Guided City tour
Discover Frankfurts new old town
After years of construction, the new old town between Römer City Hall and Emperors' Cathedral is completed.
Frankfurt's reconstructed old town is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
Here, they'll have the chance to enjoy a coffee, a museum visit or a shopping spree, all the while basking in the aura of a time-honoured old town nestled in the heart of an international metropolis.
The harmonious architectural blend of the new quarter calls to mind the moving history of Frankfurt. The old town's archaeological gardens feature the remnants of a former Roman settlement and an imperial palace dating back to Carolingian times, explained by way of a special video animation. Last but not least, there's the so-called Coronation Route, which follows the footsteps of former kings and emperors to the place of their crowning.
The New Old Town is without a doubt one of the most significant restoration projects of recent times. Consisting of 7,000 square metres of reconstructed urban space, it is idyllically set in the heart of Europe’s smallest metropolis. Few know that Frankfurt was once the home of Germany’s largest, most concentrated mediaeval timber-frame old town. Sadly, this magnificent historical site was almost entirely destroyed during the air raids of World War II. Over the past several years, however, 15 faithful reconstructions have been re-erected here based on their original blueprints.
A further 20 brand-new architectonic creations have also been built – modern structures that nevertheless feature many elements typical of the architectural style of Frankfurt’s old town centre. Colourful façades representing diverse eras, historical building emblems, timber-frame constructions and ornaments made of local sandstone – all of them remind of Frankfurt’s former glory.
Mikael Horstmann and the team of the "Frankfurter Stadtführerei"
are offering very interesting guided tours especially for guests of Villa Orange.
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