In the centre of Germany lies the metropolis of Frankfurt, itself a beating heart for business, transportation and industry. Frankfurt’s unique skyline of medieval buildings and glass skyscrapers is home to a great number of cultural attractions.

Whether you travel there by plane, train or car, make sure you read our guide to a city break to Frankfurt to make the most of you trip.

Ancient City

The gothic St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral is a dominant feature in the Frankfurt skyline. The Cathedral was the former crowning place for Holy Roman Emperors, and visitors can admire the architecture and art within. During the spring and summer, visitors can climb the tower of the Cathedral, and will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the city.

Visit Frankfurt’s City Hall, the Römer, to see some landmark architecture. The beautiful interior of the Römer building is matched by the medieval façade and balcony. Reconstructions and restorations have taken place since 1945. The Römer is one of many charming buildings to stroll around in the Romenberg Plaza, where you can visit Christmas markets in the winter, or enjoy lunch at a café in the summertime.

Visit the birthplace of the most famous son of Frankfurt, Johann Wolfgang Goethe. The Goethe House and the Goethe Museum were perfectly reconstructed after WWII, and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The Museum showcases a collection of paintings and sculpture from the 18th and 19th century. Goethe House has been restored with furnishings and decorations for the late Baroque period, and Goethe’s study outfitted to show how the room was when he used it to write some of his most important works.

Visit Old Sachsenhausen for a trip back in time through tree lined boulevards, down narrow cobbled streets and past ornate water fountains. Frankfurt is famous for its Ebbelwei (apple wine), and the traditional inns of Old Sachsenhausen are a great place to sample some of this delicious drink, along with a pretzel and lunch.

Visit Höchst, on the banks of the river Main. This picturesque area is Frankfurt’s oldest district, and home to some stunning medieval architecture. Stroll around the City Fortifications, the Old Town Hall, the Customs Tower, and the romantic Bolongaro Palace and visit exhibitions inside Höchst Castle.

Modern Metropolis

For an experience of contemporary Frankfurt, look no further than the ‘Zeil’ – the city’s most popular shopping destination. You will find department stores as well as boutique shops lining the street, as well as two shopping centres, ‘Zeilgalerie’ and ‘Frankfurt Hoch 4’. The Zeilgalerie has a special viewing platform with gorgeous views over the city skyscrapers towards the mountains.

On weekends, take a trip on the Ebbelwei Express. This colourful tram takes tourists around the city centre with a glass of Ebbelwei and pretzels, and allows you to get on and off to visit attractions along the route.
Experience the beauty of Frankfurt from on high with a trip to the Main Tower. As the highest building in Frankfurt, Main Tower not only gives a spectacular panorama of the city, but offers visitors a chance to purchase souvenirs from a shop, visit modern art exhibitions and relax with a good meal in a restaurant with amazing views.

No trip to Frankfurt would be complete without a visit to Frankfurt museum embankment. A must see is the Städel museum, which displays collections of art from the old masters to contemporary painters. The nearby Deutsches Filmmuseum (German Film Museum) is a great place to learn more about the history and technology of film, while the Liebieghaus provides a beautiful home to sculptures.

Where To Stay

The cosy Park Inn by Radisson Frankfurt Airport Hotel is a great place to stay on your city break to Frankfurt, whether you are a tourist or business traveller. The hotel has a well-equipped fitness centre, a stylish restaurant offering great food and cocktails, and accepts credit cards.

Based as it is in the transportation hub of Germany, the hotel offers fantastic transport connections for guests. Our hotel has access to car hire facilities at the Airport, with underground parking spaces and electric car chargers available for guests. A hotel shuttle transports guests to and from Frankfurt International Airport, and visitors can easily reach train stations from the hotel.

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