The Römerberg is the historic heart of Frankfurt, Germany, and since the High Middle Ages the centre of the Altstadt (old town).
The east side of the square, opposite the Römer is known as the Ostzeile. This row of six picturesque half-timbered houses are reconstructions of the original 15th and 16th century houses, most of which were rebuilt or expanded in the 18th century. In March of 1944 bombardments flattened the whole historic district.
The Ostzeile wasn't rebuilt until 1981-1983 when the houses were reconstructed following historical models.
Each house has its own name, from left to right they are Zum Engel (At the Angel) at nr 28, Goldener Greif (Golden Griffin) at nr 26, Wilder Mann (Wild Man) at nr 24, Kleiner Dachsberg-Schlüssel at nrs 20-22 (Little Dachsberg), Großer Laubenberg (Large Laubenberg) at nr 18 and finally Kleiner Laubenberg (Little Laubenberg) at nr 16.
© Istvan Kadar Photography