Frankfurt, more than a city for business
Frankfurt, more than a city for business
Skyscrapers, financial institutions, crowded shopping streets and terraces serving apple wine: that is Frankfurt. This bustling business city also boasts historic sites and is a paradise for shopaholics and lovers of jazz and techno music.
Frankfurt am Main, in short Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse. The city is known as a financial center, where the European Central Bank, the Deutsche Bundesbank, the German stock exchange, and the headquarters of well-known banks are located.
The history of Frankfurt goes back to the eighth century. During the Second World War, the historic city center was almost completely destroyed. After the war, the historic half-timbered houses were rebuilt and skyscrapers arose in the cityscape, hence the nickname 'Mainhatten'. With its modern architecture, the renovated historic center, the vibrant nightlife, and the busy shopping streets, the city is more than worth a city trip.
Places to see in Frankfurt
View from the Main Tower on 'Mainhattan'
Start your Frankfurt city trip with a fantastic view of the city and the surrounding area. Step into the lightning-fast elevator that will take you to the 54th floor. Walk up two more floors via the stairs and you will imagine yourself in New York for a moment. On the roof terrace of the Main Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Frankfurt, you can look out over Frankfurt and its skyscrapers from a height of 200 meters. From here you can also see the highest tower in the city: the 337-meter high television tower Europaturm. But the bridges over the River Main, which are striking for Frankfurt, are also clearly visible. If you want to dine at a great height, book a table in the Main Tower Restaurant & Lounge on the top floor of the tower.
Römerberg is the center of the old town and a must-see attraction in Frankfurt. Partly destroyed during the war, this district has been restored to its former glory. The beautiful historic buildings with half-timbered facades are now the setting for the annual Christmas market.
One of the eye-catchers in Römerberg is the Rathaus Römer, the Frankfurt city hall with a beautiful stepped gable made of red sandstone. In front of the town hall is a fountain with the statue of Lady Justice, the Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen. On the edge of the square, the Old Saint-Nicholas church also stands out with its slender tower.
Frankfurt Dom and St. Paul's Church
In the historic Frankfurt Dom, the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were elected and crowned at the time. Admire the cathedral's church treasures in the Dom Museum. Frankfurt Dom towers over the city. The cathedral is very impressive from the outside, but the interior is also a feast for the eyes. Savor the air of serenity in this quiet spot in a busy city. But the hidden gem of this cathedral is in climbing the tower. At the back of the Gothic church is the entrance to the tower. Just over 300 small and twisting steps lead you to the tower. From there you have a magnificent view over the city.
History was also made in the nearby St. Paul's Church, now used for events and fairs. In this church, the German parliament met in 1848 to draft the first constitution for federal Germany.
Haus zur Goldenen Waage
Opposite the Frankfurt Dom is a true gem: Haus zur Goldenen Waage. A fantastically beautiful, graceful, and colorful building. The longer you look at the richly decorated building, the more details you will discover. It is easy to be impressed by the vibrancy of the colors, dazzling details, and beautiful wooden architecture. In addition, it is also a pleasant address for Kaffee und Kuchen.
The area between Goetheplatz and Taunusanlage is the so-called Bankenviertel, the financial heart of Frankfurt. The skyscrapers in this district are really impressive. The most famous is the Commerzbank Tower (259 meters), the Westend Tower (208 meters), and the twin towers of the Deutsche Bank (155 meters).
Admire colorful facades on the Hühnermarkt
The Hühnermarkt is definitely one of the most beautiful squares of the new Altstadt, a closed place with beautifully reconstructed half-timbered houses and a fountain in the middle. You can eat and drink outside on one of the many terraces. A pleasant place to stay during your city trip to Frankfurt. The colorful square is located between the Kaiserdom and Römerberg, just past Haus zur Goldenen Waage coming from the church.
Shopping in Frankfurt? Shop till you drop in Zeil shopping street
The pedestrianized shopping street Zeil is the place to be for fashion lovers. Here you will find the latest fashion trends. So keep space in your suitcase for your purchases. Not a fan of shopping? Admire the special architecture of the My Zeil indoor shopping center. On Saturday in Frankfurt? Then visit the antique and flea market on the banks of the Main in the morning. If you are looking for unique finds, cross the Eiserner Steg to the Sachsenhausen district. Boutiques, cozy terraces, and traditional apple wine cafés fill the streets of this neighborhood south of the River Main.
Transportation in Frankfurt
Frankfurt is a big city where you will find every conceivable public transport option. For example, Frankfurt International Airport is connected to the city center by an S-Bahn train. You can travel quickly, cheaply, and comfortably to the center of Frankfurt in about 15 minutes. This is not only useful for those traveling by plane to Frankfurt, but also for people who have a layover in Frankfurt and have the time to visit the city.
Within the city center, you have access to trams, buses, metros, and trains. In practice, you can do a lot on foot. Frankfurt's main sights are not that far apart. The U-Bahn (underground) and S-Bahn (train) are the best ways to cover distances within Frankfurt. You can buy the tickets from the machines that you will find at the stations and stops. Besides individual tickets, you can also buy cheap day tickets. They cost about the same as two separate tickets.
Tips for visiting Frankfurt
The most famous Frankfurt specialty is of course the Frankfurter sausage: a long and thin pork sausage with a unique taste. The 'Apfelwein' (apple wine) is a famous Frankfurt drink, along with the typical Frankfurt beers Binding and Henniger.
After strolling through the historic streets of Frankfurt, it's time to rest. Board the Primus-Linie for a boat trip on the Main. It's the perfect way to experience Frankfurt's city skyline. The boat departs daily from the Mainkai at the pedestrian bridge Eiserner Steg. You can choose from a 50-minute cruise upstream or downstream, or you can stay on board and combine both trips.
Frankfurt has a vibrant nightlife. The more than 40,000 students in the city go in search of entertainment in the evenings, especially in the Bockenheim district around the university. The terraces and cafes in the Altstadt attract many visitors both during the day and in the evening. The Sachsenhausen and Bornheim districts are also known as entertainment districts. Don't miss the apple wine terraces in Klappergasse and Große Rittergasse! In the Ostend district, old factories have had to make way for trendy cafes and clubs.