The most famous attraction of Frankfurt is without doubt its skyline, which can be seen from a great distance away. It is often said that the quality of life in Frankfurt is as high as the striking skyscrapers that dominate the landscape. This city is much like an open-air museum that displays monuments of different styles and eras: imposing buildings, an expression of contemporary art, that seem to chase each other upwards; commercial buildings and middle-class residences, stupendous churches and elegant museums.
The historic center
Don’t miss a visit to the Römer, Frankfurt’s City Hall, the Cathedral or the Church of St. Paul in the old town.
Frankfurt offers gardensfilled with Mediterranean flora and numerous parks. The zoo is particularly loved by families. This city institution has been open for 150 years.
A unique way to discover the city is offered every day by the red “Hop On-Hop Off” double-decker buses, from which you can get on or get off at any of the numerous stops available. Almost all the attractions in the old town, which has small roads and picturesque alleyways, can be reached on foot.
Frankfurt enjoys fame as an important cultural city, thanks to the unique and celebrated embankment of Museums (Museumsufer). There are 26 in total, 13 of which are located along the banks of the Main, set side by side like pearls in a necklace; the other half are in the direct vicinity of the river.
Holbein Bridge, completed 1990 and the modern alternative to the nearby nineteenth-century Iron Bridge, is an important pedestrian connection with the museum embankment. This steel and cement bridge, which is lit up with striking lighting, is crossed each day by approximately 10,000 people. It connects the city centre and Römerberg with Sachsenhausen on the opposite bank of the Main.
Frankfurt’s varied and diverse cultural scene is also distinguished by 60 theatres and independent theatre groups. The Frankfurt Opera has a musical theatre of the highest level and plays an important role on the international opera scene..
A visit to the house of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who was born in the city in 1749, gives one an idea of what life was like during the time of this famous writer and poet. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is one of the best loved attractions of Frankfurt, and visitors following in his footsteps will discover some of the most beautiful places in the city.
It is easy to reach Goethestraße, the luxurious shopping street, from his house. In the southern area of Frankfurt, where the forest begins, the Goethe wooden Tower (Goetheturm) can be climbed, which with its 45 metres height offers an exceptional view.
Germany’s more recent history of can be experienced in Paulskirche (Church of St. Paul). In 1848 this church, in fact, held sessions of the first German parliament. The Medieval Cathedral of Kaiserdom was the site of the appointment of kings and ceremonies of the coronation of emperors of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Kaiserdom from the river
Nearby is the historic symbol of the city - the façade of the Römer with its three gables. This noble house became Frankfurt’s city hall in 1405 and today it is still the seat of the mayor. Römerberg, the square in front of the city hall, is the heart of the old town and a popular tourist attraction. Each Saturday morning, a picturesque and very popular flea market takes place on the river bank - the perfect occasion for buying a souvenir.
Apfelwein (apple wine) is often drunk in Frankfurt. It has been considered a local drink for over 250 years and is the symbol of hospitality in the many traditional pubs. The wine is the perfect accompaniment to “Grüne Soße”, a green sauce made using at least seven aromatic herbs, which is served with boiled potatoes and egg or boiled meat.
Where to sleep in Frankfurt
Frankfurt is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.
To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.
Hotels for stars, differentiated by type of services:
Hotels in the districts
Hotels in tourist areas
Hotels near the airports
Text by Eugenio Sorrentino
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Published on Avion N42 - Update July 2018