Frankfurt am Main

Reached from Limpurgergasse (around the south side of Römer) via a small courtyard and a spiral staircase made of carved red sandstone, the barrel-vaulted Kaisersaal is adorned with the mid-19th-century portraits of 52 rulers from between the 8th century and 1806. Official receptions and ceremonies often take place here, so check opening hours ahead of time.

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Nearby Frankfurt am Main attractions

1. Römer

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The photogenic Römer (old town hall) consists of three step-gabled 15th-century houses. In the time of the Holy Roman Empire, it was the site of…

2. Römerberg

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The Römerberg is Frankfurt’s old central square. Ornately gabled half-timbered buildings, reconstructed after WWII, give an idea of how beautiful the city…

3. Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen

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Located in the centre of the Römerberg, this bronze fountain depicts the goddess Justitia holding up scales and a sword. The first fountain was…

4. Alte Nikolaikirche

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Topped by a single spire, this red-sandstone Protestant church – begun in the 13th century – is situated on the south side of the Römerberg and was one of…

5. Historisches Museum Frankfurt

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Showcasing Frankfurt’s long and fascinating history, the city's revamped Historical Museum occupies a five-building complex completed in 2017. Its main…

6. Schirn Kunsthalle

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Some of Germany’s most topical and talked-about art exhibitions take place at this modern and contemporary art museum, such as retrospectives of artists…

7. Junges Museum Frankfurt

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Formerly Frankfurt's Children's Museum, this museum dedicated to kids and families became the Junges Museum Frankfurt (Young Museum) in 2018 when it…

8. Goethe-Haus

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Completely rebuilt after WWII (only the cellar survived Allied bombing), the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) is furnished in the…