The third time’s a charm, an old saying that came true on our third visit to Frankfurt with Viator Frankfurt Guided City Tour, our best choice for discovering the attractions Frankfurt offers to its visitors.
From May to September, Frankfurt has pleasant weather for enjoying all outdoor festivals; fair amounts of showers on Spring and Summer are usual in normal conditions. Checking up the weather before booking a Frankfurt city sightseeing tour, will assure you a better experience and pictures!
At the Frankfurt Main Hauptbahnhof
At the appointed time ,we arrived Frankfurt (Main) Central Station also called Frankfurt Main Hbf, just two blocks away from our tour bus (check the address provided by Viator on your booking-voucher). A blue hop-on hop-off city tour bus was waiting for passengers at the front of the station, but that was not ours. After talking to the driver, he said we needed to walk a bit to find the open-top tour bus.
The Hauptbahnhof, a building of Renaissance and Neo-classical architecture is operating since 1988, being the busiest railroad station in Frankfurt.
The Frankfurt City Tour
Already onboard, our guide explained the tour: A ride by traditional and modern parts of Frankfurt, and a walking tour through Frankfurt Old Town (Frankfurt-Altstadt) and Old Sachenhausen.
The bus headed towards Frankfurt museum embankment (Museumsufer) place of the most important museums and Arts exhibition in Germany and Europe; The Stadel Museum, the German Architecture Museum, The German Film Museum, and the Jewish Museums lay at this famous area on Frankfurt Main Riverbank.
Frankfurt Historical Center Walking Tour
Frankfurt historical center beautiful architecture talks about the strategic role of Frankfurt along the European history. The first written references of Frankfurt are from 794, although there are enough proves that shown Frankfurt as a well stablished city long before.
The Romerberg Plaza was the first stop on our walking tour. The Frankfurter Römer, one of the most important historical buildings of Frankfurt serving as City Hall since 1405 and the Fountain of Justice, the oldest fountain in Frankfurt, are part of this famous plaza.
The fountain originally made of red sandstone by sculptor Johann Hocheisen on 1611, and replaced on 1863 by one of bronze due to a poor condition.
Lady Justice in Frankfurt is not blindfolded, but watching very alert to make justice; was the remark of our tour guide. The sculpture is holding a scale with one hand and a sword with the other.
After assuring good pictures of the timbered houses, fountain, and plaza our tour headed towards Frankfurt Cathedral.
At Saint Bartholomew Frankfurt Cathedral
Frankfurt Cathedral, in German Gotischer Kirchturm) was the place of coronation of many kings and Roman emperors.
Between 1562 and 1792 ten monarchs were crowned emperor here in front of the coronation altar. Source: Frankfurt.de
Saint Bartholomew Frankfurt Cathedral designed by cathedral master builder on 1415 is the most important religious building of Frankfurt. The current cathedral is the fifth known to have built on the same site, and in practice never worked as a church but as an Imperial cathedral for coronation of kings and emperors.
Restoration of the building with Neo-gothic style, after a fire destroyed parts of the building on 1967, was on charge of Franz Joseph Denzinger, Two restoration after the war; the first on 1948 and the last between 1992-1994 gave the Cathedral its current appearance. The Elector’s Chapel, the High Choir, the Tower and the vaulted ceilings, are highlights of Frankfurt Cathedral.
At Old Hauptwache Plaza and Kleinmarkthalle on Frankfurt Historic Centre
Our walking tour continued to Old Hauptwache Plaza; where the Hauptwache building (from where the Plaza takes its name) and Saint Catherine’s Church stand, both of Baroque style. The plaza sits above the Hauptwache Station, and becomes a crossing point of the Frankfurt Public Transportation System.
A curious note about the Hauptwache building (one of the oldest buildings in Frankfurt) is that it was a former jail and Police Station until 1904, when started operating as a Cafe Restaurant until today, a few interruptions for restoration due to damages from the war.
The rain broke up and our tour route changed. With opened umbrellas, we kept walking towards
Kleinmarkthalle Frankfurt, the oldest farmers market in Frankfurt. A well-organized and colorful food market providing from seasonal produce, meats, cold cuts and German wurst to specialties, coffee and chocolates.
A Ride Through Old Sachsenhausen and Frankfurt Banking Center
Back onboard our bus we approached Old Sachsenhausen, a pedestrianized district of Frankfurt with a very active venue of cafes, bars and restaurants. The Frau Rauscher in the Frankfurter Klappergasser is the most famous fountain in Old Sachsenhausen. The fountain’s figure spits water on intervals, wetting distracted walking people.
