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Germany’s fifth most populous city and center of the European Banking system is a laid back city that has a lovely riverfront, intimate squares and streets as well as plenty of restaurants, hotels, shopping centers and sightseeing.
Frankfurt is an amazing place to start a European itinerary because it is so well connected via the Frankfurt Airport to the rest of the world and by its central railway station to the rest of Germany and Europe. Frankfurt can be a great layover city, a stop along the way or a destination in itself, we’ve experienced it as all three.
The old town
Frankfurt is a collection of old and new even within the city’s most ancient confines. The stone paved streets, pedestrian walkways and squares and open air cafes make it a pleasant place to people watch, read, work and dine. The most central part of the old town is the Römerberg. This is where the town hall, some classic structures and an endless parade of public displays, music and festivals take place.
This is another cobble stoned neighborhood south of the old town. Here one can find a great many bars and taverns serving the signature hard apple cider which is a local drink produced from surrounding orchards.
This is the city’s scenic lifeblood. During warmer months it is where everyone comes to walk, run, bike and bask in the sunshine and lawns. The panoramic stretch is dotted with restaurants and especially museums along the Museum embankment stretch of the river.
Zeil is the name of the downtown street that is host to Zeil Galerie a 10 story department store, several boutiques selling furniture, home goods, specialty clothes and much more. It is known as the 5th Avenue of Germany. Like everywhere else in the city it is directly served by a U bahn station.
The city has some beautiful places of worship which might not factor high on the scale and size of other European attractions, but they are beautiful and historic within. Paulskirche is famous for hosting Germany’s first Parliament. Kaiserdom is the Church which saw the election and crowning of Holy Roman Emperors. Old St. Nicholas Church is one of the most intact preservations of an 11th century worship space.