When the ship docked in Frankfurt, most of the passengers went on a tour to Heidelberg, but since we had been there a number
of times, we decided to stay in Frankfurt for the day. If you wish to see our tour of Heidelberg in 2007 click here.
We first walked to Old Town, with its beautiful old buildings.
This is a Wikipedia shot of the Frankfurt Cathedral.
The interior of the cathedral.
The cathedral had been badly damaged by a WWII bombing. The beautiful buildings shown in the first two photos above had been destroyed and then had been rebuilt.
We also saw the St Paul's Church but were not able to go inside. Saint Paul's Church (Paulskirche) is a national historic monument in Germany because it was the seat of the first democratically elected Parliament in 1848. It was established in 1789 as a Protestant church, but was not completed until 1833. Its importance has its roots in the Frankfurt Parliament, which met in the church during the revolutionary years of 1848/49 in order to write a constitution for a united Germany.
We walked back to the ship for lunch before going to the Stadel Museum.
Beside paintings by Van Gogh, Van Ruisdael, Breugel, Jan Steen, and many impressionistic artists we saw Rembrandt's Blinding of Samson.