Union International Club
Am Leonhardsbrunn 12
60487 Frankfurt am Main
+49 (0) 69 70 30 31
The Union International Club is a club of active internationalism. Traditional and cosmopolitan — the Union International Club Frankfurt is the premier destination for Dialogue of nations and cultures. For over 50 years the Union International Club has been based in the spacious, neo-baroque style Villa Merton, set in park-like grounds in Frankfurt’s diplomatic district. Here it provides a meeting place for the business, political, cultural and diplomatic elite. With the Union International Club we offer you a unique setting for overnight accommodation, unforgettable functions and successful conferences.
Cosmopolitan between tradition & spirit of the time
The Villa Merton is an island of peace and elegance in the heart of the city. Its unique ambience is created by the picturesque park setting with its ancient trees, the pool, the greenery, the terrace and the top quality cuisine.
Centre of international understanding
The history of the Club is closely intertwined with the Frankfurt industrialist and patron Richard Merton (1881 to 1960), who for many years was the Chairman of Metallgesellschaft AG, a major industrial conglomerate based in Frankfurt. Merton was part of the Frankfurt business elite, which had a liberal and cosmopolitan approach and which placed great importance on tolerance and social equilibrium.
In 1927 Merton built a villa-style town house in Frankfurt’s diplomatic district and moved there with his family. The Jewish entrepreneur was forced to flee to Great Britain in 1939 in the face of Nazi persecution. When he returned in 1945, the villa had been partially destroyed by bombs. The US army initially used the house for officer accommodation before handing it over to the American Press Club.
Merton sold the villa to the city of Frankfurt in 1953 with the proviso that it should be turned into a centre of international understanding. This led in 1956 to the foundation of the Union International Club. The Club rented the property from the city and has since carried out a careful programme of modernisation and extensive renovation involving both the villa and the park, working in close cooperation with the German Historic Buildings and Monuments authority. The protection of historic buildings is one of the core aims of the Club – and the villa itself is, in the eyes of the Club, a true legacy of Richard Merton.
Relax far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life
The Union International Club offers guest accommodation in the form of six beautifully designed rooms, each with free internet access (WLAN and Highspeed), a flat screen TV, a minibar and a hairdryer.
The style represents a mixture of traditional and contemporary elements. It combines all the necessary amenities and comforts with a convenient city location in peaceful surroundings with views out over the wonderful grounds of the Union International Club. The Villa Merton is the perfect base for visiting exhibitions, attending business meetings in the city centre or enjoying a private weekend with guests. The Palmengarten and the Alte Oper are both very close by.
Plenty of space for special occasions
The Villa Merton offers a unique setting for unforgettable business or private functions, with space from two to a hundred guests. All the facilities on the ground floor open onto our terrace, with its wonderful views out over the magnificent grounds. The upper floor offers further opportunities for hosting exclusive occasions for up to fourteen people.
An oasis for wellbeing and activity
We invite our members to relax in our 5000m² garden with swimming pool, tennis court and large garden area.
Great experiences in memorable ambience
The Union International Club offers their members a variety of events throughout the whole year. Classical music events, conducted museum tours, literary groups and our Speaker´s Luncheons are just a few of the societal highlights we offer at the club.