The Hauptwache is one of the most famous squares in Frankfurt and is most definitely a must go destination not just for tourists but for locals also.
Originally called Schillerplatz it had a name change in the early 1900's and is found by walking down the main shopping street namely Zeil.
To me there are three standout buildings which are all very beautiful and all very different.
The most famous building is The Hauptwache building,it's a great cafe ,a tad expensive but well worth a visit,this building gave the square its name ,built in 1730 in the Baroque style of architecture,it was the home to the Stadtwehr militia and contained a prison and eventually became a police station untill 1904 when it was converted to a cafe.
The second most notable building here in my opinion is the beautiful St Catherine's Church ( St Katharinen Kirche ) which is a beautiful 17th century church built between 1678 and 1681 again in the Baroque style of architecture,although destroyed in 1944 during allied bombing the church was rebuilt between 1950 and 1954 and is a fantastic church to visit.
My third standout building is in complete contrast to the two other structures and is in fact the very impressive Galerie Kaufhof Frankfurt An Der Hauptwachte,this is a huge shopping centre that besides having innumerable retail outlets spread throughout this huge modern structure also has a great roof top cafe were you can take in the full beauty of this square afforded from the cafe.
The Hauptwache is a square teeming with all manner of shopping outlets and some amazing cafe's,bars and restaurants and is a very popular destination and is easy to reach by Sbahn,Ubahn or bus and is an area I most definitely recommend you visit.
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