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Go West (Part I)

Frankfurt

The fifth largest city in Germany, is also the biggest financial centre in continental Europe, as well as the home of famous 18th century literary figure Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Steeped in history yet rich in modern architecture, it is naturally one of the top choices for tourists. Clean, modern and safe, they city is esily navigated with a network of trains, trams and buses.

The Romerberg is where the heart of the city lies. Step back in time to the cobbled streets and medieval structures of old Frankfurt. Right in the middle of the square is the famous Fountain of Justice, where the bronze statue of Justitia – the Roman goddess of justice, has been standing proud since 1543. Fairs and festivals are often held at or around the Romerberg. This is also where you will find the Old St. Nicholas Church and the iconic Romer, which has been in use as the city hall for over 600 years.

The pulse of the city runs through the river Main, the longest river in Germany. Along the river, grand views of gothic cathedrals and church towers juxtapose against a skyline of towering skyscrapers.

Ambient cafes and restaurants line the river, some on boat, and some on land. Under such a romantic setting, it is possible that you might want to do what many lovers have done, by hanging a lock with your names handwritten on it on the Eiserner Steg, a pedestrian steel bridge across the river Main.

Amongst its many identities, Frankfurt is also known as the City of Art. Every year, the city’s approximately exhibits to conserved buildings that showcase artworks from the Middle Ages, a visit. Notwithstanding the exhibits, the intricacies of the buildings alone are works of art to be admired.