Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Campus Westend)
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Campus Westend is one of five campuses and the most modern of Goethe University Frankfurt. Built in 2008, with its park-like setting, several cafes, and the historical IG Farben Building it is often described as one of the most attractive campuses in Germany. The campus is situated in walking distance of the center with its historical attractions
Source: Peter Kiefer, Goethe University
All of the conference sessions will take place in the Auditorium Complex (abbreviated HZ and No. 13 on the map below), right at the center of the campus. Luncheons, receptions, and the conference dinner will also be on campus. For the best coffee, take a quick walk to Hoppenworth & Ploch, which is located at the ground floor of building No. 15 (see map below).
Frankfurt is one of the most important financial centers in Europe, but it has much more to offer than just banks and its skyline. We selected some places that are worth a visit.
Source: Charlotte Hoppe
Römer (City Hall) and Römerberg
The Römer building has been serving as the city’s town hall since 1405 and continues to be the seat of the mayor till this day. At the time of the German Empire, the emperor’s hall, part of the town hall complex, also served as the location for the great coronation banquet. Right across the gabled house you will find a row of restored half-timbered houses that make a great photo subject.
Source: Charlotte Hoppe
Reconstructed Old Town
Right behind the Römer square the reconstructed old town starts. Since the majority of Frankfurt was destroyed during World War II, it also lost its historical center in the aftermath. In 2014, the city decided to reconstruct some of the old houses to bring back part of the original character of the old city center to the heart of Frankfurt.
Located close to the historic center is the indoor market Kleinmarkthalle. Next to a seemingly never-ending variety of fresh produce, cheeses and pastries, the Kleinmarkthalle also offers a great opportunity to get a taste of some Frankfurter specialties, such as Grüne Soße (green sauce made from a specific mix of seven herbs) or a glass of Apfelwein (a type of apple cider).
On the other side of the Main river, you will find the Sachsenhausen district, which is home to the Brückenviertel (bridge quarter). Here, you can take a browse through the several small vintage clothing and music shops or enjoy a typical Frankfurt evening at one of the several Apfelwein bars.
Located between the Brückenviertel and the Main River, the museum embankment is home to several of the city’s most loved museums, including the Städel Museum, which is one of Europe’s leading art museums. Its collection includes over 3,000 paintings from the Middle Ages to modern and contemporary art and the historic building itself is already worth a visit.
Source: Sebastian Koch
Additional ideas for your sightseeing tour:
- Main Tower or the Cathedral (Dom): spectacular panoramic view of Frankfurt
- Kaiserpfalz franconofurd: archeological excavation site next to the cathedral, showing traces of Roman legionnaires and Franconian kings
- Goethe House: originally furnished rooms in the house where Goethe was born and spent most of his youth
- Old Opera House (Alte Oper): beautiful historical façade
- Palmengarten Botanical Gardens: home to a wide variety of flowers, plants and the butterfly house
Additional ideas for activities outside of town:
- Mountain range Taunus located in the north west of Frankfurt. You may go for a hike or visit the Saalburg — a restored Roman fortress of the Limes fortification, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Wine region Rheingau with its beautiful villages, great Riesling, and the famous monastery Kloster Eberbach (the location of the movie “The Name of the Rose” and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley)
For additional information, city tours, and plans, visit https://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/travel-industry/This-is-Frankfurt
Public transport is provided by the RMV (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund). Getting around within the city is very easy using the dense network of the suburban rail service (S-Bahn) and the subway (U-Bahn). There are also bus and tram lines. However, most destinations, including hotels and the university campus, are usually within a walking distance from an S-Bahn or U-Bahn station.
The closest train station to the conference venue is the subway station Holzhausenstraße. It is served by the subway lines U1, U2, U3, and U8. Walking from the subway station Holzhausenstraße to the conference venue takes about 9 minutes. Click here to open a plan of train connections within Frankfurt and its surroundings.
More detailed information on public transport, including how to reach the center from the airport and what is the cheapest ticket to buy, will be provided before the conference.
In case you have any questions with respect to your stay in Frankfurt, please do not hesitate to contact Charlotte Hoppe (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sebastian Koch (email@example.com).