Cyclists dream: Frankfurt!
If you can get your hands on a bike from a friend, hotel or even rental place, this is the way to get around Frankfurt.
Frankfurt is flat and scenic and great to see by bike. Adventure down narrow, cobble-stone streets that you would otherwise not see.
The best bike route is along the River Main. You can ride along the North side of the river for about 35km. Its mostly a beautiful track winding along the river... past small towns, summer beer gardens, old churches...
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von...
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1749–1832) German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist, b. Frankfurt. One of the great masters of world literature, his genius embraced most fields of human endeavor; his art and thought are epitomized in his great dramatic poem Faust
Unexpected Hundertwasser gem
After seeing Hundertwasser's impressive architecture in Vienna (see my Things to Do Tips for that city), we jumped at the opportunity to visit Kindergarten Heddernheim when we learned we had a 14-hour stopover in Frankfurt.
The reward, despite the cloudy and chilly weather, was another display of the man's fantastic work. It is nicely set in the middle of what looks like a housing district built especially for young families with kids.
To reach the kindergarten from the airport, we took the S-Bahn to Hauptwache (5 stops), then transferred to the U-Bahn (11 stops on the U2 line towards Bad Homburg). We walked up An den M?hlwegen until the intersection with Kupferhammer. (Thank you chicabonita, whose travel tip pointed us in the right direction!)
Please note that although the kindergarten is on Kupferhammer Street, it is nowhere near the Kupferhammer station.
Well one thing I guess that is...
Well one thing I guess that is definitely not the usual tourist attraction in Frankfurt is the LUXURIOUS CARS that can be found everywhere you look. My gosh - look at all the Mercedes cabs at the airport - Mercedes TAXIs!? Hey - look at that fire red Ferrari - spotted near the Hard Rock Cafe...wow. Definitely an unexpected activity that we did in Frankfurt - gawk at cars!
Shopping in Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt's main shopping street is the "Zeil". Here you'll find all the major department stores such as: Peek & Cloppenburg, Galeria Kaufhof, Karstadt, Eckerle, Sportarena, Douglas, Saturn, ... etc. Furthermore there's a small shopping mall called "Zeilgalerie" which also houses the IMAX cinema.
If you're looking for exclusive designer shops (Escada, Picard, Versace, Gucci, Cartier, ...etc.) then the Goethestrasse is the place to go. It's located between the opera and the "Goetheplatz".
Oh, and you don't have to worry about parking, there are several parking garages in the area. depends on the store