Frankfurt may be known as a hub for business travellers, but it also offers an abundance of cultural attractions and great nightlife.
Come to see its Manhattan-esque skyline alongside medieval buildings, museums and a vibrant food scene.
You can reach the city centre in minutes from the airport via bus, taxi or train (DB Rail or S-Bahn). Frankfurt has a compact centre, easy to explore on foot, or use the vast RMV transport network to reach all areas of the city.
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Neighbourhoods To See
Altstadt (Old Town): for sight-seeing
Discover historic buildings, interesting museums and traditional restaurants. Much of Frankfurt’s Old Town was restored following World War II, including Romerberg Square, Romer Rathaus and St Paul’s Church. Wander down to Fressgasse for cafés, specialist food stores and jazz clubs.
Sachsenhausen: for art lovers
Head to the Museumufer (Museum Riverbank), home to nine impressive museums. It’s tough to choose but don’t miss the Stadel Art Institute & Municipal Gallery for paintings and sculptures dating back 700+ years. Sample Frankfurt’s famous Apfelwein (apple wine) and wander the cobbled streets of the old quarter.
Bornheim: for indie atmosphere
This former red-light district is home to independent cafés, shops, bars and restaurants, including traditional cider houses. Architecture fans should visit the Holy Cross Church, a striking Modernist structure.
These 19th-century botanical gardens cover an impressive 54 acres, complete with a large palm house displaying plants from climates around the globe.
Most of the city’s medieval buildings are concentrated around Romerberg Square in the old town. Enjoy browsing the various half-timbered buildings rebuilt following World War II.
Frankfurt is known for Apfelwein, an apple wine known as Ebbelwoi by locals. Be sure to visit one of the traditional cider taverns around the city, especially in Sachsenhausen, popular with locals and tourists alike.
Head up to the public observation deck for panoramic views of the city and distant Taunus mountains from this 656ft (200m) skyscraper.
Here you’ll find a dozen museums covering everything from Jewish history to architecture, mainly on the south side of the river.
Food and Drink
Thanks to its financial centre and international inhabitants, Frankfurt offers a stack of dining options to choose from, including Michelin-starred restaurants and traditional German food. Have fun sampling those famous cider taverns, as well as indoor markets and wine bars.
Spring and Autumn | Dippemess
These folk festivals mark the changing seasons with fairground rides and market stalls for family fun.
AUGUST | Apple Wine Festival
Celebrating the city’s famous Ebbelwei drink through theatre, music, and drinking.
AUGUST | Museum Embankment Festival
Visit one of Europe’s largest cultural festivals for a banquet of visual art, plays, music, dance and more.
OCTOBER | Frankfurt Book Fair
International publishing companies come to deal at the world's largest trade fair for books.
DECEMBER | Christmas Markets
Like many German cities, Frankfurt is renowned for its Christmas markets, though seasoned market-goers consider this a cut above the others.