Immerse yourself in the 1,200-year history of the Main metropolis. Countless sightseeing attractions serve to highlight both the former and the current importance of Frankfurt am Main. The city stands for innovation and development, and it is a place where trends are set and ideas become reality. Frankfurt's architecture ranks among the most modern in all of Europe. Trendy bars, pubs, up-and-coming fashion labels and a booming creative industry mirrors Frankfurt zeitgeist.
Frankfurt's significance as a bustling international trade and finance location dates back to the Middle Ages. Today, the city is a popular shopping paradise, offering a colourful range of products and services for every taste and every pocketbook.
The city also has a warm and cosy side: rest and recuperate at one of the traditional apple wine pubs of Old Sachsenhausen, visit one of the 48 beautiful parks and gardens or stroll along the river Main, Frankfurt's majestic water-way, which meanders gracefully through the heart of the city.
Frankfurt am Main, the bustling metropolis in the heart of Europe, is known for its unusual contrasts: historical attractions, as the Römerberg with its half-timbered houses, the Emperors' Cathedral or St Paul's Church, are just a stone's throw away from the unique skyline, extraordinary cultural offers, a real shopping eldorado and numerous events throughout the year, which make Frankfurt the perfect destination for an exciting city break.
Whether it’s an award-winning gourmet restaurant, a trendy eatery, international cuisine or a traditional apple wine pub, Frankfurt has something for every taste.
Classics include, amongst others, the famous apple wine, which is served in a "bembel" (a blue-grey stoneware jug) and drunk from a special ribbed glass. Apple wine pubs typically serve the popular beverage with frankfurters, green sauce or "handkäs mit musik", little round cheeses marinated in vinegar and chopped onions. Most of the traditional apple wine taverns are located in Sachsenhausen.
The Freßgass', the city's culinary main street, offers a wide range of cafes, restaurants, bistros and delis lining both sides of the street.
In Frankfurt, many different food markets take place during the week. Several parts of the city have their own market, which is organised at least once a week. There, you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and dairy produce, flowers and many other products.
Frankfurt is well-known for its apple cider, the "Äppelwoi," so do not miss the city's famous cider pubs. You can easily find a place to try the famous drink or maybe just an ordinary, nice cup of coffee together with a traditional Frankfurter Kranz, a buttercream filled cake which originated from Frankfurt am Main.
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Frankfurt has a highly diversified range of offers available during the evening hours as well, so think about discovering the Main metropolis from one of its many sky-high lounges, a stylish piano bar, or by way of a concert at one of the city's many clubs.
Good places to spend your evening with a drink are Sachsenhausen, with its many bars and pubs, and the trendy station district, where a lot of new, modern and creative bars and clubs have opened during the last years.
There are fun shops in most areas of Frankfurt, but the most popular shopping area is in the centre of the city. The main pedestrian street Zeil offers two classic department stores, Kaufhof and Karstadt. This is also where you will find the MyZeil and the UpperZeil malls.
If you are looking for Gucci, Escada, Versace and other luxury brands, your best bet is to head for Goethestraße, a more exclusive version of Zeil.
In the Sachsenhausen area, south of the river Main, is a more charming shopping area that caters to younger people.
Those who are looking for funkier shopping should go to the Bornheim area. Bergerstraße has exciting design, fashion and vintage shops.
Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country.
International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Flughafen Frankfurt Airport
Flughafen Frankfurt Airport is located twelve kilometres from the city centre. It is the second largest airport in Europe. At the airport you can find both a regional train station and a long-distance train station. Local trains conveniently connect the airport with the city’s main railway station. There is also a large number of buses and shuttles to get to and from the airport. You can find them outside Terminal 1 and 2. Taxis and car rental companies are represented at the airport.
Address: Flughafen Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt
Phone: +49 1806 37 24 636
The Hahn Airport, which also serves Frankfurt, is located 110 kilometres to the west of the city. Buses depart from the main terminal for the 1 hour 45 minute journey. Tickets are available on board. Taxis and car rental companies are represented at the airport. You will find the taxi stands in front of the terminal.
Taxi am Hahn
+49 65 43 35 14
+49 65 43 20 10
Address: Hahn Airport, Frankfurt
Phone: +49 65 43 50 92 00
Best Time to Visit
From late spring (April to May) to early autumn (including summer) is the best time to visit Frankfurt. This is when the city enjoys mild temperatures and sunny days, and when trees are in full bloom making it a pleasure to explore the city on foot. The summer is normally warm, at about 25°C and this is the peak season when to expect a lot of tourists, fairs, outdoor events and festivals.
From mid-September to mid-October the city gets ready for the beautiful golden autumn. To get a good look at the spectacular autumn colours, head to one of Frankfurt’s sky-high towers and soak in the sight. Oktoberfest is also held in Frankfurt, it might not be as big as in Munich, but it is a celebration that kicks off mid-September and goes through the first week of October with plenty of exciting events, beer, food and music.
If you are into Christmas markets then December is the period to visit Frankfurt: this is when the city hosts one of Germany’s largest Christmas markets.
Frankfurt's local transport consists of commuter trains, streetcars, buses and an underground system. The Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main - or Frankfurt Transport Authority (VGF) - is Frankfurt's main public transport operator. The public transit system in Frankfurt is also part of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) who is the operator of one of Germany's largest public transport networks.
There are several types of tickets to buy whether you are a day guest or travelling in a group. Tickets can be bought from four sales outlets of VGF, (Hauptwache, Konstablerwache, Bornheim Mitte underground station, Höchst station) including from ticket machines, card-o-mat machines and at numerous private sales outlets. You can also get your ticket on the bus. Weekly, monthly and annual tickets can be ordered online. Tourists can also purchase a "Frankfurt Card" with unlimited travel, discounts at museums and guided city tours. The card is available at visitor information centres, travel agencies, the main train station and the airport.
Information about public transport at night: www.rmv.de/c/de/linien-netze/streckennetz/nachtverkehre/nachtverkehr-frankfurtrheinmain/
More Information: www.vgf-ffm.de
Taxis are usually beige Mercedes cars that can be hailed on the street. Tipping is accepted at 10-15% of the final fare.
Main Taxi Frankfurt:
Phone: +49 69 73 30 30
Look for the yellow signs with the post office name on them - "Deutsche Post AG".
Address: Goetheplatz 6, Frankfurt
Phone: +49 228 43 33 111
You can easily find a pharmacy in Frankfurt.
Apotheke an der Hauptwache:
Address: Schillerstraße 4, Frankfurt
Phone: +49 69 91 30 700
Country code: 49
Area code: 69