Frankfurt

Millions travel through Frankfurt as they make their way around Germany but the city itself is often forgotten as a travel destination. Located on the Main River, Frankfurt is the fourth largest city in Germany and is the financial and transportation center of Germany and the largest financial center in continental Europe. Visitors to Frankfurt will find some superb shopping, marvelous museums, interesting historic sites, world-class opera and jazz and a few really charming neighborhoods, like Nordend and Bockenheim.

Frankfurt offers a collection of theatres, galleries and museums. Frankfurt has much to offer when it comes to cultural activities. The city has a European metropolis and a melting pot of cultures, languages and lifestyles. Whether it's shopping, nightlife or cultural tourism, Frankfurt is sure to fulfill your expectations.

Climate in Frankfurt

Frankfurt has a temperate continental climate. Summer in Frankfurt is typically hot and sunny with the average temperature of 66.7 °F (19.3 °C). although this time of year can also be a little on the rainy side. The average temperature in mid-winter (January) is 34.5 °F (1.4 °C) and can become much colder when the winds pick up this time of year. Snowfall is expected during the cold winters and with the hot summer being the busiest time to visit Frankfurt often leading to heated crowds, spring and autumn are great times to visit the city as well.

Activities in Frankfurt

During the Christmas Fair in Frankfurt the market is one of the oldest in Germany dating back to the 14th century. Germans used to buy all their children's presents, as well as their decorations and seasonal foods solely from the market. The entire old town center is transformed into a festive marketplace where the scent of roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, gingerbread and baked apples mixes with the sounds of Christmas tunes in the crisp winter air. A 108’ Christmas tree is on display in the Romerplatz decorated with lights and bright decorations.

The Museum Quay Festival of art and culture on the banks of the River Maine is one of Frankfurt's most popular outdoor attractions and arguably the city's most popular festival. A series of stages features artists from all over the world showcasing great music and world class exhibitions. Food and drink make this festival a culinary experience as well. Workshops, discussions and lectures are also organized around the music and drama of the festival.

The Senckenberg Museum hosts over 2,000 stuffed bird specimens and the largest collection of large dinosaurs in Europe. One particular treasure is a dinosaur fossil with unique, preserved scaled skin. 

Sightseeing in Frankfurt

The Alte Oper is a major concert hall and former opera house in the city. The main auditorium seats 2,500 visitors for concerts, conferences and other events. When it was built in 1880, the Alte Oper was celebrated for its architecture and excellent acoustics. The Old Opera House still looks as magnificent as it did when it was opened by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1880. 

The Frankfurt Zoo is home to over 3,200 different animals across 600 species and is renowned for keeping them in environments that most closely resemble their own natural habitats. Located in Ostend, the zoo was nearly totally destroyed in World War II. It was rebuilt in the early 1950s has since grown to include several innovative new sections such as the Big Cat Jungle; and the Exotarium which houses fish, insects, reptiles and penguins, all kept in their natural surroundings.

The Frankfurt Botanical Gardens is run by the university and is a beautiful place to spend time in the city. The gardens contain more than 6,000 different botanical species, from exotic rainforest flowers to European weeds. Aside from admiring the flora, there are fun family activities like miniature golf and boat hire to enjoy, as well as a gift shop and cafe.

 Frankfurt's oldest folk festival is the Dippemess, which takes place twice a year around -Easter and the end of September in the eastern part of the city. Though the market has a number of stalls dedicated to ceramics and kitchen utensils, the biggest draws are the carousels, water slides, tombola’s, the big wheel and the beer tents. 

Cuisine in Frankfurt

Whether you're looking for German classics such as schnitzel and Eisbein and sauerkraut, local legends like Frankfurter Hacksteak, or the very best of international cuisine, you will find it here. Frankfurt is known for apple wine which tastes like cider and as in most of Germany many pubs and restaurants serve beer by the pint or boot.

Travel to Frankfurt/Passports

Situated eight miles (13km) south west of the city centre the enormous Frankfurt International Airport serves 53 million passengers per year. There are direct cheap flights to Frankfurt available from many airports in the US, including New York. The flight from New York to Frankfurt is about eight hours. Public transportation is reliable but expensive. The Frankfurt card is available at the tourist office and allows for unlimited travel on the underground Bahn lines and trains, trams and busses.  Your passport or identification card should not expire until after your return. If you are not a citizen of a country that has joined the Schengen Treaty, find out in time whether you require a visa for your destination. 


 

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