Frankfurt am Main Travel Guide

  • Kaiserdom from my balcony, Frankfurt
    Kaiserdom from my balcony, Frankfurt
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    Alte Opera, Frankfurt
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Frankfurt am Main Things to Do

  • Main River

    In the mid-19th century, the industrial revolution was clearly showing its effects on trade and traffic. By that time, the only point to cross the Main river at Frankfurt was the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge). As the city refused to invest into a new bridge, it was the local business who joined forces and built the second bridge over the main. The...

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  • Churches

    The Cathedral of Emperors is not as impressive as its title suggests, and has also been shrouded in scaffolding for some time now. Despite this, the cathedral has an arguably even more impressive a history than the Paulskirche, being the place of coronation for ten of the Holy Roman Emperors between the 16th and 18th century.

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  • Römer

    The Römberberg (Roman mountain) is the central square of Frankfurt. It derives its name from the Römer (Roman) house which is the town hall today. How that house got its name is still not clear. The square is known for its half-timbered buildings and comes close to the stereotype of an old German market square. In the west, there is the Römer...

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Frankfurt am Main Hotels

Frankfurt am Main Restaurants

  • Chicago Meatpackers

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This is an American bar and restaurant with an unbeatable location, just across from the stage entrance and offices of the Frankfurt Opera -- the NEW Frankfurt Opera, of course, not the old one. In the photo you can also see the big box that holds the stage machinery at the top of the opera house. So don't be surprised if I suggest meeting here...

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  • Adolf Wagner

    4 out of 5 stars

    Great place to eat typical German food and very good prices.. BUT smoking is allowed in this restaurant and unfortunately the chain smoking group at next table did spoil our meal a little. Wiener schnitzel..was awesome!

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  • Zum gemalten Haus

    4 out of 5 stars

    We this was an interesting loud place. We dined with my boyfriend's friends. The food was pretty good but not the applewine which is commonly served in this region. I would have preferred beer or wine instead. But, my boyfriend insisted I try it. In Germany, it's common to eat your main meal (dinner) at lunch time. In the evening, you usually eat a...

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Frankfurt am Main Nightlife

  • Irish Pub in Alt-Sachsenhausen (II)

    One of two Irish Pubs in the Alt-Sachsenhausen district, this sells only drinks. On top of that, it's a smoker's pub, so no under 18s and no intolerant non-smokers. Though a typical German Irish pub, it comes close to the original idea. No fancy stuff, just expats and Germans having the “craic”. Indeed, many consider this one to be Frankfurt's best...

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  • Irish Pub in Alt-Sachsenhausen (I)

    One of two decent Irish pubs in Alt-Sachsenhausen. While the Anglo Irish is more a cozy bar, O'Dwyers has all the activities you can expect from an Irish pub in Germany: Live music, pub quizzes and the odd karaoke night. Good atmosphere on weekends, in the week it can be sometimes rather quiet if you arrive early. Table football and footie on the...

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  • Central Irish Pub

    Main Irish Pub in Frankfurt's city centre – the most centrally located and the largest one. Some say that it is Germany's largest Irish Pub, but with the Thomas Read in Hamburg, there is a more serious contender for this title. Several rooms, including a separate one for smokers. Atmosphere characteristic for an Irish Pub in Germany.Its location in...

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Frankfurt am Main Transportation

  • Transportation from the airport

    You can go to the city centre while waiting for your connecting flight by train. When leaving the plane, instead of going to the connecting flights area, leave the airport as it Frankfurt is your final destination. In the baggage claim area, you will see sign for the S-Bahn (Train). Go to the regional railway station following the signs, and then...

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  • Bus from Franfurt/Hahn to Frankfurt and...

    This bus runs to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof and Frankfurt Airport:http://www.bohr-omnibusse.de/routes/wtc/routes.php?action=detail&language=de&route_id=2This bus runs to Heidelberg and Mannheim Hauptbahnhof:http://www.hahn-express.de/hahn_bus_popup/default.htmFlibco has also buses from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof and Frankfurt Airport to Frankfurt Hahn and...

