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Lights and colors of Frankfurt

Bridge over the river Main at the entrance to the old town
Bridge over the river Main at the entrance to the old town

When you arrive in Frankfurt you immediately notice the towering skyscrapers that have earned this German city the nickname of "Mainhattan" (Main is the river that crosses it). In reality, behind the banks, the hard work and the many construction sites that seem to compete between who will arrive higher to build the next tower or the next skyscraper, there is a lot of greenery, consisting of endless woods outside the city, a riverfront, the Main, full of life on summer evenings and the well-preserved historic center to be admired.

Yes, because if you really don't like large glass buildings with hundreds of floors, then a nice walk along the river admiring the evening lights and the city skylines could take on a romantic meaning.

Römer: one of the symbols of the city.
Römer: one of the symbols of the city.

The Römer, built in the 15th century, is the old town hall of the German city. Once upon a time, emperors were elected and crowned here. Today it is the registry office and the mayor's office.

The riverside of Frankfurt in the evening
The riverside of Frankfurt in the evening

The riverside of Frankfurt, the summer evenings lives and is filled with many people. Bicycles, runners and, above all, hundreds of small groups of friends who stay on the grass or on the shore to spend the evening in company.


Tables of an illuminated bar on the riverside
Tables of an illuminated bar on the riverside

As night falls slowly, the premises are empty, but the lights don't go out ... not yet ...


Iron bridge over the River Main
Iron bridge over the River Main
Lights and light trails in the streets of the city
Lights and light trails in the streets of the city
5.20 am: sunrise the next day. The sun is rising behind a large building in the city.
5.20 am: sunrise the next day. The sun is rising behind a large building in the city.

Three emblematic images of the German night:

1.The illuminated iron bridge that never seems to want to go out as a car whizzes by fast (below) leaving a short trail.
2.The last cars still around the city that light up with their trails (here I left the shutter open 20 "while waiting for the red light)
3.The sunrise. The first lights of the morning and some neon still lit (or forgotten) in the huge building that covers the sky.

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