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Skyscrapers in Frankfurt (Self Guided), Frankfurt

Besides being a city of old traditions and culture, Frankfurt is also renown for its innovation, modern life and financial well-being. Once you leave the old town region and head towards the financial district, the landscape changes drastically with modern skyscrapers sprouting all around like the proverbial mushrooms.
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Skyscrapers in Frankfurt Map

Guide Name: Skyscrapers in Frankfurt
Guide Location: Germany » Frankfurt (See other walking tours in Frankfurt)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Eurotower
  • Galileo
  • Silver Tower
  • Skyper
  • Main Tower
  • Deutsche Bank Twin Towers
  • The Trianon
  • Büro Center
  • Westend-Tower (Westendstraße 1)
  • City-Haus
  • MesseTurm

1) Eurotower

The Eurotower lies in the financial district of Frankfurt. The concrete tower with a light grey non bearing aluminum and glass facade, is 148 meters tall with 40 floors. Besides being of great significance in the financial sphere of Frankfurt, the structure contributes a unique visual aspect to the skyline of the city.

The Eurotower was designed by architect Richard Heil and the construction period was between 1971 and 1977. At first the tower was occupied by the Bank für Gemeinwirtschaft or the Bank for Social Economy. Later the European Monetary Institute had their offices in the building. On the 2nd June 1998, the European Central Bank became its main tenants. The tower has 78,000 meters of office space and is the eleventh tallest tower in Frankfurt.

The first Euro was made within the Eurotower and a symbol of the Euro can be seen in front of the building.
Sight description based on wikipedia

2) Galileo

The Gallileo Tower is located in the financial district of Frankfurt across the street from the Eurotower. The name of the tower is derived from the nearby Gallusanlage Park and the astronomer Galileo.

The Gallileo tower was built between 1998 and 2003 to house the investment banking offices of the Dresdner Bank now taken over by the Commerzbank. The other offices of the bank are in the nearby Silver Tower. Another high rise structure built in 1951 called the Zinssertum was torn down to make way for this skyscraper in 1996. The tower is the 14th tallest building in Frankfurt.

The Gallileo Tower is 136 meters tall. The structure consists of two towers, a 138 meter north tower and a 114 meter south tower connected by a core that runs through the 136 meter height of the building. It has a glass facade with 400 windows making a glass skin around the structure that has an area of 22,000 square meters. The unique reflective floor slabs were designed by the American artist James Turrel to make the building glow from inside at night.

For visitors, the tower is an attraction because of the English theater located in the ground floor. There are also a few shops and a bar near the theater.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Silver Tower

3) Silver Tower

The Silver Tower was the tallest building in Germany till 1991. The main administrative offices of one of the major banks in Germany, the Dresdner Bank are located in the building. Its location is the Jurgen Ponto Platz in the financial district of Frankfurt.

The Silver tower was constructed between 1975 and 1978 by the Mannheim based international company Bilfinger Berger. The façade is made of aluminum and glass giving it a silver glow. The plaza on which the building stands is named after Jurgen Ponto a former CEO of the Dresdner Bank who was slain by the then active Red Army. The tower is 166 meters high with 32 floors. The design is of four structures with rounded edges. The rounded edges are a unique feature among skyscrapers in Frankfurt. The electric wires run below the high floors and the air conditioning is above the suspended ceilings that cause the elevation in the floors.

Other interesting facets of the Silver Tower are a concert hall where artists sponsored by the Jurgen Ponto foundation perform and a small neon artwork gallery at the top floor. The hallways are also decorated with neon art. At the top of the building is an auditorium with floor to ceiling windows offering a panoramic view.
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Skyper

Skyper is a building complex in the Bahnhofsviertel district of Frankfurt, Germany. The tallest of the three buildings is a 38-storey, 154 m (505 ft) skyscraper. Its quadrant-shaped silhouette is a distinctive part of the Frankfurt cityscape. Situated a street over from the Silver Tower, the skyscraper replaced the Philipp Holzmann building and the construction costs were estimated at 425 million dollars. Completed in 2004, the tower is linked by a 9 m (30 ft) glass atrium to a neo-classical villa dating from 1915. The villa is listed as a building of historical importance and once belonged, along with the site as a whole, to the Philipp Holzmann construction group, which used the property as its corporate head office. A residential and commercial building with 52 one- to three-room apartments and ground-floor retail space completes the ensemble. Skyper has been owned since 2006 by an investment company belonging to the Swiss banking group UBS.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Main Tower

5) Main Tower (must see)

Named after the River Main, the Main Tower is the 4th tallest building in Frankfurt and all of Germany. The tower is the only skyscraper open for public view in the city. The design is of two connected towers, one cubical with a glass facade and the other circular clad with blue colored glass.

Construction of the Main Tower began in 1996 and was completed in 1999. The tower has 55 floors with functioning windows making it an eco-friendly modern high rise structure. The Tower was planned by the Hamburg based Schweiger and partners and the design won the IMMOBILIEN award 2001 at the CIMMIT congress. The building has the offices of German Banks and several international banks making it the financial center of Frankfurt. The structure also houses a television and radio station.

There is an observation deck at the tower's highest floor and visitors are encouraged to take a map to view Frankfurt’s many landmarks from the top. One floor below is a restaurant and bar with large windows offering panoramic 360-degree views of the city. On clear days visitors to the deck can see as far as the Mainz, Wiesbaden, Hanau, and Taunus Mountains.

Why You Should Visit:
There are a few elevated places in Frankfurt which provide amazing views of the city, but the Main Tower has to be the tallest and the best amongst them.
Unlike some other observation decks, the top of the Main Tower is completely open other than a low railing. There's no glass between you and the sky.

