On the Trail of Kennedy
Discover the Charming Atmosphere of Frankfurt Sachsenhausen
“Ich bin ein Berliner” – No visit to Germany by any political representative has been so emotionally remembered as that of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in June 1963. His famous speech at the Berlin Wall may have gotten all the buzz, but his speech in Frankfurt the day before, on June 25, was as important outlining a vision of a transatlantic partnership that still defines U.S.-German relations today.
President Kennedy addressed German government officials and invited guests at the Assembly Hall at the Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church) in Frankfurt, site of the first free German Parliament in 1848. Today, the church is still an important symbol of German democracy and political freedom. This year, around a quarter of a million people of different nations came together to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the first National Assembly in Frankfurt's Paulskirche for four days in beautiful sunshine.
As a tribute to Kennedy’s legacy and his visit to Frankfurt in 1963 a street was named after him. Located in the Sachsenhausen district, the Kennedy-Allee is known for its beautiful villas and elegant architecture. It is lined with trees and offers a picturesque setting. Many embassies and consulates are situated along this street, giving it a diplomatic ambiance.
Once a grand family home, Villa Kennedy was the embodiment of a modern Frankfurt. Built in 1901 and located on Kennedy-Allee, it was renamed in honor of President John F Kennedy's visit. Since its opening in 2006, the Villa Kennedy has been considered one of the leading hotels in Germany and was an internationally renowned flagship of the luxury segment in the metropolis on the Main. After its temporary closing in 2022, there is now a fresh start for the former Villa Kennedy. The well-known five-star hotel in Frankfurt will become part of the Althoff COLLECTION. Their vision is to create an "Urban Retreat" with 147 rooms and suites, including twelve Signature Loft Suites and one 320 square meter Presidential Suite. The reopening is planned for fall 2024.
Kennedy 89 Frankfurt
The 5-star lifestyle hotel is set in the serene district of Sachsenhausen and features 180 guest rooms, including 67 suites. The event area with almost 130 square metres of banqueting space with meeting rooms, restaurant, bar and a roof terrace offers space for upscale, tailor-made events.
Paying homage to John F. Kennedy’s spirit and his inspiring values, the hotel is a testament to his impactful visit to Frankfurt in 1963. The hotel offers panoramic skyline views from private balconies and the rooftop bar, while all guest rooms and suites are equipped with their own kitchen. With a subtle nod to the 1960s, architects create an atmosphere ensuring exceptional experiences designed around people and well-being. The luxury Kennedy 89 hotel is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in 2024 under The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand.
Both hotels are located within walking distance of the River Main and close to the famous Museum Embankment. At the same time, it is only a twelve minutes' drive each from Frankfurt International Airport, the main railway station as well as the Deutsche Bank Park sports stadium and the Frankfurt exhibition grounds.
Discover Frankfurt Sachsenhausen
Sachsenhausen is known for its historical significance, charming atmosphere, and vibrant nightlife. Here are some ideas for your visit in Sachsenhausen:
This area is renowned for its traditional German pubs, called "Ebbelwei-Kneipen," where you can try Frankfurt's famous apple wine and enjoy local cuisine. Popular dishes to accompany apple wine include hearty dishes like "Grüne Soße" (green sauce), "Handkäse mit Musik" (marinated sour milk cheese), or "Frankfurter Rippchen" (smoked pork ribs). The narrow cobblestone streets and timber-framed houses create a picturesque setting. Immerse yourself in the local culture, enjoy regional specialties, and experience the convivial ambiance.
2. Museum Embankment (Museumsufer):
Sachsenhausen is home to the southern bank of the Main River, where you'll find the Museum Embankment. This area boasts a collection of world-class museums, including the Städel Museum (art museum), the Museum of Communication, and the German Film Museum.
3. Eiserner Steg:
This pedestrian bridge connects Sachsenhausen with the city center. It offers a splendid view of the Frankfurt skyline and is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. From here, St. Paul’s Church can be reached by foot.
4. Schweizer Straße:
Sachsenhausen's main shopping street is Schweizer Straße. It features a variety of shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. You can find everything from fashion and accessories to gourmet food and souvenirs.
5. Henninger Turm:
The Henninger Turm is a distinctive cylindrical building that was originally a grain silo. It has been transformed into a hotel and observation deck, offering panoramic views of Frankfurt.
6. Sachsenhausen Nightlife:
Sachsenhausen is known for its vibrant nightlife. The district is dotted with cozy bars, trendy clubs, and live music venues, making it a popular destination for locals and visitors looking for an entertaining night out.
Sachsenhausen is conveniently located near Frankfurt's city center and easily accessible by public transportation. It combines historical charm with modern amenities, making it an appealing place to explore while visiting Frankfurt.