It was the biggest extension in the history of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt - both in terms of content and architecture. On February 25, 2012 the annex building for the collection of contemporary art opened to its visitors in a huge celebration. 3,000 additional square metres for the picture museum. For 1,200 works that stem from donations from the Deutsche Bank and the DZ Bank art collection as well as own collecting activities. For this purpose the Frankfurt architects Schneider+Schumacher put a hall (which is up to 8 metres high) under the museum garden - with a curved ceiling that is only pillared by twelve struts, 195 round skylights that let the daylight from the garden enter the hall. In the evening light all this looks like a modern installation from the outside. Speaking of modern: the contemporary art in the museum ranges from Jean Fautrier to Yves Klein and Gerhard Richter.
Look up once with awe, tie your shoes, take a deep breath and go for it... 196 steps are ahead of you. But they are worth the effort! And then? Look down in awe, shake out your legs and take a deep breath...The 43 metre high Goethe Tower is the highest wooden tower in Germany. Its foundation is located 147 metres above sea level, 54 metres higher than the Main, and that's definitely impressive. The reward of the trip up: A beautiful view of the skyline, the Stadtwald forest, the entire Rhein-Main area, plus the feeling to be above all that. Afterwards the paths in the Stadtwald around the tower invite you for a stroll in the woods, and if you are here with kids, you'll have to make a stop at the Waldspielpark playground with its giant slide, paddling pools and adventurous rides.