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    Frankfurt: Much more than just a financial center

    Germany’s economic capital is so much more than a financial hub, a place to pass through before flying off to more exotic climes. Those who choose to stick around this fascinating city will be rewarded with world-class culture, excellent local food and wine, and picturesque parks.

    Climb up the Main Tower for endless views of the rolling countryside beyond the city limits, sip on apfelwein in Sachsenhausen, or stroll around the modern art museum and you’ll see why Frankfurt has rightly earned a reputation as one of Germany’s most vibrant and dynamic cities.


    Top 10 sights in Frankfurt

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    The Städel Museum on Schaumainkai is one of the foremost art museums in Europe

    Goethe-Haus & Goethe-Museum

    Großer Hirschgraben 23-25
    60311 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/13 88 00
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1800
    Sun 1000-1730

    The one-time home of Frankfurt’s most famous son, author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Although it was destroyed during WWII, the restored house and museum are a faithful recreation of the original, with an impressive library and collection of local art.


    Siesmayerstraße 61
    60323 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/21 23 39 39
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800 (Feb-Oct)
    0900-1600 (Nov-Jan)

    A beautiful palm garden, this pleasant green space is home to glasshouses, hundreds of different tree species and a pretty boating lake. The place to be if you want a breather from city life for a few hours.


    60311 Frankfurt
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    Frankfurt’s main square is the city’s central hub. Peer up at the beautiful Church of St Nicholas, marvel at the reconstructed half-timbered houses and take in the Rathaus Römer, Frankfurt’s town hall since 1405.

    Städel Museum

    Schaumainkai 63
    60596 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/605 09 82 00
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Wed and Sat-Sun 1000-1800
    Thurs-Fri 1000-2100

    One of Europe’s very best art galleries. The Städel houses classic German art by the likes of Holbein and Beckmann and old masters such as Rembrandt and Botticelli. Its modern art wing is full of classic works by everyone from Klee to Chagall.

    Frankfurt Zoo

    Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
    60316 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/21 23 37 35
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900 (Apr-Oct)
    0900-1700 (Nov-Mar)

    Second only to Berlin in terms of size, this is one of Germany’s best zoos. Its breadth of species is impressive, but it’s the Grzimek Haus, with artificial darkness for observing nocturnal animals, which makes it an essential visit.

    Senckenberg Natural History Museum

    Senckenberganlage 25
    60325 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/754 20
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri 0900-1700
    Wed 0900-2000
    Sat, Sun 0900-1800

    With the largest exhibition of dinosaurs in Europe, this excellent museum is a must for anyone travelling with kids fascinated by prehistory. There’s also a huge array of stuffed birds and evening tours for those who want to delve deeper into German natural history.

    Historical Museum

    Saalhof 1
    60311 Frankfurt Main
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    Opening times:
    Tues, Thurs, Fri 1000-1800
    Wed 1000-2100
    Sat, Sun 1100-1900

    This beautiful Römerberg building tells the fascinating history of Frankfurt. The museum was completely revamped in 2012 and houses a stunning 12th-century palace chapel. The museum café serves up some excellent apfelwein, even offering details on its history and tradition. The new exhibition house, which opened in 2017, boasts around 4,000 square metres of exhibition space across four floors.

    Museum of Modern Art

    Domstraße 10
    60311 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/21 23 04 47
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    Opening times:
    Tues and Thurs-Sun 1000-1800
    Wed 1000-2000

    Housing a peerless collection of post-war work, Frankfurt’s Museum Of Modern Art is one of Europe’s hottest cultural institutions. Once you’re done drinking in pieces from the likes of Joseph Beuys and Roy Lichtenstein, take some time to have a proper look at the exterior of this amazing building. It’s like nothing else in Frankfurt.

    Jewish Museum

    Untermainkai 14-15
    60311 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/21 23 88 05
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    Opening times Museum Judengasse:
    Wed-Sun 1000-1800
    Tues 1000-2000

    Found in the Rothschild Palais, this impressive museum looks at how the second largest Jewish population in Germany faired in Frankfurt from the 12th to 20th century. Often harrowing, but always vital, the story of the Jews in this city is something all visitors will find interesting. The second venue, Museum Judengasse, is open again after renovation.

    The Jewish Museum (Untermainkai) is closed until 2019 for construction works.

