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Located next to the Bethmann Park and landscaped in 1990 according to the age old principles of feng shui, the Chinese Gardens are the perfect place to sit back, relax and meditate. The "Garden of Heavenly Freedom" contains pagodas, sculptures and a host of exotic plants, but the undoubted highlights are the Jade Bridge and the Gallery of Aromatic Waters. Tai Chi groups meet here on Sundays, and watching their slow, careful movements, you are transported to the other side of the world, to the land of yin and yang.
Frankfurt Zoo was established in 1858 and is one of the oldest in Germany. The zoo is linked closely with the name of the famous animal expert and researcher Bernhard Grzimek. After the World War II, it was Dr. Grzimek who took care of rebuilding the wrecked buildings. After being appointed as the zoo's director, he also took care of purchasing animals, new buildings and modern enclosures. The special attractions today are the tigers, lions and leopards, the snakes and spiders, and the so-called day and night house which simulates the night-time-so that visitors can see what animals get up to after dark. The 11 hectare (27.18 acre) zoo now boasts over 600 different species and a total of 5,000 animals.
Galopprennbahn located around five kilometers (three miles) south of Frankfurt city center, is a race course for around 6000 spectators. The terraces, originally modeled on those in Paris, have since been replaced, but one of the entrance buildings still boasts its original towers and turnstiles. The Frankfurt Racing Association organizes a variety of meetings every season, the highlights being the Grosse Preis von Hessen (Hessen Grand Prix) and the Carl von Weinberg Cup. A place for experts and enthusiasts, but also for total novices just wanting a fun afternoon out.
Designed by Harry Colt in the early 20th Century, Frankfurter Golf Course and racetrack remains one of the oldest in the country. Surrounded by tranquil woods, the course is reminiscent of old English turfs. The course used to be one of the longest in Europe with par set at a solid 78. The course underwent refurbishments and reopened in 2007 with 70-72 par sets subjective of the tees. Famous names in the golf fraternity like Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus and Bernhard Langer have played at the Frankfurter during the German Open. Perfect venue for those who seek luxe-recreation.
Rebstockbad provides fun for the family the whole year round. A wave machine and the best water chutes in Frankfurt attract more than 600,000 visitors a year. The complex is decorated with plenty of plants and includes a non-swimmers' pool, plunge pool, therapeutic pool, a five meter diving board and a giant double chute. Visitors can also swim in the outdoor area, under bridges and past fountains. For a small fee, you can visit the beautiful Japanese sauna, the Turkish baths or the whirlpool.
The motto behind this hands-on museum is "learning by doing." Children are encouraged to poke, touch and create things themselves. All exhibits at the Werkstattmuseum Kaleidoskop are made by the children, and deal with topics such as building, health, water and mobility. Anyone who wants to take part can: all are welcome. The themes vary every now and then. the events are sometimes organized in other locations. Check website for further details.
Günthersburg Park, situated on the edge of Bornheim, is a popular park with families. Summertime water games, several play areas, roller skating routes and numerous children's parties (organized by nearby Kindergartens) all combine to make this a great place for kids. Boules players flock here in the summer, as do nature and art lovers. The park is blessed with a wide variety of trees, and is dotted with captivating statues made of plants. A snack bar offers a choice of refreshments.
In the southern part of the city, there are huge areas of forests with trails, warming huts, ponds and playgrounds. This is the beloved Frankfurt City Forest, or Stadtwald. The park was originally given as a gift in the year 1221, and has since been a center for recreation and escape from the urban character of the city. There are annual festivals such as Wäldchestag (Forest Day) which takes place here as well.
Frankfurter Reit- und Fahrclub is a state-of-the-art equestrian facility located in the Bürostadt Niederrad tenement. Features include two riding arenas, solariums, barns, stables and a race course. The club also offers riding lessons in both dressage and show-jumping upto Level M. So if you have a passion for horse-riding then this club is a must-visit.
Frankfurt's Eissporthalle contains two ice rinks and is the home base of the Frankfurt Lions. In addition to skating, ice hockey matches and other events are organized in the winter. One of the most popular events is the ice disco. In the summer the complex is used for international tournaments like basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, tennis, dance contests and table tennis. Amateur and professional boxing championships are also held in the main hall. Visit the website for more detailed information.
The Kinder und Jugendtheater has been delighting audiences: both young and old since 1969. A perfect venue for your little ones, the theater puts on various child-oriented fare such as "Hansel and Gretel", "Pinocchio", "Heidi" and many others. Various workshops, talks, personality development courses and seminars are organized for children. You can also buy their exclusive merchandise for kids: t-shirts, caps and much more. Check the website to see the event calendar.
Hochst swimming baths comprises of a large pool, another pool for non-swimmers, a paddling pool and two diving boards . The interior is decorated with plenty of plants, and the large windows provide a great view outdoors. There are special warm water days, and sessions are also organized for men or women only. Visitors can use the solarium and sauna for an additional charge, and a cafeteria serves refreshments. The pool is closed between July and August. Check website for further details.