Frankfurt may be known as a hub for business travellers but it͛s also home to medieval buildings, museums and a vibrant food scene.
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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.
The 19th-century botanical gardens cover an impressive 54 acres and host a large palm house displaying plants from various climates around the globe. Out in the formal gardens, visitors are free to wander along the paths and admire the various trees, plants and flowers.
The Old Town is home to most of the city’s medieval buildings, concentrated around Romerberg Square. History lovers will enjoy visiting St Paul’s Church, the Romer Rathaus and the various half-timbered buildings that were rebuilt following the devastation of World War II.
Frankfurt is well known for its Apfelwein (apple wine, called Ebbelwoi by locals) and all visitors to the city should visit a traditional cider tavern. Located all around the city but especially abundant in Sachsenhausen, these pubs are frequented by locals and tourists alike.
For the best views in the city, head to the city’s financial district to scale the dizzying heights of the Main Tower. The only skyscraper in the city with a public observation deck, the tower stands at 656ft (200m) tall, offering panoramic views of the city and the Taunus Mountains in the distance.
For the highest concentration of museums and galleries in the city, head to the Museumsufer on the banks of the River Main. Here you’ll find a dozen museums covering everything from Jewish history to architecture, mainly on the south side of the river. Don’t miss the Stadel Art Institute and Municipal Gallery, home to one of the most extensive and important art collections in Germany.