is one of Germany’s biggest and most important cities. It is the financial hub of Germany and is where the European Central Bank
and German Stock Exchange
are located. Despite being a fraction of the size of London and New York (population 500,000), Frankfurt holds equal standing in the world of finance and commerce. Frankfurt is known as ‘Mainhatten’ due to its impressive skyscraper skyline which resembles New York. Frankfurt am Main, to use its full name, sit on the banks of the river Main. There are many interesting sights to see in the city and the historical centre called Römerberg
is popular with both visitors to the city and locals. Frankfurt is a city of contrasts between old and new and the majority of what you see is the result of extensive rebuilding following World War Two. Römerberg might be known as the historical centre but it’s buildings aren’t old at all! From this area you can see some of the skyscrapers which Frankfurt is the location for many of Germany’s biggest trade fairs and exhibitions, the most popular being the Frankfurt Book Fair
which is held every October.
There are many hotels, bed and breakfast and accommodation options in the city which reflect Frankfurt’s standing as a worldwide centre. Wimdu have over 200 offers of accommodation in Frankfurt. You could find yourself in a quiet holiday apartment in the city centre, a guest room with a balcony or even a whole furnished apartment by the river – Wimdu has it all!
Frankfurt spends more on arts funding than any other city in Europe.
Frankfurt is an international city – a quarter of its inhabitants are from a foreign country!
Frankfurt has the 7th highest quality of living in the world according Mercer Quality of Living survey!
Frankfurt is regarded as the jazz capital of Europe!
Frankfurter sausages have been served in the city since the 13th century!
Things to do in Frankfurt
Visitors to Frankfurt should begin their exploring in the Römerberg
old town area of the city. This area contains a number of beautiful buildings that feature architecture dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Despite being bombed in the war many of the buildings have been rebuilt or restored and the area has an old charm that is really worth experiencing. Make sure you see the amazing Frankfurt Cathedral that despite being built and destroyed twice remains a sight to behold. The Römer is also the location of the Paulkirche
, where the first elected government of Germany sat for the first time in the 19ths century. Frankfurt town hall and the Alte Nikolaikirche
, a 12th century cathedral are also located in this area. There are many nice cafes and restaurants in the vicinity of the Römerberg – take a walk and see what you can see! Visitors to Frankfurt should also check out the legendary Zeil Strasse
, Frankfurt’s main shopping street – it’s a great place to sample the atmosphere of modern Frankfurt and there are many interesting shops in this area.
Museums in Frankfurt
Frankfurt has some world class museums - you’ll find the majority in the district called Museumsufer
. The city’s Staedel Museum
is considered the city’s best art museum and contains an engaging collection of artwork from the 16th century up until the present day. It is well loved by those who visit due to the diverse and wide selection of works on show. Amongst other museums on Museumsufer are the Deutches Filmmuseum
and Architektur Museum
. Away from Museumsufer the Senckenberg Natural History Museum
is the closest rival to the Staedel Museum and contains larges displays of dinosaurs, ranging from small trilobites to T-Rex! It’s very popular with children due to the fun and engaging layout of the museum. The museum not only contains dinosaurs but also exhibits on animals and Egyptian mummies!
Anyone who has tackled learning German might have heard of the Goethe Institut
, a worldwide German cultural association. Goethe is possibly Germany’s most famous author and Goethe’s House & Museum
is well worth visiting for a comprehensive history of this famous German.
Food and Drink – look out for Apfelwein!
Frankfurt is famous for its ‘ apfelwein
’, a drink similar to cider. There are many cosy cider taverns throughout the cider where you can sample a wide range of apfelweins and eat from a traditional menu. Wimdu’s favourite tavern to go to is the Lorsbacher Thal
which has been operated by the same family since the early 1800s. It serves great food and the cider is always flowing! Find it in the Alt-Sachsenhausen district, a corner of Frankfurt famed for its nice bars and restaurants.
Frankfurt is one of Germany’s most well connected cities and Frankfurt Airport
one of Europe’s busiest. It is located to the south east of Frankfurt and has good connections with the city. There are taxis and buses linking the airport with the city but the best and most convenient way is to take the S-bahn train line into the city. The S8 and S9 trains which leave from terminal 1 will take you into Frankfurt in 14 minutes. The best way to travel around Frankfurt in via the city’s public transport system. Frankfurt has trams, trains and buses that will take you smoothly and quickly to wherever you want to go. The Frankfurt Card
is worth buying if you’re planning on visiting some of Frankfurt’s tourist attractions. It allows unlimited travel on Frankfurt’s public transport system for one or two days. Getting around by bike in Frankfurt is popular and the Deutsch Bahn bike hire system is a convenient and reliable bike hire option if you’d like to see Frankfurt by bike. All you need is a mobile phone and a credit card in order to hire these bikes, which can be picked up or dropped off at any point during the day.