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Primus Linie is a fleet of boats owned and operated by the Frankfurter Personenschiffahrt Anton Nauheimer GmbH. A variety of wonderful cruise options are available according to your budget and your needs. Enjoy the breeze, and take in the beautiful architecture of Frankfurt city as you sail down the river. Cruises run on the Maine, Rhine and Neckar rivers. Interested in a romantic dinner on a boat, you can opt for the Riversight Dinner Cruise; want a fun day out with the family, opt for the Magical Family Breakfast Cruise. For a fun party with a DJ, drinks and lively atmosphere, you can even choose the Afterwork-Shipping option. Most popular with tourists is the 100 minute Sightseeing River Cruise, where you can discover Frankfurt City from a whole new angle and see all the major Landmarks and take fabulous pictures of the panorama.
Rententurm, a tower on Frankfurt's most important shipping trade square, which was built between 1455 and 1456, has earned the recognition of officials and the harbor. It belonged to the late Gothic town defense system. The square, four-story building came equipped with a pointed roof and an oriole tower. In the 19th Century, the tower lost around 4 meters (13.12 feet) in height due to the expansion of the river Main. On the Main side of the river you can see the remains of a two-headed imperial eagle, and further down still, water depth marks. The Expressionist poet and dramatist Fritz von Unruh lived here before the First World War.
Located on the bank of the River Main, the Saalhof originally served as a residence for feudal rulers. Sold to the patrician Jakob Knoblauch in 1333, the palace was turned into a trading post and warehouse. Over the following centuries, the building was further added to, so that not much has been left of the original construction. The hexagonal chapel also underwent alterations. In the early 18th Century, the tower to the east of the main building was pulled down to make way for the Bernusbau, a magnificent example of Baroque architecture.
The Eiserne Steg, probably Frankfurt's best known bridge, is a romantic 19th-century footbridge over the river Main. The bridge itself is made of iron, the bridgeheads of red sandstone. The 174 meter-long footpath has been adapted several times over the years, and is now accessible by children and the disabled. Blown up towards the end of WWII, today's bridge is a reconstruction of the old Eiserner Steg. It affords a fantastic view overlooking the shimmering river and makes for a nice spot to take in the atmosphere.
The Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen ('Well of Justice') was built in 1541, probably on the site of an even older well, in the middle of the Römerberg - Frankfurt's central square. The water had a 2 kilometer (1.24 mile) route to reach the wells. In 1610, the wells were provided with stone interiors and presided over by the impressive Statue of Justice. When Kaiser Matthias was crowned in 1612, wine - instead of water - flowed freely from the mouths of the stone lions. In 1887, the wells were renovated and the stone figures copied. The original sandstone statues were moved to the Museum of Local History.
The Alte Nikolaikirche (Old Nikolai Church) has formed the south section of Frankfurt's Römerberg since 1260. Initially designed as a chapel for the neighbouring Stauferpfalz Palace, the church was later used for mass and prayer by the town council. In the 15th Century, the building underwent changes and the watchtower was made higher to enable watchmen to signal to ships on the river from the top of the tower. Members of the council could also watch the festivities on the Römerberg from the extended rooftop. A hundred years later, this place of worship was turned into a warehouse and silo. Today, the facade of the late Gothic, doubled-naved church is painted in its original colors of white and red.
After Frankfurt's old town was destroyed during the Second World War, heated discussions took place as to how the area between the Dom and Römer should be rebuilt. Towards the end of the 1970s the town council began to reconstruct the half-timbered houses on the east side of the Römerberg. In 1981 work began on the so-called Ostzeile or "eastern wing," which resulted in the erection of buildings which bear names like Grosser Engel (The Giant Angel) and Goldener Greif (Golden Griffin). These buildings caused much controversy among locals but the Römerberg does look a lot better for them.