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Römerberg


RɆmerberg, Frankfurt. Photo by Frank Seifert, ũ Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main

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With its meticulously reconstructed Patrician house fronts, RɆmerberg is the picturesque heart of the old town. A walk across the cobbled square, also home to the three-gabled town hall, takes you from modern Frankfurt back in time to 16th-century Frankfurt.
The place was restored in 1986 following old plans and is dominated by the Fachwerk-style housefronts, including the old town hall. The city's first town hall was situated where the Dom church stands today - in 1405 the city bought the new buildings at the RɆmerberg and rebuilt them into a town hall. Controversy surrounds the name. One explanation is that the tradesman who lived in the house for a long time mostly traded with Italy and Rome, hence RɆmer.

Today the building, one of Frankfurt's landmarks, houses the offices of the city's mayor and the civil service. In another corner of the RɆmerberg, Frankfurt's first bank was built in the 17th century.
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