Museo Franz Mayer

Museo Franz Mayer, Ciudad de México

Franz Mayer was born at Mannheim, Germany, in 1882. He left his family, went to London and New York and earned his money in the finance industry. Later he became a business man in Mexico. There he started to collect Mexican art, artisan objects and everyday items. Ten years after his death these 9,000 objects formed the base for the Museo Franz Mayer. It is located in a former flour storage that was later used as a hospital next to the Alameda Central park.

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Torre Latinoamericana

Torre Latinoamerica, Ciudad de México

The Torre Latinoamericana (or short Torre Latino) can be found in the Centro Histórico of the Ciudad de México, close to the Palacio des Bellas Artes and the Alameda Central park. It was the first skyscraper of the city with a height of more than 181 meters and 44 floors. Until 1972 it was the highest building of CDMX and still today it is seen by the locals as a symbol of Mexican success. From the outside and also by the design of the roof terrace the tower reminds one strongly to the Empire State Building of New York, but I enjoyed the views much more from the Torre Latino.

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Museo Nacional de Antropologia

Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Ciudad de México

The indigenous people that settled in the Americas before the arrival of European colonialists fascinate many of us today. In Mesoamerica these were the Maya, Aztecs, Olmecs and Toltecs; they left many traces on the continent and much more than just temples. If you’re interested in that you should use a trip to Ciudad de México to visit the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. It hosts a large collection of artefacts and is located in the Chapultepec area.

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Chapultepec, Ciudad de México

In the east of Ciudad de México you’ll find Chapultepec, the hill of the grasshoppers. It is a large garden and an important recreation zone for the people living in this vast capital city. It was a settlement area of the early cultures of the Toltecs and Aztecs. Today it contains a lake with many restaurants, a zoological garden, a botanical garden, a castle and lots of museums – including the famous Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

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Plaza de la Constitución / Zócalo, Ciudad de México

Do you remember the opening scene of Spectre by Sam Mendes? When Daniel Craig as James Bond hunts terrorists on the Día de los Muertos in Ciudad de México? The filming location was the Plaza de la Constitución, most often referred to as the Zócalo. It is the main square of the city and a tradition of colonial times: Latin American cities all have such a central square (that is most often called Plaza de Armas). In CDMX this place once hosted a memorial for Spanish king Carlos IV during colonial times which was removed after the Mexican independence and only the base or socket (Spanish: Zócalo) remained.

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Public transport hell

Metro, Ciudad de México

I’m an absolute fan of public transport. I’m happy not to own a car and glad to be able to get nearly everywhere in Germany by trains and busses. When I’m on the go I always need to check out the local means of transport; whether its trolley busses, tramways, subways or cable cars. Ciudad de México was the first city in the world that made me search for a taxi or order an Uber car instead.

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Shuttle gurus

Fiesta Inn Aeropuerto CDMX, Ciudad de México

Due to a change in the flight schedule of Aeroméxico we had 25 hours of layover in Ciudad de México. The perfect option to have a look on the capital city and to warm up with Latin America. But where to spend the night? There are two hotels inside the airport building, but staying there is costly and you probably can’t get out of the hotel easily. Fortunately, there is the Fiesta Inn close to terminal 1.

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Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México

Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México

The international airport of Ciudad de México (MEX) is named after Mexican president Benito Juárez and has one specialty: it is very close to the city and only 6.5 kilometers afar from the Zócalo. The airport was opened in 1931, has two runways and two terminals (terminal 1 is for international flights, terminal 2 for domestic and local flights). If you have tickets for a connecting flight you can change between both terminals using a train that is running around the airport.

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