I went to Frankfurt two years ago on a little mini tour of Germany I was on. I didn’t really know what I was doing – I kind of just looked at a map and went to the places I’d heard of. Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg – well, that was it.
I was in Frankfurt for the weekend when I went, which I think was just about the right amount of time. With so many cheap flights over there, Frankfurt is the perfect weekend trip for any Brit looking to stay clear of the biggest European cities.
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– Photo by Carsten Frenzl
1. There’s not loads to do
I’m starting to see that as a positive. You know when you go to the big cities and there’s just so much to see and do in a weekend or week it can be totally overwhelming? Yeah, Frankfurt isn’t like that. Of course there are plenty of things to do in Frankfurt, but not too many that you need to make any kind of scary itinerary to fit them all in.
In Frankfurt you can chill out wandering round the sights and the shops and just enjoying whatever attraction comes your way.
2. Cool day trips nearby
Frankfurt Airport is a huge hub for Germany. There are some really cool places to see not far from the city. Hire a car at Frankfurt Airport and go on a road trip to explore the Rhine River Valley and its UNESCO World Heritage area. Or you could check out the wineries and castles on the way to the romantic Heidelberg Castle. And if you’re up for some action and adventure get yourself to Bavaria’s majestic Black Forest, just 3 hours’ drive away.
3. To go sightseeing
– Photo by Markus Jachse
The quick list of things to see in Frankfurt includes:
- The Römerberg – Frankfurt’s Old Town Center
- Senckenberg Natural History Museum – located in the Senckenberg Gardens
- Goethe House and Museum – birthplace of Germany’s greatest writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Art City – the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art
- The Old Opera House – one of the most important concert venues
- Bartholomew’s Cathedral – 95 meters of Gothic style sandsstone
- The Palm Garden – the largest botanic garden in Germany
- The Eschenheimer Tower – relic from Frankfurt’s old town walls
4. To look up
Frankfurt is the business district of Germany, with huge skyscrapers lining the streets. Trade fairs, banking events and other finance dealings take place here, and it’s also home to the world’s largest stock exchange. It’s sometimes known as ‘Mainhattan’ thanks to the River Main running through it. Tedious link.
Find a roof garden to get high and admire the skyline from above. At the Commerzbank Tower you can admire the view from the 56th floor.
5. To eat and drink
– Photo by Maria Claudia
Of course, being a German city you’ll find the traditional wursts, stews and hearty fare in Frankfurt, but more uniquely Frankfurt is home to applewine houses – known as Ebbelwoi taverns. Made from fermented apples its 5% alcohol and said to help a whole host of ailments. Try it and see (good luck).
If that’s not your thing you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a beer garden in every neighbourhood, serving a whole range of locally brewed beers it’d just be rude not to try.
Bethmännchen, biscuits with marzipan in the centre and almond slices on the outside (above), are also native to Frankfurt.
6. To go shopping
Frankfurt is a great place for a spot of shopping, thanks to the boutique style areas of the Bornheim, Bockenheim and Sachsenhausen districts.
If it’s the familiarity and prices of High Street shopping you prefer, there’s always Zeig Street and the Hauptwache Central Square. Make sure to check out the quaint medieval Altstadt (old city) for trinkets, souvenirs, and a few of those Ebbelwoi taverns I told you about.