Introducing the city

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About Frankfurt

Germany's fifth-largest city, Frankfurt is developing at a rapid pace with bold skyscrapers, dozens of fascinating museums and verdant green parks dotted among its elegant streets.

If all you can picture when thinking about Frankfurt is a sausage lying in a bun, you’re either hungry or need to improve your knowledge on this wonderful German metropolis. With a population of around 720,000, Frankfurt is Germany’s third most visited city and is the financial capital of continental Europe. A huge player on the global banking scene, the city is home to the world’s largest stock exchange as well the European Central Bank's HQ.

Aside from its economic thumbprint and skyline of glass, steel and concrete, Frankfurt also has a traditional, fun and historic side. Its abundance of world class museums (second only Berlin’s collection), the solid nightlife scene (sustained by the resident student population), and many tourist-friendly extras (like the city zoo), make this a great weekend break destination. Even better, Frankfurt is also recognised as a green success story; 'roughly half' of the city is made up of wide, open spaces. And if you still can’t stop thinking about a hotdog for lunch, then don't panic, there are plenty of those too.

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When Should You Visit?

The months either side of July and August are slightly less busy and June and September also experience many warm days. The weeks leading up to Christmas are great for those who enjoy a festive atmosphere.

Frankfurt has a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers; it receives a moderate amount of rainfall that can occur at any time of year. Although spring begins chilly, by May temperatures can reach 20 degrees Celsius. Most outdoor events are during the summer when temperatures hover in the mid 20s. Come autumn, temperatures are similar to those found in spring (this is also when many conventions and trade shows arrive in the city). Snow is rare in winter and temperatures sit just above freezing on most days - Frankfurt's Christmas market is hugely popular.

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Travioor top tips

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Insider Info

  • On a budget? The Frankfurt Card which you can get for one or two days, gives you unlimited public transport in the inner zone and 50% off entry to 24 museums, the zoo and the Palm Garden, as well as discounts in some stores and restaurants.

  • If you’d prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city centre, there are some fascinating neighbourhoods with 19th century streets and some hidden gems which are usually overlooked by tourists.

  • Accommodation prices can rocket when trade shows are scheduled in the city so avoid these periods if they don’t interest you.

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Food and drink

Main Course £10.07 | 12.00 €

3-Course Meal £35.68 | 42.50 €

Cappuccino £2.40 | 2.86 €

Beer £2.94 | 3.50 €

The Scene

Sausages are Frankfurt's local delicacy, with favourites like the Frankfurter Wuerstchen often served to accompany beverages in taverns and pubs. Another speciality is gruene sosse (green sauce) which is normally poured over potatoes and meat. However, one of the biggest traditions is Apfelwein (also known as Ebbelwoi), an apple cider. Look out for Ebbelwoi bars throughout the city, the most popular are on the south side of the Main River in Sachsenhausen.

As for the nightlife, there is a thriving student population in the city so there are many areas to enjoy a drink or three. A host of underground nightclubs and bars can be found around the Bockenheim area, with many open until the early hours.

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History

Frankfurt’s Story

The city of Frankfurt has overcome many disasters and events to become the third most visited city in Germany. In the late 16th Century the Frankfurt Börse started trading in the city leading to many financial institutions eventually establishing themselves there as its economic reputation grew (the European Central Bank opened in the city in 1998).

In its early years of success, the city also experienced several catastrophes; a plague killed residents in the 1630s, two huge fires swept through the Jewish Quarter in the early 18th Century and WWII destroyed many of the city’s attractions. However, alongside these disasters were huge advancements in Frankfurt's cultural and economic value - the Alte Oper opened in 1880, a major railway station was built in 1888 and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University opened its doors to students in 1914. Today the city is home to people from over 200 different nationalities.

Language

Hallo | Hello
Danke | Thank you

German

German is the official language of Frankfurt but English is widely spoken by almost everyone in touristy areas. Many Frankfurters also speak a dialect called Frankfurterisch so you may hear phrases or words you wouldn’t normally hear elsewhere in Germany. If you want to learn some basic German, we’ve listed some below:

  • Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen
  • Do you speak English?: Sprechen Sie Englisch?
  • Excuse me: Entschuldigen Sie

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Need to know

+49 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Take the U-Bahn for the underground and overground, and the S-Bahn for connections to the suburbs (although delays are common on this service).
  • There are some bike taxis which are good for seeing the sights.
  • Bicycles are also a good way to get around the city.
  • Tipping is not expected although most people leave a small tip of between 5-10%.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Germany here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. The Römerberg

Embrace Frankfurt’s most picturesque public square, The Römerberg, with its historic buildings and attractions.

2. Opera Square

Visit Opera Square home to the old Alte Oper and the new Opern-und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt.

3. Museums

The incredible city museums include the Senckenberg Natural History Museum, which features Europe's biggest exhibition of large dinosaurs.

4. Palm Garden

Take in the beauty of the 54-acre Palm Garden, the largest botanic garden in Germany.

5. Main Tower

Experience 360° panoramic views of the city from the 650ft Main Tower.


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