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 is known for its diverse, nightlife with techno clubs, jazz bars and upmarket wine bars sharing the limelight. The city centre is dominated by trendy bars aimed at bankers and business professionals, while Sachsenhausen is the place to head for traditional cider taverns. Bockenheim, meanwhile, caters to a younger crowd.
Techno music is just as prominent in Frankfurt as it is in Berlin, with the city’s legendary clubs having been instrumental in building the early careers of world-famous DJs such as Sven Väth. Techno lovers visiting the city today should spend a night dancing at Robert Johnson, one of the best techno clubs in the world.
Techno isn’t the only musical genre that Frankfurt is famed for. Many clubs, taverns and bars around the city host live jazz bands all through the week, with most of the action centred around Kleine Bockenheimer Strasse, known as Jazzgasse (Jazz Alley) due to the number of jazz clubs located on the street. You should also try to pay a visit to Jazzkeller, one of the most iconic jazz bars in the world, which has played host to the likes of Louis Armstrong and Chet Baker since opening in 1952.