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Gruneburgpark, Frankfurt

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The Grüneburgpark is a park in the Westend district of Frankfurt, whose name derives from the "Green castle", which stood on the site in the 14th century. In 1789 the banker Peter Heinrich von Bethmann Metzler acquired the property and designed the park. In the following years the great thinkers of the day met here, among them Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Bettina von Arnim.


In 1837, the park was bought by the Rothschild family, who had a palais constructed in the manner of a French Loire castle. The Rothschild family had a 29-hectare-large landscaped park developed in this location. The English-style park itself was finished in 1877 by Heinrich Siesmayer.


In 1935, after the Nazi rise to power, Albert von Goldschmidt-Rothschild, who committed suicide in emigration five years later, had to "transfer to the municipality" (quote from a letter to mayor Krebs) what had been the home of his family. The "New Palais" was destroyed in an air raid in 1944.


After the Second World War, the park was expanded to 29 hectares. It has since been a popular place for recreation among the Frankfurters, especially in the summer months. The park's northwest corner is now a botanical garden, the Botanischer Garten der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Another major botanical garden, the Palmengarten, is just across the street.


The park is also home to the 4,800-square-metre Korean Garden. This was a gift to the city as part of South Korea's presentation as the guest of honour at the 2005 Frankfurt Book Fair. It has been designed in the style of traditional Korean scholars' gardens.
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  • Great for a walk after dinner at Surf n Turf...a very clean and open park in the middle of the city....  more »
  • Frankfurt is a very green City, this park gives you ample space to walk or just lie in the grass and relax. Very pleasant.  more »
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  • This is one of my favorite parks to go to in Frankfurt. Parking nearby is always easy to find. The grounds are kept up nicely, barely any garbage and great paved walkways for biking or running.
  • A nice green park not far away from the city center. A lot of people do jogging here, while you can grab a bottle of wine, cheese and enjoy it there 😉 In Summer they also have here an open air theater, which is great!
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