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Basic information

  • Area: 248.31 km2 (95.87 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: 069
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 687,775
  • Official language: German
  • Time Zone: CET/CEST (UTC+1

10 Reasons to Visit Frankfurt

1. Unique Atmosphere
The city of Frankfurt is often considered the gateway to Europe, and boasts of a thriving diversity and cultural expressiveness. There are numerous sites to see; from historic buildings to more modern architecture; live performances, fabulous shops, and of course, people watching. What perhaps makes Frankfurt the most unique large city in Germany is that it is not "touristy". Enjoy the German culture and its peoples without the hubbub and congestion of Germany's other popular destinations.

2. Landmark Buildings
Enjoy a view of the whole cityscape of Frankfurt by climbing the Main Tower. Soaring at 200 meters in the sky, it's a beautiful spot to take pictures, marvel at a sunset, or just get a better sense of what this charming city looks like from up above. Also not to be missed is the home of the famous late writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, one of Frankfurt's most prized former inhabitants. See the desk where Goethe used to write, and walk down the halls of the recreated version of where he once lived and wrote.

3. Sachsenhausen Cider Taverns
Frankfurt is famous for their Apfelwein, or Ebbelwoi, as it is sometimes called. This is a delicious and crisp alcoholic apple cider that is produced with love and enthusiasm in the surrounding areas of the city. You can find some amazing old apple cider bars on the charming cobblestone streets of the Sachsenhausen district. The area is to be found just south of old town, and is a delightful and delicious place to spend an afternoon.

4. Romerberg
Romerberg means "Roman Mountain", and is considered the historic centre of the city, as well as where you'll find the old town hall that has survived since 1405. There's an historic square that has been a meeting and trading hub in Frankfurt since the 13th century. This is a wonderful spot to really get a glimpse into the history of Frankfurt, and see some lovely local German culture. One gets a sense that the traditions from centuries past are still very much alive in this old city square, and there a number of nice surrounding cafes and shops to linger and enjoy the atmosphere.

5. Church of St Paul
The birth of German democracy took place at a stunning church known as Paulskirche. Built between the years of 1789 and 1833, this building and place of worship was where political meetings were held to select the German parliament in 1848. Today, it's open to the public, and is a great place for exhibitions and special events. It's not uncommon for business events to be held in this coveted location. A walk through the Church of St. Paul is a great glimpse into German political history.

6. Museumsufer and Flea Market
If you want to go to a museum in Frankfurt, you're going to have to head down to Museumsufer. Here you'll find several museums to choose from, and it all just takes a quick stroll down the main river and straight through the centre of Frankfurt. Not only can you take in some fabulous displays of art and culture, but if you happen to be strolling down the Museumsufer on a saturday, you can find amazing bargains at Frankfurt's largest flea market. It's not uncommon for people to find wonderful treasures here; such as vintage jewelry and wonderful clothing.

7. Senckenberg Museum of Natural History
While in Museumsufer, it's absolutely essential to visit the Museum of Natural History. The Senckenberg Museum is, in fact, the largest natural history museum that Germany has to offer. With thousands of exhibits displaying everything from Egyptian tombs to amphibian fossils, you get to see natural wonders that are both educational and exciting for people of all ages. Perhaps the most famous display in the museum is the collection of dinosaur skeletons; which just so happens to be the largest in all of Europe.

8. Shopping on Zeil Street
In the energetic pedestrian zone known as Zeil, you'll find some of the best shopping that Frankfurt has to offer. Known lovingly as The Fifth Avenue of Germany, Zeil has wonderful luxury boutiques and an enormous 10-story shopping mall called Zeil Galerie. If you're into doing some spirited, name-brand shopping, then Zeil must be seen to be believed.

9. Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art is just as famous for its amazing collection of some of the world's best modern artists as it is for the incredible architectural achievement that houses them. Designed by Hans Hollering, the museum is constructed in a fascinating triangular shape, and the locals refer to it as "cake". Inside, you'll find some lovely pieces from big names like Joseph Beuys, Andy Worhol, and Gerhardt Richter.

10. Palmengarten botanical garden
Taking a walk through Frankfurt's botanic garden is like taking yourself on a horticultural adventure that stretches across the globe. Experience everything by starting with the indigenous plants of the African savanna, then on to the rainforest, and finally get a fragrant experience of the flower gardens of Europe. With the various different greenhouses and 6,000 different botanic

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