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  • There are some cities which refuse to lay down.

  • They possess a certain spirit which can push through

  • the rubble of history's most turbulent times,

  • to grow, flourish and flower.

  • The German city of Frankfurt is one such city.

  • For centuries, Frankfurt has been one of Europe's

  • most important and enduring trading capitals.

  • Despite a history of fires, plague, occupation and war,

  • it continues to rise.

  • Frankfurt today is home to the European Central Bank,

  • The German Stock Exchange and an airport which handles almost 60 million travelers a year.

  • Yet surprisingly, it's relaxed too,

  • a place where tradition and beauty are lovingly cultivated and enjoyed.

  • This balance of dynamism and tradition is best exemplified in the city's architecture.

  • Frankfurt is often called Mainhatten,

  • due to its position on the Main River

  • and a skyline that often feels more American than European.

  • Yet the city, which was once home to one of the most glorious medieval centres in Europe,

  • still nurtures its proud heritage through rebuilding and restoration projects.

  • Despite its stature as a financial giant,

  • Frankfurt remains surprisingly compact.

  • Most of its attractions are clustered close to the city centre,

  • making the city perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle.

  • Cross the Eiserner Steg, the city's beloved pedestrian bridge,

  • into Frankfurt's ancient heart, the Romerberg.

  • Since the 9th century,

  • this medieval square has witnessed the very best and worst of times,

  • from fairs, tournaments and coronations, to executions and firestorms.

  • After being devastated by allied bombs in World War Two,

  • many of the square's most important buildings have been lovingly restored.

  • Overlooking the square is themer,

  • which served as Frankfurt's city hall for over 600 years.

  • Just across the Square rise some of Frankfurt's iconic half-timbered houses,

  • as well as the spire of Old St. Nicholas Church,

  • which miraculously survived the almost total destruction of the old town.

  • From the Romerplatz, it's time to head deeper into the old city.

  • Whichever direction you take, Frankfurt's historical treasures await.

  • Just a three-minute walk to the east, visit the city's cathedral, the Kaiserdom,

  • in all its red-sandstone and golden glory.

  • Just to the west of Romerplatz, is the cradle of German Democracy,

  • Paulskirche, where the country's first elected parliament met in 1848.

  • While just two blocks further,

  • is another of the country's most important birthplaces,

  • Goethe-Haus.

  • It was here in 1749, just as the clock stuck midday,

  • that one of Germany's greatest writers and poets,

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe came into the world.

  • From the Goethe family home, head north to Hauptwache.

  • Turn left to admire the symphonic curves of Frankfurt's historic opera house.

  • Or turn right, and head into the future, along the Zeil,

  • Germany's equivalent to Fifth Avenue.

  • Just a few blocks away,

  • explore the sometimes-perplexing world of modern art at MMK,

  • a triangular shaped gallery that Frankfurters refer to as,

  • the piece of cake”.

  • While down by the river at the Historical Museum,

  • the story of Frankfurt unfolds, in all its triumphant and trying chapters.

  • When it comes to Germany's great museum cities, Frankfurt is one of the greats.

  • Recross the river to its southern embankment, the Museumsufer.

  • In the eighteenth century the city's elite built elegant villas across from the old town.

  • Today, many of these villas house specialist museums,

  • such as the German Film Museum.

  • Here you can follow the history of film,

  • from the earliest optical entertainments,

  • to all the elements that go into crafting the blockbusters of today.

  • Just next door at the German Architecture Museum,

  • spend an hour or two exploring the thousands of plans

  • and hundreds of scale models which have helped shape the world's skylines.

  • Lovers of fine art are also catered for at the Stadel Museum,

  • a world-renowned gallery which houses treasures

  • by many of Europe's classical and modern masters.

  • Frankfurters have turned relaxation into an art form too,

  • whether it's just soaking up the sunshine on the banks of Main,

  • or sharing a few bembels of apple wine with friends.

  • Just behind the museum embankment,

  • lose yourself in Old Sachsenhausen,

  • where you'll find narrow lanes lined with traditional houses,

  • and some of the city's cosiest bars and ebbelwei pubs.

  • Once you've replenished your energy,

  • hop on a tram to the city's northwest

  • and spend a few hours walking with all creatures great and small at the Naturmuseum Senckenberg.

  • Most popular of all are the remarkable remains of 50-million year old dinosaurs,

  • many of which were unearthed just 22 miles away at the famous Messel Fosil Pit.

  • Just to the north of the natural history museum,

  • unwind amid the forests, floral displays

  • and lakes of the Frankfurt Botanical Gardens.

  • Then enter the extraordinary world of tropical

  • and sub-tropical plant life at the Palmengarten.

  • 70 years ago as the city smouldered from war,

  • few could have imagined that these greenhouses would ever again see such beauty,

  • that this city would ever again experience such peace and prosperity.

  • But prosper it has,

  • and now that prosperity is a bounty

  • that the entire world can share.

There are some cities which refuse to lay down.

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