25 Best Things to Do in Frankfurt (Germany) - The Crazy Tourist (2023)

Germany’s big financial centre is a city of many sides. The central business district, Bankenviertel, captures your attention right away and has all ten of the tallest skyscrapers in the country. Opposite that sci-fi cityscape is the Museumsufer, an entire neighbourhood of museums that could keep you fascinated and entertained for days.

Frankfurt also has a city centre bursting with sights like the church that held Germany’s first democratic parliament, and the childhood home of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Under the gaze of those skyscrapers are fun-loving neighbourhoods like Sachsenhausen, where taverns serve traditional Apfelwein and there’s always something going on at night.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Frankfurt:

1. Museumsufer

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Grouped together on both sides of the River Main is a cluster of 12 museums in an area known as the Museumsufer (Museum Embankment). Most are on the left bank (south side). There are museums for film, art, architecture, communication and ethnography, to name a handful, and we’ll deal with many of them in more detail later.

The Museumsufer is a recent idea, having been developed in the 1980s and 1990s.

Some museums moved into patrician houses while others had eye-catching venues built for them by eminent architects like O.M. Ungers and Richard Meier.

On the last weekend of August the Museumsiferfest happens on the embankment, bringing later opening hours, multi-passes, outdoor music and dance performances, and a two-day dragon boat regatta on the Main.

2. Städel Museum

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One of Germany’s top cultural attractions, the Städel Museum has recently been named German Museum of the Year following an extension for contemporary art in 2012. The museum was founded in 1815 when the banker Johann Friedrich Städel donated an invaluable collection of old masters to the city.

The current museum building was designed in a palatial Gründerzeit style in 1878 and within there’s a marvellous array of painting from the 1300s to the present.

Think Botticelli, Rembrandt, Hieronymus Bosch, Vermeer and van Eyck.

For later movements like Romanticism, Impressionism and Expressionism you’ll find paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, Degas and Kirchner.

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3. Main Tower

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In Frankfurt’s ever-growing forest of skyscrapers there’s still only one tower with a public viewing platform.

The 200-metre Main Tower opened in the year 2000 and is the fourth-tallest building in the city, which also makes it the fourth-tallest in Germany.

And being on the east side of the Bankenviertel there’s a clean view from the top over the Altstadt and the Main.

On Fridays and Saturdays the observation deck is open a little later (until 21:00 in winter and 23:00 in summer), so you come up in the evening to see Frankfurt in lights.

The tower was designed by Schweger und Meyer, and in the foyer are two pieces of modern art: A video installation by Bill Viola and a mosaic on the wall by Stephan Huber.

4. Goethe House and Museum

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The German polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born at the fine corbelled house on 23 Großer Hirschgraben in 1749. It’s a medieval dwelling that had been updated with a Rococo facade and interior just before Goethe’s parents moved in.

Goethe lived here until the age of 16 and returned for long spells in between stints studying in Leipzig and Strasbourg.

In that time he wrote The Sorrows of Young Werther, and after being damaged in the war the house has been restored to how it would have looked when Goethe lived here.

The interior is furnished with contemporary artefacts like an astronomical clock that he admired and belonged to a family friend.

Attached to the house is a museum of Romantic art, appropriate for the youthful Goethe’s “Sturm und Drang” period.

5. Frankfurt Cathedral

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When Germany was united in the 19th century, Frankfurt Cathedral took on special meaning because of its historical importance in the days of the Holy Roman Empire.

The cathedral was begun in the 1300s and 1400s in the Gothic style, and has been faithfully rebuilt twice: Once after a fire in 1867 and then in the 1950s after the war.

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This former collegiate church was awarded the title of “cathedral” in 1562 when it started hosting the coronation ceremonies for the Holy Roman Kings.

Ten kings were crowned at this very place from 1562 to 1792, and even before then the imperial elections were held in the church from 1356. Look out for the 14th-century choir stalls, the Baroque Assumption Altar and the 15th-century fresco of the life of Mary in the southern transept.

6. Römerberg

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The quaintest square in the city is walled by photogenic medieval houses, a church and historic administrative buildings.

