After Frankfurt's old town was destroyed during the Second World War, heated discussions took place as to how the area ... More
Ostzeile vom Römer
After Frankfurt's old town was destroyed during the Second World War, heated discussions took place as to how the area between the Dom and Römer should be rebuilt. Towards the end of the 1970s the town council began to reconstruct the half-timbered houses on the east side of the Römerberg. In 1981 work began on the so-called Ostzeile or "eastern wing," which resulted in the erection of buildings which bear names like Grosser Engel (The Giant Angel) and Goldener Greif (Golden Griffin). These buildings caused much controversy among locals but the Römerberg does look a lot better for them.
I spent some time here on a recent visit and had lunch on a Saturday afternoon in one of the cafes. All was fine and peaceful until the bells from every local church started ringing all at once for over an hour! It got to be a bit much after a while. I would go back, but I would go Saturday morning or on Sunday.
This is some of the UGLIEST architecture I have seen in all of Germany. I realize the area was bombed out by the RAF and the Americans during WWII, but couldn't they have done a better job of rebuilding? The materials look cheap.
Lately, anti American or at the very least, anti President George Bush rallys are held there. The atmosphere is definitely not pro American.
The Christmas fair is OK - not even great.
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