Category Archives: Frankfurt

UNESCO new World Heritage Site in Stuttgart for Le Corbusier houses

Germany gains 41st UNESCO World Heritage Site

On July 17, 2016, the two Le Corbusier houses at the Weissenhof Estate in the Southern German city of Stuttgart were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it the first World Heritage Site for Stuttgart and the 41st for Germany.
As part of a transnational joint application, Stuttgart and destinations in seven other countries applied to have 17 of Le Corbusier’s buildings listed due to the architect’s outstanding contribution to Modernism. The two Stuttgart houses are the architect’s only buildings in Germany and include the Weissenhof Museum, which illustrates the radical change in architecture around the time of the Second World War as well as Le Corbusier’s visionary thinking.
Germany’s other 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the expansive Wadden Sea habitat, Classical Weimar and Regensburg’s charming Old Town. They can be explored on eight different themed routes<>, from natural wonders to architecture to palaces and parks.
For more information about Germany’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit

Cologne Cathedral in number 1!

Cologne Cathedral is number 1

COLOGNE. Cologne Cathedral is still Germany’s most popular tourist attraction. This has been the case for many years, and the result for 2010 was confirmed by a recent online survey of 1600 Internet users carried out by the German Tourism Association (DTV) and the city Internet portal,
Compared to 2009, the cathedral has actually grown in popularity: In 2009 it received 8% of votes, whereas in 2010, 15% of those surveyed gave their vote to the Cologne landmark.
The Dresden Frauenkirche church came in second with 7.1%, followed by the Brandenburg Gate in third place with 6.6% of votes.

Some 90% of participants have already visited their favourite attraction.
Not only is Cologne Cathedral a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular landmark in Germany, it is also the most visited attraction in Germany, with more than 6.5 million visitors each year. The cathedral treasury can be pleased with its performance too, having sold over 100,000 tickets in 2010.

In light of this success, it is quite fitting that the gothic cathedral will enjoy a special honour in 2011: Its image will adorn the back of 30 million 2-euro coins. The coins will be in circulation from 28 January.

Cologne, 17 January 2011

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Gardens, not walls! Frankfurt celebrates the birth of a green city

Gardens, not walls! Frankfurt celebrates the birth of a green city Frankfurt, 25th May 2010 (tcf). Frankfurt’s former city walls are celebrating an historic birthday. Two hundred years ago, the City of Frankfurt enacted the so-called Wallservitut, an easement with which they moved to protect the parklands along the course of the former mediaeval city fortifications from destruction. This edict also helped to lay the foundation for further natural development within the city. Today, Frankfurt is one of Germany’s “greenest” urban centres, featuring over 50 parks and gardens within its city districts.  Today, the Anlagenring – a section of the former city walls now landscaped – forms a five-kilometre-long semicircle around the city centre. Visitors taking a walk along this green ring will come across fountains, ponds, ancient trees, modern sculptures, monuments and memorials, many of which serve as reminders of Frankfurt’s colourful history. The demolition of the former city walls had helped to bring about the establishment of English-style landscape gardens, which were continuously expanded over time. The former course of the star-shaped city fortifications is still recognisable upon closer examination of a city map. Starting at the massive euro symbol situated in front of the European Central Bank, Frankfurt’s green ring takes visitors past the Beethoven Memorial and Heinrich Heine Memorial to one of the city’s most beautiful locations: Opera Square and Alte Oper, Frankfurt’s grand old opera house and one of the city’s premier landmarks. A few hundred metres further on, one comes across the Nebbiensche Gartenhaus. This oasis of green, built in classicistic style in 1810, was one of the first glasshouses to be erected along the green pathway. Today, it is available for special-event hire. From here, it is not far to the Eschenheimer Tor, the only remaining city gate of the former mediaeval walls. Continuing on, one arrives at the Odeon, a popular dance club. Originally, this classicistic-styled structure was built by order of the Bethmanns, a famous Frankfurt banking family. For many years, it served as the home of the Museum of Sculptures. Taking a few steps away from the beaten track, walkers will arrive at the nearby Bethmann Park and its Chinese Garden, which was designed according to the principles of Feng Shui. Having returned to the green lane, one comes across Frankfurt’s most beautiful “outhouse”. Nowadays, these monument-listed former public toilets with their chapel-like dimensions are home to a cocktail bar named Lala Mamoona. The gabled roof and half-timbered framework provide an excellent background for the lounge music and relaxed atmosphere of this popular location. The end of the green ring is now only 750 metres away. The former municipal library, rebuilt in 2005 and now the home of the Frankfurt House of Literature, today presents itself as a beautiful café with an attached beer garden, inviting visitors to a refreshing respite. Those fit enough are urged to continue on down Frankfurt’s unique and very natural riverside promenade, which runs along both sides of the River Main. From here, beautiful views of the city’s skyline and surrounding area are guaranteed; in fact, they are best enjoyed from one of the riverside establishments while drinking a glass of Frankfurt apple wine. Frankfurt’s Anlagenring, the first such landscaped parklands to partially encircle a city centre in Germany, raised many eyebrows throughout Europe at the time of its creation. This green ring was instrumental in commencing the establishment of a series of parks and gardens that helped to transform Frankfurt am Main into a truly green city – a fact that often escapes attention due to the many other highlights found in the Main metropolis. With such an impressive skyline, it is hard to believe that the business and banking city of Frankfurt is also home to several nature reserves, such as Enkheim Moor in the city’s northeast, Schwanheim Forest in the southwest and Fechenheim Forest to the east. Two hundred years after the creation of the the green ring, Frankfurt’s “GreenBelt” has established itself as the city’s premier place of rest and recreation. Fully completed in 1991, it now encircles the city at a length of some 80 kilometres and consists of hiking and cycling paths as well as countless other recreational opportunities. During summer, the GreenBelt’s many public gardens attract visitors with their impressive variety of flora – be it Mediterranean, like at the Gardens of Niece at the banks of the River Main, baroque-style as at the Bolongaro Gardens, or spacious as the English landscaped parks of old, such as Grüneburgpark and Ostpark.  One location that’s particularly attractive all year round is the Palmengarten. Founded in 1868 with the kind donations of Frankfurt’s citizenry, these magnificent botanical gardens are home to some 3,000-odd species and varieties of plant. Here, visitors have the unique opportunity of experiencing plant life representing the most diverse climate zones. Frankfurt is also home to Germany’s largest city forest, a 5,000-hectare wood that extends from the airport to the city districts of Oberrad, Sachsenhausen and Niederrad. Recently, during Whitsuntide, Frankfurt locals once again headed to the city forest to celebrate their “national holiday”, the Wäldchestag, or “Forest Day”. This festival is unique to Frankfurt and has been taking place since 1792.  
Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board, Ms. Gisela Moser
56, D- 60329 Frankfurt, Tel: +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 03 98,
Fax: +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 78 80,


