Day 4 – Main Tower/Zeil

While  I was at the book fair, the boys decided to go to Main tower with their dad. They went out in the afternoon because it was heavily raining in the morning.

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Main Tower is a 56-storey, 200 m (656 ft) skyscraper in the Innenstadt district of Frankfurt, Germany. If the antenna spire is included, the building stands at 240 m (787 ft). The structure was built between 1996 and 1999, and the tower’s design features what appears to be two connected towers. The smaller of the two is of a cuboid shape and a design common to 1970s architecture. The second and taller of the two towers is a circular tower with an entire blue glass exterior which features the transmission tower on top.

Named after the nearby Main river, the tower has five underground floors and two public viewing platforms. It is the only skyscraper in Frankfurt with a public viewing observatory. It is the 4th tallest building in Frankfurt and the 4th tallest in Germany, tied with Tower 185.

Here are some pictures of my family taken on top of the building:

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frankfurtcityazmiyassinstegyassinabahThey went for a late lunch after that and waited for me at the Frankfurt Am Main Hauptbanhof. We later went shopping at Hauptwache and Zeil.

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Zeil is a popular shopping mile where most well-known department store chains are to be found, but also where a host of specialised shops offer an extensive range of goods. There’s Zeilgalerie and Frankfurt Hoch 4. There are also cafes, snack bars and restaurants here.

MeatzeilZeilgalerie with a hole behind me.

We were all very tired and decided to go home by taking a train at Hauptwache Station. On  the way there, we were stopped by a ‘policeman’. He was not wearing a uniform at all. He flashed his so-called police ID card (looked more like ID card) very quickly and asked everyone of us to open our wallet and show him our money. I was like ‘oh, are we going to be robbed!’. I was panicking but my husband and sons were very calm. We followed what he wanted us to do; show our wallets. There were not much cash, so he let us go! Before we leave, he shook my husband’s hand and pat his back. Gila. Entah apa-apa. And later he said, ‘”take care.”

Phew! That was very close. I had my own plan in my mind; scream as loud as I could if we got robbed.

It was a mind-boggling experience. We had came across many policemen around town and none, none of them stopped us and asked us to show our wallets. I am sure my family and I had the same thoughts in our heads during our journey back to Offenbach; who was the man? Was he really a policeman? Was he just a crazy man who wanted to be a policeman? Was he a concerned citizen who wants to know if we have enough money in our wallet? Was he a street robber? Was he? Was he?

Braving the temperature of 4°C was enough to freeze our thoughts of what had happened and the questions were soon subsiding. In my head during the walk; heater and nasi impit & sambal ikan bilis. I was very sure the boys too.

neighbourhoodThe neighbourhood of the place we stayed in Offenbach.

Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Tower

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23 Comments

  1. pretty daunting experience i must say! i dont think he is a policeman… good thing all of u didnt have lots of cash with u… with 2 grown men pun dia berani tahan camtu, kalau u jln2 sorang2 lagi laa.. owh btw i saw ur ig listening to a talk by a lady abt travelling solo, nak check out her blog la..

  2. Wow… last time we all also kena in Tokyo but they were polisi for real although plainclothes.. and we showed our passport only, mana ada show money??? I think the fella is very suspisi la, luckily there was safety in number 4 of u guys.. phew! 🙂

  3. that was lucky sis..
    maybe if u keep lot of money inside your wallet.. something different will happen…

    just keep in my mind when i travel next time
    do separate your money and keep it safely somewhere that no one will know.. hehe
    and one again…
    love the photos.. 😀

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