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Frankfurt Town Hall, as it stands today, is made up of a melee of different buildings. The first buildings to be constructed here were the Zum Römer House and the next-door guest-house, Goldener Schwan in 1405. At the beginning of the 20th Century, two building complexes (north and south) were erected next to Paulsplatz and were joined by a bridge. Designed in a Renaissance and Baroque architectural style, these buildings fit in well with the earlier buildings. They are decorated with reliefs depicting local events, such as the harvesting of cider apples. One particular draw is the exquisitely decorated Kaisersaal (Emperor's Hall) in the Rathaus (city hall). The Rathaus is the seat of the Lord Mayor of Frankfurt.
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.
Between the Technisches Rathaus, the Schirm Kunsthalle and the cathedral lies an excavation area with ancient remains. Since 1953, excavation work here has produced finds from a Roman settlement, including parts of a Roman bath. Archaeologists have also discovered the remains of a 12th-century royal palace, said to have been the favorite residence of the East Franconian kings during the 12th Century. The "Archaelogical Garden" thus throws light onto several different eras in the early history of Frankfurt.
The spectacular coral sandstone facade of St.Paul's Church is a landmark and also a unique anomaly in Frankfurt. Paulskirche (St. Paul's Church) became famous not as a church, but as a meeting place. Built to replace the Barfüßerkirche (Church of the Barefooted), it was opened in 1833. The first freely-elected German parliament sat here in 1848; it met 99 times and passed 59 articles which are still part of the German constitution today. Destroyed in an air-raid in 1944, the church was rebuilt immediately after World War II as a memorial to the aftermath of war. The simple hall is now a venue for important events such as the annual German Peace Prize ceremony and the City of Frankfurt's Goethe Prize awards.
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.
Saalgasse or Saal Lane is a fascinating amalgamation of history, culture and architecture. Situated in the heart of Frankfurt's Old Town, this lane is a testament to resilience and creativity. During World War II, this area was completely destroyed by bombs, over the following decades the area was rebuilt in the post-modern style, with no two houses alike. Walking down the narrow lane, you can observe the fascinating colors, and shapes of these bright narrow houses evoking a science fiction version of Mediterranean themes; a true landmark. Within walking distance are the Schirn Kunsthalle and the Schwarzer Stern Restaurant.