Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Bockenheimer Turm

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Bockenheimer Turm.

Bockenheim Tower in Bockenheimer Warte, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Image: GrrlScientist, 31 March 2010 [larger view]

The weather today was glorious, although a strong wind made for a very cold day. Even though I was wearing my spouse’s suit jacket over my t-shirt, I was still very cold.

I went to Bockenheim in west Frankfurt a.M. to open a bank account (have to make an appointment days in advance, sheesh) and afterwards, I went to a coffee shop to warm up by drinking coffee while I checked out their free wifi connection. Across a small pedestrian plaza from the coffee shop was this tower (above). I am not sure what this building is called, but there is a coffee shop inside as well as some other shops. Some poking around on the internet suggests that this tower might actually be a very old structure that dates from when Bockenheim was a small village 1000 years ago. If anyone out there knows anything about this tower, I’d sure love to read about it!


  1. #1 Arancaytar
    March 31, 2010

    Just as a nitpick, the place is called Bockenheim; “Bockenheimer” as in the tower means “of Bockenheim”. Our crazy inflection grammar strikes again!

  2. #2 cakeforme(mo)
    March 31, 2010

    Of course, there is also the 600 year old Eschenheimer Turm in the Innenstadt, which has a restaurant in the first floor (Erdgeschoss)

  3. #3 Phillip IV
    March 31, 2010

    The Bockenheimer Warte is an old watchtower, from the 15th century if I recall correctly – one of the few surviving parts of Frankfurt’s expansive late medieval fortifications.

    At that time, it was more than two kilometers outside of the city, and the garrison’s task would mostly have been to give advance warning of approaching enemies, so the main defenses would be manned and ready.

  4. #4 Mu
    March 31, 2010

    Hmm, memories of Schwartemagen and Hochstift, Federweiser and Zwiebelkuchen, Kuemmelbrot with jam…. Someone study the prevalence of taste-bud centric memory retention.

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