Turning left here brings you to the famous Klappergass in Old Sachsenhausen. Frau Rauscher, the life-sized stone sculpture, welcomes guests in for a glass of cider. It’s also the name of the naturally cloudy Stöffches made by the Possmann family press house in Frankfurt that you can find in all good food shops or specialist drinks outlets.
Having passed Old Sachsenhausen, our trip takes us across the Main on the Ignatz-Bubis-Brücke (bridge). Formerly known as the Obermainbrücke, this bridge was built between 1876 and 1878.
As you cross the bridge, there’s a good view of the Frankfurt skyline to the left. The view of the skyline from the east is unique. As skyscrapers are mainly built in the western part of Frankfurt, from here you can also see the many historic towers of the city, such as Frankfurt cathedral. To the right, you can see the Osthafen area.
At the start of the Ignatz-Bubis-Brücke is the white portico of the public library that was completely destroyed in 1944. The building was constructed between 1820 and 1825. Today it’s used for art exhibitions.
Hospital zum heiligen Geist
The Hospital zum heiligen Geist (Hospital of the holy spirit) is a public foundation and the oldest of its kind in Frankfurt. It was first mentioned in documents dating from 1267. Originally the clinic was on the banks of the Main, but on 22 May 1835 construction started on a new hospital building. Due to a lack of space, the foundation Stiftung Hospital zum heiligen Geist built a new hospital on Lange Strasse along the ramparts of the inner city wall. After a construction period lasting four years, the hospital opened in 1839. It was destroyed in World War II and then rebuilt.
End of the tour
We’re almost at the end of our tour and will shortly be arriving back at the zoo. We hope you enjoyed your trip on the Ebbelwei-Express, and hope that you recommend us and our podcast to your friends. You’ll find all the information and the sources on the VGF website at www.vgf-ffm.de. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon and hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in our lovely city of Frankfurt am Main. Please remember that you can also hire the Ebbelwei-Express for family parties and special events.