Home of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Frankfurt is a major financial centre. Those that live there will tell you, however, that there are many more sides to this city on the Main River. Exciting and multicultural, Frankfurt has something for everyone.
Home to over 300 banks, it is no surprise Frankfurt is also called “Bankfurt.” This financial and business hub is also a flourishing cultural centre, however. Whether you are looking to enjoy traditional foods and apple wine, or modern international cuisine, Frankfurt has plenty to offer. Its hyper-modern skyscrapers contrast with traditional enclaves. This multicultural metropolis with a population of about 700,000 is sure to impress while also making you feel welcome.
Make sure to book your flight to Frankfurt now and you will be in the middle of all the hustle and bustle before you know it!
1. How do you get from the airport into Frankfurt’s city centre?
After your flight to Frankfurt, getting to the city from the airport (FRA) is easy. While a taxi ride will take about 20 to 30 minutes, there are also public transportation options that are just as convenient. It only takes about 15 minutes to get to the city centre using the S8 or S9 trains. Alternatively, Bus 61 leaves from Terminal 1 and will take you to the South Station (Südbahnhof) in about 40 minutes.
2. When is the best time to visit Frankfurt?
Frankfurt enjoys a moderate climate making it a great spot for vacation or for business travel year-round. The warmest months are from June to August, and it rarely goes below freezing in winter.
3. Which neighbourhoods are best for nightlife?
The Sachsenhausen neighbourhood is well known for its nightlife, with plenty of bars that also serve one of Frankfurt’s local delicacies – apple wine. The Kleine Bockenheimer Straße, known as the Jazzgasse, also features many bars that host live jazz music events. This street, steeped in music history, is where jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie played.
4. What festivals are there in Frankfurt?
Frankfurt has festivals year-round. In August, the museum embankment on the Main River transforms into one of Europe’s largest cultural celebrations, with plenty of social events, food stands with international cuisine, and arts and crafts. In spring and autumn, the Dippemess hosts its semi-annual market and fair with plenty of games and amusement rides. Finally, Frankfurt’s famous Christmas Market is something you will not want to miss in winter.
Top sites in Frankfurt
There are plenty of reasons to book a flight to Frankfurt, whether you are visiting for fun or for business. Here are our special tips to help you get started!
- Goethe House and Museum
- Römerberg (City Hall)
- Museum Embankment (Museumsufer)
Sightseeing in Frankfurt
Step back in time to the 18th century when visiting the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, one of the most celebrated poets of his time. The house has been restored to look as it did when Goethe lived there. It also features an extensive collection of 18th and 19th century art to depict Goethe’s close relationships with artists.
A Frankfurt landmark, the Römerberg is where the Frankfurt seat of government has been located since the 15th century. The Römer halls have wonderfully gabled roofs. Perhaps you will see one of the beautiful weddings taking place on their steps!
The museum embankment is where many of Frankfurt’s largest museums are located along the Main River. From art to history, science and nature, there is sure to be a museum that piques your interest. With its stunning view of the Frankfurt skyline, a stroll along the museum embankment is equally worth the visit!
Holiday with the kids
There are plenty of fun activities to do in Frankfurt that the whole family is sure to enjoy! The Senckenberg Natural History Museum is a great place for children to see impressive dinosaur skeletons as well as fascinating animals still alive today. The museum tells the story of the earth and its biodiversity, and both parents and children alike are sure to learn something new about our special planet. Another museum option for children is the Junges Museum Frankfurt (Young Museum Frankfurt), which focuses on interactive activities for the youngest members of your family.
There is nothing quite like seeing a city from above. The public observation deck in Frankfurt’s Main Tower is just the place to take advantage of this view. It is also open late so you can see Frankfurt at night with its impressive skyline lit up!
Learn more about all the exciting things there are to see and do in Frankfurt in our SWISS Travel Guide.
Traditional cuisine you have to try!
Known as Apfelwein in German or Ebbelwoi in the Hessian dialect, apple wine is something you have to try when visiting Frankfurt. Just pop into a tavern or pub and have it served in a Bembel, or decorated jug. More similar in taste to cider than to wine, apple wine is tart and sweet and is a refreshing treat especially in the summer.
Frankfurt’s traditional dish of green sauce, Grüne Soße, provides the perfect balance to apple wine. This creamy sauce gets its green colour from the seven different types of green herbs used to make it. The sauce is traditionally served with boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs and offers the perfect contrast to the sweetness of apple wine.
For those that want to get to know Frankfurt’s fresher side, the Kleinmarkthalle is just the thing. With loads of fresh regional produce as well as delicious international street food dishes, the historical market hall has something for every palate and price range.
The best of Frankfurt’s shopping
The Zeil promenade is a pedestrian zone with all the brand names and department stores you could want. For those interested in smaller boutiques, Bergerstraße is a great option. The relaxing restaurants and cafes that line Bergerstraße offer shoppers some respite after a long day of hitting the stores. Another street, Brückenstraße, features high fashion boutiques with original designs for those with more discerning tastes.