The West End Tower was built in 1983 and is known as the “crown skyscraper”: The steel crown on the roof is a modern reminder that German emperors were once crowned in Frankfurt.
Today the West End Tower is an easily identifiable marker if you’re making your way around Frankfurt and want to know the direction to go to find the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station). The West End Tower is not far from the Hauptbahnhof, the Bahnhofsviertel (Frankfurt’s red light district), and Westend (home to private banks and related financial entities).
The West End Tower is over two hundred metres tall, has over fifty floors of office space, and was completed in the mid eighties, an impressive architectural achievement considering the tower still looks modern over 30 years later.
The tower is the headquarters for the DZ Bank.
It is very distinguishable and sits elegantly on the Frankfurt skyline. Of interest is that the steel crown on top of the building: It weighs 95 metric tons and is heated in winter to avoid icing - if an icicle were to form, and were it to break free thanks to gravity and a change in weather, imagine the scene below.
The West End Tower is not open to the public.