FRANKFURT is a city on the move, a place that is in a constant state of change. There’s been plenty going on in the old town centre in particular, the new DomRömer Quarter and the adjacent historical museum being close to completion after comprehensive reconstruction and renovation.
With these two large-scale projects almost finished, a famous part of Frankfurt’s cityscape will be taking on a new look. Over the past several years, the “new old town” between Emperors’ Cathedral and the Römerberg has been meticulously recreated according to the original plans. Once restored to its former glory, the quarter will feature historical townhouses, winding laneways and picturesque plazas reminiscent of a bygone era.
The new Stadthaus (Municipal Centre) was recently completed and formally inaugurated in June last year. The rest of the quarter is expected to be finished by autumn this year, at which time Frankfurt urbanites will once again take up residences and run businesses in the beating heart of the city. Here, the past and present of Frankfurt will meet in harmonious juxtaposition, with the former coronation route of ancient kings and emperors becoming accessible once again.
The new museum building and forecourt of the historical museum Frankfurt is also being reconstructed according to the original blueprints, forming a unique architectonic ensemble that will soon be inviting visitors to learn more about the colourful history of Frankfurt. Scheduled to open this year, the museum complex will be entirely barrier-free.
In May, the Frankfurt children’s museum will move back into the museum, from which time onwards it will be known as the Young Museum. Later in autumn, the historical museum’s two permanent exhibitions – “Old Frankfurt” and “New Frankfurt” – will also open. The museum’s new show concept promises to offer visitors an entirely new museum experience, replete with guided tours and multimedia access.