Frankfurt City Forest
The Frankfurt City Forest or Frankfurter Stadtwald is a forest district in the south of Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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. There are also other forest areas spread out through the city.

Basic Facts

The forest is about 48 square kilometres and the largest inner-city forest in Germany. It covers the southern areas of Schwanheim
Schwanheim (Frankfurt am Main)
Schwanheim is a district or Stadtteil of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is part of the Ortsbezirk West, and is subdivided into the Stadtbezirke Schwanheim, Goldstein-Ost and Goldstein-West....

, Niederrad
Niederrad (Frankfurt am Main)
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, Sachsenhausen
Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt am Main)
Sachsenhausen is a part of the city of Frankfurt, Germany. Composed of two districts: Sachsenhausen-Nord and Sachsenhausen-Süd, it is part of the Ortsbezirk Süd. It is located on the South bank of the Main river, right in the city center, opposite the Old Town.Sachsenhausen was founded as...

 and Oberrad
Oberrad (Frankfurt am Main)
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, as well the northern parts of the Stadtteil Flughafen
Flughafen (Frankfurt am Main)
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 district. Four nature trails and sport paths cross the Forest. There are also 1600 seating benches and 25 rest huts, which provide protection in bad weather. Six playgrounds and nine ponds make the forest a popular local attraction.


In 1221 the emperor Frederick II
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 gave the Teutonic Knights
Teutonic Knights
The Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem , commonly the Teutonic Order , is a German medieval military order, in modern times a purely religious Catholic order...

 large parts of the forest and the corresponding grazing rights
Grazing rights
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. In 1372 Frankfurt bought the city forest from Emperor Charles IV
Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
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 and wanted to regain these rights. This sparked a hundred year fight with the Knights, which ended with a compromise in 1484. The city paid a sum to graze sheep on the land, but the area was limited. One can still see the stones of the border on the Schäfersteinpfad, Sheep Stone Path.

The use of the forest by farmers for grazing is still evident in the names, Unterschwein- und Oberschweinstiege, which were overnight stables for the acorn and beech nut eating pigs.
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