17 Jan Everything you need to know about visiting Frankfurt
One of Germany’s gems, Frankfurt spans further than just another financial hub. This universal and diverse city is thriving with culture and vibrancy with so much to do and see, you will be spoiled for choice when visiting this fantastic destination. It is a global hub for business and academics where deep-routed traditions meet 21st-century contemporary life and Frankfurt has grown to be a desirable holiday destination. Take a trip to this magical city with a skyline that showcases some of Europe’s tallest and most impressive buildings and where many parks and gardens make seeking greenery in a bustling metropolis a simple task.
Here is everything you need to know for visiting Frankfurt – from the best food spots, accommodation for all budgets and top attractions you cannot miss. Let’s get started!
What to See
Frankfurt Cathedral: One of Frankfurt’s most popular attractions is the Dom St. Bartholomew Cathedral (also known as Frankfurt Cathedral). A must see, this breath-taking 14th century, Roman Catholic church displays stunning gothic architecture and stands proud as the largest place of worship in the city. It is a symbol of the Roman Empire and an icon of Frankfurt. What makes this attraction even better is that admission is free! So, head down and have yourself a gander at this magnificent building.
Stäedel Museum: Situated on the south bank of the River Main, the incredible Stäedel Museum is a must for Frankfurt visitors. Founded in 1851, the building itself is a masterpiece which houses some of the most famed collections of art in the world that date back as far as the 7th century. Take your time as you wander around and become captivated by the unique assortment of art you will find on your journey through the museum.
Altstadt (Historical Old Town): Altstadt also known as Frankfurt’s Old Town should not be missed during your stay. This charming area of the city will transport you back in time with its gothic-style, timber frame buildings. Unfortunately, the majority of the original medieval town was destroyed during a raid in WWII. However, the city of Frankfurt has been dedicated to restoring it to its original form. Visit the Old Town for an afternoon and enjoy lunch in one of the local cafes or sip on a glass of apple wine at one of the town’s bars while basking amidst the beautiful surroundings and historic setting.
Frankfurt City Forest: There is nothing more enchanting than an area of peaceful greenery within a bustling city. Pack a picnic and escape to Frankfurt City Forest for a day of relaxation and tranquillity. You will find this hidden nirvana in the south of the city and within the forest, there are ponds, playgrounds and much more to explore. It is the perfect place to retreat to and discover nature.
Where to Stay
As a popular tourist destination, Frankfurt is full of places to stay with accommodation choices available for budget travellers to those who enjoy a little luxury. Here are a few of the top-rated accommodation choices for a variety of travellers.
The Budget Traveller: Calling all backpackers and those who enjoy traveling economically. Frankfurt can easily be done if you’re counting pennies. With cheap eat options and tonnes of free attractions around the city, you can have a memorable time without breaking the bank. When it comes to where to stay, Frankfurt Hostel is a common favourite. Its fantastic location is what makes it so appealing, with many of the city’s major attractions accessible by foot as well as being located close to the train station. With dorms and private rooms, this hostel isn’t just for backpackers. However, the party is known to get loud so don’t book here if you’re looking for somewhere quiet.
The Business Traveller: As Frankfurt is one of the top financial and business hubs in the world, millions of people travel to the city each year for work purposes. If you are lucky enough to have this wonderful destination added to your work schedule, be sure to try and pencil in some free time to explore famous sites and discover the welcoming culture. When it comes to finding accommodation that is suitable for the working visitor, Capri by Fraser is highly rated as a top business hotel. With luxury serviced apartments comprised of plenty of space and sophisticated style, this fantastic hotel also caters to its business guests with excellent facilitates such as a business centre and meeting rooms.
The Traveller who enjoys the finer things in life: Frankfurt’s diversity ensures it offers plenty of lavish choices for the traveller who enjoys a luxurious setting. The Sofitel Frankfurt Opera is the essence of first-class accommodation with elegant décor and beautifully designed rooms and suites. This magnificent hotel located in the centre of Frankfurt will please any upmarket traveller.
Where to Eat
Frankfurt boasts a diverse culinary scene that is bursting with an eclectic range of cuisine that varies from traditional German eateries to modern foodie hubs serving up the latest grub trends in the world of gastronomy. Eating your way through Frankfurt should be top of the list of things to do. Here are some of the hottest spots to score a delicious meal while in town.
Traditional: You must go for a traditional German feast while in Frankfurt. There is no better way to learn the depths of another culture than to taste it. Visit Ebbelwoi Unse for some authentic German dishes to make your taste buds come alive and lead you to fall in love with Frankfurt even more. Indulge in a delicious schnitzel or smoked sausage and wash it down with a tasty glass of apple wine – Frankfurt’s favourite drink. This cosy and traditional German restaurant is definitely a hit!
Trending: eatDOORI is making a name for itself in Frankfurt by serving up the best Indian street food in town. With two locations in the city, this super stylish restaurant will awaken your senses with an extensive menu ranging from delicious paneer to tasty chicken tikka. Be sure to try their naanwich – yes, it is just as it sounds, a naan bread sandwich! Does it get any better?
A meal with a View: Sit back, relax and take in the beautiful city sights of Frankfurt from 53 stories high at Main Tower restaurant. This impressive building is a landmark that hardly goes unnoticed in the city’s skyline and now you can dine in this within it while gazing out of the floor to ceiling windows that provide unbelievable city views.
Whatever your budget or reason for travelling to Frankfurt, it is a wonderful city that will most definitely create a memorable trip for all its visitors.
This is a guest post by Lucy, a passionate traveller who has since expanded her love of wanderlust through travel writing. Check out her page: tannedtraveler.com