Monday, October 12, 2015

Frankfurt Skyline

When we planned a overnight pitstop at Frankfurt on our way to Switzerland last October, we thought to make best of our short stay to move about the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany - a city the name of which resounded in my memory lane right from my childhood when we used to see PIA's Frankfurt destination ads in the newspapers.

[Photo credit: History of PIA]

Although the above ad is not as old as the ads I am talking of - the ads of the 60s, when PIA was one of the best airlines of the world. However, due to many administrative reasons, PIA lost its Frankfurt destination. 

As per Wikipedia, Frankfurt is a centre for commerce, culture, education, tourism and web traffic. Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's largest trade fairs at 578,000 square metres and ten exhibition halls. Major trade fairs include the Frankfurt Motor Show, the world's largest motor show, and the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest book fair.

Coming back to Frankfurt - we suffered a big setback when we came to know that 3rd of OCtober - the day we had planned to tour Frankfurt, is a German national holiday and the entire city was closed. So what to do? Well our host Mr Anwar had a better idea. After taking us for a road-ride, he brought us to the old city center and took us to Zeilgalerie (seen down below) to show us the Frankfurt skyline. 

Moving up the escalator of Zeilgalerie to the 7th floor and view Frankfurt skyline from the upper deck

Well the experience of getting on top floor of Zeilgalerie was an experience of life - one could see the tall skyscrapers of Frankfurt so close and majestically close as can be seen in the photo above and down below.

Commerzbank Tower (above right) is the tallest building of Frankfurt with a height of 259 metres / 849.7 feet (height including the antenna is 300 metres.), located at Große Gallusstraße 17–19, Innenstadt. It was the tallest building in Europe from 1997 to 2003 and tallest building in the European Union from 1997 to 2011. Today, it is the tallest building in Germany since 1997.  It is the Headquarters of Commerzbank.

My son and wife and Mr Anwar
Looking down below was really frightening while taking the photo
Commerzbank Tower (above left) and the Main Tower (above right) - two of the tallest building of Frankfurt

Frankfurt, besides Germans has people from Turkey, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Greece and Morocco living here - mostly as German residents. Now with the influx of the Syrian refugees, a sizeable number of Syrians too would become part of Frankfurt life.

My son looks my way while someone else looks the otherway

I also got luck this time to have myself snapped  - which usually wasn't the case and got myself registered along with the Frankfurt skyline in the background.

The twin tower building just behind me is Opernturm with a height of 170 metres / 557.7feet is located on Bockenheimer Landstraße 2–4, Westend-Süd. UBS AG, a Swiss global financial services company,  is its main tenant. UBS is the biggest bank in Switzerland, operating in more than 50 countries.
The best view of the Frankfurt skyline is from Zeilgalerie on the side facing the Zeil pedestrian zone

A rather crowded photo of visitors and tourists including my wife with my son (red shirt)

A combination of old and new architecture: St. Catherine's Church (left) and Hauptwache of the 'main guard-house.'(half left) with the modern architecture in the background
Going down 

My previous post(s) on Frankfurt

Frankfurt - our overnight pitstop to Switzerland
Visiting a deserted Frankfurt on the Day of German Unity

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