Frankfurt to be evacuated on Sunday

A large part of Frankfurt am Main is being evacuated after the discovery of a World War II bomb on a building site in the Wismarer Straße.

The bomb is a British HC-4000 air mine, also known as a “blockbuster” or “cookie”, and weighs 1.8 metric tonnes.  It contains 1.4 tonnes of explosives, is 2m long and has a diameter of 76cm, although apparently part of it is missing.

It is one of the largest unexploded bombs ever found in Germany, and as such making it safe is going to cause possibly the largest post-war evacuation the country has ever seen with at least 60,000 people having to leave their homes.

Frankfurt am Main looking North West

On Sunday, 3rd September, 2017 anyone living within a 1.5km radius of the bomb will be required to leave their homes. [Read more…]

World Tour Guide Day 2017 – in Frankfurt

To celebrate “World Tour Guide Day”, two tours are being offered in Frankfurt in English.

On Saturday, 18th February, 2017 the subject is “1948, Reforms that Changed a Nation” and the tour will start at 1pm at the tourist information office at the Hauptbahnhof.

On Sunday, 19th February, 2017 “Reforming the old town of Frankfurt – past, present and future”, starting at 2pm at the Cathedral.

The tours are free to take part, but a donation is requested for a project that helps the homeless in winter.

 

Blockupy returns to Frankfurt and disrupts public transport

This weekend sees a return of the Blockupy demonstrators to Frankfurt and as a result there will be changes to public transport services in the city centre.

From Thursday, 30th May 2am until Sunday, 2nd June, at 4am, the U-Bahn station “Willy-Brandt-Platz” will be closed.  The lines U1 to U5 and U8 will travel through without stopping.  The U5 will be running later into the night to ease changes at other stops.

Trams will not be running through the Altstadt.  Lines 11 and 12 will not run between Börneplatz and Hauptbahnhof.  The Ebbelwei-Expreß will not be running on Fronleichnam or on Saturday, and on Sunday will travel in both directions via Sachsenhausen. [Read more…]

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