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Associated with St. Paul's Church, Paulplatz is one of the largest squares in city and the largest in Altstadt. The square traces its history back to 1833 and is home to some of the most imposing structures in the historic neighborhood - like the Alte Börse and Lessing-Gymnasium. Although the iconic city square was destroued in 1944, it was restored to its former glory by 1949 and has ever since participated in many cultural events and community activities.
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 Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) was the first and only bridge in Frankfurt until 1869. Although a bridge was first constructed on this site in 1222, there must have already been some form of crossing the river Main as this was where Karl the Great managed to escape with his troops. Throughout the century the bridge, which formed part of an important trade route, was destroyed and rebuilt many times. In 1945 the bridge was blown up and was temporarily repaired and later rebuilt and renovated. On the north side of the bridge there is a memorial dating from the 14th Century in the form of a crucifix, marking the place where criminals were thrown to their death into the river.
One of the most popular landmarks in Downtown Frankfurt, Willy-Brandt-Platz was probably created between 1661 and 1662. Flanked by Friedensstraße, Weißfrauenstraße and Neue Mainzer Straße, it started out with a different name, that was changed to Theaterplatz in 1902 and finally Willy-Brandt-Platz in 1992. Some important attractions located very close to the square are Schauspielhaus, the old opera house and European Central Bank.
If you want to witness the local lifestyle of the city, Opernplatz is the place to visit. Situated in the downtown neighborhood of the city, this square can be easily accessed by public transport. Opernplatz was used as a city gate during the 19th Century and is famous for the beautiful Lucae Fountain and Altes Opern, which are some of the oldest structures of the region. This square is dotted with many restaurants, bars and shopping destinations making it a must-visit tourist attraction in Frankfurt am Main.