Just a few blocks from downtown, the inner city and the Konstablerwache, you run into Bornheim, the Berger Strasse and the beautiful Bethmann Park. This is a gorgeous spot and people are usually astonished when I bring them to this oasis of calm and beauty set in the middle of the city. There is a walled Chinese Garden here that is a perfect place to sit and read, take romantic photos or just enjoy watching the fish or the birds.
Next to the Chinese Garden is a giant chess board. It is fun to watch the people playing on this giant chessboard. Even the rain won’t stop them, they just keep on playing with umbrellas! Sunday mornings may find groups of people doing Tai-Chi here, which is interesting to watch or even join in. The flower plantings change with the seasons, so spring will look quite different from summer in the park. The park offers a special service: If you have a “sick plant”, you can bring it here to the greenhouse and ask the experts what to do.
If you walk on through the park, you will find yourself on the “lower” Berger Strasse. This is one of the best and most popular streets in the city, filled with cafes, pubs, unique little stores, and a pedestrian area up near the Uhrturmchen (clock tower). This is the spot for our bi-weekly farmers market and on Wed. and Sat. the place is transformed. It is not only a gourmets’ dream come true, but photographers love it too. All the sights, aromas, and colors are absolutely wonderful and towards the end of the day, you can enjoy hearing the vendors calling out their “end of the day” specials. The Berger Strasse is true validation that entrepreneurship is alive and well in Frankfurt as so many creative stores and boutiques make their home on this street.
It is nice to occasionally veer off of the main street and explore some of the side streets. Beautiful, turn of the century architecture abounds. I could stroll through here for hours, up one street and down the next, admiring the buildings and the flowers on the balconies.
One of my favorite Frankfurt-style restaurants in Bornheim is near the lower Berger Strasse – Zur Schöne Müllerin. Great place to dine and enjoy a good glass of applewine in their garden. Ethnic restaurants are easy to find here too. Turkish, Moroccan, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, American, and even Mexican.
If you would like to include a visit to the Berger Strasse & Bornheim on your Private or Layover tour of Frankfurt, please let us know.