This is the central square in Altstadt and is a site used for many of the major festivals and fairs in the city. The Rommerberg has a bunch of historical sites, museums and buildings that are considered a tourist’s first stops.
Romer (Town Hall)
The Town Hall’s name, Zum Romer means, “To the Romans” in honor of the Roman settlements predating the founding of Frankfurt. The Town Hall building, constructed between the 15th and 18th centuries, is one of the most majestic historic buildings in Frankfurt and a popular spot for tourists to visit when it is not being used for official purposes. Over the years, major renovations to the Town Hall have been undertaken, as well as the addition of a new wing in the 19th century, which is connected to the Town hall via a bridge called Seufzerbrücke or “Bridge of Sighs”.
A part of the Town Hall is the Kaisersaal, which has pictures of German emperors and rulers and was used for coronation ceremonies.
The oldest municipality-financed museum in Frankfurt, the Historiches Museum is located in the South of the Romerberg and is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the history artifacts of the city. Some features include a miniature model of the city in the Middle Ages, sculptures, furniture, paintings, clothing, musical instruments, weapons, photography and more from the 15th century up until the second World War. Hour-long guided tours are available and included with the price of admission, which is 4 Euros or 2 Euros if entering during the last opening hour. The museum is closed on Monday. Other timings can be found on the museum web page listed below.
Address: Saalgasse 19 (Römerberg)
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: ++49 (0)69-212-35599
Fax: ++49 (0)69-212-30702
Ostzeile is a series of small town houses that are relics of Frankfurt history. They stand on the east side of the Romerberg in Altstadt and were rebuilt in 1983 after the destruction caused by the war. These houses depict life as it was in the 15th and 16th centuries and hence are very important to Frankfurters.
Right in front of the Historisches Museum is this small gothic church that dates back to 1290. Back in the day it was used by emperors and rulers as a court chapel. To commemorate its history, chimes are rung every morning in the church at 3 different times.
Fountain of Justice
The German name for this fountain is ‘Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen’. Facing the town halls, the fountain shows a statue of the Goddess Justitia holding the justice scales, a bold exclamation of what Frankfurters value.
Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church)
This monument is a very important political symbol of the German democratic movement. Construction of the Paulskirche was completed in 1833 and after, meetings of the Volparlament were held here to prepare for the German National Assembly, the first freely elected German parliament, which was then inaugurated here. Today the place is used for public events and for tours.
Address: St. Paul’s Church
Phone: +49 69 281098
Previously a cloth house used for trade in the Middle Ages, the two-story Leinwandhaus was destroyed during World War II, rebuilt in 1980 and is now an art gallery that displays paintings of contemporary artists.
Timings of the gallery are:
Thursday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Phone: +49 69 2123 8847