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Permanent exhibitions

Model of the City of Frankfurt

Stadtmodell, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

The City Planning Department’s model of the City of Frankfurt in the atrium of the Planning Department is well worth a visit.
On a scale of 1:500 a large section of downtown Frankfurt is reconstructed over 54 square meters.
The backbone for the model was laid as long ago as 1960, when the City Planning Department brought together a host of individual objects in an effort to construct a model of downtown Frankfurt for work purposes.
This model provided the basis for the impressive exhibition model as we know it today, which is continuously updated and adapted to changes in the city fabric.

Given the fact that the section of the city in question is relatively flat, we decided not to have the base plate follow the actual topography – with the exception of the northern Main embankment. Here the model shows differences in altitude in order to present the level access to the Main at Eiserner Steg footbridge correctly.

Architects, investors and a number of urban planners have used the model to predict potential shading or to see how a possible project would fit in with the surrounding environment, among other things.

City Planning Department: Atrium, Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse 10, 60311 Frankfurt/Main
Opening times: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • Stadtmodell von oben, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Stadtmodell von oben, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Stadtmodell Atrium, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Perspektive von Osten - EZB Neubau, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Perspektive von Südwesten - Blick Westhafen, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Bankenviertel - Stadtkrone, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Projekt Hotel Alte Oper von Nordosten, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Neue Altstadt von Nordosten, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Quartier Maintor, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Bankenviertel MAX-Projekt, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

High-rise planning model

Stadtmodell, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

The high-rise planning model is permanently on show in the atrium of the Planning Department. On a scale of 1:2,000 the model is based on the City of Frankfurt’s high-rise development plan, which was last updated in 2008 and adapted in the model accordingly.

A glance at the model suffices to understand the high-rise development plan, as it shows existing buildings, high-rise locations approved by zoning regulations, and the new sites added in 2008 as a result of the update. In other words, the model provides an impressive example of the planning objectives to extend Frankfurt’s skyline.
The model is well-suited to explaining the City’s planning objectives. To this end, a growing number of students and groups of visitors contact the City Planning Department and request viewing appointments.

You fill find further information on our Webpage at High-rise Development Plan.

City Planning Department: Atrium, Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse 10, 60311 Frankfurt/Main
Opening times: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Exhibition of models from the Martin Elsässer Foundation

Von links: Konrad Elsässer, ehemaliger Planungsdezernent Edwin Schwarz und Regine Elsässer, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Martin Elsässer was a notable German architect in the early 20th century, who was likewise active between the World War I and World War II. The structures he designed in Frankfurt from 1925 to 1932 during his time in office as the City’s Building Director are insightful testimonials to modern architecture. Elsässer was instrumental in shaping the public face of Frankfurt/Main.

The wholesale market hall or “veggie church”, as the people in Frankfurt named it in respectful jest, is considered his most famous building and continues to be one of Frankfurt’s landmarks. Its current transformation to form part of the future headquarters of the European Central Bank reflects the building’s extraordinary significance, something it has preserved to this day.

A model of the wholesale market hall along with an additional eight models from the Martin Elsässer Foundation is on show at Frankfurt’s City Planning Department as part of the permanent exhibition.

City Planning Department: 
Section C, 2nd floor, Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse 10, 60311 Frankfurt/Main
Opening times: Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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