Frankfurt - A Cosmopolitan German City
Frankfurt is the busiest city in Germany and the largest city in the financial state of Hesse. Known for its futuristic skyline and modern amenities, Frankfurt holidays are ideal for anyone looking to enjoy an exciting city break. Situated on the banks of the river main, Frankfurt is the financial capital of Continental Europe and home of the European central bank. Many people travel to the city on business trips or to attend the many prestigious trade shows that take place each year including the Frankfurt Auto Show and the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Frankfurt skyline is one of the most famous in the world with plenty of huge sky scrapers that look spectacular when illuminated at night. Whether you choose to stay in the city centre or in one of the smaller neighbourhoods such as Bockenheim, Frankfurt offers a wide range of holiday experience with something to suit all tastes and budgets.
Frankfurt hotels range from luxury to basic depending on your needs. Many of the larger, city centre hotels get booked up quite early in the year due to business travellers therefore it is wise to plan your trip in advance. Many tourists choose to stay just outside of the city centre in nearby towns such as Mainza where the rates are substantially cheaper. Getting around Frankfurt could not be easier; the city has excellent connectivity between railways, motorways and airports along with an easy to use subway system called the U-Bahn. Frankfurt Airport is one of the largest in the world and also one of the busiest, transfer times to hotels are very quick depending on traffic therefore you can start enjoying your Frankfurt holidays in no time.
Frankfurt - Sightseeing and Attractions
There is a wide range of activities and attractions to enjoy during Frankfurt vacations. One of the most iconic sights is the unique skyline; the city boasts some of the tallest buildings in Europe including the Commerzbank tower. The majority of the high rise buildings are concentrated in one small area which is known by many as ‘Mainhattan’. Another popular sightseeing spot is Römerberg, the oldest district in downtown Frankfurt. The area houses many buildings and a 14th century church that was rebuilt after World War II. The main square in Römerberg is lined with cafes, shops and a large town hall. Many tourists choose to take advantage of the organised tours around the city. The tours take visitors around the many historical monuments within the city including the ancient Roman ruins at the Archäologische Garten and the 12th century Nikolaikirche church. The gothic style cathedral is another popular tourist spot along with the Eiserner Steg, an iron bridge that offers fantastic views of the iconic skyline.
A holiday in Frankfurt would not be the same without a trip to the Old Opera house in the centre of the city, the building is not used for opera shows anymore however there are many concerts and events that take place throughout the year. One of the most important buildings in Frankfurt is the Börse, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange which is still in use and allows visitors to enjoy guided tours around the building when booked in advance.
Shopping in Frankfurt is ideal for anyone looking to pick up some fantastic bargains. Many of the main hotels in Frankfurt are close to the large shopping street known as the Zeil which is one of the more frequented shopping areas in Europe. Expect to find everything from designer labels to souvenir shops within the city centre, with something to suit all holiday budgets.
Frankfurt - Nightlife and Cuisine
There are hundreds of restaurants and cafes all around the city offering everything from local to international cuisine. A holiday in Frankfurt would not be the same without sampling some of the many delicious delicacies including the staple Frankfurt dish, Bratwurst. One of the best areas for dining is the Fressgass, which translates into the ‘eating road’. There is a Fressgass Festival that takes place each year which offers a range of food stands, music acts and traditional German beer, a fantastic event that allows tourists to learn more about the tastes of the city. Visitors can expect to find many restaurants around the city offering dishes from around the world; popular cuisines include Italian, French and Chinese.
The nightlife in Frankfurt is varied with many bars and nightclubs that stay open until the early hours. If you are looking for a holiday to Frankfurt full of vibrant evening entertainment, the Alt-Sachsenhausen is famous for its traditional German bars serving the ‘national drink’ Ebbelwoi. Another well known nightlife area is Bornheim which offers a range of sophisticated cocktail bars and nightclubs including the famous Cocoon Club.
Frankfurt - Weather and Climate
The best time to enjoy Frankfurt holidays is from late spring to early autumn. The peak summer months boast the highest temperatures reaching the high twenties throughout July and August. The temperatures have been known to reach the high thirties during the summer which is ideal for anyone looking to explore the city whilst picking up a great summer tan. Outside of the peak holiday season the Frankfurt flights are often cheaper especially during the winter months, there is a high chance of rain during the winter period however the temperatures do not typically go below -10° C.