More than just the home of the famous ‘frankfurt’ sausage, Frankfurt, Germany is a city of contrasts. The history of Frankfurt can be traced back thousands of years but only small snippets of its historical legacy are visible amongst its ultra-modern façade. A haven for art and culture, Frankfurt’s museums, theatres and attractions are sure to keep you busy for days.
Things to do in Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt am Main, on the banks of the Main River, is the fifth-largest city in Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe. The city skyline, with its modern skyscrapers looks more like New York than Germany, leading to the local nickname, Mainhattan.
On your Frankfurt visit, it is interesting to note that much of the city was destroyed during WWII. However, rather than try to reconstruct like many other badly affected cities, Frankfurt decided to go modern and it is now a multifaceted and interesting place to visit in Germany.
One area that was restored to its former glory after the war is Frankfurt’s Römerplatz. This square is the old centre of the town, so named for the Römer, or town hall, where the coronations of Holy Roman Emperors were once held. Many of Frankfurt’s tourist attractions are within walking distance, making Römerplatz an ideal starting point for your Frankfurt sightseeing.
Just off the Römerplatz is the 14th century Gothic cathedral of Saint Bartholomew. It also took a beating in the war but has since been faithfully restored and on a visit to Frankfurt you can now climb the spiral staircase of the 95-metre tower for stunning views across the city.
There are more than 30 museums in Frankfurt covering everything from film and architecture to railways and money. Most of Frankfurt’s museums are concentrated along the banks of the Main in an area called Museumsurfer but many smaller museums are dotted throughout the city and are sure to please any culture buff.
Despite its metropolitan high-rise buildings, Germany’s Frankfurt is actually a very green city that incorporates two botanical gardens, a large forest and many parks. In fact, the whole city is surrounded by an 8,000-hectare, ring-shaped public garden called the Frankfurter Grüngürtel, which is one of the best things to see in Frankfurt. Both locals and those on vacation in Frankfurt enjoy these green spaces as the perfect spot to relax in a big city.
A Frankfurt holiday just wouldn’t be complete without a little taste of the local speciality, Apfelwein or apple wine. The Sachsenhausen district is packed with special apple wine bars where you can sample the brew in an authentic setting alongside other German food favourites such as pretzels and Grüne Sosse.