The Zeil is a shopping street in downtown Frankfurt, Central Germany. The name, which dates back to the 14th century, is derived from the German word Zeile = “row” and originally referred to a row of houses. Since the end of the 19th century it has been one of the most famous and busiest shopping streets in Germany. Before WW2, it was also known for its grand buildings, but most of them were destroyed in the war and not rebuilt. The western part is a pedestrian zone between 2 plazas, Hauptwache and Konstablerwache. These serve as intersections for subway, trams and buses. The eastern part of the Zeil, called “New Zeil”, connects Konstablerwache with the Friedberger Anlage.