Frankfurt Travel Guide

Introduction to Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main, to give it its full title, is a bustling metropolis in the heart of Europe, known throughout the world for its exciting and unusual contrasts. Here, upon the majestic River Main, tradition and modernity, commerce and culture, activity and tranquillity are all harmoniously juxtaposed, with international trade shows and finance on one side and cultural as well as historical landscapes on the other. Together, they have helped to turn Frankfurt am Main into what it is today – a vibrant and multicultural metropolis.

 

Römer Townhall

Römer Townhall

Historical centre with Emperor’s Cathedral, site of numerous crowning and coronation ceremonies during the Middle Ages.

 

Museumsufer

Museumsufer

“Frankfurt Museum Embankment”, a total of 26 museums scenically set on or near the riverside promenade

 

Frankfurt Main Tower

Frankfurt Main Tower

The great views of the skyline from the Main Tower skyscraper observation platform

Other things to do in Frankfurt

Frankfurt is one of Germany’s “greenest” urban centres, featuring over 50 parks and gardens within its city districts. Enjoy the variety, for example relaxing in the Chinese Gardens, admiring Mediterranean plants in Nizza gardens on the Main, or seeing the city by bike or on foot on the 75 km trail called “Grüngürtel”. Palmengarten Frankfurt is home to some 3,000-odd species and varieties of plants, and Zoo Frankfurt attracts families and animal experts alike.
From luxury articles such as perfume and jewellery to top designer fashion in Goethe-Straße, from handicrafts and art on sale at renowned galleries in Braubachstraße to trendy clothes and knickknacks created by up-and-coming local designers in Wallstraße, Brückenstraße and Berger Straße, not to forget the Zeil, one of Germany’s most frequented shopping streets – in Frankfurt, shopaholics will find everything they’re looking for.
More culture in addition to the Frankfurt Museum Embankment can be found in other museums or in one of the numerous theatres, among which Germany’s best opera house “Oper Frankfurt” and the largest English-speaking theatre on the European continent “English Theatre Frankfurt”.
Frankfurt Rhine-Main, the region around the city, offers great possibilities for excursions. Viniculture in the Rheingau region, castles and fortresses, hiking and cycling, health and spas – there is plenty to discover in the region.

 

Eating and drinking in Frankfurt

Whereas elsewhere in Germany people drink wine or beer, Frankfurt is famous for its Apple wine. This cider-like drink has been the locals’ beverage of choice for over 250 years. The city’s many traditional apple wine pubs can mostly be found in Sachsenhausen. Apple wine is best accompanied by Frankfurt Green Sauce or “Handkäs’ mit Musik” (a specially marinated cheese with onions).
Eating and drinking in Frankfurt also means authentic international cuisine. More than 180 different nationalities are living in Frankfurt, and of course they have brought their food!

 

Frankfurt climate

Frankfurt experiences year round mild weather, with weather extremes being fairly uncommon and usually short-lived. Summer weather in Frankfurt is typically hot and sunny. Daytime temperatures in winter mostly stay just above freezing and only sometimes fall below, when light snow is likely.

 

When to go to Frankfurt

Come to Frankfurt all year round – summer is great with loads of open air festivals like the Museum Embankment Festival in August. During winter, don’t miss Frankfurt Christmas Market, one of Germany’s largest and oldest, and with hotels in Frankfurt from £40 it's never been a better time to visit.

 

Flying to Frankfurt

Flights to Frankfurt International Airport can be reached from almost any point in the world. The Airport is just 13 minutes away from the city centre by train. So, even during a stop-over at Frankfurt Airport, visiting the city is a good option!
Frankfurt Hahn Airport is an airport used by low-cost airlines. It is 1h45min away from Frankfurt city centre by bus.

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Hotels in Frankfurt

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