Römerberg is the central and most beautiful square in Frankfurt's Altstadt (Old Town). The east side of this a cobblestone plaza square, opposite the Römer is known as the Ostzeile. This row of six picturesque half-timbered houses are reconstructions of the original 15th and 16th century houses, most of which were rebuilt or expanded in the 18th century. In March of 1944 bombardments flattened the whole historic district, including the Römerberg. Some of the historic buildings, like the Römer, were reconstructed soon after the war. The Ostzeile however wasn't rebuilt until 1981-1983 when the houses were reconstructed following historical models. Each house has its own name, from left to right they are Zum Engel, Goldener Greif, Wilder Mann, Kleiner Dachsberg-Schlüssel, Großer Laubenberg and Kleiner Laubenberg. The buildings are picturesque and fairytale like to look at and the ground floors are now used as restaurants and shops. There is no shortage of outdoor seating along the square to sit and take in the splendid surroundings. Visitors should not miss this area in the heart of the old town of Frankfurt , if not to snap an image of these reconstructed 15th and 18th century half timbered homes.