Famous for its financial district with skyscrapers of banks and several large companies Frankfurt is seen as Germany’s international business city. However, when walking through Frankfurt you wouldn’t expect it being so global or business oriented, as apart from the bank district it actually feels like a cozy, traditional and cultural town.
Do: Come to Frankfurt for the museums. There are about sixty museums in total, but especially the art spaces are exceptional. The Städel and the Schirn are fantastic, both worth visiting for their unique architecture and exhibitions. Also the MMK, the museum for modern art as well as the museum for applied arts are great cultural spaces with interesting exhibitions.
Also an interesting place is the Goethe House, the birthplace of one of Germany’s most famous and beloved poets Johann Wolfgang Goethe. On a sunny day visit the Main Tower and it’s observation deck for striking views of the city and the idyllic surroundings of Frankfurt.
For a more traditional, local site go to the Kleinmarkthalle, an indoor market hall with fresh vegetables, herbes, exotic culinary produce as well as regional specialties. Right across the street you also find a lovely vintage store called Aschenputtel. Another famous landmark is the Römerberg in the old part of town with its traditional buildings and facades. It is especially lovely around Christmas, when the most part of the old town is transformed into a Christmas market. From here it is not far to the river Main, where you can walk along the water, cross the famous footbridge Eisener Steg and enjoy great views of the city.
Eat: For a very traditional Frankfurt dinner book a table at Unser. It is a quintessential Äppelwoi pub, where you get huge Schnitzel and the local cider-like wine. Also try the delicious fresh apple pancakes and a Mispelchen, a local drink made with Calvados. The place is always crowded and a bit touristy, also because of the terrific singing host and owner who puts on a very special show every night. A nice neighborhood with a friendly, local charm is Sachsenhausen around Schweizer street, where you also find many small shops, delis, cafes and pubs like Zum Gemalten Haus. Close by you also find the nice cafe and French bakery La Maison du Pain. Another unique cafe is the Japanese patisserie Iimori.
Getting around: Frankfurt has a big trainstation and an even bigger international airport, so it’s convenient to get here. Once in the city you can either get a day ticket for public transport, use one of the big bike sharing apps or just walk around, as the city center can easily be explored by foot.