Frankfurt may be known as a hub for business travellers but it͛s also home to medieval buildings, museums and a vibrant food scene.
It’s known to many as ‘Mainhattan’, thanks to its skyscrapers and position on the banks of the River Main, but also for its abundance of cultural attractions and nightlife.
Arriving at Frankfurt Airport
Frankfurt’s airport is one of the busiest in Europe, providing a major gateway to the continent. If you’re planning to stay in Frankfurt itself rather than continue onwards, you can reach the city centre via public transport within minutes.
The DB Rail Terminal located below the airport allows travellers to easily travel on to other locations in Germany and beyond. To head straight into Frankfurt, the S-Bahn is the quickest and easiest option, taking you directly to the main railway station in about 10 minutes. Tickets can be bought from the RMV machines and cost just €4.50.
Travellers can also take a bus from the arrivals level of Terminal 1 or level 2 of Terminal 2. A taxi into the city should take around 20 minutes and cost approximately €25.
If you’d like to get some exercise during your trip to Frankfurt, there are plenty of places to walk, cycle and swim around the city.
Frankfurt City Forest
The largest city forest in Germany, Frankfurter Stadtwald covers close to 5,000 hectares just south of the city centre. Walkers, runners and cyclists can take advantage of the 280 miles (450km) network of paths that loop through the forest.
Use a bicycle rental service such as the popular Call a Bike scheme to allow you to explore the city on two wheels. Take your bike out to the forest for peace and quiet, or simply cycle around the city, exploring the main sights.
There are several outdoor swimming pools located all around the city and its suburbs, perfect for cooling down and swimming during the hot summer months. The Hausen Open-Air Bath offers heated waters, opening in April to allow bathing even when the temperatures are still low.
There are many options for memorable day trips that can be easily reached from Frankfurt. Explore an iconic river, marvel at a unique natural attraction or wander the remains of a literary landmark, all within an hour’s drive.
This hilltop castle in the Odenwald, less than an hour south of the city, is thought to have been an inspiration for Mary Shelley when she wrote Frankenstein in 1818. The spooky ruins of the castle echo with tales of ghosts, witches and mad alchemists.
Rhine river cruise
The Rhine is one of the most famously scenic rivers in the world. See it in style with a river cruise. Choose to either sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery, or disembark to discover medieval castles, vineyards and historical villages.
Located in Odenwald, an hour south of Frankfurt, this intriguing sea of rocks in the middle of the forest is a surreal sight. Legend has it that two giants who lived on the mountain tops hurled the boulders at each other during a fight.