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Kaiserdom, Frankfurt. Courtesy of Frankfurt Tourism

Hours: Mon-Thu & Sat 9am-12pm & 2.30pm-6pm; Fri & Sun 2.30pm-6pm
Cost: Free
Late Gothic tombstones and Renaissance frescoes have survived in this red-brick cathedral in Frankfurt's historic centre. Climb the Kaiserdom's 324 stairs and enjoy the view, or visit on a Sunday for organ music and a heavy dose of frankincense.
Located in the city's Altstadt, or Old Town, the Kaiserdom is close to the Paulskirche church, the RɆmer square and Goethe's House. It has been rebuilt several times, including after a devastating fire in 1867 and the Second World War.

A frieze of St Bartholemew, the choir stalls and the Maria-Schlaf-Altar altar (1434-1438) have survived from the original interior, along with a sculpture by Hans Backoffen portraying a scene from the crucifixion, dating to the early Renaissance. Archaeological findings in the 1990s confirmed that a young royal woman was once buried where the Dom now is and a stone plate was erected at the west entrance to commemorate her.
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