Frankfurt

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.

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.

Essential sights

The Palmengarten

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.

Romerberg Square

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.

Cider taverns

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.

Main Tower

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.

Museumsufer

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.