Democracy Way in Germany

14 July 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

Frankfurter Nationalversammlung im Juni 1848 von Ludwig von Elliott

Frankfurter Nationalversammlung im Juni 1848 von Ludwig von Elliott

The Democracy Way has been a reminder of the political awakening towards democracy in the region in 1848 (German Revolution) since 7 September 2007 as a holiday and at the same time as a cultural route in southwest Germany, modeled on other tourist routes such as the Castle Road or Upper Swabian Baroque Route. It is approx. 280 km long between Freiburg im Breisgau (South Baden) and Frankfurt am Main (Hesse). The subject of “democracy in Germany” is discussed in school lessons, but very few can look back on relatives in their own families who were involved in the efforts at that time. When visiting the places along the Democracy Way, identification opportunities are offered that show that democracy is made by people and does not fall from the sky. There are many monuments on it that remind of individual participants. However, some are more or less anonymous communal graves of the “insurgents” who were shot at the time. The word “Prussia”, on the other hand, still smacks of the intervention troops (federal troops) of that time in Baden. So far there are a total of 63 stations on this history route. Through a better museum didactic, connections should be made comprehensible. The aim is to show what democracy meant in 19th century Germany.   read more…

Jewish Museum Frankfurt and Museum Judengasse

20 March 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  4 minutes

Frankfurter Judengasse in 1868

Frankfurter Judengasse in 1868

The Jewish Museum Frankfurt am Main is the oldest independent Jewish Museum in Germany. It was opened by Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl on 9 November 1988, the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht.   read more…

Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof

15 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Epizentrum/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Frankfurter Hof is a hotel in Frankfurt am Main. It was built between 1872 and 1876 on the grounds of the former Weißer Hirsch by Karl Jonas Mylius and Alfred Friedrich Bluntschli and was one of the first addresses of Frankfurt’s gastronomy. First director was J. Fauchère-Shimon. The Frankfurter Hof is the flagship of the Deutsche Hospitality.   read more…

Theme Week Frankfurt – German Architecture Museum

5 July 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© dam-online.de

The German Architecture Museum (Deutsches Architekturmuseum) (DAM) is located on the Museumsufer in Frankfurt. Housed in an 18th-century building, the interior has been re-designed by Oswald Mathias Ungers in 1984 as a set of “elemental Platonic buildings within elemental Platonic buildings”. It houses a permanent exhibition entitled “From Ancient Huts to Skyscrapers” which displays the history of architectural development in Germany. The museum organises several temporary exhibitions every year, as well as conferences, symposia and lectures. It has a collection of ca. 180,000 architectural drawings and 600 models, including works by modern and contemporary classics like Erich Mendelsohn, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Archigram and Frank Gehry. It also includes a reference library with approximately 25,000 books and magazines.   read more…

Theme Week Frankfurt – The Squaire

1 November 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© Bahnfrend/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Squaire is an office building in Frankfurt. It was built between 2006 and 2011 on top of an existing train station (Frankfurt Airport long-distance station) near Frankfurt Airport. The building is 660 m long, 65 m wide, 45 m high, and has nine floors. With a total floor area of 140,000 m2 (1,506,900 sq ft) it is the largest office building in Germany. Its dimensions and design make it a groundscraper. The Squaire is directly connected to Terminal 1 of Frankfurt Airport through a pedestrian connecting corridor.   read more…

Theme Week Frankfurt – The Museumsufer

25 April 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  6 minutes

Staedel © Simsalabimbam/cc-by-2.5

Staedel © Simsalabimbam/cc-by-2.5

The embankment to the south of the Main River in Frankfurt, Germany, is called Museumsufer or Museum Embankment because of the large concentration of museums there. Perhaps the leading one is the Städel art gallery.   read more…

Skyper in Frankfurt

1 April 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month Reading Time:  5 minutes

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© Mylius/by-nc-nd-3.0

Skyper is a building complex in the Bahnhofsviertel district of Frankfurt. 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.   read more…

The Westhafen Tower in Frankfurt

8 January 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month Reading Time:  3 minutes

Westhafen © Fafner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Westhafen © Fafner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Westhafen Tower is a 109.9 m (361 ft) 30-storey skyscraper in the Gutleutviertel district of Frankfurt. The building was designed by the architects Schneider & Schumacher and was completed in 2004. The tower, whose name literally means “West Port Tower”, is one of the first buildings at the former West Port.   read more…

The PalaisQuartier in Frankfurt

1 May 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month Reading Time:  7 minutes

© palaisquartier.de

© palaisquartier.de

The Palais Quartier is a building complex in the Innenstadt district of Frankfurt. It was built from 2004 to 2011. The complex consists of four buildings: MyZeil, a shopping mall, the Palais Thurn und Taxis, a reconstruction of a palace from 1793, the Nextower, a 136-metre high rise office building and Jumeirah Frankfurt, a 99-metre high rise hotel building.   read more…

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