Today we had a 6AM train ride from Goslar to Frankfurt. We arrived at the main train station at 9AM so we had at rest of the morning and afternoon to explore the city! However, we first got breakfast and got chocolate! It has been raining again all day and so we needed to warm up before starting our day!
After fueling and warming up, we walked through Romerberg, a square with these pretty old buildings, on the way to the Frankfurt History Museum.
The history museum is in a building from around the 12th century during the Stauferzeit. Stauferzeit is the name given to the period between the 11th and 13th centuries when an aristocracy, the Staufers, were very powerful in Germany and even produced several Roman-German kings and emperors. Parts of the building are still intact.
Apart from learning about life in medieval Frankfurt, much of the museum is made up of historical collections from Frankfurters. We saw sword collections and art, coin, and china collections!
Next, we walked on the footbridge, Eiserner Steg, that crosses the Main River. It is a very popular bridge to put locks on- they were in every nook and cranny! From the bridge, we had a great view of the Frankfurt skyline!
From the bridge, we walked to the Frankfurt Cathedral. It was, like all Cathedrals I've seen, very beautiful!
Our final stop before getting back on the train was to the Goethe Museum! It was a tour through his beautiful home that was filled with a lot of original mementos from his childhood. Our favorite was this crazy cool clock- apparently Goethe was fascinated by it as a child.
After finishing our 1 day Frankfurt tour, we took a train to Friedburg to meet Manfred, my Grandpa's cousin. He and his wife Ute were gracious enough to let us stay with them for the next few days!
Along the drive back to Elnhausen where they live, Manfred took us to a community farm that provides vegetables and meat for the town of Marburg. It was such a cute little German farm!
Petting the calves was of course my fav :)
We then took one more detour to a village that Manfred played a large role in creating. It is a community of about 200 people made up of those with handicaps and those without. There they live together in group houses and have workshops where they can create different things. This particular village makes their own coffee, woven scarves and bags, and carpentry. From the several people we met, it seems like a lovely and friendly place!
Following that stop, we arrived at Manfred and Ute's home and are now relaxing and about to eat dinner with them!