    Cathedral Of St Bartholomew

    Domplatz 14
    60311 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/297 03 20
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thurs 0900-2000
    Fri 1300-2000 (cathedral)
    Tues-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat-Sun 1100-1700 (museum)

    Germany’s emperors were crowned in this magnificent, sandstone cathedral, between 1562 and 1792. Although much of it was destroyed during the war, some original facades remain. Clamber up the tower for some truly wonderful views of the city.

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    Country overview

    Once mockingly referred to as the “land of schnitzels and leather pants,” Germany has acquired a much more modern image in recent decades. International visitors are attracted to the big cities, especially the capital, Berlin. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, in particular, the city with its many cultural and entertainment attractions has become a major tourist destination. But other German cities also know how to celebrate and enjoy life.


    Hamburg’s annual Hafengeburtstag port anniversary festival attracts around two million visitors every year, the Rhineland is famous for its carnivals, and Munich’s Oktoberfest is famous the world over.

    Germany also has a variety of natural landscapes: for example, from the Wadden Sea and lowland plains of the northwest, the lakelands in the northeast of the country, numerous low mountain ranges and heathlands, to the central highlands and Alpine regions.


    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea, while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2962m (9718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit, which can also be climbed.

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    Population: 82,5 million (2016)

    Capital: Berlin.


    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    Public holidays

    The public holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period are listed below.


    * In catholic regions only
    ** Sachsen only
    *** only in Brandenburg, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thüringen


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Epiphany: 6 January 2018*
    Good Friday: 30 March 2018
    Easter Sunday: 1 April 2018
    Easter Monday: 2 April 2018
    Labour Day: 1 May 2018
    Ascension Day: 10 May 2018
    Whit Sunday: 20 May 2018
    Whit Monday: 21 May 2018
    Corpus Christi: 31 May 2018*
    Assumption: 15 August 2018*
    Day of German Unity: 3 October 2018
    Day of Reformation: 31 October 2018***
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2018*
    Repentance Day: 21 November 2018**
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2018


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2019
    Epiphany: 6 January 2019*
    Good Friday: 19 April 2019
    Easter Sunday: 21 April 2019
    Easter Monday: 22 April 2019
    Labour Day: 1 May 2019
    Ascension Day: 30 May 2019
    Whit Sunday: 9 June 2019
    Whit Monday: 10 June 2019
    Corpus Christi: 20 June 2019*
    Assumption: 15 August 2019*
    Day of German Unity: 3 October 2019
    Day of Reformation: 31 October 2019***
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2019*
    Repentance Day: 21 November 2019**
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Frankfurt is served by a highly efficient train (S-Bahn) and underground (U-Bahn) network, run by the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (rmv.de). There is also a mainline train station, served by high-speed ICE trains, as well as 42 bus lines operating across the city. Services run from 4am until 2am daily. Tourists should look out for the Frankfurt Card for discount travel.


    Frankfurt’s instantly recognisable cream-coloured cabs can be easily hailed in town, with plenty of taxi ranks at key sights such as Römerberg and Kaiserstraße. Tips of around 5% are expected. For those who want a more leisurely ride, Velotaxis are also available.


    The great journey: the new station district


    You’re in for an adventure when you enter Frankfurt’s station district: The combination of red-light district and Middle Eastern atmosphere makes for exceptional cultural, culinary and commercial diversity. The area was once famous for its fur trade, then for its drug scene.

    But in the past few years, hipster bars and bazaars, boutiques, street markets and exclusive restaurants have enlivened both sides of venerable Kaiserstraße boulevard.


    Kaiserstraße 81
    60329 Frankfurt
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    Tue and Thu 9:00–19:00

    A trip to the station district ought to begin with a visit to the street market on Kaiserstraße, where singing vendor Gisela Paul, a local legend, serves the Frankfurt specialty Grie Soß (a green sauce made with seven different herbs) to bankers, creatives from the area and visitors alike; the home-produced apple wine at the next stand will quench your thirst and lighten your mood.

    With 26 market stalls to choose from, however, you will find a wealth of other goodies from the Rhine-Main region to give your tour a culinary warm-up.


    Taunusstraße 43 & 49
    60329 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/23 45 36
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    Opening times:
    Mo–Fri 10:00–19:00
    Sat 10:00–18:00

    Elvis Presley bought his guitars at Cream Music, so other musicians can’t really go wrong here. What Heinrich Hummel started in 1904 with zithers, his great-great-grandson Bernhard “Bernie” Hahn now keeps going with guitars, basses, drums and pianos.


    Moselstraße 21
    60329 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/23 66 40
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    Opening times:
    daily 6 a.m.–4 a.m.

