Deutschherrenviertel and Weseler Werft

From coarse to fine, conversion of industrial plants

A tour for Frankfurt and visitors who are interested in the changes in the east of the city.

Gasworks, industrial plants and slaughterhouse were suitable uses in the east of the city, where the wind blew the smoke. The environmental problem is different today and with the arrival of the ECB a completely different wind is blowing. The east of Frankfurt has started to become chic.

From the city entrance of the Deutschherrenviertel with the MainPlazaTower, a skyscraper with a historic brick facade, we are traversing this new residential district with a few office ruins, which was built in the nineties instead of the former slaughterhouse.

With a magnificent skyline view we cross the Main on the Deutschherren railway bridge. On the other hand, we reach the ECB, which has become the landmark of the Frankfurt East. It partially penetrates the former wholesale market hall of Martin Elsässer - a model building of the 1920s industrial architecture. Information about the devastating chapter of the hall, as a gathering place for the deportation of the Frankfurt Jews, can be found in the memorial on the edge of today's ECB premises.

The tour ends at the Weseler shipyard, where once a first Frankfurt gas works stood and the construction company Philipp Holzmann began his ascent.

German Mr. quarter

  • MainPlazaTower (Hans Kohlhoff)
  • Colosseo (Christoph Mäckler Architects)
  • Townhouses (among others by Stefan Forster, Hilmer & Sattler, Dietz Joppien Architects AG, Muschalek architectes)
  • Triangel (Novotny, Mähner Associated)


  • ECB (Coop Himmelb (l) au)
  • Wholesale Market Hall (Martin Elsässer)
  • Memorial Deportation (Architectural Office KatzKaiser)
  • Restaurant / Cafe Oosten (Schubert & Seuss)

Weseler shipyard

  • Residential buildings (ia hgp, Hoechstetter, Frick + Reichert, Dietz Joppien Architekten AG)
  • Kita Klanghafen (Ramona Buxbaum Architects)
  • Steam Forming Station (Christoph Mäckler Architekten)
  • Oskar Residence (Stefan Forster Architects)