Station: [02] Staufer City

  • Historisches Museum Frankfurt

The model of the Staufer city shows how the city looked during the Staufer Age 800 years ago: At that time, the first civic community arose, walls were built around the city, and it received an Imperial Privilege to hold trade fairs. Today, little or nothing has survived of that early city: Other than the “Stauferbau” at the Saalhof itself, there is only a piece of the “Staufen Wall”, parts of the Leonhards- and Nikolai churches and the foundation walls of a tower marked out beneath the pavement on the Römerberg. How the city looked around 1260 is supplemented in two directions in the projection screened: the development around Frankfurt’s cathedral hill in early times and as a Roman military base, and how the Old Town developed through to the present.