If you are into ARCHITECTURE...
Frankfurt has it all... old style in the Römer, beautiful old houses in Sachsenhausen but most prominent, are the modern skyscrapers that line the Frankfurt skyline. Frankfurt is sometimes referred to as Frankfurt am Mainhattan...
Different greetings, different occassions...
If you are meeting someone either for the first time or in a formal situation, you should always shake hands.
If you are meeting with a friend then its normal to kiss on each cheek once.
If in doubt though, shaking the hand is best.
Saalgasse - Hall Street
I don't know how off the beaten path this actually is, but while we were there, we were the only ones on the street, besides a city worker. Saalgasse is lined with post-modern buildings which were designed by famous architects in the 1990's. Each architect was given a ruined building (from WWII) and told to design a new house that reflected the building from before the war. I really enjoyed this style of architecture, plus the fact that Saalgasse runs into Roman ruins at St. Bartholomew's Cathedral.
Messeturm is a skyscaper in...
Messeturm is a skyscaper in downtown Frankfurt built by a Chicago-based architectural firm. This part of town isn't the most interesting if you're a tourist, but it is very reminiscent of a typical North American city.
The Department Store
There are really only 2 department stores that are famous in Germany. The first one is KDW in Berlin, and the other one is Kaufhof an der Zeil. There couldn't be a better location for it - right in the middle of town, with 8 floors of pretty much everthing under the sun.
The shop is right next to the main stop for all the metro trains, and the first underground floor has a gourmet shop, followed by houshold items, then jewelry, perfume, and specials, then women's men's and children's clothing, followed by books and toys finished off with home electronics, and multi-media, and a diner on the roof.
It's sooo big, that they had to move their sportinig goods department across the street next to St. Katherine's church, in a store called ARENA. Kaufhof is a great place to buy inexpensive "made in Europe" stuff, like gourmet food, chocolates, special household goods, they don't have at home, affordable fashion clothing, including brand names.
Take a coffee in the dinner, DINEA, to view on the terace is really worth it! Prices are not negotiable in Kaufhof. They say no, before you even open your mouth to ask. But at least the prices include taxes, so you only pay what you see on the price tag.