Frankfurt’s shopping Temple “MyZeil” celebration. Feb 2010

Frankfurt’s shopping temple “MyZeil” celebrates its 1st birthday and gets new surroundings Frankfurt, 24.02.2010 – Exclusive, trendy or extravagant; brand, chain or designer – fashion in Frankfurt is a varied and multi-faceted world. All these styles come together in the shopping and leisure centre “MyZeil”, which celebrates its 1st birthday on 26.02.2010. The spectacular roof designed by Italian star architect Massimiliano Fuksas floods the centre with light and effortlessly spans its eight storeys, which are home to a cornucopia of familiar brands, regional suppliers and international labels. The most recent new addition, and one that is drawing enormous attention, is the first Hollister shop in continental Europe which is attracting hordes of customers to the centre.  “MyZeil” is situated on Frankfurt’s most popular shopping mile, the “Zeil”, to which the centre also owes its name. Not only are the most famous department stores represented here but also countless specialist shops offering an extensive range of buying opportunities. Together they make the Zeil one of the most popular and profitable shopping streets in Europe.  The Zeil has been lavishly refurbished over recent months to make it even more attractive. High quality paving and a completely new lighting concept now offer the citizens of Frankfurt and their guests undiluted shopping pleasure in an outstanding city centre location. Yet the most important trademark of the pedestrian zone has been retained – its four rows of sycamore trees. This decision was not just a recommendation by the project’s architects but also the result of a survey of shoppers conducted locally. Now the Zeil is the perfect place to stroll, look at the shop windows and – if your legs tire – find a comfortable place to rest under one of the shady trees at the heart of the pedestrian zone.  In the future, two new gastronomic pavilions will help to make the overall picture even more defined. The first has already opened and its name, “Weidenhof”, harks back to the grandmother of the city’s most famous son. Cornelia Schelhorn, later Goethe, ran one of the city’s most exclusive inns close to where the Zeil is today and bearing the same name. The motto of today’s “Weidenhof” is high quality but good value Frankfurt cuisine. The second pavilion at the eastern end of the pedestrian zone will have an international theme and is expected to open in the spring of this year.  The redevelopment of Frankfurt’s biggest shopping mile continues. A new traffic-free zone has been created at its western end with the closing of the Hauptwache square to vehicles. This area will be given a complete facelift over the coming years with a design based on the old look of the Hauptwache. This will also smooth the flow of shoppers to other shopping streets in the city centre – Goethe-Straße (the home of luxury brands) and Fressgass with its delicatessen shops and restaurants are connected almost directly to the Zeil via the Hauptwache. The shopping city of Frankfurt also offers antique shops and souvenir shops around the Römerberg as well as unique boutiques and local shops for explorers in other city districts, e.g. on Berger Straße in Bornheim or Schweizer Straße in Sachsenhausen. The completion of another major inner city building project that links directly onto the Zeil is expected this year. The “PalaisQuartier”, which also includes “MyZeil”, is a newly developed city quarter that includes the reconstruction of the historic Thurn and Taxis Palace as well as a new office and residential tower and the first Jumeirah Hotel in Germany. And its new connecting paths also give a piece of public space back to the citizenry of Frankfurt.