Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bye Bye Summer of 2011 (a mini-series).....discovering Frankfurt City


I recently relocated from Kaiserslautern  to the Frankfurt am Main Metropole area(Frankfurt-on-the-Main (pronounced ‘mine’)  It being my first summer out here, I was out and about discovering my new home town and its surroundings. In the next days I will be sharing with you some of  my outings.

There is plenty to see in the city Frankfurt am Main . Here, in the city of short distances, you’ll find that most downtown sightseeing attractions are within walking distance of one another. 

The "Eiserne Steg"(Iron Footbridge)

My first stop will be the famous “Eiserne Steg”..... The “Eiserne Steg” (Iron Footbridge) is probably Frankfurt's best known bridge. It is a romantic 19th-century footbridge over the river Main and the first suspension bridge in Europe.  This bridge connects two parts of the city of Frankfurt and allows for easy access to both sides as it is pedestrian only.
me, on the "Eiserne Steg" on the River Main.

 This bridge is also a “Love Lock Bridge”. The custom of locking padlocks in Germany engraved with the names of couples started here at Frankfurt's Eiserner Steg Bridge. According to Wikipedia, the practice traces its origin in China re: "locking a padlock and throwing away the key"  I really loved the 'love locks' on the bridge. It was the first time I've ever seen such locks, and I think it's a very lovely and romantic idea. 
"Love locks" on the Eiserner Steg bridge in Frankfurt.

Love lock engraved with name of couple

Frankfurt City from another perspective

river view of  the Frankfurt Skyline.
There's nothing better than a relaxing and scenic cruise upon the river Main for those interested in seeing Frankfurt's skyline from an entirely different perspective. Frankfurt offers numerous options for little ‘cruises’ and big tours. Directly on the Main quay at the Eiserner Steg, there is the main landing stage and the ticket kiosk of the Primus Line. You can set off on various excursions from this and other landing stages on the bank. On a 50- or 100-minute cruises between the Gerbermühle and Griesheim there are numerous beautiful motifs, for the enthusiastic photographer including the city skyline and the museum embankment.  

one of the tour boats on the landing stage at Eisener Steg

boarding the ship
the unique "Museum Mile" along the banks of the Main river
on board with my baby Louis
Louis exploring the ship
in the board restaurant
enjoying the view of the Skyline

my daling Jürgen enjoying the ride...the tall building in the background is the Main Plaza)

As next we will be seeing Frankfurt from another very exciting perspective, so please stay tuned.

from "Deutschland" with luv,

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