Frankfurt has several distinct areas, such as:
City – Innenstadt: Includes the Finance District, a mile long street of shops, many of Frankfurt’s hotels, weekly farmer’s markets, a dedicated fine food market hall, plus all the usual attractions of an international European city.
Old Town – Altstadt: Medieval mixed with Modern Buildings, including the old town, art galleries and town halls. Walk amongst the tourists and locals alike, or enjoy the view by the River Main.
Nord-End: Frankfurt’s North Side, grand architecture, modern living, boutiques and antiques.
Sachsenhausen: Frankfurt’s south side, almost a different city in its own right, home to Museums, Apple Wine culture and German Cuisine. Also accessible by tram is Frankfurt’s City Forest.
Bornheim – To aptly and punctually describe Bornheim and Berger Strasse which is its artery, literary contrasts will suffice; between the yuppy upmarket gentrified Merian Platz and the slow death of the Old Bornheim at the far northern end of Berger Strasse, is the bohemian lifestyle in between. As expected, there are bars, restaurants, cafes and hotel suited to lifestyle choices.
Bockenheim has its own local style, thanks to local and international students studying in Frankfurt, the multicultural influence on Leipziger Strasse, new developments going up around the University, and then there is the international jet-setting crowd. Also, there are no shortages of bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels.
Bahnhofsviertel: Exploring Europe by train from Frankfurt’s Central Train Station, or exploring the ‘colourful’ side of town: Frankfurt’s Red Light district? Ideal if you’re just spending a few hours in Frankfurt for a layover or stop over, not far away is the world famous giant Euro statue.
East Harbour (Osthafen): An up and coming old infrastructure area, now home to the new European Central Bank Headquarters.
If you’re staying overnight or for a whole week, What’s in Frankfurt offers tips on what to see relative to where you’re staying and what you’re interested in.
If you live in Frankfurt, or a staying for an extended period of time, What’s in Frankfurt is a handy guide for exploring the diverse neighbourhoods that make up Frankfurt.
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So What’s In Frankfurt?
Frankfurt am Main is a compact yet internationally connected city, thanks to:
1. Frankfurt being the finance capital of Germany, and therefore a financial hub of Europe, the financial district spanning Asia, Russia, Europe and the Americas. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange accounts for a majority of the German stock market trades.
2. Each day thousands of people fly to Frankfurt. Frankfurt International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, a travel hub connecting all the world’s populated continents and of course the whole of Europe, and,
3. The Frankfurt Messe – Or Frankfurt Fair. Many Trade Fairs are held in Frankfurt, including the world famous Book Fair.
4. Frankfurt has a bubbling local population, and is probably the most international city in Germany.
Many people visit Frankfurt on their way to explore Germany and Europe, or because they are visiting the Frankfurt Fair (Messe) or come for business.
There are many things to do, and because Frankfurt is a small city with a population of round 700.000 people, it is easy to get around on public transport, including buses, trams, underground trains (U-bahns (equivalent of a London Tube)), overland trains (S-bahns), inter-regional trains, and of course the Intercontinental Express (ICE) that reaches speeds up to 300km/h.
Wether you’re staying overnight in Frankfurt, visiting for business, pleasure or for family, there’s many things to do in Frankfurt.
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Top 10 Things To Do In Frankfurt for Tourists
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1. Dom Romer – The Old Town of Frankfurt
Visit the old heart of Frankfurt, walk the cobbled square, and if you’re lucky a festival or market will be on. You can see the old town halls and various old style German buildings and statues.
2. Zeil – The main shopping street in Frankfurt
Frankfurt’s main shopping high-street takes a good 10 minutes to walk along and is on of the busiest shopping areas in Germany. There’s numerous department stores, and the farmer’s markets on Thursdays and Saturdays at Konstablerwache.
3. The Main Tower – Panoramic views over Frankfurt
Fancy a view of a European city? Then visit Main Tower for 360 degree views of Frankfurt and surrounding regions like Taunus, the State Forest (Statdtwald) and the Frankfurt Airport.
4. Museum Embankment.
From austere statues to fine fine art and to film, plus world cultures and great classic European architecture, the Museum Embankment is a must see for all short and long visits to Frankfurt. Take a quick visit while by the River Main, or enjoy it for as long as you like.
5. The River Main – great sights and host to numerous events.
Walk along the river paths, or take a boat cruise up the River Main on to another European destination. While Frankfurt has the most skyscrapers in Germany, don’t forget to explore the river that runs through it.
6. Do you ask yourself, where to drink Apple Wine (Cider) in Frankfurt?
Apple Wine can be drunk from various sized apple wine glasses and bembels (the local term for an apple wine jug) and is available in local taverns in both Sachsenhausen and Bornheim, and also in restaurants and bars throughout Frankfurt.
7. Goethe House – An excellent museum to see even during a short stay in Frankfurt.
Take a step back in time and journey through the house of Frankfurt’s most famous historical figure: Johann Goethe. See how people lived only a few hundred years ago.
8. The Old Opera – Attending a Concert in Frankfrut?
Even if you’re not attending the opera, or invited to the premier of something extravagant and have to walk the red carpet amid flashing cameras, visit the Old Opera. Outside at Opernplatz is a large fountain and spacious area for tourists to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Frankfurt.
9. Sachsenhausen – Sightseeing, local beverages, and culture.
If you’re in the city and want a break, then stroll across one of Frankfurt’s many bridges into Sachsenhausen. Historically it was the side of the river where the Saxons were, and has a vibrant area renowned for apple wine drinking and German cuisine.
10. The Eschenheimer Tower – European Gothic Middle Ages Architecture in Frankfurt
Making a quick visit to Frankfurt or you live there and want to see something in the city that is distinct? Visit the Eschenheimer Tower, a few minutes walk north from Hauptwache. The tower is a 50 metre high gothic reminder of Frankfurt’s trading history and the need to defend itself, and is a unique work of European Medieval Architecutre.