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Blick auf die Skyline von Frankfurt, Bild: Rudy Balasko / shutterstock

Frankfurt am Main – more than just a cool banking metropolis

Frankfurt am Main, the largest city in Hesse and the fifth largest in Germany, is a city of contrasts. Tradition meets modernity, culture meets business, cosiness meets busyness. International trade fairs, financial transactions and important cultural events contribute to the cosmopolitan character of the city as well as the convenient and central location in the heart of Germany. Frankfurt Airport is one of the most important aviation hubs in the world, and Frankfurt Central Station is even the most important transport hub in the whole of Germany. This makes Frankfurt one of the most liveable cities in Germany.

Frankfurt is the only city in Germany to have an impressive skyline that is reminiscent of New York . It is characterized by numerous high-rise buildings and modern skyscrapers in the city center. Especially in the glow of the evening sun, when the mirrored facades shine in the sun and are reflected in the Main, this is an impressive sight that is often and gladly photographed.

Fountains of Justice
The Fountain of Justice at the Römer, Image: Pigprox / shutterstock

Frankfurt scores with many unique sights. The Römerberg with the lovingly restored old town is the architectural highlight of the city and an important tourist attraction. Nearby is also St. Paul’s Church, where the German National Assembly was held in 1848. Relaxation and an interesting cultural experience are combined on a stroll along the banks of the Main. 15 museums along the waterfront invite you to visit and explore. Just a short walk away is the Goethe House, the former residence of the family of perhaps the city’s most famous son, which has been converted into a museum.

Sport and fun

Sports enthusiasts have a wide range of opportunities to pursue their hobby in Frankfurt. The Rebstockbad is the largest indoor pool in the city and one of the most visited pools in Germany. With various slides, whirlpools, sauna areas and numerous other attractions, it is a wellness oasis in the middle of the city.

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Zoo Frankfurt
The entrance to Frankfurt Zoo, Image: Rainer Lesniewski / shutterstock

In winter, the ice rink offers winter sports enthusiasts plenty of space to skate and relax at the bar on 9000 m², and numerous events and important sporting events also take place here. The Commerzbank Areana is one of the ten largest football stadiums in the country. In addition to the stadium, the facility includes numerous other sports facilities, including a tennis and beach volleyball facility as well as a swimming pool and much more. Of course, the games of the local football club Eintracht Frankfurt also take place here.

A slightly surreal experience is a game of mini golf in the dark. For most golfers, it’s a new experience to play amidst neon colors and black light. If you are looking for even more action, one of the climbing halls is recommended. Here, active athletes can prove their fitness on climbing walls of different levels of difficulty.

Going out in Frankfurt

Sachsenhausen
Sachsenhausen, Image: Sanga Park / shutterstock

Night owls and party-goers will find numerous entertainment and nightlife options for every taste in Frankfurt.

Sachsenhausen is THE nightlife district of the city. Tourists and locals alike are drawn to the district south of the Main and the quaint pubs located here. Here you can get the tasty “Ebbelwoi” (apple wine) and “Handkäs’ mit Musik”. This sour milk cheese, dressed with onions, vinegar and oil, is a typical Frankfurt specialty, as is the “Grie Soß'”, which consists of seven herbs. It is almost always served with potatoes and hard-boiled eggs.

In Frankfurt’s trendy Bornheim district, there is also a multifaceted gastronomic offer. Cozy, typical Frankfurt restaurants can be found here as well as hip burger shops, inexpensive Asian snacks or restaurants with vegan offerings.

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Around the main train station, Frankfurt shows its international side. Turkish greengrocers, Moroccan butchers, Chinese restaurants, African hairdressers and Indian tailors live peacefully side by side here, contributing to the city’s typically multicultural flair.

Frankfurt Christmas Market
The traditional Christmas market in Frankfurt, Image: S.Borisov / shutterstock

Near the train station is also the Tanzhaus West, one of the hottest techno clubs in this city. Friends of Latin American music will get their money’s worth in the Chango, which is directly opposite the train station. The largest Latin disco in Hesse is dedicated to the South American attitude to life and its music.
The Batschkapp is a true institution. It was opened in 1976 and is still the right address for rock and alternative music today. The Brotfabrik, located in the Hausen district, still breathes some of the revolutionary spirit of the 68 years, concerts are held here, but also discos, readings and other cultural events.

Shopping in Frankfurt

Frankfurt is an excellent shopping address. Along the Zeil, the main shopping street in the city center, there are numerous department stores, boutiques and for all tastes. Goethestraße, not far from the Zeil, is a first-class address for high-priced designer fashion from international luxury labels. But also on Berger Straße or Leipziger Straße you will find a variety of attractive shopping opportunities for every budget and for every taste, from department stores to small owner-managed fashion stores.