Frankfurt am Main Travel Guide

  • Kaiserdom from my balcony, Frankfurt
    Kaiserdom from my balcony, Frankfurt
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    Frankfurt on the Main
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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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  • Römer - Römerberg

    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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  • Museums

    In late November,I had the privilege of learning about Frankfurt's Roman and Medieval past,especially under the Staufer kings and Konrad the Third and Frederick Barbarossa.There were excavations done at the lower levels of this museum.I also learned about the severe damage of the city of Frankfurt,during World War Two,especially in the Romer...

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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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  • Römer Bembel

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This place is in the center of tourist Frankfurt at the Römerberg with a fantastic view of the whole square and the lovely facades of the houses and the townhall. I had expected it to be very touristy, unfriendly, expensive and with mediocre quality, but no, I was very pleasantly surprised! When we entered we were welcomed by VT members Gammy1968...

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Frankfurt am Main Nightlife

  • Künstlerkeller -- CLOSED

    Update: I'll leave this tip as it is for historical reasons, but the sad fact of the matter is that the Künstlerkeller has been closed since March 1, 2007, because of insolvency. There is talk of re-opening under new management, but it's all rather vague at the moment, so we are currently trying out other places to go after the opera. (Watch this...

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  • After the opera -- CLOSED

    Update: I'll leave this tip as it is for historical reasons, but the sad fact of the matter is that the Künstlerkeller has been closed since March 1, 2007, because of insolvency. There is talk of re-opening under new management, but it's all rather vague at the moment, so we are currently trying out other places to go after the opera. (Watch this...

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  • 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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Frankfurt am Main Transportation

  • Bus

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

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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...

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  • 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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Frankfurt am Main Shopping

  • British Book Shop -- CLOSED

    Update 2016: The British Bookshop has sent out a notice reading: "We regret to inform you that we will be closing our shop indefinitely on the 12th February 2016 due to extensive long-term renovation work being done to the building where the bookshop is located. There is a possibly that we will find a new venue and if that is the case, we will, of...

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  • Books in English -- CLOSED

    Update 2016: The British Bookshop has sent out a notice reading: "We regret to inform you that we will be closing our shop indefinitely on the 12th February 2016 due to extensive long-term renovation work being done to the building where the bookshop is located. There is a possibly that we will find a new venue and if that is the case, we will, of...

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  • 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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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 General

  • 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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  • Shopping

    I have been here for almost a month now and have managed to explore the centre of town and some of the outer suburbs. So far, I have noted that prices are very high for just about everything (compared to London) and that if you want to buy something really special then go to Berger Strasse or the small shops behind the Ziel and down toward the...

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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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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    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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