The Eschenheimer Tower is an impressive gothic highlight on Frankfurt’s skyline.
It is just under 50 metres high, and one of the few reminders of medieval times when Frankfurt was protected from foreign incursions by an imposing ring of high walls, 42 towers, ramparts and moats. If you look closely you can see mini-turrets, bells, and a ring of perfect arches capping the top of the tower. If you think doing business is hard these days, think again - to the old days.
It was built in 1428 and to this day holds a domineering presence over all around it, including the towering sky scrapers of steel and glass – a compliment to European Medieval architecture, an age before design became the slave of computer modelling.
Today there is a bar and café at the foot of the tower.
It is easy to find, a great meeting point, and is close to the Green Belt.
Across from the Eschenheimer Tower is the Flemmings Hotel, famous perhaps because the Flemming brand of hotels are themed (avant garde with a certain style and suaveness) from James Bond. Ian Flemming, for those of you who can't read, was the author of James Bond.
If you’re in Frankfurt just for a short trip or attending the trade fair, make the effort to visit the Eschenheimer Tor.