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.
Frankfurt has a compact centre, making it easy to explore most of the city on foot. However, there is also a vast transport network known as the RMV that consists of overground and underground trains, trams and buses, making it easy to reach all areas of the city.
The Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) consists of a network of trains, trams and buses that all use the same fare system. Buy your ticket in advance at a ticket machine or on the bus, with a single trip within the city centre costing between €1.80 and €2.80. Most of the trains and trams run from 0400 until 0200, with night buses supplementing the network at weekends. There are also plans to increase the S-bahn, U-bahn and tram services to 24 hours at the weekends by the end of 2018.
There are plenty of taxi ranks around the city, making it easy to travel between specific addresses. If you fancy trying something a little different, hire a Velotaxi (bicycle taxi) for an environmentally friendly and fun option.
The city’s public transport system is very good, so many visitors find it more convenient to just rely on that, but you can book a hire car in advance from London City Airport.
Altstadt (Old Town): for sight-seeing
If you’re hoping to discover historic buildings, interesting museums and traditional restaurants, look no further than Aldstadt. The majority of Frankfurt’s Old Town was destroyed during World War II, but many buildings have been rebuilt and restored. The impressive Romerberg Square is surrounded by medieval timber buildings, as well as the Romer Rathaus and St Paul’s Church. Around the square are restaurants serving traditional meals, but you can also wander down to Fressgasse for cafés, specialist food stores and jazz clubs.
Sachsenhausen: for art lovers
Anyone with an interest in art and culture should head to Sachsenhausen and make a beeline for the Museumufer (Museum Riverbank), where nine impressive museums sit next door to each other. There are many museums and galleries to choose from in this neighbourhood, but a visit to the Stadel Art Institute and Municipal Gallery should not be missed. Here, you’ll find one of the most important art collections in Germany, with paintings and sculptures dating back over 700 years. This is also a great area for sampling Frankfurt’s famous Apfelwein (apple wine) in the many bars, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. The old quarter, on the south bank of the river, is a wonderful area to wander around, with its cobbled streets and medieval half-timbered houses.
Bornheim: for a bohemian atmosphere
The former Red Light District of the city, Bornheim is the neighbourhood for independent cafés, shops, bars and restaurants. Its main street, Berger Strasse, is lined with bars and pubs, including two of Frankfurt’s traditional cider houses, Solzer and Zur Sonne. On weekends, the cafés in the area are full of locals enjoying brunch, sitting outdoors if the weather permits. Architecture enthusiasts will also enjoy a visit to the Holy Cross Church, a striking Modernist structure.
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Time zone: Central European Time (GMT +1) and Central European Summer Time (GMT +2)
- Languages: German, often in the Frankfurterisch dialect.