The one that will grab your attention is the Römer, the middle of a group of three gabled buildings housing Frankfurt’s city hall since 1405. The neighbouring “Goldener Schwan” building was also annexed, as the council decided to move into houses that were already standing instead of constructing one from scratch.

In front is the Renaissance Fountain of Justice, dating to 1543, and on the opposite side of the square stands the 15th-century Old St Nicholas Church, which is incredibly came through the war without major damage.

Most of the handsome half-timbered houses to the east and west have bar and restaurant terraces on their ground floors for an Apfelwein and pretzel.

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7. Palmengarten

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Opened in 1871, Frankfurt’s botanical garden sweeps across 22 hectares, where plant species from all parts of the globe are displayed in greenhouses or the open-air.

The specimens are organised according to their region: One glass pavilion contains a sub-Arctic landscape, while there’s a tropicarium for rainforest and two separate structures for the desert environment.

Some of these are from the 1980s while others go back to the 19th century and were restored after the park was returned to the city’s hands in the 1960s.

There are exhibitions and performances in the historic Festsaal, while Jazz im Palmengarten is the world’s oldest open-air jazz festival, going back to 1959.

8. Eiserner Steg

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Spanning the River Main between the centre of the city and the Sachsenhausen area, Frankfurt’s iron footbridge has had an eventful 150 years since it was completed in 1869. It has been rebuilt twice, the first time in 1912 when the Main was made navigable to larger boats, and again after the Nazis blew it up in the last days of the Second World War.

There’s an elegance in the bridge’s metal frame, and the best time to cross is late in the day when the low sun illuminates the high-rise towers in the Bankenviertel.

The Eiserner Steg has also been taken over by the fashion for love locks, which are fastened to every available surface.


9. Mainkai

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On both banks of the Main there’s a band of parkland at the waterfront, planted with lawns, flowerbeds and pollarded trees.

On sunny days in summer you’ll pass families taking picnics, while in the evenings offices there are large crowds relaxing and chatting over beers.

The best photographs can be taken from the left bank just east of the Museumufer, where the skyscrapers rear up on the opposite bank.

Be sure to come by when the sun’s going down or at night when the Bankenviertel is lit up.

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10. St Paul’s Church

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On Paulsplatz, St Paul’s Church is a building of great significance, not just for Frankfurt but Germany as a nation.

It began as a Lutheran church in 1789 and was designed with a circular plan according to the protestant principles of the time, ensuring that every member of the congregation could hear the sermon.

In 1848 that round format made St Paul’s the ideal seat for the first democratically elected parliament in Germany.

And in turn, this would form the basis for German constitution.

Parliament meetings only lasted for a year before religious services returned, but the church’s place in history was sealed as a symbol of freedom and the birthplace of German democracy.

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11. Senckenberg Natural History Museum

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If you have a child currently going through his or her dinosaur phase, Germany’s second largest natural history museum needs to be on the agenda.

There are anatomically up-to-date, life-sized models of dinosaurs welcoming you at the entrance, and inside are fossils of a triceratops, iguanodon, t-rex, diplodocus, parasaurolophus and a psittacosaurus.

There’s much more to see apart from dinosaurs, like an enormous catalogue of animal specimens that includes a quagga, a species of zebra extinct since the 1880s.

You can also view a cast of Lucy, a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of an australopithecus afarensis a close ancestor to modern humans.

12. Old Sachsenhausen

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For hundreds of years the district of Sachsenhausen was a village distinct from the rest of Frankfurt, but still granted the protection of the city’s enormous ring of walls.

The fertile left bank of the Main was given over to farming.

And when the climate became a little cooler in the Little Ice Age, apple orchards replaced vineyards, and from the 18th century the bars in the quarter started serving cider (Aplfelwein). One of the perennial must-dos in the Frankfurt is to cross the Eisener Steg for a jaunt around the cobblestone streets in Sachsenhausen.

Pop into an Apfelweinkneipe for a glass of cider and a plate of green sauce (we’ll explain later!), in a neighbourhood that buzzes with party-goers on weekend evenings.

13. Hauptwache

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At Frankfurt’s geographical centre and a busy transport hub, Hauptwache is as good a place as any to sample daily life in Frankfurt.

The plaza is at the western end of the Zeil, Frankfurt’s long pedestrianised shopping street, brimming with high street chains and big German department stores like Karstadt.

