New life in the middle of Frankfurt: Reconstruction of the historical old town
But meeting planners don’t have wait until 2017 too see the new Old Town – this 3D film provides a realistic look now: www.domroemer.de/der-film.
The Old Town Meeting Venues
Meeting planners will be pleased by the excellent selection of venues available in and around this area—which is expected to quickly win favor with both residents and visitors alike.
The centerpiece and community gathering center of the new development is the Stadthaus am Markt (Municipal Hall at the Market). It will be ready in the fall of 2016 and can accommodate up to 150 guests in its semi-levitating assembly hall. In addition, it can host smaller meetings in seminar rooms. But without question one of the most fascinating features of the Stadthaus is the Archaeological Garden, which provides an actual glimpse into the architectural history of the Old Town. What a neat contrast for attendees to experience a brand new top-notch conference facility with a backdrop that is centuries old!
In addition, when the Old Town project is complete it will once again be possible to walk the famous Krönungsweg, the Coronation path that German Kings and Emperors took from the Cathedral to the Römer Halls, the city's town hall and one of its most recognizable landmarks for the last 600 years. These iconic halls, which were visited last year by Queen Elizabeth II on her trip to Frankfurt, are available as meeting venues with space for up to 600 attendees in three rooms. They feature high-tech lighting that illuminates the beautiful historic architecture of the building. Attendees will also enjoy the exceptional historic setting in the outside courtyard.
HAUS AM DOM/ The Congress and Cultural Center
Another venue near the Old Town is the HAUS AM DOM, the Congress and Cultural Center of the Diocese of Limburg which provides a one-stop shop for organizers featuring conference facilities to accommodate events up to 250 people, onsite catering through the venue’s own restaurant, a full featured presentation technology and professional service team. In addition, it has one of the most beautiful views of Frankfurt’s major downtown landmarks and its rooftop terrace can accommodate events of up to 150 persons.
The Plans for Revitalization
This innovative urban development project is unique in all of Europe—many cities have rebuilt a historic building or two but it is rare, if not unheard of, to rebuild an entire district. Ninety percent of the Old Town center was destroyed during World War II air raids and the post war reconstruction did not replicate the city’s original old world charm. When a 1970’s concrete building in the middle of the former Old Town was in need of updates, many Frankfurt citizens waged a successful campaign to revitalize and restore some of the former character to the city center.
By 2017 the new Old Town will be complete in a 75,300 sq ft area between Cathedral Square and the Römer. The new quarter will include 15 buildings that are being rebuilt according to the original blueprints and another 20 more modern buildings that will evoke the architectural history of the Old Town. To ensure the area will be lively, many stores, restaurants and plazas were planned for the ground floors and flats housing approximately 200 or so people will be built on the upper levels.
Tourists visiting Frankfurt now can take a guided tour of the new Old Town using their Internet enabled smart phones and a QR reader. (QR code is posted near the Schirn Kunsthalle, an exhibition hall located in the Old Town).
For more information on these venues and Frankfurt in general, please contact the Frankfurt Convention Bureau: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. +49 (0) 69/21 23 87 03
Newsletter for meeting planners & MICE professionals
Keep up-to-date and register for our “Meetings made in Germany “ newsletter: Get invaluable industry insights including case studies and trend reports plus all the latest information needed for planning your next event in Germany.