Hauptwache, Frankfurt The Hauptwache is the central point from where landmarks like the Alte Oper, Eschenheimer Turm, Goethehaus and Paulskirche are all within walking distance. Prison Frankfurt's master builder Johann Samhaimer designed the baroque Hauptwache building with hipped roof in 1729 as the seat of the city's defense authorities. The building, which included a prison, was stormed on the 3rd of April 1833 by students trying to free inmates. Several soldiers were killed in the event, known as the Frankfurter Wachensturm. The young students' attempt to trigger revolutionary uprisings failed however. U-bahn In 1866 the Hauptwache lost its military function and was used as a police station until 1904 when the building became a café. It was rebuilt in 1954 after it was heavily damaged by bombardments during the Second World War. Located at the central point of the city's public transportation, the Hauptwache became an obstacle when the U-bahn (the subway) was built so in 1967 the building was dismantled stone by stone and later rebuilt on top of the U-bahn station.turkeyarena.com Location The Hauptwache is located at the center of a large plaza, 'An der Hauptwache'. It's a good place to start shopping since the 'Zeil', Frankfurt's main shopping street, starts here. Those who'd rather stay put can have a drink at the Hauptwache's popular café.