Frankfurt February

Dusk on the Main as a barge passes in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany

The city of Frankfurt am Main (Frankfurt on the Main – to helpfully distinguish the city from Frankfurt an der Oder in the east of the country) in the Hesse region of Germany is today the financial centre of the Eurozone, and rivalled in this regard only by London in Europe as a whole. The headquarters of the European and German Central Banks are located here as are the head offices of the main German commercial banks. Banks being what they are, this has led to the growth of huge skyscrapers in the central part of the city, so much so that the city has earned the nickname ‘Mainhattan’.

Dusk on the Main as a barge passes in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany. 
Frankfurt is a metropolis and the largest city of the German federal state of Hesse, and its 746,878 (2017) inhabitants make it the fifth-largest city in Germany.

Fortunately, however, the city also has a rich history, having at one time being the site of election and coronation of the Holy Roman Emperors who had the tricky job of attempting to rule the conglomeration of German-speaking nations, dukedoms and free imperial cities – of which Frankfurt was one – and other miscellaneous lands outside what is now Germany. The coronations took place in the Frankfurter Dom (Cathedral) on the Römerberg. The combination of old (although much rebuilt after massive WW2 bombing) and new gives lots of attractive photographic possibilities.

 

Apart from this, Frankfurt like all German cities, is a wonderful cultural centre and my initial reason for heading there was the opportunity to hear the wonderful American soprano Angela Meade singing in a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s early opera Edgar at the Frankfurt Oper. While there I also attended a concert of Bach and Handel in the rebuilt Alte Oper – Frankfurt’s original opera house. Frankfurt was also the birthplace and youthful home of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany’s pre-eminent literary figure and author of Faust, The Sorrows of Young Werther and Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, as well as works on science and biology.

 

The presence of the River Main means that there are several of one of my favourite photographic subjects – bridges!

 

The internal architecture of the newly built shopping centre on the Zeil, Frankfurt’s main shopping street also proved an interesting photographic subject.

 

You can view all of my photos from this trip in the Frankfurt-February gallery.

Platz der Republic, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany.
Der Platz der Republic, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
The Hauptwache and the Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
The Hauptwache and the Katharinenkirche,
Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
The Hauptwache and the Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Hauptwache (Main Guardroom) is a central point of Frankfurt am Main and is one of the most famous plazas in the city.