Frankfurt am Main is located in the south of Hessen, Germany. The shine of steel, glass and concrete is absolutely dazzling. Actually, Frankfurt is quite different from other German cities. Europe’s financial centre, one of the world’s largest stock markets and a major transport hub, demonstrates its privileged position with lavish skyscrapers.
Thanks to the skyscrapers and the Main, Frankfurt earned the nickname Mainhattan. Although the city is associated with really big money, Frankfurt has preserved its traditional charm, especially in the form of old pubs where you can taste traditional apple wine.
There are also a number of museums and parks. During a long weekend in the city, you will appreciate the fact that Frankfurt is not flooded by tourists like other famous German destinations.
When travelling to Germany, you only need a valid ID or passport. As a tourist, you can stay here for up to 3 months without registering with the police.
The hottest months are July and August with an average temperature of 19°C, which often rises to over 25°C during the day. On the contrary, the coldest month is January with an average temperature of 1°C. The ideal time to visit is from May to September, when the temperature is around 14 to 19°C.
The national currency is the euro, so you don't have to exchange money before you go.
Looking for a hotel in Frankfurt? In Westend district, inhabited by financiers and bankers (there are skyscrapers), the accommodation options are definitely among the more expensive ones. Cheaper accommodation can be found near the train station (Bahnhofviertel). But the neighbourhood is not very safe. A rather convenient alternative for accommodation is the Sachsenhausen district, where many bars and restaurants are located. The district is only a 15-20 minute walk across the bridge from the Old Town. Prices can be checked, and accommodation can be booked directly through Pelican.
The fastest way to travel around Frankfurt is the U-Bahn metro. Buses and trams run in the centre. One-ride ticket costs approximately €2.90. If you plan to use public transport more often, you can consider buying a one-day ticket that costs about €7.20. Suburban S-Bahn trains run in the city centre as well as the more distant outskirts of the city.
Driving around the city is relatively uncomplicated, but the lack of parking spaces is rather problematic. If you decide to explore the city on your own, we recommend that you rent a car at the airport. You can book it directly through Pelican.
The historic city centre was almost completely destroyed during World War II. The subsequent reconstruction, however, replicated the buildings in their original form. The central part of the Old Town is the square, which has been the business centre of Frankfurt since the 13th century. With its medieval town hall and churches, Römerberg is a great place to explore the historic city.
The monumental Gothic sacral building with the red sandstone facade is one of the few buildings of the Old Town that survived the bombing. For centuries it was the place of coronation of the German emperors.
Museum quarter on the banks of the River Main. Here, you will find up to 12 top museums in the fields of art, film, architecture, natural history and much more. The largest flea market in Frankfurt is held every Saturday.
Germany’s largest botanical garden covers an impressive area of 54 acres. The garden boasts plants from all climate zones of the planet. During summer, many concerts and theatre performances are held here.
One of the most important museums of modern art in Europe. Since its opening in 1991, more than 5,000 works of art have been collected from artists such as Andy Warhol and Gerhardt Richter. Thanks to its triangular shape, the locals call it “a piece of cake”.
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