An introduction to Frankfurt

09May11

Frankfurt is the largest city in the province of Hesse and Germany’s centre of business, travel and opera. Located on the River Main, go and see it for its skyline alone.

Frankfurter suasages - just called sausages in Frankfurt?

Frankfurt is Germany’s fifth biggest city and has the country’s busiest airport – it’s a major stopover for flight transfers and connections. It’s also a commerce centre and the home of Germany’s stock exchange.

One of the things you notice on your first visit to Frankfurt is the skyline; the city has the most spectacular skyscrapers in Europe. It also notably holds the extravagant Frankfurt Automobile Show each year

Best times to visit the city are in spring or the autumn. Frankfurt sits in the centre of Europe and so is subject to a continental climate; meaning very hot summers and freezing cold winters.

One of the city’s best sites is Romerberg, this is one of Frankfurt’s oldest areas. It actually still has the remains of Roman ruins from the civilisations habitation there. The area is also home to a host of medieval churches and towers as well as numerous coffee shops and other such places to relax in.

Frankfurt also has a proud opera tradition, The Alte Oper which was built in 1880 showcases this past. Though it is not used anymore, it is still a shining example of the city’s proud music tradition. The Oper Frankfurt however is still in use – an extravagant opera house with over the top sets and is a great place to see opera.

The other thing Frankfurt is famous for is its stock market. A visit to the Borse will show the busy comings and goings of the markets. There is also a statue of a bull and a bear – historical signifiers of the sort of trading market.

Frankfurt’s skyline is a one of the most extravagant things about the city, the capital of the province of Hesse holds some world renowned institutions, including the European Central Bank. Some of the best views of the city can be seen from The Main Tower, which for a fee allows you entrance to its top level 200m up.

Another thing to note when visiting Frankfurt is the Paulskiche building; this is the old parliament and the home of the first democracy in Germany.

Frankfurt is a museum stronghold; visit the German Film Museum to gain an understanding of Germany’s importance in the art of moving pictures. Art museums are also very popular in the city; two of the best are Museum Giersc, which displays a lot of regional and international art, and Städel-Museum; this houses a selection of art from all eras, many on loan from private collectors.

One of the city’s largest festivals is Museumsuferfest; this attracts up to 3 million visitors, who take part in a celebration of the city’s cultural festivities. Special attractions like bands, live dance, crafts jewellery and clothes are common at the festival.

Frankfurts oldest festival, the Dippemess (Festival of Homeware), takes place twice yearly in both Easter and September. The festival’s crafts include jars, pottery and stoneware.

The Wolkenkratzer Festival is another festival worth visiting, it’s a celebration of the city’s skyscrapers and includes base jumpers, parachutists, fireworks and laser shows.

Frankfurt is a quirky city that offers a mix of history and modern day events to keep visitors to the city happy. A very prominent place in Germany socially, financially and culturally, should you plan a visit today?

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