Frankfort is the financial capital of Germany and the fifth largest city in the country. It is also very international with nearly one out of three inhabitants that do not have German nationality. The hometown of Goethe is a unique mixture of cultures and languages.
With its skyscrapers and its river “Main”, Frankfurt is also called “Main-Hattan”. It is also an important scientific and cultural center. There are research institutes, a university, an opera house, theaters and an increasing number of museums.
For many travelers, Frankfurt is the Europe gateway.
We recommend that you go on top the Main Tower.
It is a skyscraper opened to public. You can admire the whole city if the weather allows it. Enjoy the stunning view! Admission is from € 6.60 per adult and you can also grab a snack in the restaurant of the tower.
Then, visit The Römerberg. In 1405, The Römerberg also called “Mount of the Romans” was the historic heart of Frankfurt. Now, there is the Town Hall and the fountain of Justice in the middle. From this place, carry on walking to the Eiserner Steg Bridge, cross the Main and stroll along the river.
We also love the Hauptwache. The place is famous for its different architectural styles (Baroque and post second world war). Its main building was built in 1730 and was used by the militia, then as a prison and also as a police station. The place now has a lower terrace leading to an underground pedestrian area with shops and to a public transport stations.
To drink “Apfelwein” and “Ebbelwoi”, head to the Sachsenhausen district near the “Frankensteiner Platz”. You can find the best and oldest cider taverns along the cobblestone streets. Start your evening there! The neighborhood is very alive.
The Goethe House (Goethe-Haus)
Frankfurt is the hometown of the most important German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). Although Goethe’s house was destroyed during the Second World War, it was completely rebuilt, identical with the original furniture, paintings and books from the Goethe family. An exhibition presents the life of the Goethe family in Frankfurt in the 18th century and the works of the poet. You can visit the study where Goethe wrote “The Sorrows of Young Werther”. The address is Grosser Hirschgraben 23, 60311 Frankfurt.
For museum lovers we recommend Das Museum für Moderne Kunst, The Modern Art Museum. It has fantastic collections and the building was designed by the Viennese architect Hans Hollein. Its dimensions represent a vessel and it is also called the “piece of cake” by local people because of its triangular shape. It is famous for its extensive art collection, which includes artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter. Admission is from € 12.
Finally, on the south bank also called “Museumsufer” do not miss the Deutsches Filminstitut and the Stadel Museum. There is a flea market every Saturday mornings.