Frankfurt on Main - Germany
Frankfurt is the largest city in western Germany and lies along the River Main. It was one of the most important cities of the Holy Roman Empire and from 855 the German Kings and Emperors were elcted in Frankfurt. Riverboats dock close to the town centre which can be explored on foot. The city was severley bombed during WW2 and its once famous medieval city centre was destroyed. Reconstruction was done in a simple modern style and only a few landmark buildings were recontructed historically. The Romerberg district has restored 14th and 15th century houses which provides a snapshot of the city as it once was. The Cathedral is dominated by a 15th century (95m) Gothic style tower. It has two viewing platforms and the spire has recently been renovated. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's greatest man of letters, was born here in 1749 and his house is now a museum. The Main Tower is 200m tall and from the viewing platform has fantastic views over the city including that of the river and the banking district skyscraper's. The city also has an array of museums, gardens and a Zoo. There is evidence of Celtic and Germanic settlements in the city dating from the 1st century BC, as well as Roman remains from the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. In 1810 the city became the capital of the Grand Duchy of Frankfurt created by Napoleon. From 1815, when Napoleon fell, Frankfurt was again a free city, and in 1848-49 the Frankfurt National Assembly was held there. From 1816 to 1866 the city was the seat of the German Bundestag (Federal Diet) and thus the capital of Germany. After the Seven Weeks' War in 1866, Frankfurt was annexed by Prussia, thereby ending its free-city status. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.