At the heart of the Hauptwache is the structure that gave the square its name.

The Baroque Hauptwache building dates to 1730 and was a barracks for the city’s Stadtwehr militia, at a time when Frankfurt was a free city-state.

Since those days it has been a prison and a police station, and now houses a much-loved cafe.

14. Schirn Kunsthalle

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If you know you’ve got a trip to Frankfurt coming up, one of the first things to do is check what’s on at the Schirn Kunsthalle.

Designed in the 1980s, the hall is the main venue for temporary art exhibitions in Frankfurt, and the standard is superb.

The Kunsthalle is in an international network and collaborates with the Pompidou Centre, the Guggenheim Museum, New York’s MoMa, Moscow’s Hermitage and Britain’s Tate Gallery.

There have been celebrated retrospectives for Munch, Giacometti, Frida Kahlo and Marc Chagall, as well as more specific exhibitions on anything from Matisse’s collages to the art of Paris during the Belle Époque.

15. Berger Straße

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While Zeil is all about chain stores and malls, Berger Straße has a bit more character.

The street begins by Bethmannpark on the east side of the Innenstadt and heads northeast for almost three kilometres into the Bornheim neighbourhood.

The lower part of the street, closest to Frankfurt’s centre, is full of family-owned shops and stylish, one-of-a-kind boutiques, all a world away from the Bankenviertel.

In between the shops are independent restaurants and quirky bars, at possibly the best neighbourhood in Frankfurt for nightlife.

16. Deutsches Filmmuseum

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The German Film Museum approaches its subject from a few different angles.

The exhibitions handle broad topics like the technological origins and development of cinema, tracing its invention in 1895 through the advent of sound in the 1930s into the 21st century.

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For budding moviemakers, the museum also breaks down exactly how a director is able to tell a story in this medium.

There are regular in-depth exhibitions on important figures from film history; Kubrick, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Romy Schneider have all featured.

And finally, there’s a cinema screening artistically significant films and classics.

Silent movies are accompanied by a live performance on a Wurlitzer pipe organ.

17. Frankfurt Zoo

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Germany’s second oldest zoo dates to 1858 and is open 365 days a year.

The location is 11 hectares of landscaped parkland to the east of the Innenstadt.

It’s all an environment for 4,500 animals from more than 500 different species.

Like the best zoos, the attraction is constantly improving, adding “Ukumari-Land” a great new space for its Andean spectacled bears, looking like a real canyon.

The zoo also has preservation at a guiding principle and participates in breeding programmes for seven species.

When you come make sure to plan your day around the various feeding times, which bring you closer to crocodiles, penguins and seals.

18. Liebieghaus

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On the riverfront in the Museumsufer, the Liebieghaus is a sumptuous 19th-century villa containing a sculpture museum.

The Liebieghaus was commissioned by the textile magnate Baron Von Libieg as a retirement home in the 1890s.

Not long after he died the building was acquired by the city and turned into a museum.

It now holds the sculpture collection for Frankfurt’s Städtische Galerie, which was hand-picked at the start of the 20th century to provide an overview of more than 5,000 years of sculpture.

The exhibits are a delightful mixture, jumping from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, to the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical styles.

There are calvaries, an Ancient Greek discus-thrower, Romanesque heads, a marble statue of Athena and fragments from Gothic tombs.

19. Grüneburgpark

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Between the Goethe University and the Palmengarten is one of Frankfurt’s favourite spots to meet up, hang out and relax.

When the weather’s good the Grüneburgpark’s endless lawns are decked with groups of students from the university, and families on days out.

The 30-hectare English-style park was designed in 1877 on land that once belonged to the Rothschild family.

Before then it had been in the hands of the banker Peter Heinrich von Bethmann Metzler, and his guests included Goethe and the writer Bettina von Arnim.

Look for the Korean Garden with two pagodas, laid out to coincide with the 2005 Frankfurt Book Fair

20. Museum Angewandte Kunst

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Frankfurt’s museum of applied arts is in a mesmerising building by the American architect Richard Meier.

In the 1980s he created a bright, airy gallery, inspired by Le Corbusier’s International Style, taking up the grounds of the Neoclassical Villa Metzler and attached to it via a footbridge.

