Our breakfast had been huge: Smoked salmon, herring/ cheese/and chocolate banana muesli. I could get very used to that!!! Delicious mouth watering pastries/cake/fruit as wellas hot dishes and the most scrumptious pretzel buns. My new favourite food!!
Significant attractions this morning included many buildings and fine houses and a delightful church with wrought iron gates. Some of these manor houses are quite large and some built post war, others' obviously pre dated the war or were rebuilt afterward, as Frankfurt was fairly heavily hit in WWII.
Something unexpected was the appearance of Peter Parker a.k.a. Spiderman and of course the landlady or spouse in the apartment above was dutifully cleaning the windows. ( An obsession that is purely German, I think).
Schloss Offenbach is the largest manor house of all in Offenbach.
Dating from the 18th Century, it overlooks the river and the barge fleet, and appears deserted but is open on some occasions, according to the sign on the door. The orange paintjob is a little perplexing and I do wonder what the interior is like.....
The Offenbach equivalent of the Gallery of Modern Art, was closed but H. was pleased about that as she thought the building was creepy. The leatherworkers museum was open but did not look enthralling enough for us to spend time there. A rather weird structure sits outside, but keep walking along this street to see some really fantastic suburban architecture and manor houses. Must have been studying history for too long, as I could see German soldiers or SS trotting about with their boots on, in the ever present piles of Autumn maple leaves that seem to be omnipresent in this part of the world. On arrival back at the Sheraton Offenbach hotel, ( via the mall and the Xmas markets), we checked the free internet in the lobby and met up with our tour guide, Sue Mason.
On tour of Frankfurt proper, we were introduced to modern Frankfurt The Euro bank ( in the news predominantly at the moment) tent city, Financial Deutsche Bank HQ with the affectionately named 'credit' and 'debit' towers, and our final stop which was to be the most exciting of the day.
Well it was a Saturday but an ocean of people greeted us. It was all but impossible to make your way around. I felt like I was back at sideshow alley at the Royal National Show. Most items were a little expensive compared to Offenbach, but we did find a few souvenirs and H. bought me something for xmas on the sly. ( Dear little thing) Food wise there was opportunities to sit and drink gluhwein, for 7 euro and you pay a deposit, refundable when you return the cup, but who has time to sit when there is so much to see and so many people to squeeze past!!! I did grab a baked potato with dill sour cream sauce and that filled me up!!
Don't miss the Romer round church if you go to Frankfurt, and the city hall is somewhere you can whip around in, in less than 5 mins. The first German parliament of the unified Germany 1832 and 1871. Inside some of the shops were gorgeous and had the old world charm happening bigtime, and others, no different, and had been thoroughly modernised.
The good: Romerberg square original houses and Round church
The Bad: High prices at the Xmas markets
The Ugly: Very touristy and worse on a Saturday