"Un es will merr net in mein Kopp enei, Wie kann nor e Mensch net von Frankfort sei," the local poet and journalist Friedrich Stoltze once called out in the chest tone of his conviction. If we had asked him what is so special about Frankfurt, his list would probably not have come to an end. I have pulled myself together and present to you today my 5 things that make our city so unique for me.
We have often thought together about what makes our city so worth living or loving. Frankfurt always scores well in city drinking when it comes to quality of life.
But what is it that distinguishes us from other places?
What makes Frankfurt stand out within the country?
"World city with tradition" - this is the motto the Roman has found for his Open Day, which last weekend invited to a varied programme.
Five things that make our city so unique
· Of course the skyline
If there is something that makes Frankfurt unique in Germany, it is the skyscrapers. For Asian tourists everything may seem contemplative. In this country, it's simply impressive. Who crossed the Old Bridge without sighing? Who enjoyed the view from the dribbedach (Sachsenhausen) in the summer? The love for the apple and the corresponding wine. Of course, the regional stuff is something that people must have tried once. (I have. Not so mine. But I rave for the little medlar.) And one of the first local delights as a newcomer before eternal times was the hand cheese (with music). Delicious!
· Its variety in a small space. It may be a cliché. In my eyes, the proximity of the living worlds that coexist determines our attitude to life in Frankfurt enormously. The Persian restaurants bordering on the Polish travel agency in Gutleut. Or the Brazilian shop, in the immediate vicinity of the Asian supermarket in the Fahrgasse in the city centre, for instance. To reach Paris or Munich by train in about four hours is fabulous. There is more to the Dutch North Sea coast. The airport connects us with the whole world.
· And the density of museums? We have about sixty larger and smaller museums. Like so much in the city, art is close together. Antiquity meets caricatures or modern masters. Or the Struwelpeter Museum in the new old town!
Like our skyline, the Museum Mile is unique in Europe.
My five facts that make Frankfurt special for me. Okay, I still have a bonus.
· The Paulskirche as historical testimony for the beginnings of the German parliamentarism, the freedom movement.
Or is it Oberrad, Fechenheim is East or West High? Is it the city forest? The cool Hanauer Landstrasse? Or are it simply the people who live here?
What do you mean? Do you agree with my particularities?