Our tour is almost ending but an important area of Frankfurt is waiting for us, the Frankfurt European Banking Center with its magnificent skyline. Its similarity with Manhattan skyline have given Frankfurt the name of Mainhattan.
Frankfurt is the current financial capital of Europe and a business hub, the city hosts the European Central Bank (ECB, in charge of the Eurozone currency. Frankfurt banking center gathers almost 400 financial institutions of the most important banks in Europe.
Our Frankfurt city tour with Viator is finishing and we are glad about the experience. It was worth the time and money the two hours of learning visiting Frankfurt main attractions.
History of Frankfurt
Independence Day in the United States is the most important holiday celebration, and a time when many people travel across the country, and overseas destinations taking advantage of 4th of July travel deals.
Typically 4th of July is celebrated by families at barbecues or at the beach; but many spend the day at shopping malls that offer entertainments for the whole family.
Ceremonies, parades, fairs, concerts, baseball games are happening during the day and fireworks at night across the country; a patriotic pride fills the hearts and minds of Americans who celebrate with great excitement the day that the Thirteen American colonies were declared new nation, and freed from the Britain dominion.
It was in Philadelphia, on July 4th, 1776 when the Founding Fathers of America signed and proclaimed the Declaration of Independence with the approval of the Second Continental Congress.
Philadelphia is a city located in southeastern Pennsylvania, sitting adjacent to the borders of New Jersey and Delaware. Philadelphia is a city full of history with buildings that witnessed the beginnings of freedom in America.
In Philadelphia, Independence Hall (that hosted the Founding Fathers at signing of the Declaration of Independence), Liberty Bell, homes of William Penn, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, Independence National Historical Park, National Constitution Center are important historical places to visit. Visiting galleries and enjoying at eateries of Philadelphia Old City, considered America’s most historic square mile is also a must.
Celebrate this 4th of July the 240th years of Independence of the United States of America; a legacy of determination, courage and love.
Happy Birthday America!
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States of America, observed the last Monday of May coincidentally with the beginning of the beach season.
Memorial Day, known formerly as Decoration Day is declared on May 30th, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in order to honor soldiers fallen in the Civil War. After World War I, it became Memorial Day to include all dead war’s soldiers in the remembrance.
Memorial Day is about honoring the sacrifice of soldiers who died while in service; it is a day to honor those courageous who gave up their lives for our freedom; a day Americans observe with profound respect and gratitude.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. (Nathan Hale)
I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. (Bob Riley)
Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours. (Wallace Bruce)
The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. (Thomas Campbell)
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. (Benjamin Disraeli)
The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.” (usmemorialday.org)
Regardless where enjoying this Memorial Day Holiday Weekend join the National Moment of Remembrance May 30th at 3 pm, to honor the memory of those men and women that with their blood have written the history of the United States of America.
How well do you know your mother?
It was the question a department store saleswoman did to a young customer looking for a Mother’s day gift. And many times we run to shop looking for the perfect mother’s day present without thinking about what she really likes as the young man did.
May, is the busiest month of the year for retailers who fill their stores with articles for Mother’s day, and it is also a busy month for everybody searching for the gift mom will love. But before getting the gift of her dreams, let us think about the qualities and uniqueness that make her so especial and different to every other mom; then we can choose right when shopping for her.
According to The Rise of The Real Mom, moms’ favorite items come from clothing, personal care, cosmetics, and jewelry; at this point, people think of this like obvious but when we shop for mom, frequently we oversee these facts because we see our mom just as the mom.
Perhaps more importantly, they want to be real women, with interests that include and extend beyond their roles as caretakers, providers, and nurturers. (The Rise of Real Mom)
Then we got a list of the moms’ preferences by importance,
- Personal Care
- Food Beverage
- Home Furnishings
- Financial Products
- Technology Appliances
- Travel Electronics
- Cars and Trucks
Consider mom’s style and taste for choosing her a gift
The study shows that Personal Care is at the top of the list for moms of ages 18 to 29, 45 to 59 and 60 and up, and for moms between 30 to 44 years is Clothing. Getting a gift for mom may include bath & body, cosmetics, fragrances, hair care, spa, nutrition, skin care, vitamins, organic food baskets, flowers, massages, gym subscription or yoga sessions. For clothing consider her style from dresses, blouses, skirts, pants, shorts, shoes, purses, belts, active wear, swim suits, beach clothing, and other accessories.
No matter what age mom is, she will love a piece of Jewelry
Pick her style by looking at other pieces of jewelry she already owns and but not let all the rush and excitement of this holiday make you forget that the gift she always expects is your love and time, the two most valuable things no money can buy. How will you make her day this mother’s day? How will you make her day this mother’s day?