Shimmering skyscrapers soaring above old town squares. The juxtaposition does not jolt: Rather, Frankfurt am Main cleverly blends both medieval and modern like few European cities.
A financial powerhouse, Frankfurt attracts thousands of business travellers each year, being the location of both the German and European Central Banks, along with one of the world’s most influential stock exchanges. It also hosts large-scale trade and book fairs.
But beneath the gleaming metropolis of “Bankfurt am Main” you'll discover a traditional city that has long held onto its old world charm. Linger in cosy taverns serving 'Apfelwein' (apple wine) and hearty local cuisine. Add the numerous exhibitions, art-lined streets, parks and gardens to stroll through, and you’ll see why so many visitors are surprisingly charmed by Germany’s most international city.
- Visit MaintowerOpens external site in a new window for spectacular views across the city
- Take a stroll along the River Main and stop in at one of the many cafes for an Apfelwein
- Wander around RömerbergOpens external site in a new window - Frankfurt's old central square
- Spend a day viewing the many collections at the Staedel MuseumOpens external site in a new window
- See a show at the English TheatreOpens external site in a new window - continental Europe's largest english speaking theatre.
This city in the heart of Germany offers a mix of old and new - from the towering skyline to its quaint cobblestone laneways.
At the centre of the city this neighbourhood has some major attractions including Frankfurter Romer, Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew, Goethe HouseOpens external site in a new window (Goethehaus) and Main TowerOpens external site in a new window.
Nearby is Frankfurt's most popular shopping street 'Zeil', with its high end boutiques and international department chains. The viewing platform at Zeilgalerie shopping centre offers great views towards the city skyline and back to the Taunus Mountains.
South of the Main River you'll feel like you've been transported back in time as you're surrounded by cobblestone lanes, small squares and frame houses.
The Schweizer Platz is the heart of the area, with its tree lined square surrounded by beautiful old-style houses. Around Alte Sachsenhausen, the main pedestrian area, you'll find plenty of places to eat and drink. It gets pretty busy over the weekends as it's one of Frankfurt’s favourite nightlife spots.
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Frankfurt has a continental climate of cold winters and warm summers. The city receives a moderate amount of rainfall which is spread fairly evenly through the year. It averages a pleasant 24°C in summer (June to August), while in winter (December to February) it drops to a chilly average of 5°C.
From the airport
The easiest way to get into the city centre is by train. The S-Bahn and RMVOpens external site in a new window regional trains depart from the regional station at Terminal 1. The S-Bahn commuter lines S8 and S9 run between the airport and the city centre. Intercity trains depart from the Fernbahnhof at the AIRail Terminal.
You can also get into town using a taxi or a convenient private transferOpens external site.
In and around the city
Frankfurt has an excellent transport system - the RMVOpens external site in a new window network integrates all bus, tram, S-Bahn commuter rail and U-Bahn metro lines.
For a fun and quirky tour of Frankfurt take a ride on the Ebbelwei ExpressOpens external site in a new window - an hour long journey of both banks of the Main.
Walking and cycling are also a great ways to get around the city centre.
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