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  • Public Transport in Frankfurt

    The Rhein-Main Verkehrsverbund, or RMV, is the local transport organization responsible for rapid transit in the Frankfurt area. Verbund tickets are valid on S-Bahns, U-Bahns, trams, buses, and some local trains. Purchase your tickets from the RMV ticket machines in the stations and on the platforms.The fare system is rather complex. To buy a...

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Frankfurt am Main Shopping

  • Nordwestzentrum shopping center

    The unusual thing about this shopping center is that is not located out in the pampas someplace, but right in Frankfurt, so it is easily accessible even to the non-motorized majority of the population. From my house it is an easy ten-minute bicycle ride, twelve if I take the scenic route along the banks of the Nidda. And for all you die-hard...

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  • Heinemann at FRA Airport: water &...

    I had meant to write about the fabulous Duty Free & Travel Value shop of company Gebr. Heinemann (SE & Co KG) since some time. But just recently I have realised that, in addition to selling almost any kinds of goods to travellers, they also sell 0,5 litre water boxes for the incredible price of 1 Euro, at least in their shops at Frankfurt Airport!...

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  • Gummy Bears to Chew On

    Where can you find about 100 varieties of gummy bears? Why Bären-Treff of course!If you like gummy bears this store is definitely for you and if you think you don't like gummy bears this store will make a believer out of you. Don't miss it! Gummy Bears, Gummy candy, licorice, Gelatin free Bears, Sugar Free Bears, Gift boxes and bags Average...

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Frankfurt am Main Local Customs

  • Colours of Resilience by herakut

    For two weeks in June 2014 there was an exhibition in the Frankfurt district of Sachsenhausen called “Colours of Resilience”. It was announced as a “group exhibition featuring a collection of works from Street Art projects in Syrian refugee camps and communities and across North Jordan.” The exhibition was organized by Jasmin Siddiqui (the ‘hera’...

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  • Street art by herakut

    Up to now Frankfurt has not been known as a hotbed of street art, but that may be changing with this large mural called "Better than Perfection" by herakut, two German artists (Hera and Akut) who have been working together since 2004 painting wall murals all over the world.You can find this wall painting near the Eschenheimer Tor, behind the...

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  • Frankfurt-Offenbach Rivalry

    Offenbach is a large city that practically forms a part of Frankfurt, but stubbornly refuses to join it. There is a history of antagonism between the two cities, and it lingers to this day. They don't like each other at all, and although you can live in Offenbach and see Frankfurt on the other side of the river, they see themselves as two distinct...

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Frankfurt am Main Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets

    Unfortunately, as in every big city in the world, pickpockets are trying to get your money. Be careful ,especially at the fleamarket, where you sometimes have to push your way through the crowds.If you think you're being targeted, simply walk into the nearest shop. That's what I did when someone was following me, trying to get my purse. I didn't...

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  • Don't cough at the opera!

    A nurse here in Frankfurt once told me: "The best way to stop coughing is to stop coughing."In other words, people who do not have a acute illness of some sort can usually refrain from coughing just by deciding not to do it. Try it. It's a matter of will power, but not as difficult as it might sound. It also helps if you are not dehydrated. Drink...

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  • Don’t pick the wrong Frankfurt from the...

    In the VirtualTourist database there are four places in Germany called Frankfurt.The page you are looking at now is about the largest one, Frankfurt am Main in Land Hessen, the one with the world’s best opera company.The second-largest place called Frankfurt is a city in Land Brandenburg on the Oder River, on the border between Germany and Poland....

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Frankfurt am Main Tourist Traps

  • Frankfurt Airport

    Transfers from airport to city: Don't bother catching a cab into the city, unless of course, you are laden with a lot of luggage. Taxis to the city cost around 25 Euro. Instead, catch the train from the airport to the city. It's easy, quick and there is a station directly at the airport terminal. You will save at least 20 Euros (depending how many...

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  • Open-air opera at the Konstabler Wache

    At first glance, the Konstabler Wache in downtown Frankfurt might seem like an unpromising venue for an open-air opera performance. This is one of the least distinguished public squares in Europe, if not the world, and is bounded on one side by a busy street with bus, tram and automobile traffic. At second, third and fourth glance it doesn't get...

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  • Over $500 for Luggage at Lufthansa!