    Ex-boxer Harald “Harry” Statt took over the cult bar in 1995 after driving out the dealers with some help from his old sports comrades. These days, life is pretty quiet at this station district bar, which is now over a hundred years old.

    If a drink that won’t cost the earth and stories about the area’s tougher past sound appealing, you’ll like the Moseleck with its 1970s decor.

    Alim Market

    Münchener Str. 37
    60329 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/27 13 46 90
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    Opening times:
    Mon–Sat 7:30–20:00

    The already pungent smell of Oriental spices on Münchener Straße reaches its climax outside Alim’s exceedingly popular Turkish supermarket. Inside the store, rare fruit and vegetables, a huge selection of freshly baked flatbreads, and meat and poultry can all be had at a fair price.

    If you prefer fish, you can pick some up at the fish takeaway right next door: Alim Fischimbiss (Münchener Straße 35, Mon–Fri 1000–2130).


    Münchener Straße 57
    60329 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/27 22 08 08
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    Opening times:
    Fri and Sat from 20:00

    There’s still space for Latin America among the many Oriental snack bars and food stores on Münchener Straße: On weekends, the Latin Palace Changó, one of Europe’s best-known Latin clubs, pulls in as many as 1400 dancers with its salsa, merengue, bachata and reggae rhythms. That makes Ferdinand Hartmann, who runs the Changó, a busy man, but not too busy to do his bit for the station district.

    Every Friday, he opens up the now defunct pick-up joint Maier Gustl’s Oberbayern to the Frankfurter Tafel, which organizes food donations for needy people from the area.


    Elbestraße 15
    60329 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/26 95 86 66
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu 11:00–1:00
    Fri and Sat 11:00–2:00

    This trendy bar on the corner of Moselstraße and Münchener Straße has become a symbol of the change that has taken place in the station district: This is where the photographers, filmmakers, advertising people and other creatives, who are increasingly moving into the area, come for their after-work bottle of Tannenzäpfle beer from High Black Forest.

    The chairs out front make a great vantage point for watching the world go by in the vibrant station district.

    Maxie Eisen

    Münchener Straße 18
    60329 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/76 75 83 62
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    Opening times:
    Mon–Wed 11:30–23:00
    Thu–Sat 11:30–midnight
    Sun 14:00–20:00

    Skyline, banks and big-city bustle – the people of Frankfurt like to regard their city as a miniature version of New York. So Maxie Eisen, named for a Jewish Mafioso, fits the bill perfectly. Brothers David and James Ardinast serve the kosher New York specialty pastrami here – that’s prime, cured brisket, traditionally served in a sandwich.

    Orange Peel

    Kaiserstraße 39
    60329 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-176/63 72 96 29
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    Opening times:
    Tue and Thu from 21:00
    Fri and Sat from 23:00
    Sun from 20:00

    This little club on Kaiserstraße soon fills up once its doors open. On regular days, DJs play choice rock, jazz, rockabilly, funk, soul and blues at the Orange Peel, while on special days, live bands devote themselves to those same musical genres. The club is a real must for guitar fans.

    But if your tastes are more sedate, we recommend concerts given by the Hessische Rundfunk radio symphony orchestra and readings – both of which also take place at the Orange Peel.


    Nightlife in Frankfurt


    Frankfurt definitely knows how to let its hair down after a long day at the office.

    Cocktail bars, super clubs and relaxed pubs can be found everywhere, so whether you want a quiet beer or a big night out, you won’t struggle to find the right place for you.

    Die Rote Bar

    Mainkai 7
    60311 Frankfurt
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    A riverside cocktail joint that you’ll need to sweet talk your way into. Well worth it for the excellent array of drinks.

    Fleming’s Club

    Fleming´s Selection Hotel Frankfurt-City
    Eschenheimer Tor 2
    60318 Frankfurt
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    This roof-terrace bar may “only” be on the seventh floor of Fleming’s Selection Hotel Frankfurt-City, but it boasts a wonderful view of the Eschenheim Tower and the city skyline. Important extra: To get to the bar, you have to take the paternoster elevator.


    Heiligkreuzgasse 22
    60313 Frankfurt
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    This is the closest you’ll find to a super club in Frankfurt. Big crowds and big beats.

    Gibson Club

    Zeil 85-93
    60313 Frankfurt
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    This live music club is housed in the former Zeil cinema on Frankfurt’s best-known shopping mile. It stages live gigs on weeknights, and invites big-name DJs to man the consoles on weekends. Top sound system, show technology and LED wall are all powerful arguments in favor of a visit to the Gibson, as are its three bars and lounge area.


