Private Tour of St. Paul's Church
- Democratic heritage: This former Lutheran church is famous as the meeting place for the German National Assembly, the country's first freely elected parliament.
- Impressive architecture: Hear how this oval church and its bell tower, completed in 1833, were later reconstructed from the rubble of post-WWII Frankfurt.
- Personalized tour: With a private guide, you can set a comfortable pace, have all your questions answered, and enjoy insightful commentary from a local expert. Designed for up to 10, let us know if you have a larger group so we can plan for your crowd.
About This Frankfurt Tour
An enormous circular mural displayed in St. Paul's church depicts a group of assemblymen making their way to the church doors. Pause to see the resolve in their expressions and the steadfastness of their step as these men forge the path that eventually led to the first democratic constitution for a united Germany. This mural is an eloquent expression of this building's esteemed status as the Cradle of German Democracy.
The story of the mural leaps vividly to life as your guide reveals the events of 1848, the pivotal year when Germany's first elected officials met at St. Paul's to inaugurate the National Assembly. You'll discover the development of German unity and democracy as you view exhibits and gain insights from your guide's personal perspective. And you'll learn that while efforts to forge the constitution eventually faltered, the history of a nation was forever changed in this red sandstone church.
The Allied bombs of World War II destroyed St. Paul's and most of Old Town Frankfurt in 1944. In honor of the church's symbolism, it was the first building to be reconstructed in the city after the war. Since reopening in 1948 on the parliament's centennial, it has been used for important events. President John F. Kennedy spoke here during his 1963 visit to Germany, and the prestigious literary Goethe Prize is awarded here.
Most visitors to this bustling banking city may simply hurry past this church on Paulsplatz. But stepping inside and discovering its heritage, you'll feel how the determined men and the spirited discussions that filled St. Paul's were vital to the development of democracy and modern-day Germany.
An endless procession
The mural by the contemporary artist Johannes Grutzke was unveiled in 1991 as part of St. Paul's renovation. In this circular work, "The Path of the Representatives to St. Paul's Church," the figures keep walking forever and the imagery is richly detailed. Look for wrestling figures, a rejected crown, a representative of the common man, and more. The symbolism is striking.
Please make your way to the Tourist Information Office at Römer (Römerberg 27, 60311 Frankfurt am Main) to meet our GoBe Representative.
Bring small coins for the bathroom. Take a light jacket or rain coat for the weather. Be aware that when it's windy, an umbrella might be risky!
Must walk for 2 hours during course of the tour at a leisurely pace. Expect long periods of standing. Tour is not wheelchair accessible but it is suitable for those with limited mobility. Operator can provide mobile assistance with advance notification.
Private Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.
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