Germany City Travel Guide: Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt City Hall Romer.

[Do not confuse the city of Frankfurt am Main with Frankfurt an der Oder, located east of Berlin on the Polish border, a long way from Frankfurt am Main.]

Frankfurt Alte Oper.

Skyscrapers and traditional timbered buildings are an indication of Frankfurt's reputation as a city of contrasts.

Education and culture on one side, trade fairs on the other; the neo-marxist thinkers of "the Frankfurt School", Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Jürgen Habermas, and the city's being the seat of the European Central Bank.

The moniker "Mainhatten" is sometimes given to Frankfurt (lit. "Ford of the Franks") due to its tall buildings.

The German National Library is located in the city, befitting a city whose most famous former citizen is Goethe, as is the Institute of Social Research. Goethe Haus, where the writer was born in 1749, is now a museum. The world's biggest book fair is also held in Frankfurt in late September/early October.

Other attractions: Museum Mile on the banks of the River Main, which includes the Städelsches Kunstinstitut with a world class collection of fine art by various old masters and the Deutsches Filmmuseum, the Naturmuseum Senkenberg has a great collection of fossils and dinosaur bones, then there are the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, the Museum für Völkerkunde (Ethnological Museum), the Deutsches Postmuseum, the Museum für Kunsthandwerk (Museum of Applied Arts) and the Ikonen-Museum (Icon Museum); Paulskirche (St Paul's Church), the site of the first German parliament in 1848; the Main Tower, a skyscraper with a public viewing gallery at 200m and the gleaming twin towers of the Deutsche Bank.

Town Hall, Frankfurt, Germany.

Town Hall, Frankfurt, Germany

Römerberg is Frankfurt's main square. The traditional "Ostzeile" row of houses was rebuilt according to the original plans in 1986. The Römer is the city hall and has served this purpose since 1405. Katherinenkirche dates back to the 14th century and was consecrated as a Protestant church in 1681. The Kaiserdom or Emperor's Cathedraldates from 1239 and was the place where elections were held for emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. Ten coronations of the emperor took place here between 1562 and 1792.

Other attractions in Frankfurt include another 14th century church, the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the Hauptwache, an 18th century guard station converted into a cafe in 1904 and the 13th century Alte Nikolaikirche, a Palatine chapel that hosted the city councillors during the city's festivals.

More modern buildings are the Börse, seat of the German stock exchange with a large statue of a bull outside, the 1980s Schirn Kunsthalle and the Saalgasse row of 1980s townhouses.

Frankfurt's parks, gardens and green spaces include the Frankfurt Zoo, the Palmengarten - 20 hectares of botanical gardens and greenhouses, the English style landscaped gardens at Grüneburgpark, Ostpark, Rothschildpark, once an estate of the banking family, Holzhausenpark, Bethmannpark with its Chinese garden, Frankfurt's main cemetery Frankfurter Hauptfriedhof and the Nissagärten riverside promenade noted for its Mediterranean flora.

The many university students in Frankfurt leads to a lively nightlife scene with a varied variety of places to eat and drink to suit all budgets. Sachsenhausen is a good area to head for.

Tourists should consider purchasing the one-day or two-day Frankfurt Card, which provides unlimited travel on the city's public transport system and reductions to a variety of museums, the zoo and botanical gardens.

ECB Bank, Frankfurt, Germany.

European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany

Main Square, Frankfurt, Germany.

Römerberg is Frankfurt's main square with the Alte Nikolaikirche (St Nicholas Church) on the right

Frankfurt Tourist Offices

ECB Bank.

Hauptbahnhof, Empfangshalle 60329, Frankfurt am Main.
Tel. +49 (0) 69 21 23 88 49
Römerberg 27, 60311 Frankfurt am Main.
Tel. +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 88 00 Fax +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 78 80



Getting to Frankfurt


From outside Europe there are direct flights to Korea, India, China, Japan and North America. Frankfurt airport has two railway stations, linked by a shuttle bus service. One station is for local traffic, the other for long-distance trains.
The airport is located 12km (8 miles) southwest of the city center.
Stations at the Airport:
Frankfurt airport has two railway stations:
The Regional Train Station (platforms 1-3), open 24/7, under Terminal 1, below level 0 (Area B). From this station, S-Bahn commuter trains (lines S8 and S9) leave every 15 minutes ( 4.30am – 12.40am ) for central Frankfurt and the Hauptbahnhof (central station). Journey time: 11 minutes.
Fernbahnof long-distance train station (platforms 4-7) ( 5am – 12.30am ) located at the AIRail Terminal. It is linked via a connector building to Terminal 1. From here, a number of high-speed trains (ICE, InterCity and Eurocity) leave for national and international destinations.

Main Square, Frankfurt, Germany.

Church, Frankfurt, Germany.

Katherinenkirche (St Catherine's Church), Frankfurt


Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof.

The central station (Hauptbahnhof) is near the Frankfurt Fair (Messe) and walking distance to the Central Business District.
Frankfurt is well served by the rail network. Less than 4 hours is needed to get there from Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Basel or Amsterdam.
For trains from Frankfurt Airport, see section above (Stations at the Airport). There are lockers and places to eat in the station hall.
Frankfurt has a comprehensive public transport system with an integrated S/U-Bahn, bus and tram network. Day and weekly travel cards are available. You can phone for a taxi on 250001 or 230001.


Connections to all parts of Germany via the autobahn. Buses leave from south of the main station. The A3 Autobahn from Cologne and the Netherlands intersects with the A5 Autobahn from Dresden, which then heads south to Heidelberg, Freiburg and into France.

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Accommodation in Frankfurt

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Eating in Frankfurt

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Drinking in Frankfurt

The Sachsenhausen area of the city is a pleasant place to eat and drink in Frankfurt. The Römer area near the cathedral has a variety of traditional German pubs and outside seating.

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Local football teams

Eintracht Frankfurt.

Eintracht Frankfurt
Bundesliga Champions: 1958/59
German Cup Winners: 1973/74; 1974/75; 1980/81; 1987/88
Uefa Cup: 1979/80 Their home Waldstadion seats 48,000 and is being completely renewed for the World Cup.

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