Frankfurt embraces its urban forest
Frankfurt is home to one of the world’s largest urban forests, also the biggest inner-city wooded area in Germany. Some 3,866 hectares in size, it is not the only green space that Frankfurt has to offer. In fact, about half of Frankfurt’s urban area is green, with 80% of the city’s residents having a park or garden no more than 300 metres from their front door.
Established in 1871, the Palmengarten has provided Frankfurt locals and visitors with a magnificent green retreat conveniently situated in the heart of the city. In addition, there are 45 parks and gardens spread across town. The Palmengarten’s Palm House comprises – along with its namesakes – numerous other giant perennials, such as banana trees, tree ferns and leafy ornamental plants.
Nearby, the River Main offers countless opportunities for rest and recreation in the splendour of Mother Nature. And the 68-kilometre GreenBelt Hiking Loop invites the adventurous to head off on extended walks and hikes far away from the city’s hustle and bustle. This circular pathway leads around the whole of Frankfurt and, in addition to the native flora, presents various examples of comical art created by local artists, such as the Pee-Tree and the Me Monument.
In keeping with the green theme, many restaurants, hotels and event locations across Frankfurt have in recent years been introducing more examples of Mother Nature to their premises. Guests of Das Herz von Frankfurt, for example, enjoy their breakfasts and other delicacies beneath a green canopy in the heart of Frankfurt's new old town.
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