Eschenheimer Turm © smuconlaw
The Eschenheimer Turm is one of the few remaining towers of the medieval fortifications that once encircled the city of Frankfurt. The 154-foot high (47m) Gothic tower was built as part of the medieval wall which encircled the city in the 15th century, when approximately 60 towers surrounded the city. Citizens used to build high walls and watchtowers to protect Frankfurt from danger. The tower is both the oldest and the most unaltered building in the largely reconstructed city centre of Frankfurt and it is a striking landmark of the city. The tower has eight levels and four smaller side-turrets and looks rather like something out of a fairy-tale.
There is a weather vane perched on the very top which is the subject of a local myth: apparently a convicted poacher shot the vane nine times and so impressed the city authorities that they set him free. You can clearly see nine bullet holes if you get close enough to the vane, but it is definitely not still the same one from the story. Now a popular tourist attraction in Frankfurt, there is a restaurant and bar at the base of the Eschenheimer Turm that offers a good place to people-watch in the busy plaza surrounding the tower.
Address: Eschenheimer Tor 1