Inside there are European textiles, paintings, furniture and porcelain from the 1100s to the 2000s, as well as beautiful pieces from the Neat East, China and Japan.

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The museum puts an accent on certain periods and movements, like the Baroque and Art Nouveau, and entire rooms in the Villa Metzler have been decorated in a given style.

21. Eschenheimer Turm

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Very little of Frankfurt’s titanic medieval wall has made it to the 21st century: It was mostly pulled down at the start of the 1800s when the defences were modernised.

The ten-storey Eschenheimer Turm, guarding the northern wall, was also up for demolition.

But in the end it was spared and became a monument, against the wishes of the Comte d’Hédouville, ambassador of the occupying French forces.

The tower, erected at the start of the 15th century, is the oldest unchanged landmark in Frankfurt and was designed by Madern Gerthener, who also worked on the cathedral.

Just for that reason it’s worth a detour, even if you can’t go inside unless you get a table at the posh restaurant now based here.

22. Klassikstadt

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To visit this unforgettable classic car attraction you’ll need catch an RB or RE train east to the industrial area close to Frankfurt-Mainkur station.

In the atmospheric confines of a former clinker brick factory there’s a restoration facility for privately owned prestige cars.

You can peek over the shoulder of experienced craftsmen and engineers, servicing engines, fixing instruments and stitching leather fittings.

The line up of Porches, BMWs, Jaguars, Mercedes and many more brands is a real treat, and to show how seriously the Klassikstadt takes its business, they’re stored in glass cases to regulate humidity.

Also at the Klassikstadt are dealerships for Aston Martin, McLaren and Lamborghini so if you’re a car enthusiast you may need to cancel any plans for the rest of the day.

23. Green Sauce (Grüne Soße)

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There’s nothing elegant about the old Hessian speciality, green sauce, but you do have to give this condiment a try when you’re in Frankfurt as it’s delicious.

The sauce has a thick consistency and an egg base, and that green tone comes from its seven fresh herbs: Parsley, borage, chervil, chives, burnet, cress and sorrel.

Green sauce always comes with boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs.

Apparently it was also Goethe’s favourite dish, so you’ll be in good company.

24. Apfelwein (Ebbelwoi)

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The only true pairing for a serving of green sauce is a glass of tart Apfelwein, which despite the name, is best compared to cider.

Apfelwein has been the drink of choice at Frankfurt’s taverns (Kneipen) for more than 250 years.

And like best traditional drinks, Apfelwein has its own paraphernalia: It will be brought to you in a Bembel, a stoneware pitcher painted with filigree patterns, and is poured into a glass with a ribbed pattern, known as a Gerippte.

You’ll also be handed a Deckelchen, a small wooden disc to keep flying insects out of your glass.

And as for the flavour, well it’s both refreshing and sour, and cuts through the creaminess of the green sauce.

If you really catch the Apfelwein bug there’s a tourist train serving the best taverns in summer.

25. Kleinmarkthalle

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Close to the Zeil shopping street is a hangar-like indoor market that toes the line between a traditional fresh produce market and a cosmopolitan food experience.

There are 156 stalls trading every day of the week except Sunday, so you can feast your eyes on the best cheese, meat, vegetables, fruit, confectionery, bread and pastries from the region.

And appropriately for a city as multicultural as Frankfurt the market has dozens of places to pick up Turkish, Spanish and Italian specialities: Make a lunchtime visit for tapas, a panini, oysters, bratwurst and much more at the bars above the main hall.

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FAQs

What is Frankfurt best known for? ›

The city is traditionally known for its production of high-quality sausages (frankfurters). Frankfurt has long been a key stopping point for river, rail, and road traffic from Switzerland and southern Germany northward along the Rhine River to the Ruhr region and across the Main River to north-central Germany.

Is Frankfurt good for tourists? ›

Frankfurt is a city of great diversity. Banks and big business, trade shows and shopping on the one side, culture, cosiness and traditions on the other. One thing is certain: The Main Metropolis has something for everyone.

