Germany in 1912: Images 101 to 110

Monday, June 09, 2014

Bingen, a well-known place for excursions, offers all sides to the charmed traveler a picturesque variety of locales from the friendly to the grandiose.

Frankfurt. - An old and wealthy city located in a fertile valley on the right bank of the Main, it was long the city where the emperors of Germany were elected. It has a population of over 410,000 inhabitants, and its trade and financial market are of the most important.

The Kaiserstrasse is one of Frankfurt's major routes; it crosses a beautiful new neighborhood and leads to a square containing a remarkable statue of Gutenberg.

The Rossmarkt. - One of the most beautiful squares in the city where the Kaiserstrasse ends, and where the monument to Gutenberg and his associates Furst and Schaefer was erected in 1858.

The Zeil. - Beginning at the Schillerplatz, the Zeil is of the streets of Frankfurt the one which offers the most animation. One can see a very nice main post office completed in 1894.

Left: The house where Goethe, the immortal author of Faust, was born in 1749. Right: The house of Rothschild, the last vestige of the old ghetto of Frankfurt.

The old Jewish street.

The Römer dates to the beginning of the 15th century (1405) and has a stepped gable front redone in 1898. From its balcony high up the elected emperors would throw gold down to the crowd on the day of their coronation.

The Rathaus, built from 1900 to 1903, is an annex of the Römer". Inside, the great room of the emperors (Kaisersaal) contains the modern portraits of the entire lineage of the emperors of Germany.

The Cygnus Hotel would have nothing particular about it if it were not connected to a painful memory to French national pride. The treaty that ended the Franco-Prussian war was signed here on 20 May 1871.


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