A few months ago I had the opportunity to go to Frankfurt for a day. To be honest I didn’t know much about the city then, nor do I know much about it now, except that it is the country’s financial hub and home to several banks and corporate headquarters. I’m sure my overly stereotyped idea of Frankfurt is fairly inaccurate and narrow; I know the city also has a lot to offer in terms of culture, education and tourism; which means I need to go back and experience all of that. But for now I guess what I can say is that Frankfurt is a pleasant little surprise! I was there by myself and spent the entirety of my day walking around, exploring my surroundings and like every city in Germany, once I found the Altstadt, everything started to flow and the city came to life.
Sometimes it just feels incredibly unbelievable to be walking around a city that’s so ancient, that has seen and lived so much history. A place that has been destroyed by war, survived it and built itself up again. It’s like you’re walking inside a history book. I feel very privileged in moments like these. I feel fortunate for living in a relatively more peaceful period in world history and to have the opportunity to travel and see things with my own eyes.
I walked by so many small bookstores, cute little stores and restaurants, and they always catch my attention. But I guess in the end what really won me over was the famous Frankfurt Cathedral and the delightful Römerberg – the perfect German postcard.