The Gallus was
the site of the municipal theater and the Bismarck monument, both of which have
their own picture sections.
One of our friends
sent this picture, and here is what he had to say about it. An English
translation follows for those not versed in Germglish.
RUMPELMEYER.THAT WAS A TANZCAFE'. IN DEM SIND IN MEINER ZEIT, 1940 AN, DIE FEINEN LEUTE UND DIE OBEREN DER WEHRMACHT ZUM TANZ UND CAFE' GEGANGEN. NACH DEM KRIEG WAR ES NICHT VIEL ANDERS. NUR DANN WAREN ES DIE AMERIKANISCHEN OFFICIERE DIE DORT EINGEKEHRT SIND."THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME". I DONT KNOW IF IT IS STILL IN BUSINESS TODAY. IT WAS OR IS, AS THE CASE MAY BE, LOCATED BETWEEN THE "KAISER-STR. AND MUENCHNER-STR. (FORMER KRONPRINZEN-STR.) AM SCHAUSPIELHAUS. DORT FAEHRT ODER FUHR, DIE STRASENBAHN #24 & #25 AB. DAS WAR DEREN ENDSTATION, VON DA GEHT(ODER GINGEN) DIE BAHN BIS NACH OBERURSEL UND ZUR HOHEMARK, SKI-FAHREN IM TAUNUS ETC. DAS WAR EINE BESONDERE STRASSENBAHN, ICH WEISS NUR DAS DIE STAERKERE MOTOREN HATTEN UM DIE STEILE STRECKE FAHREN ZU KOENNEN. DER RUMPELMEYER WAR NICHT AUSGEBOMBT IM KRIEG, DAS GEBAUTE SIEHT NOCH GENAU SO AUS WIE FRUEHER. DA IST EINE KARTE DIE ICH IM ERSTEN TEIL ZU DIR GESCHICKT HABE. DIE MIT DEM BLICK IN DIE KAISERSTR. UND AUF DER KREUZUNG STEHT NOCH DAS UHRTUERMCHEN, DA WAR ES AUF DER LINKEN SEITE.
I ASKED HIM ABOUT "RUMPELMEYER". I FOUND OUT THAT HE, AFTER THE WAR, AS AN AMATEUR-BOXER, ON SATURDAYS BOXED. THE PLACE WAS THEN AN AMERICAN-OFFICERS CLUB. HE LIVED BEHIND THE "KRISTALL PALLAST" (SEE ONE OF THE PICTURES) IN THE "NEUE SCHLESINGER" NEAR THE ROSSMARKT.
"Rumpelmeyer, that was a dance café which, in my time --1940 on -- the better people and the upper army officers came to dance and sit in the café. After the war, it was not much different., only then it was the American officers that came. 'The more things change, the more they stay the same.' I don't know if it is still in business today. It was, or is, as the case may be, located between the Kaiserstrasse and the Muenchnerstrasse - Munich Street (formerly Kronprinzenstrasse - Crown Prince Street). From the Schauspielhaus (City Theater), you would get on the streetcar #24 and #25 That would be the last stop. From there the tram went as far as Hohemark for the skiers to go to the Taunus. That was really a special streetcar. I only remember that it had powerful motors for the steep climbs it had to make. The Rumpelmeyer was not bombed out in the war, the building looks exactly as it did in earlier days. There is a map I sent you with a view into the Kaiserstrasse, and at the crossing where the little clock tower stood, it was there on the left side."
[speaking about a friend he contacted]: "I asked him about "Rumpelmeyer" I found out that he, after the war, as an amateur boxer on Saturdays boxed. The place was then an American officer's club. He lived behind the Crystal Palace (see one of the pictures) in the Neue Schlessinger near the Rossmarkt."
From the Graben to the Anlagen