How can I spend 3 days in Frankfurt? ›

Here are my recommendations for what you can do during a 3 day trip to Frankfurt:
  1. Walk Around Römerberg. Römerberg. ...
  2. Eiserner Steg. Eiserner Steg. ...
  3. Check out the Museums. Historisches Museum. ...
  4. Frankfurt Cathedral. Frankfurt Cathedral. ...
  5. Explore the Streets. Old Town. ...
  6. Sachsenhausen Neighbourhood. ...
  7. Stroll Through the Old Town. ...
  8. Alte Oper.
Dec 22, 2021

Is Frankfurt Germany beautiful? ›

If Frankfurt is not yet on your radar it should be! Frankfurt is home to the most impressive skyline in Germany as well as world-renowned museums, galleries, historical cathedrals along with stunning views. It is a food lovers dream and there is such an incredible vibe in the city.

What is famous in Frankfurt for shopping? ›

The Zeil, Frankfurt's premier pedestrian promenade, ranks amongst Germany's most profitable shopping streets. Here, department stores, retail chains and specialty shops lure visitors to a leisurely shopping spree beneath spreading sycamore trees.

Do they speak English in Frankfurt? ›

Although in Frankfurt the main language spoken is German, many of the locals speak fluent English. Furthermore, it is occupied by many international expats, creating expat communities which make it easier for expats to find people with similar interests, speak the same language and make friends.

Is Frankfurt a walkable city? ›

Walkable, well planned, with brilliant public transport networks and the rest, Frankfurt is a city that is easy to get around and even easier to enjoy.

Is Frankfurt cheap to visit? ›

Frankfurt is one of the more expensive cities in Germany. However, you can turn Frankfurt into a more affordable destination with just a few simple tricks. Here is how to save money in Frankfurt: Purchase a Museumsufer ticket – For those of you that love visiting museums, this two-day pass saves you tons of money.

How much spending money do you need per day in Germany? ›

How much money will you need for your trip to Germany? You should plan to spend around €121 ($128) per day on your vacation in Germany, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, €32 ($34) on meals for one day and €19 ($20) on local transportation.

How can I spend 6 hours in Frankfurt airport? ›

10 Things to do on a layover at Frankfurt Airport
  1. Enjoy a meal. You won't go hungry at this airport, which has dozens of restaurants, bars, and cafes that should please even picky eaters. ...
  2. Visit an airport lounge. ...
  3. Shop. ...
  4. Freshen up. ...
  5. Get pampered. ...
  6. Pilot your own flight! ...
  7. Use the WiFi. ...
  8. Tour the airport.

Why do people visit Frankfurt? ›

Frankfurt is home to the most impressive skyline in Germany as well as world-renowned museums and galleries, historical cathedrals, and stunning views.

What is the number 1 food in Germany? ›

Sauerbraten is regarded as one Germany's national dishes and there are several regional variations in Franconia, Thuringia, Rhineland, Saarland, Silesia and Swabia. This pot roast takes quite a while to prepare, but the results, often served as Sunday family dinner, are truly worth the work.

What should you not miss in Germany? ›

Continue reading to find out more about...
  • Take a tour to Schloss Neuschwanstein.
  • Visit Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
  • Visiting a spa - one of the things to do in Germany for total relaxation.
  • Go Long-distance cycling.
  • Go kitschy on Christmas markets.
  • Travel along the Romantic Rhine Valley.
Dec 20, 2022

What are the 3 most popular foods in Germany? ›

These are considered to be national dishes. Of all these regional and national dishes, Germany is most famous for Currywurst, sausages, pretzels and Black Forest Gateau, but as you can see, there is plenty more to German cuisine than just these.

What Cannot bring to Germany? ›

Restrictions
  • Medicinal products and narcotics. You must observe certain requirements if you are bringing medicinal products as normal travel requisites. ...
  • Cash. ...
  • Fireworks. ...
  • Instruments of torture. ...
  • Dangerous dogs. ...
  • Publications or media likely to harm minors and unconstitutional publications. ...
  • Cultural assets. ...
  • Food and feedstuffs.