    Kleine Bockenheimerstraße 18A
    60313 Frankfurt
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    The heart of the live jazz scene in Frankfurt, Jazzkeller attracts big names to its small basement space.


    Restaurants in Frankfurt


    Thanks to an internationally diverse crowd flocking to Frankfurt to do business, the city’s restaurant scene is buzzing. Whether you want Michelin-starred cuisine or a jug of apfelwein and a

    plate of sauerkraut, Frankfurt delivers. Foodies will not struggle to find something to please their demanding palates.

    Oosten – Realwirtschaft am Main

    Mayfarthstraße 4
    60314 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/94 94 25 68 14
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    Trendy bar, café and beer garden at the historical Ruhrorter Werft shipyard site with an unbeatable view of the Main River and the Frankfurt skyline.


    Heiligkreuzgasse 20
    60313 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/920 02 20
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    The Tigerpalast variety theater’s own restaurant has for many years been one of the top addresses in town for light, creative gourmet cuisine. The independent Palastbar restaurant in the theater’s cellar vaults also serves very good food.

    Apfelweinwirtschaft Proletariat

    Dreieichstr. 45
    60594 Frankfurt am Main
    Tel. +49-69/62 39 63

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    Brown stucco, bright red floorboards, and abbey pews from Gotha: This young offshoot of the traditional Schreiber-Heyne apple wine tavern looks an impressive blend of rustic and modern.


    Hasengasse 5-7
    60314 Frankfurt
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    At his bustling indoor market, you can grab the local staple Weck, Worscht un Woi (bread roll, sausage and wine) to eat on the go – but also any number of delicious specialties from all over the world.

    Der Fette Bulle

    Kaiser Str.73
    60329 Frankfurt
    Tel. +49-69/90 75 70 04
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    This burger joint close to the central train station is popular with a trendy young clientele. Definitely worth a taste: the fries made from sweet potatoes or with rosemary and thyme.


    Calendar of events


    8 – 12 February 2019

    Venue: Messe Frankfurt

    Open to trade visitors only, this fair showcases products in the areas of Dining, Giving and Living – think tables, gifts, home furnishing and decorations.

    Spring Dippemess

    15 April – 5 May 2019

    Venue: Festplatz am Ratsweg.

    A traditional folk festival dating back to the 14th century, Spring Dippemess began as a medieval market for domestic items such as pottery. While it still features a market today, it also offers a fairground, firework displays and other family-oriented attractions too.

    Wäldchestag (Forest Day)

    8 June 2019

    Venue: Stadtwald (city forest, Am Oberforsthaus).

    Wäldchestag is Frankfurt’s very own folk festival. This event has been taking place for centuries and features a combination of funfair, live music concerts and a variety of food and drink stalls – notably Frankfurt’s distinctive apple wine. On the days of the festival, Frankfurters traditionally leave their work at midday to head for the forest for the celebrations.


    27 June – 6 July 2018

    Venue: Opernplatz, Frankfurt city centre.

    The Opera Square Festival is a celebration of food and culture, featuring stage productions, music and a mouth-watering array of international gastronomic delights. Expect Frankfurt’s Opernplatz to come alive with everything from jazz to pop music.

    Ironman European Championship

    8 July 2018

    Venue: Langener Waldsee, city center

    3,000 triathletes from all over the world fight for the Ironman European Championship title. The race involves a 3.8km swim event, a 180km bike course that goes through the city centre and the surrounding regions, and the final marathon running goes on both sides of the River Main. There is also an Ironkids race for children aged five to 13 years old.

    Mainfest (Main Festival)

    3 – 6 August 2018

    Venue: Römerberg and Mainkai (Main Quay).

    At the height of summer the Römerberg old town and the banks of the river Main are transformed into a huge festival site for four days. What began as an event for fishermen and boatmen as a thanksgiving for the river and its riches, now attracts thousands of visitors from far and near for wine, fairground rides, fireworks and many other attractions.

    Museumsuferfest (Museum Embankment Festival)

    24 – 26 August 2018

    Venue: Museum Embankment (Schaumainkai)

    Frankfurt’s Museumsuferfest is a celebration of the city’s many museums and one of Europe’s largest cultural events. The festival attracts some three million visitors each year as both sides of the River Main are packed with arts and crafts stalls, music and theatre from around the world.

    Rheingau Weinmarkt (Rheingau Wine Market)

    29 August – 7 September 2018

    Venue: Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse and Opernplatz.

