum depicting the Adoration of the Magi from the workshop of artist Madern Gertheners. In 1923, the Capuchin order made the church their home. The building was completely destroyed in World War II and remained in ruins till its recent reconstruction in 1956.

Visitors to the cathedral can spend a few moments of peace and contemplation in the simple yet spiritual ambience of Liebfraukirche located in the busiest part of the city of Frankfurt.

6) Gabler

What to buy here: Picard leather-wear and bags.

Leather making was an important industry through the middle of the 20th Century in Frankfurt and the surrounding region. Just east of the city limits is the city of Offenbach, which was a centre for the industry. By 2000, there were less than 20 companies making leather goods in and around Offenbach. One of those companies is Picard, founded in 1928 and located in Obertshausen about 7.5 miles from Frankfurt. Picard makes leatherwear for men and women that has a reputation for quality and durability. Its products are found in many Frankfurt leather shops. Gabler, located downtown at Toengesgasse 33, 60311 Frankfurt, is a good venue. Gabler predates Picard by about 50 years and is located one block away from the Zeil, the pedestrian zone that is the heart of the Frankfurt shopping district. The ladies handbags shown here range in size and are priced from 119 euros to 199 euros. Gabler store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

7) Tongesgasse

The Tongesgasse is a shopping street in the old district of Frankfurt. In contrast to the Zeil, the Tongesgasseis does not offer inter-regional chain stores, but rather privately owned specialty stores. It's a nice place to spend an afternoon.

8) Erzeugermarkt

Erzeugermarkt is the largest market in Frankfurt. It is popular among locals, because Erzeugermarkt provides a large selection of products from all over Germany. At Erzeugermarkt, visitors may purchase famous apple-wine and Hessen specialties.
Hours: Saturday: 8:00-17:00; Thursday: 10:00-20:00
Staufer Wall (Staufenmauer)

9) Staufer Wall (Staufenmauer)

The Staufer Wall was built in 1180 with the intention of protecting the city from unwanted attacks. Frankfurt was once surrounded by walls and only provided three gates for entrance to the city. Today, one may still find remains of a wall that was once approximately 7 meters high and 3 meters thick.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Raus aus dem Keller

10) Raus aus dem Keller

Established in Frankfurt Altstadt near the Zeil, Raus aus dem Keller is a daily underground flea market that caters to bargain hunters who seek both junk and collectibles. With a total area of 800 square meters, you can find a wide assortment of cheap antiques, electrical equipment, toys, jewelry, watches, china, glassware, household goods, books, CDs, clothes, bags, shoes, lamps, bicycles, and much more. Raus aus dem Keller also organizes auction sales.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 12 pm - 7 pm
Dominican Monastery (Dominikanerkloster)

11) Dominican Monastery (Dominikanerkloster)

The Dominican Monastery in Frankfurt was the earliest church and Christian monastery in the city. Today, it serves as an exhibition hall and meeting place and is the seat of the Protestant Evangelical Association consisting of Evangelical Churches and Deaneries in the region. The Synod of the Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau is convened here, twice every year.

The monastery established in 1233 had humble beginnings. The first Dominican brothers built a small house with four rooms and set about their task of providing religious instruction to the local people. This small house served as the entrance to the monastery. In the 14th century the monastery consisted of many scholars and received generous donations from citizens in appreciation of the good work performed by the monks and a richly decorated monastery and chapel were constructed. The building was taken over by the Lutherans after the reformation. The city obtained the monastery during the secularization period and put it to several non religious uses.

The design of the monastery was Gothic and the structure was made of rubble stone. It was almost completely destroyed after the Second World War. After the war, architect Gustav Scheinpflug designed a new structure based on the layout of the old monastery. The new structure has a Gothic style with modern interiors. Of the old building, only the choir of the Holy Ghost Church remains. The courtyard of the monastery plays host to a folk theater performance every summer and concerts by the Church Music Association Frankfurt.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Memorial Wall

12) Memorial Wall

Frankfurt's Memorial Wall is one of the places of sorrow in this city. It commemorates the 11,133 citizens that were killed during the Holocaust. The names, birth dates, and dates of death of the victims are all engraved on metal tablets resting against the wall. The Jewish cemetery and the burned synagogue are situated nearby.

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