Frankfurt am Main: Günthersburgpark

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There’s a green side to business-minded Frankfurt. To discover it, simply head away from the famous ‘Mainhattan’ skyscrapers and into the city’s idyllic parks.

 

Florian Haas isn’t much of a shopper. The prolific artist prefers to get away from the high-rise-lined streets of Germany’s financial capital, escaping to its leafy parks instead: “At the far end of Berger Strasse, Frankfurt’s longest shopping street, begins Günthersburgpark, one of my favourite green spaces.”


The expansive park has been home to a medieval castle, and to a succession of stately homes built for some of the city’s wealthiest citizens. Today, only the former orangery erected by the Rothschild family remains. Families will enjoy the lavish water playground; all others will find refuge at the laid-back outdoor café arranged around a former kiosk. Haas recommends coming for the “delicious Greek food” and staying “for a chat with the friendly owners”.


As a popular urban recreation area, the park can become pretty crowded at weekends, but Haas offers a contingency plan for days when the lawns are overrun – especially in summer, when a lively performing arts festival takes over: “The adjacent Wasserpark is less well known and more quiet. It was constructed in the late 19th century as part of a new water supply plan. The historic pump houses and reservoirs draw and store water from nearby Vogelsberg.”


As one of the beekeepers behind the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art’s rooftop beehive, Haas has another reason for coming: “The park has one of the oldest urban apiaries in the world. The beekeepers sell their honey here every Saturday. They also offer tours and host open days.”


If you’re longing to get back to the bright lights of the big city after all that fresh air, Haas recommends returning to Berger Strasse and visiting a truly unique butcher’s shop: “Family-owned organic butchery Spahn offers all the typical German meat delicacies... and, oddly enough, a huge selection of homemade vegan products. Something for everyone.”


Wind down with comfort food and fresh apple juice at one of the many authentic cafes and restaurants along the tree-lined streets in the Bornheim-Mitte district, where everyone goes for brunch at the weekends.


Florian Haas

Artist Florian Haas hails from the Black Forest, but calls Frankfurt home. Together with art group Finger, he has been running an apiary on the roof of Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art since 2007. The group runs tours and shows art installations engaging and interacting with bee-colony structures.
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