    In Freßgass, a lovely district in the city centre filled with restaurants, hip bars, rustic taverns and delicatessen stores, visitors can enjoy over 600 wines and sparkling wines from the Rheingau region, including the fame Rheingau Riesling.

    Autumn Dippemess

    7 – 18 September 2018

    Venue: Festplatz at the Ratsweg.

    The largest folk festival in the Rhine-Main region, this popular event offers great rides and stalls with delicious food on the Festplatz at the Ratsweg.

    Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market)

    26 November – 22 December 2018

    Venue: Römerberg.

    One of Germany’s biggest traditional Christmas markets, Frankfurt’s Weihnachtsmarkt runs for a month in the lead up to the holiday period. Hundreds of elaborate stands offer all manner of gifts, decorations and food and drink amid the historic buildings of the Römerberg and Paulsplatz.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Frankfurt


    Frankfurt’s hotel scene stretches from glamorous, five-star city centre spots to cosy, locally run pensions. Being a business-minded town, options are plentiful and all budgets are well

    catered for. If you want top-end luxury or a place to crash after a day’s sightseeing, you won’t struggle to find somewhere decent.

    Jumeirah Frankfurt

    Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 2
    60313 Frankfurt
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    Category: Luxurious

    This luxurious hotel boasts a central location and 218 rooms and suites, many of them with a fine view of the Frankfurt skyline and the Taunus Mountains. Shopping opportunities, the central train station and the airport are all within easy reach. The hotel also has two excellent restaurants on site.

    Hilton Frankfurt Airport

    The Squaire
    Am Flughafen
    60549 Frankfurt
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    Category: Luxurious

    This hotel is located in the futuristic The Squaire building at Frankfurt Airport, where a pedestrian bridge provides direct access to Terminal 1. Reception is open round the clock to welcome guests. The hotel also offers wellness and conference facilities.


    Gutleutstraße 85
    60329 Frankfurt
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    Category: Moderate

    A swanky design hotel with plush rooms and an excellent spa, luxury fiends will love this spot.

    mk|hotel Frankfurt

    Kaiserstraße 63
    60329 Frankfurt
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    Category: Moderate

    Modern accommodation that won’t break the bank. Rooms are simple, but comfortable.

    Turm Hotel

    Eschersheimer Landstraße 20
    60322 Frankfurt
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    Category: Budget

    The rooms of this friendly, modern budget hotel follow five distinct design themes: Oriental Hip, Mona Lisa, Little Gym, Avantgarde and Fresco.

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    Climate and best time to visit Frankfurt

    Frankfurt truly comes into its own in the summer. Temperatures aren’t overbearing, making it perfect for sitting outside and watching the world go by. This is the best time of year to take a river cruise and see the sights at a more leisurely pace. This being Germany, Christmas is also a great time to come and indulge in some glühwein and wander around the huge festive market which sets up in the main square, the Römerberg. Winter can be cold and brutal though, so remember to wrap up warm if you do decide to head over at this time of year.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the summer months. So unpredictability is a major factor. The average daytime temperature in January is 3°C (38°F) and in July, 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital is at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and they certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend much of their time outdoors. However, the spring and fall shoulder seasons also hold real attractions for those who want the promise of decent weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness “slow” periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when big trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Country code:+49

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.


    Shopping in Frankfurt

    Key Areas

    Frankfurt’s international reputation means it’s every inch a shopper’s paradise. Gift hunters will find trinkets on Römerberg, with antiques found in the streets around the cathedral. Food lovers should head to Große Bockenheimer Straße for delis and wine merchants.


    Sachsenhausen’s Saturday flea market, held every other week, is a great place to rummage for bargain vintage clothing and cool presents for friends back home. If you’re a foodie, the Konstablerwache square produce market, held on Thursdays and Saturdays, will leave your tummy rumbling.

    Shopping Centres

    Wander down Zeil, the main shopping street which runs from Hauptwache to Konstablerwache, to shop for major brands. If you’d rather do it all under one roof, NordWestZentrum and Schillerpassage are both excellent malls. Both are perfect days out for the shopaholic.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary in Germany, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting, such as “guten Tag” (or “grüß Gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf Wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theater, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified, on public transportation and in most public buildings.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German products as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being high in fat). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally has the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: Use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn over a long distance. Ideally, footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, make sure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe an umbrella, too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travelers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of consuming too much alcohol. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beers have ABV levels of as much as 6 or 7% and should therefore be treated with respect.

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    Visa & Immigration

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