|Views of the Old City of Frankfurt am Main before World War II, after destrution at the end of the war and to the end of the 70's. |
Altstadt or old city is a district or Stadtteil of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, located on the northern Main bank. It is surrounded by the city division of Innenstadt (Downtown). On the opposite side of the river Main is the district of Sachsenhausen-Nord.
As the historical center of Frankfurt, the Altstadt has existed from Frankfurt's beginnings, dating back to 794. It used to be part of the original Innenstadt area, which lay inside of the city walls, the Staufenmauer. Large sections of the Altstadt were rebuilt after World War II and so only a few old buildings are actually preserved. The Altstadt contains many of Frankfurt's most important sights, including the Römerberg plaza with the famed Römer city hall and many other middle-age style buildings which are mostly actually reconstructions. Nearby is the Frankfurter Dom of St. Bartholomäus and the Paulskirche, the short-lived seat of the German National Assembly in 1848-49.