The fifth largest city in Germany offers a stark contrast between traditionalism and modernism. Home to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the European Central Bank, the horizon is dotted with skyscrapers and referred to locally as ‘Mainhattan’ but wander further into the old town and you find yourself immersed in history and culture.
Frankfurt is fantastic for its plethora of museums including the Stadel and Naturmuseum; both brimming with history dating back to the 1815s, showcasing the finest art from the Middle Ages to today. Film lovers should take the time to visit Deutsches FIlmmuseum – a museum dedicated to German film history and its technology development, including an in-house cinema showcasing classic films regularly.
Romerberg is typically known as Frankfurt’s old central square with beautiful WWII half-timbered houses surrounding the area. It’s a defining landmark of Frankfurt with many tourists visiting on a daily basis and throughout December it transforms into a wonderful Christmas market. Close to the main shopping area, it’s well worth a visit.
Take a step back in time and visit the district of Old Sachsenhausen, famed for having the most working fountains. Amble down the narrow cobbled streets adorned with traditional Epelwoi pubs, step inside and try the local Stöffche, otherwise known as apple wine. For a quick bite to eat, find the local pretzel man or recharge your batteries in one of the neighborhoods many cafes and restaurants.
A great day out is sure to be had at Frankfurt Zoo, an oasis within the metropolis; spaciously inhabiting over 450 species within natural surroundings. Find yourself in the middle of the jungle, the depths of Madagascar and the African desert, admiring the magnificent animals as they go about their day.
Short on time? Spend a couple of hours taking in all the sights and sounds on an open top bus tour. Operating daily, it’s a fantastic way to make sure you get round all the major attractions.
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