Frankfurt is well known for its futuristic skyline and historic centre. It is a city where old and new coexist in complete harmony. It is also the financial and logistical centre of Germany, as well as an important cultural and artistic melting pot.
It is a city with museums, art galleries, shops of all kinds and night clubs. It also offers you the possibility of dining in a luxury restaurant or organizing an impromptu picnic in a park. In Frankfurt you are free to choose what you like best.
The excellent location on the banks of the river Main is also remarkable, with ideal areas for walking and enjoying nature. All in all, Frankfurt is a perfect destination to visit at any time of the year.
- Top 5 reasons to visit Frankfurt
- What to do in Frankfurt
- When to visit Frankfurt
- How to get to Frankfurt
- Where to stay in Frankfurt
- Getting around Frankfurt
- Cost of living in Frankfurt
- Where to eat in Frankfurt
Top 5 reasons to visit Frankfurt
The famous skyline
Frankfurt is home to some of the tallest buildings in Germany, and its skyline has earned the nickname “Mainhattan”; the name of the river in German is Main. The best views over this unique skyline can be had from the eastern bridges over the Main River or from the top of the Main Tower, the only skyscraper that is open to the public.
The famous statesman and writer Goethe was born in Frankfurt. Visit the family home: the elegant four-storey tower with its wooden framework is a symbol of the city, which has been converted into a museum and birthplace.
The old town of Frankfurt is known for the Römer, a restored medieval building that is one of the local symbols. The old and new town halls are also located here, as is the 14th-century church of St. Leonhard.
Although the national drink is beer, this wine made from apples is a very typical drink in Frankfurt. You can order it mainly from the shops in the Hesse district. It is a cheap drink, protected by the local government.
The flea markets
In Frankfurt you will find flea markets all over the city, selling a wide range of goods: food, antiques and even Christmas clothes and decorations if you are travelling at the time.
What to do in Frankfurt
Tour the old town
Frankfurt’s old town has been completely restored and faithfully reflects its glorious past. Start at the Römerberg square where you will discover the fountain of justice and the city hall. Soon you will see the wooden houses and beautiful monuments. Be sure to visit St. Nicholas Church or St. Paul’s Church, and don’t miss the cathedral tower for the views.
Climbing the Main Tower
This contemporary skyscraper is located in the financial city, in stark contrast to the old town of Frankfurt. It is worth admiring its exterior and then taking the lift to the top floor. From there you will be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view.
Touring the Palmengarten
The Palmengarten Botanical Garden, one of the two in the city, is a visit well worthwhile. This natural space stands out for its wide extension and for housing plants from all over the world, with different ecosystems perfectly recreated. It also has an impressive collection of palm trees, hence its name.
Visit the museums on the Main
On the banks of the river Main you will find many very pleasant places, but without any doubt the most privileged place is the one occupied by the main museums of the city. Don’t miss the Museum of World Cultures, the Archaeological Museum or the Museum of Fine Arts.
Shopping at the Zeil
If you like shopping, the Zeil Shopping Promenade is a wide pedestrian walkway full of shops of all kinds. We recommend that you enter the MyZeil shopping centre, as it displays a truly impressive modern architecture.
When to visit Frankfurt
You can visit Frankfurt at any time of the year, although there are usually more tourists in summer, mainly because it is the holiday season, and at Christmas, because of the particularity and beauty of the Christmas markets. Also, bear in mind that winters in Germany are sometimes hard, with temperatures close to 0ºC or even below.
How to get to Frankfurt
Frankfurt International Airport handles flights from almost all over the world. It is located about 10 kilometres from the centre and is well connected by train. You can take line 8 or 9 and get to the central station for 4.25 EUR. Trains leave every 15 minutes. If you choose to take a taxi, you will have to pay about 35 EUR.
Trains from German cities such as Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich, but also from all over Europe, arrive at Frankfurt Central Station every day and at all times. As a guide, a Berlin-Frankfurt train ticket ranges from EUR 10-150 with DB. Once at the central station, the S-Bahn will take you into the city centre for just EUR 2.60.
Driving in Frankfurt is easy. The A5 motorway connects the city with all other German motorways. From Cologne, for example, you can reach Frankfurt via the A3; and from Stuttgart, via the A8, you can reach your destination in just over two hours.
The main bus companies, such as Eurolines and FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt’s central bus station. For example, FlixBus offers Cologne-Frankfurt tickets from EUR 9. From there, the easiest way to reach the centre is by underground (U-Bahn) for 2.60 EUR per ticket, but you can also take a taxi.
Airports near Frankfurt
(FKB) Karlsruhe-Baden Baden
Where to stay in Frankfurt
There are hotels in Frankfurt in every price range. Among the most affordable are the Ramada Frankfurt or the Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt City or the Leonardo Royal, for families and groups of friends.
Interesting neighborhoods in Frankfurt
Altstadt. This is the historical centre. Here you will discover the Römerplatz and St. Paul’s Church, a symbol of democracy and freedom in Germany and the place where the Constitution was born.
Sachsenhausen. This is the place where the main museums are located, on the banks of the Main. It is also the place where the best restaurants are located and the ideal place to taste apple wine.
Innenstadt. It covers the city centre, where you can find the shopping area and also some historical monuments such as the Friedberger Tor.
Getting around Frankfurt
Public transport in Frankfurt has an excellent system known as RMW which includes buses, subways and trains. Tickets are issued by zones and there are different types, from one-use tickets valid for one hour to daily tickets. Prices start at 2.30 EUR.
Taxi is always an option in the city, although it is not the cheapest. An average urban journey costs about 15 EUR.
You can rent a car from one of the many rental companies, such as Enterprise or Sixt, for an average price of 28 EUR per day. It is recommended that you look for a parking lot to park your car, the cheapest options range from 1 EUR per hour to 8 EUR per day.
Cost of living in Frankfurt
Goethestraße is the quintessential shopping street and here you will find the most exclusive shops, art galleries and cafés. You can also shop on the Zeil, which includes shopping centres such as Karstadt, the branch of the Galeria Kaufhof chain, Zeilgalerie and MyZeil.
Food and other needs
In Frankfurt you have many supermarkets to choose from. At REWE and Scheck-in Center you will find typical German and international products. To give you an idea of the prices, a dozen eggs will cost you 3.5 EUR.
Where to eat in Frankfurt
At the Kleinmarkthalle you can taste Frankfurt’s most famous sausage. It is also a very popular place with the locals. At the IIMORI Patisserie in Braubachstraße you can taste international cuisine, with French dishes and cakes served in an authentic German atmosphere.
No trip to Frankfurt is complete without a tour of the Freßgass, which is full of restaurants, food shops and delicatessens. You will pay 29 EUR for a dinner for two in a bar or 62 EUR in a more expensive restaurant.