Go before sunset to see Frankfurt in daylight and 20 minutes later in the light of a big city.
Also, please please wrap up if going during the colder months.

Opening Hours:
[Foyer: Art exhibition] Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
[Observation deck: Summer] Sun-Thu: 10am-9pm; Fri, Sat: 10am-11pm
[Observation deck: Winter] Sun-Thu: 10am-7pm; 10am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Deutsche Bank Twin Towers

6) Deutsche Bank Twin Towers

Originally built for the American Hyatt hotel group, the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers were taken over by the Deutsche Bank to house its offices. The complex consists of two 155 meter towers rising from a four floor base building. The two towers are called the debit and credit towers by the locals.

The Deutsche Bank Twin Towers were constructed between 1979 and 1984. The design was by ABB Architects Hanig, Scheid and Schmidt. The building is of concrete with a superior grade glass facade. The complex covers an area of 108,500 square meters. The floor plans of each tower are offset at 45 degree angles to prevent the windows from looking into each other. The design also facilitates the cool air from the Taunus Mountains to flow around the towers and into the city. The building is undergoing extensive renovation based on eco friendly principles to conform to new fire regulations of the city of Frankfurt.

The largest man shaped monolith called Continuity, sculpted by Bauhaus artist, Professor Max Bill greets viewers at the front of the building. The 5 meter high sculpture is carved using a single piece of granite depicting a two sided continuous strip.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Trianon

7) The Trianon

The Trianon is the fifth tallest building in Frankfurt and has an approximate height of 186 meters. The construction of The Trianon was completed in 1993. The building likely received its name from the triangular design. It serves as the company headquarters for DekaBank, other tenants are Linklaters and Franklin Templeton. Atop the building is an upside-down pyramid suspended from the three corners.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Büro Center

8) Büro Center

Frankfurter Büro Center (English: Frankfurt Office Centre), also known as FBC, is a 40-storey, 142 m (466 ft) skyscraper in the Westend-Süd district of Frankfurt, Germany. The Frankfurt Büro Center was built in 1980. The modernist Büro Center was constructed with granite and aluminum. The interior features a gigantic air conditioner which provides "ecological" air to all floors of the Büro Center. On the square in front of the tower was set up in 1997 a 21 m (69 ft) sculpture of the artist Claus Bury.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Westend-Tower (Westendstraße 1)

9) Westend-Tower (Westendstraße 1)

Westend-Tower is not your stereotypical skyscraper with commercial offices. In 1995, Westendstraße 1, as it's known by locals, won the "Best Building of the Year" award for its multi-functional design and architecture. Westendstraße 1 is a 53-storey, 208 m (682 ft) skyscraper in the Westend-Süd district of Frankfurt. The structure was completed in 1993 and together with the nearby City-Haus, forms the headquarters of DZ Bank. The tower is the third tallest skyscraper in Frankfurt and also in Germany. The facade consists of fine, golden granite, giving it a white and bright appearance from afar. The building was designed by architect William Pedersen. The characteristic ring beam at the top of the tower (known commonly as the crown) is a reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty, but is also intended as a reminder to Frankfurt's history as the city where German emperors were crowned. The crown faces towards the old part of Frankfurt where the coronations were held at the Frankfurt Cathedral. The 95 tonne steel crown is heated in winter to prevent the forming of icicles which could potentially endanger pedestrians or cars on the street below. A sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, called Inverted Collar and Tie is set up in front of the entrance.
Sight description based on wikipedia

10) City-Haus

One of the many skyscrapers of Frankfurt is the City Haus located in the West End at the Republic Square. The high rise office building is 142 meters tall and has 42 floors. When the building opened its doors, it was the second tallest building in Germany.

City Haus was constructed based on plans drawn by architects Johannes Krahn and Richard Heil. The building was ready for use in 1974. City Haus courted controversy throughout its construction period. A section of citizens objected to high rise buildings coming in the location when construction began. While work was underway, a fire broke out in 1973 delaying the completion of the structure. Finally, the bronzed aluminum facade gave a dull forbidding appearance that was unappealing to locals and visitors. At first City Haus was called Selmi Hochhaus after its Persian owner Ali Selmi. In 1976, the building was acquired by the DG Bank, now called the DZ Bank. The bank built a seven floor extension called City Haus II in 1986.

In 2006, the DZ Bank carried out extensive renovations to the building with the help of Frankfurt firm, Christoph Mackler Architects. The result was a new facade that allowed natural light and gave City Haus a clean and green appearance. Today, the structure conforms to European energy conservation regulations. There is also an art gallery in the building with a separate entrance that visitors can use to view the exhibits.
Sight description based on wikipedia

11) MesseTurm (must see)

The MesseTurm or Trade Fair Tower is the second tallest building in Frankfurt & Germany, and the third tallest in the European Union. The tower was completed in 1991 and is located on the trade fair grounds of Frankfurt. Locals call the building 'the Pencil' because of its shape.

The MesseTurm is 256 meters high and has 60 floors. It is a city landmark and a symbol of Germany’s economic boom. The structure is built using a postmodernist art deco style. The building was designed by German American architect Helmut Jahn. A world record was set when the foundation of the structure was laid. A 20-meter deep foundation was dug and 90 trucks poured concrete for 78 hours making it the longest concrete pour in the world. The tower has a combination of shapes. It has a square footprint, rises as a square, becomes a cylinder and changes to a pyramid at the summit. The structure uses the red sandstone from the Main River extensively, unlike other modern high-rise buildings in Frankfurt.

Today the tower is used predominantly as commercial office space. The building also has a restaurant and a parking space for 900 vehicles. A major attraction is American artist Jonathan Borofsky’s 21.5 meter, giant moving sculpture of a hammering man located in front of Messetrum.

The building is especially eye-catching at dusk and after dark.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles

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