What are some taboos in Germany? ›

10 weird taboos you should never break in Germany
  • Forgetting to make eye contact.
  • Wishing someone happy birthday before the big day.
  • Expecting a cake.
  • Wearing your swimming costume or trunks in the sauna.
  • Walking in the cycling lane.
  • Being too loud on a Sunday.
  • Not taking your holiday.
  • Addressing people by their first name.
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What is considered rude in German culture? ›

Basic Etiquette

It is rude to chew gum or keep one's hands in one's pockets whilst talking with someone. Cross your legs by putting one knee over the other. It is impolite to rest your feet on furniture. Tight punctuality (Pünktlichkeit) is expected in most professional and social situations.

How do you say hello in Frankfurt? ›

You'll probably learn guten Morgen (“good morning” in German), guten Tag (good day) and guten Abend (good evening) in your first German lesson. You might also learn Hallo (Hello) for more informal situations and, luckily, Hi in German works just as well.

Do you say hello in German? ›

Hallo – “Hello”

This is the simplest way to say “hello” in German. It's a friendly, all-purpose greeting that can be used in pretty much any situation, formal or informal.

Do they have Uber in Frankfurt? ›

Complete your plans today by reserving a ride with Uber in Frankfurt. Request a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year.

What is the safest area in Frankfurt? ›

Westend, one of the safest areas to stay in Frankfurt

Westend along with the Old Town is a safe area to stay Frankfurt for tourists but it is quieter than Old Town. Westend attracts many families wishing to stay in a quiet neighborhood with plenty of green spaces, beautiful houses, and close to the center of the city.

What should I pack for Frankfurt? ›

What to wear/what to pack:
  • Warm pants or jeans. for women. for men.
  • Fleece. for men. for women. ...
  • Light gloves or mittens. for men. for women. ...
  • Lip balm. In our opinion, the best is: this.
  • Extra socks. for men. for women. ...
  • Jacket or coat. for men. for women. ...
  • Sneakers or comfortable shoes. for men. ...
  • A rain jacket to layer with a jacket. for men.
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Is Frankfurt a friendly city? ›

"It's really international and when living here, it's easy to meet and make friends with people from all over the world." Smruthi Panyam said: "Frankfurt has a good expat population in the finance industry. It is a comfortable city to live in and the best city if you want to have ease of travel."

How much money do you need in Frankfurt? ›

How much money will you need for your trip to Frankfurt? You should plan to spend around €87 ($93) per day on your vacation in Frankfurt, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, €32 ($34) on meals for one day and €20 ($21) on local transportation.

Is Frankfurt a pretty city? ›

Frankfurt is a pretty modern city. It is home to businesses, skyscrapers and Europe's third largest airport – all of which are state of the art. This may be why Frankfurt has a certain fondness for a wide array of museums.

Should I get euros before going to Germany? ›

Resist the urge to buy foreign currency before your trip.

Some tourists feel like they just have to have euros or British pounds in their pockets when they step off the airplane, but they pay the price in bad stateside exchange rates. Wait until you arrive to withdraw money.

Should I bring cash to Germany? ›

More than 80% of payments in Germany are made using cash, meaning you'll often need cash to pay for your transactions on your trip. The best way to get euros is to make an ATM withdrawal when you arrive in Germany using a card that doesn't charge an international ATM fee.

Do you tip in Germany? ›

In Germany, tipping is a voluntary act with which one can express one's satisfaction with a service. It is customary to tip in restaurants, hotels, cabs, at cloakrooms and at the hairdresser. The amount depends on the price of the service and the occasion.

Can you use US dollars in Frankfurt Airport? ›

So to answer the direct question, yes, you can spend dollars in several places in the airport. The little place I went to outside the entrance to the B gates took not only USD but CAD, GBP and several others.

Can you leave the airport during a layover Frankfurt? ›

Visiting the City of Frankfurt on a Layover. If you have a layover that is longer than 5 hours, you have enough time to leave the airport and visit Frankfurt. Trains are generally the most efficient ways to reach the city centre when using public transit.

Can I leave the airport if my layover is 6 hours? ›

Yes, you can leave the airport during domestic layovers. For instance, if you're a US citizen and have a layover within the country, it is legal and safe to leave the airport. Be aware that you'll probably be getting two boarding passes if the domestic layover is more than an hour.

