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Frankfurt Travel Information

A fascinating city of contrasts, Frankfurt combines history and modernity to offer world class museums, impressive galleries and a host of cultural events.

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View over Frankfurt

Frankfurt Travel and Flight Information

With an international stock exchange and the headquarters of major German banks, Frankfurt is known as the financial capital of Germany. Its stock exchange was established in 1585, and the city was the birthplace of the Rothschild financial dynasty.

Modern skyscrapers attest to Frankfurt's economic might and give the skyline a North American appearance. Frankfurt is also the venue for numerous trade fairs, conventions and exhibitions, notably the International Book Fair and the International Automotive Show. It's a cosmopolitan city, with a sizable number of its nearly 690,000 residents non-German.
Though extensively rebuilt after Allied bombing in World War II, the city retains a few pockets of reconstructed pre-war buildings, notably the Romerberg, which includes the early 15th-century city hall.

In south central Germany, 40km (25 miles) east of Wiesbaden, 100km (160km) north of Heidelberg. 10km (6 miles) north of Frankfurt Main international airport. On the River Main, 32km (20 miles) before its confluence with the Rhine.

Where to Stay
Primarily geared to the business traveller, with many properties also offering suite accommodation.

What to Do
Daytime: Romerberg remains the historic and geographical centre of the city and is the first stop for most visitors; most of its medieval buildings were destroyed in 1944, but some have been faithfully restored to give a period flavour. The main museums are on Museumsufer (also called Schaumainkai), parallel to the river on the Sachsenhausen side, with painting, sculpture, film all well-represented.

A walk along the narrow parks of Taunusanlage and Gallusanlage, circling the centre, provides an interesting view of old and new Frankfurt. Visit the Main Tower, with panoramic views from the viewing terrace on the 56th floor.

Romerberg Square
Romerberg Square

Nightlife: The area of Sachsenhausen, especially the streets around Affentorplatz, where apfelwein (cider) is easily found.

Kleine Bockenheimer Strasse or Jazzgasse (Jazz Alley) is famous for its live music. Theatre and classical music are popular. The Cafe-Theater performs shows in English.

Must See
Visit the Romerberg square in Frankfurt, with the Kaiserdom Cathedral and Romer town hall, and over 40 museums to view!

Enjoy a river cruise on the Main. Shop along the Zeil and Fressgass or at the Christmas Markets held daily from the end of November up to Christmas.

Kaiserdom Cathedral
Kaiserdom Cathedral

The city's cosmopolitan nature is reflected in the wide choice – from fastfood to oriental – at prices from the reasonable to the extortionate. Local specialities include Rippchen (boiled pork chop on sauerkraut) and Handkas mit Musik (slices of cheese with garlic, oil and vinegar).

The Zeil, and the pedestrianised zone centred on it, is one of Germany's most exclusive shopping streets, with famous department stores, designer boutiques and high end jewellery shops.

Frankfurt is home to a wide range of markets, including fruit and vegetable markets, farmers markets and flea markets selling second hand goods.

City tours; boat trips up the Main; coach-boat day trips to Rudesheim and the Rhine gorge; day coach tour to Rothenburg (well-preserved medieval town); day trips to Cologne, Bonn, Heidelberg and Baden-Baden. Gambling evening at Wiesbaden's famous casino.

Getting Around
As like German cities, there is a very good network of urban trams, buses and trains. The main station and airport are among the busiest in Europe. Frankfurt offers an efficient public transport network of trams, underground (U-Bahn) and suburban (S-Bahn) rail.

Who is it for?
Predominantly solo middle to upmarket business people attending one of the many international trade fairs or visiting one of the multinationals in the modern technology park on the outskirts. Excellent road, rail and air links make a prime location for conferences and conventions.

Getting There

Various direct flights from the UK to Frankfurt airport are available at discount rates.

Frankfurt Airport
Frankfurt Airport

Discount hotel rates and city breaks in Frankfurt are also available to book.

To Relax
Take a stroll in the Palmengarten park in Frankfurt.

A visit to Sachsenhausen with its cider pubs is a must and Frankfurt also boasts over 3'000 restaurants so you'll never be stuck with nowhere to eat!

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