New ‘Old Town’ in Frankfurt

This item appears on page 4 of the September 2018 issue.

Before it was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1944, the Altstadt (Old Town) in the city of Frankfurt-am-Main was home to the largest collection of wood-frame buildings in Germany. A new, reconstructed "Old Town" has been built, with a "grand opening" scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2018.

The site contains 15 buildings constructed according to the original plans plus another 20 buildings (shops, restaurants, etc.) in the appropriate style.

A guided tour, in English, can be booked at any Frankfurt Tourist Information Office for €12.90 (near $15). (The office closest to Old Town is at Römerberg 27, 60311 Frankfurt am Main; phone +49 69 21 23 88 00.)