What is an interesting fact about Frankfurt? ›

Frankfurt is the fifth largest city of Germany and is also known as 'Mainhattan' , since it is located along the river Maine and has some striking skyscrapers. For a good view over the city, you can go up to the 55th floor of the MAIN Tower, which is the 'Frankfurt's highest vantage point.

How many days in Frankfurt is enough? ›

Most travelers find 2 days in Frankfurt to be enough time to enjoy all the main sights. So, if you're wondering how many days in Frankfurt you'll need – 2 days should be enough!

Which is better Berlin or Frankfurt? ›

Winner: Berlin. As the capital of the country with a central part to play in some of the most significant events in modern history, it's no surprise that Berlin beats Frankfurt in terms of cultural and historic sites. However, Frankfurt offers the best outdoor/open-air landmarks of the two.

What is the happiest city in Germany? ›

The happiest regions in Germany

Schleswig-Holstein has occupied the top spot every year since 2013. These two super-happy federal states are followed by Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria.

What is the best month to go to Germany? ›

The best time to visit Germany is from July to September, which is the height of Germany's peak season. This is when the weather is at is warmest for outdoor activities, beer gardens, and exploring the posh cities with ease.

Where do the rich live in Germany? ›

Hamburg has the highest density of millionaires and its vast corporations in the media, entertainment and commercial industry have established a strong economy. Therefore, the costs of living in Hamburg is just as high as in Munich and 9% higher than in Berlin.

What German city has the best food? ›

Munich tops the list of the best cities to visit in Germany for foodies. The standout snack in this city is weisswurst. It is a traditional sausage made from pork back bacon and minced veal.

How would you describe Frankfurt? ›

Frankfurt – the financial centre, the European city, the traffic hub, the smallest metropolis in the world. When you think of the city on the Main, you think of the Frankfurt Airport, the Paulskirche and Goethe, the Stock Exchange, the Book Fair and the skyline. No doubt about it: Frankfurt brings opposites together.

Is Frankfurt a romantic city? ›

Frankfurt, with its mix of historical and modern charms, offers an excellent destination for a romantic escape. Whether it's strolling hand in hand across a beautiful bridge or botanical garden or learning things together at a world-class museum, there are great activities to add to a travel itinerary for 2.

What beer is Frankfurt known for? ›

The beer preferred in most of Germany is Pils (Pilsner), which has a rich yellow hue, hoppy flavor, and an alcohol content of about 5%. Frankfurt's local Pils brands are Binding and Henninger, but Licher, from the village of Lich nearby, is especially well balanced and crisp.

What do you call someone from Frankfurt? ›

People from Frankfurt are called Frankfurters.

What are 3 important facts about Germany? ›

Interesting facts about Germany
  • 65% of the highways in Germany have no speed limit and are called the Autobahn.
  • Germany sells around 6 million cars a year, making it one of the largest car producers in the world.
  • The first book ever printed was in German, and the first magazine was launched in Germany in 1663.
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What does Frankfurt mean in English? ›

Definitions of Frankfurt. a German city; an industrial and commercial and financial center. synonyms: Frankfort, Frankfurt on the Main. example of: city, metropolis, urban center.

Does Frankfurt have nightlife? ›

Home to both traditional taverns and lively nightclubs, you can enjoy the best of both worlds on nights out in Frankfurt. Whether you're looking to enjoy some local Apfelwein in a quiet bar or party in the birthplace of Germany's techno scene, Frankfurt's nightlife has something for everyone.

Where is the most romantic city in the world? ›

1 Venice, Italy. Winding waterways and pastel piazzas make Venice an obvious choice for the world's most romantic city.

What is Germany's signature drink? ›

Jägermeister. No collection of German drinks would be complete without Jägermeister. This iconic liqueur was originally developed in 1934 and its recipe has not changed since.

What is Germany's favorite alcohol? ›

1- Jägermeister

Jägermeister is undoubtedly Germany's most popular alcoholic beverage after beer. What is this? This herbal liqueur is as complex as it is delicious, comprising 56 different herbs that many believe give Jägermeister medicinal properties. This digestif was created in 1934.

What beer do Germans drink for breakfast? ›

Wheat beers

One culture in which beer for breakfast has a particularly long history is Germany, and a tall vase of hefeweizen is the traditional accompaniment to the “second breakfast” common in Bavaria.

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