Kaiserhofstraße seen from the Freßgass
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The Kaiserhofstraße (lit., "Emperor's Court's Street") (4–19) is a short, mostly pedestrian street in the city centre of Frankfurt, Germany, located in the Opera Quarter in the western part of the district of Innenstadt, within the central business district known unofficially as the Bankenviertel (Banking District), and in the immediate vicinity of the Opernplatz, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and some of Germany's most well-known high-end shopping streets. The 130 meter long street runs from Freßgass to Hochstraße, and is situated between Kleine Hochstraße and Börsenstraße.
The Kaiserhofstraße is a side street directly adjacent to the Freßgass ("Eating Street") upmarket shopping street, the western continuation of the Zeil, Germany's busiest shopping street. Freßgass became so named around 1900 because of its many high-end food shops, bakeries and butcheries, making it the most famous food shopping street serving the bourgeoisie of the Westend. Today the Freßgass is famous as the street where the bankers from the Bankenviertel meet for lunch, and for its annual wine festival. The Kaiserhofstraße is, like Freßgass, largely a pedestrian zone, with perfume shops, high end fashion boutiques, gourmet restaurants, law chambers, smaller financial institutions such as a wealth management firm and select residential apartments. The street is situated between and in close proximity to the Opernplatz (with the Alte Oper concert hall) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (both of which are found around the block in opposite directions), and also in close proximity to Goethestraße (on the other side of Freßgass), Germany's most famous luxury shopping street. On the roof of Kaiserhofstraße 12, there is a mediterranean restaurant and bar, the Long Island Summer Lounge. The Frankfurt flagship Apple Store is located just around the corner in Freßgass, less than ten meters from Kaiserhofstraße.
A novel, Kaiserhofstraße 12 by Valentin Senger, which was adapted into a motion picture by Hessischer Rundfunk in 1980, is named for the street. In the late 19th century, a local wine cellar owned by Italian-born Giovita Salini (father of the artist Lino Salini) was a famous meeting place for Frankfurt artists. The Banque Générale du Luxembourg formerly had its German offices in Kaiserhofstraße 13, while the private bank of Hauck & Aufhäuser had its offices in Kaiserhofstraße 16.
The real estate prices of the area are among the highest in Frankfurt. The street is located within the postcode area 60313 Frankfurt am Main.
Kaiserhofstraße is served by the nearby Frankfurt Hauptwache station (two or three minutes walk down Freßgass to the east) and the Alte Oper station of the Frankfurt U-Bahn (to the west), which is accessible from the Opernplatz, a minute's walk around the corner.
- Stadtvermessungsamt Frankfurt am Main. CD-ROM „Amtliche Stadtkarten“. Cityguide, 2005. Online-Version
- Valentin Senger: Kaiserhofstraße 12. Dtv, München 1999, ISBN 3-423-11751-6
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