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(German: Goethe Stadt) is a title for German cities that have a history with the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. There are five Goethe cities in Germany: Frankfurt, Bad Lauchstädt, Ilmenau, Weimar and Wetzlar. He was born and raised in Frankfurt and spent the first years after his law studies there. Frankfurt is also the place, where he had his first poetical success with “Der Götz von Berlichin“ and lived through imprinting events, that effected his further work, too.
(German: Apfelwein or Hessian: Ebbelwoi) is the German version of cider. It is made of many apple varieties and has an alcoholic content of 5-7%. It is traditionally served in a grey stoneware pitcher with blue detailing (Hessian: Bembel) and drunk from a glass with a lozenge cut that refracts light and improves grip (Hessian: Geripptes) – a holdover from the past, when some meals were traditionally eaten without cutlery. Apple Wine is mainly produced and consumed in Hessen, where it is the state beverage.
(German: Hammermann) is a series of monumental kinetic sculptures designed by Jonathan Borofsky, that have been installed in various cities around the world. They show the movable silhouettes of a worker swinging his hammer against a symbolic workpiece. The most prominent Hammering Man is the one, that was commissioned in 1990 for the new exhibition tower (German: Messeturm). It is 21 metres tall and weighs 32 tons.
(German: Bulle und Bär) are two of Frankfurts best known Landmarks. The brass statue, that was formed by Reinhard Dachlauer, is located in front of the Frankfurt stock market. The bull market (French: Hausse) stands for rising stock prices, as the bull’s horns bump upwards, whereas the bear market (French: Baisse) stands for fall of stocks, since the bear’s paw strikes downwards.
(German: Paulskirche) is a church in the city center of Frankfurt, that has undergone an interesting past. During the Middle Ages the complex served as a monastery for the Church of the Discalced Friars. As a result of the Protestant Reformation the monastery became a main protestant church. After its reconstruction it became the seat of the Frankfurt Parliament, the first publicly and freely-elected German legislative body. Today it is a national monument and used for exhibitions and public events.