Although Frankfurt has been left with a very little of its original glory due to the destruction in the WWII, the city surprisingly rebuilt itself as a financial capital and earned a status comparable to New York with numerous skyscrapers. Plus, it has the Main River having countless magnificent bridges. As per, the leading Frankfurt street photographer Mirko Karsch, the city has plenty of amazing street photo opportunities.
According to Mirko Karsch, evenings from Monday to Thursday during winter months offer the best time for Frankfurt street photography. This is because it’s the time when most offices in the Frankfurt skyscrapers are still lit up during sunset. During summer, often people don’t work at 10 pm when the sun sets.
Mirko suggests photographers making the modern architecture of the city creating its skyline a primary focus of their street photography. There are some of the best spots from where the city skyline images can be captured. For example, the southern bank of the River Main offers some of the best skyline shots. With the river flowing more or less east to west, the main financial district offers some of the finest shots in the morning as well as evening.
Another best spot is the observation platform of Frankfurt Cathedral “St. Bartholomew”. You’ll have to climb up 328 steps to reach the platform but the workout will offer you a rewarding experience to capture the unique skyline of the city.
European Central Bank
The new European Central Bank building is a vast monolith that towers over the low-level surroundings and you can capture its superb shots from the southern side of the River Main.
The city is not all about its financial district. It also has some other wonderful locations that offer unique photo opportunities. For example, the lovely Opernplatz has a beautiful 19th century concert hall Alte Opera which is very ornate and has a very picturesque fountain in front of it. Running along the western border of the square are large elevated bright pink water pipes.
The eastern side of the square features a row of ornate houses whereas the west side features the largely authentic city hall (Rathaus).
Lamp at Garden Tower
The lamp at Garden Tower is a unique icon that every street photographer visiting Frankfurt must capture in their camera. It’s a charming lamp on a tower named “Garden Tower”.
And there are many more! The more you explore Frankfurt, the more this city will amaze you with its unique features and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the valuable addition it will make to your collection.