Introducing Frankfurt am Main
Unashamedly high-rise, Frankfurt-on-the-Main (pronounced ‘mine’) is unlike any other German city. Bristling with jagged skyscrapers, ‘Mainhattan’ – the focal point of a conurbation with some 5 million inhabitants – is a true capital of finance and business, home base for one of the world’s largest stock exchanges as well as the European Central Bank. It also hosts some of Europe’s most important trade fairs, including the largest book and motorcar fairs anywhere.
Yet Frankfurt consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities, with a rich collection of museums (second in Germany only to Berlin’s), lots of parks and greenery, a lively student scene, excellent public transport, fine dining and plenty to do in the evening. Nightspots range from cosy neighbourhood apple-wine taverns to some of Europe’s most thumping techno-discos.
Frankfurt’s airport, the region’s biggest employer, is the third-largest in Europe, handling over 56 million passengers per year.
Hotel prices rise precipitously during major trade fairs, so plan ahead if you don’t want to spend €350 a night for a very average double. For the trade-fair schedule, go to www.messefrankfurt.com or www.frankfurt-tourismus.de (click ‘Trade Shows & Events’ and then ‘Frankfurt Trade Shows’).
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Germany - Frankfurt & Southern Rhineland (Chapter)
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Frankfurt City Tour
Enjoy a two-hour Frankfurt sightseeing tour by open-top bus and see the contrasting sides of Frankfurt. Commonly known as an international trade hub, the city of Frankfurt actually boasts many different facets, with beautiful Baroque architecture, lively plazas and impressive modern skyscrapers.
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Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip from Frankfurt
Visit two of Germany's most charming places on a full-day trip from Frankfurt. With an expert guide to show you around Heidelberg, you'll explore the ruins at Heidelberg Castle and see its medieval Old Town, the Karl Theodor Bridge and Heidelberg University.