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Römerberg, Frankfurt

Römerberg or Town Hall Square is the heart of Frankfurt's Old Town that dates back to the 12th century.

Römerberg or Town Hall Square is the heart of Frankfurt's Old Town that dates back to the 12th century. It is named after the Römer which has been the Town Hall since the 15th century. The historic central square, which was regarded as one of the prettiest medieval squares in Europe, has been the site of imperial elections, coronations, markets, fairs, and festivals, executions and imperial elections and coronations. Though it was largely destroyed in World War II bombings, it has been rebuilt thereafter with half-timbered houses and Gothic buildings which reflect the medieval architectural spirit of the square.

At the centre of the square is the Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen or Justice Fountain, which during coronations ran wine that was drunk by the new emperor and then the common people. It features an octagonal basin of 6.5 metres diameter in red sandstone, at the centre of which stands a statue of Justice with scales in her hand, not blindfolded in a departure from tradition. She stands on a base adorned with sirens spouting water from their mouths and nipples. The ensemble stands on a square pedestal with the faces featuring reliefs representing the virtues of Temperance, Justice, Charity, and Patience, above which are gargoyles.

To the west of the square are the Romer buildings. To the east is the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, behind which is the Archäologischer Garten with the remains of the Roman settlements that gave Romer its name. The Alte Nikolaikirche stands on the south edge. The charming square has several cafés and shops all around. Walking towards the Main river, you can also see the Rententurm (Wharfinger's Tower), an old 15th century fortified tower in late Gothic style, which is connected to the Saalhof, an old 12th century castle building that was later modernized but never completely destroyed.


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About Römerberg

 Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

 +49 69 21238800

 www.frankfurt-tourismus.de

Römerberg and Nearby Sights on Map

Historisches Museum

Historic museum of the city of Frankfurt and its citizens

Eiserner Steg

The Eiserner Steg or Iron Bridge in Frankfurt connects the city centre and Römerberg with Sachsenhausen on the south bank of the Main River

Frankfurter Kunstverein

Constantly changing contempory art expositions

Kunsthalle Schirn

Kunsthalle Schirn is a museum specializing in contemporary art

Dom-Römer-Area

Urban revitalization of the Dom-Römer complex

Paulskirche

This was the seat of the first democratically elected parliament in Germany in 1848

St. Leonhardskirche

Old late Romanic church built in 1219 and later transformed in accordance with the Gothic style in the 15th century

Kaiserdom

The Imperial Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew, better known as the Kaiserdom, is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Bartholomew

Archaeological Museum Frankfurt

Located in the late-Gothic building of the former Carmelite monastery in Frankfurt's Old Town, the Archaeological Museum Frankfurt traces the history of the city and its surroundings in archaeologically relevant epochs, from the Prehistoric era through Roman, Medieval and more recent periods

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