    On a flight from London Heathrow to Frankfurt, the Lufthansa check-in lady had a problem with me checking in two (2) bags of 20 kilos each. She said that I was only allowed one bag of 20 kilos. I tried to explain that I had just brought these two bags over the Atlantic Ocean on United Airlines for FREE, but she didn't care. She told me she would...

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Frankfurt am Main What to Pack

  • Climate in Frankfurt

    There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 - 49°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 24°C ( 70 - 75°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 20°C ( 45 - 68°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 6°C ( 38 - 43°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )

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  • Packing List

    Make sure you bring plenty of film to capture the beauty of the city. Pictured is the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew. Camera equipment isn't cheap here, some come prepared. Don't plan to buy it all here.

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  • Summer Packing!

    No point bringing a small carrier bag! If you're like me that is. ;)Thought I could make it through this trip using a small carry-on luggage (with a folded-up spare duffel tucked inside) hehehe...but obviously, it's a mistake I'd not make again. The hardcase is going with me on the next trip! hehehe... Shoes -- again, very important to wear good...

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Frankfurt am Main Off The Beaten Path

  • Zoos and Parks

    If you are into Parks, you can go to the Palmengarten and spent the day walking through beautiful gardens. I went in summer and there were lots of flowers and a nice atmosphere to walk, read and relax. Also you can check in their website if they have any activity, when I went by there was a Jazz concert to enjoy!!!

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  • Skyscrapers

    Here's part of the Frankfurt skyline from an unusual vantage point, namely from the Emser Bridge going over and through the grounds of the Frankfurt Trade Fair. Since an airplane has recently flown past, it looks as though the Messeturm is a huge pencil that has just drawn a long white line across the sky. Other tall buildings from left to right:...

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  • Main River

    Every Saturday from 8-14 is along the Main Riverside at "Museumsufer" Frankfurt's biggest flea market, where you can everything. It's very international flair from Turkey to Russia you find dealers and customers here! Plan 1-2 hours for a visit here!

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Frankfurt am Main Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming pool in Frankfurt-Eschersheim

    This is one of four outdoor swimming pools in the Nidda Valley in Frankfurt am Main. It's a large, pleasant place with a selection of sunny and shady areas.Admission is EUR 3.50 for adults, but that goes down to EUR 1.70 after six o'clock (evening price). They close at eight.Update: The Eschersheim outdoor swimming pool re-opened in the spring of...

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  • Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank...

    Eintracht Frankfurt aren't one of the biggest nor most successful teams in Germany, but they do have a great stadium and are regulars in the Bundesliga - the top flight of German football. It hosted World Cup games in 2006, including high profile games such as Argentina vs Holland and the quarter final between Brazil and France. It's one of the...

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  • Cycling and jogging by the river

    People flying in to Frankfurt from other parts of the world often ask me what I suggest they could do here during a brief visit, and the first thing I always recommend is that after sitting cramped up in a plane for many hours they should get out and have some exercise by cycling, jogging, walking, or in-line skating along the left (south) bank of...

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Frankfurt am Main Favorites

  • Main River

    For me Frankfurt is one of the most interesting German cities. Certainly during summertime. As for your running, indeed take the walkpath along the river, or the 'green zones' through the city. There is always something to do : either a festival, animation,... in the center, near Romer. Have fun !

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  • Sachsenhausen

    The standard tour for newly assigned people was Alte Sachsenhausen, which is a pedestrian zone consisting of cobblestone streets and a variety of bars. My favorite was Spritzhaus, which literally translates to Spray house and the motif is that of a house that stores firehoses. Used to enjoy the live music there immensely, as well as a Bitburger...

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  • Römer

    Historical building, "Römer" 3 former patrician houses (from the 14th century) -with their gothic, triple-gabled front- form the striking facade of the so called "Römer" -the symbol of the city of Frankfurt. In 1405, the Frankfurt city council acquired these houses along with 8 other patrician houses and converted them into a prestigious city...

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    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    In the past three days, someone from the VT staff has moved twenty-one misplaced pages from the tiny village of Frankfurt (Bavaria) to the city of Frankfurt am Main (Hessen).

    So now the first twenty-one "newest" Frankfurt am Main pages are simply old ones that used to be in the wrong place.

    Many thanks to whoever it was who got this straightened out!

 
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