Frankfurt's attractions are complex and wonderful. The city on the Main is one of the oldest in our country, so the sights include historic places, but also the modern highrises, hence the nickname Mainhattan. The skyscrapers are definitely the first sight when you approach Frankfurt Germany.
However, visit the old quarters around the Römer town hall, and you'll feel like being transferred into a different world.
It might not be love at first sight, after all, many visitors come here for business and not to admire tourist attractions. However, Frankfurt has a lot of charme, I really love it. Visit one of the incorporated suburbs, Höchst for example, and you will feel like you are in a small country town.
Discover historic buildings, fascinating museums, exclusive shopping malls, superb dining and a thrilling nightlife. Frankfurt offers heaps of attractions for everyone.
Most of the highlights are located in the city centre, and can be easily reached by foot. Public transport with the S-Bahn, U-Bahn and buses is pretty good as well.
Join me on a sightseeing tour to Frankfurt Germany, the financial centre of the European mainland, the world city on the river Main in Hessen, and one of the major cities in Germany.
Unfortunately, Frankfurt doesn't look its age anymore. The Old Town was almost totally destroyed by bombs during World War II. Many of the old buildings you see today around Römerberg have been reconstructed, and the work still continues.
Let me give you a short introduction of the most famous attractions and their history.
Römerberg is Frankfurt's most important, and along with the cathedral behind the beautifully reconstructed houses, the oldest place of the city.
In the local Hessian dialect, Römerberg is called "Frankfurt's Gut Stubb" (good living room). It has been the place of celebrations and executions, festivals and fairs for more than 1000 years.
When you visit in December, don't miss the Frankfurt Christmas market at the Römerberg. The Christmas market is so beautiful and always worth a visit.
The Old Opera (Alte Oper) was opened in 1880 after a construction period of seven Years. Planed by Berlin architect Richard Lucae, the building was paid by the citizens of Frankfurt. Some important world premieres took place in the opera.
In March 1944 the opera was heavily damaged during a bombing raid. Again, a citizens' initiative raised the money to reconstruct the Old Opera in the 1960s.
The house was now planned and built as a concert hall. It re-opened on 28th August 1981.
Population - Bevölkerung: 680,000
Elevation: 112 m
Sister cities - Partnerstädte: Lyon (France), Yokohama (Japan), Birmingham (UK), Milano (Italy) and many more
Postal Code- Postleitzahl: 60308–60599, 65929–65936
Area Code - Vorwahl: 069
Best travel season: All around the year
The highest structure in Frankfurt is the Europe Tower (337,5 m), a telecommunications tower, it's nickname is Ginnheimer Spargel.
It is hard to keep track of the new buildings that appear on Frankfurt's skyline every couple of years. Below are the three tallest buildings as of 2011.
It is a good idea to stop at a tourist information centre for city maps and the latest info about events and fairs.
The entrance hall of the main train station has an information centre which is open daily except Christmas (25th, 26th Dec) and New Years Day. Opening hours Monday to Friday from 8 am - 9 pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9:00 - 18:00.
The Info Centre Römer opens Monday to Friday from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9:30 am - 4 pm. The centre is also closed on Christmas and New Years Day.
Frankfurt offers a wide variety of accommodation for all budgets. It is always wise to book a hotel in Frankfurt in advance, especially during the numerous fairs in the city.
Click the image below and check my Frankfurt hotel guide.
Do you wonder what's the best way to get around in Frankfurt?
Are you looking for a day tour to one of the major attractions in Germany?
Below is a link to my Frankfurt tour guide.
Frankfurt has worked hard to get over the Bankfurt image. The city has become a major cultural centre in the Rhine-Main area.
There are certainly many more Frankfurt attractions like the shopping streets Zeil and Goethestrasse. Fressgass is the culinary mile with a large range of restaurants and snack bars.
Frankfurt is a green city with many parks within the centre. The Zoo, Senckenberg museum and the botanical garden (Palmengarten) attract visitors and locals as well.
Ebblewoi, Äppler, Stöffche are words for apple wine. Ebblewoi is pressed from a special type of apples, the Speyerling. It is certainly not everybody's cup of tea, however, it is said that Ebblewoi tastes better and better after the second, third, fourth ... glas. :)
However, take it easy when you are not used to apple wine. Especially the Rauscher, the very young, not completely fermented apple wine, could give your bowels some trouble.
This video tells you about the apple wine culture in Frankfurt and shows you the flair of the local apple wine pubs.
Frankfurter Würstchen are thin pork sausages that have to be produced in Frankfurt or its suburbs, otherwise they are just sausages Frankfurter Art. The same is valid for the Frankfurter Rindswurst. The Rindswurst is shorter and thicker and made from beef.
Both sausages are usually heated in hot water, don't boil them. The Frankfurter Rindswurst is also delicious when grilled. Both sausages are traditionally eaten with mustard and bread, or with potato salad.