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The Old Town Drama. The origins of the HMF.

 

The new Frankfurt Old Town extends between the cathedral, Römer. Schirn and Braubachstraße.

Since 2012, after the demolition of the Technical Town Hall, 35 new buildings have sprung up on the cleared area the size of a soccer field. They all stand on historical ground plans: where Frankfurt's old town had been before the Second World War. 15 of the houses were reconstructed as historical old town houses. At the start in the museum you will learn from historical and current models how complicated and controversial the path to the New Old Town was and which compromises were made. On site, you will explore what lies behind the façades, what all this cost, and you can see for yourself if this form of reconstruction makes the history of the city more tangible.
Duration: approx. 90 minutes

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Kaiserkrönung Kaiser Karl VI. im Bartholomäus-Dom in Frankfurt 1711 © HMF Foto Horst Ziegenfusz
Festessen der Reichsstädte bei der Kaiserkrönung von Franz I. im Römer am 4. Oktober 1745 © HMF Foto Horst Ziegenfusz

Following in the tracks of those who were elected and crowned, this tour takes you from the historical imperial palace in the Saalhof, where you will become familiar with the imperial insignia, via the imperial cathedral where elections and coronations took place and across Krönungsweg (Coronation Path) to the Römerberg (with a visit to the Kaisersaal – or imperial hall – if possible).

From the beginnings under Charlemagne to the electoral rules established in the Golden Bull of Emperor Charles IV regarding the rituals and ceremonies of the coronation and the festivities following the coronation, the tour follows in the footsteps of the electors and sheds light on the Erzämter (the highest court appointments) who carried them out.


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Nachdruck der Titelvignette Die Franckfurter Mess im Jahr 1696 © HMF Foto Horst Ziegenfusz
Ansicht des Römerbergs, Christian Georg Schütz © HMF

Frankfurt the exhibition city – trade and congress from the Middle Ages to modern times

The vivid tour retraces Frankfurt’s rise from a small, rural town to the European exhibition and trade city of the Middle Ages through to the modern period, from the old Frankfurt port at the Rententurm (Toll Tower) to the Leinwandhaus via the Domhügel and back to the Römerberg.

Not only did trade and exchanging of money take place between exhibition stands and patrician houses during trade fairs, this ritual also offered people the chance to experience new things from around the world and indulge in the spectacle. People from all walks of life came together from all over Europe, from beggars and prostitutes to middle-class citizens, patricians and merchants.

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Das Gemälde zeigt die verfassungsgebende deutsche Nationalversammlung in der Pauskirche 1848
Friedrich Carl Alexander Lill Verfassungsgebende deutsche Nationalversammlung in der Paulskirche 1848 © HMF U. Seitz-Gray
Das Gemälde zeigt eine Sitzung des deutschen Fürstentages.
Johann Schäfer Sitzung im Palais Thurn und Taxis anläßlich des Deutschen Fürstentags © HMF Horst Ziegenfusz
Das Gemälde zeigt die verfassungsgebende deutsche Nationalversammlung in der Pauskirche 1848 Das Gemälde zeigt eine Sitzung des deutschen Fürstentages.

The city tour passes important places of German politics and Frankfurt relations from 1848.
Vormärz (pre-March) and bourgeois revolution: Between St. Paul’s Church and the reconstructed Thurn und Taxis Palais, not only the role of groups and people – particularly the participation of Frankfurters, the work of the National Assembly and the reasons for its failure can be traced; the places where barricades or shootings took place or the literary Frankfurt and the salon of Clotilde Koch-Gontard are also part of the tour. The tour through the city can be extended by a trip to the Frankfurt Main Cemetery (U5) and the graves of those killed in action in 1848.

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David Stempel AG, Frankfurt am Main 1918 © HMF Foto Horst Ziegenfusz
Erster Weltkrieg, Frankfurt 1916 © HMF Foto Horst Ziegenfusz

A search for traces in Frankfurt a hundered years ago.

Where was the mobilisation announced? And which buildings turned into military hospitals? Places are visited where wool and precious metals were collected and where the revolutionary soldiers accommodated themselves at the end of the war. But also in the artistic work of Max Beckmann we show the traces of the war.

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