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Getting to know Frankfurt
Frankfurt is famous for being the financial capital of Germany – characterised by banks, stock exchanges and skyscrapers. But the city on the river Main has much more to offer, a vibrant and multicultural part of Germany.
The city impresses not only with its imposing rooftop skyline but also with its unique history. Frankfurt is known for its rustic apple wine pubs, the historic Old Town where you can find the Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom) and the Römer. Not to mention the Main Tower.
These and even more highlights in Frankfurt offer the opportunity for an exciting trip full of contrasts. So settle in and get to know and love this German metropolis.
Discover the city's history
A city break to Frankfurt offers sheer variety. The city has much more to offer than glittering bank towers. Traditional half-timbered houses, cosy pubs and exciting history await you in the historic Old Town. Here you can feel Frankfurt's flair around every corner.
In the heart of the Old Town, the Römer (Roman) attracts all the attention. It's the city's town hall, built in the 15th century and today a true landmark of Frankfurt. One of the reasons for this is the characteristic stepped gable façade.
The Römer is one of Germany's most beautiful town halls. A visit to the Kaisersaal is also highly recommended while you're in the area. Located directly in the Old Town, the historic town square – also called Römerberg – is an ideal starting point for exploring the best sights in Frankfurt.
Walk in the footsteps of emperors
Apart from the Römer, one of the most popular activities in Frankfurt is a visit to the Frankfurt Cathedral. Although the church is called a cathedral, it's not one! For a building to be a cathedral, it must also be the seat of a bishop – which Frankfurt Cathedral isn't. Nevertheless, the church is often called Frankfurt Cathedral.
Several German emperors were crowned in the cathedral; Maximilian II was the first crowned by the Pope in 1562. In addition to relics from the times of the Holy Roman Empire, you will also find valuable art treasures, tombs and Germany's second heaviest bell in the imperial cathedral.
A former church full of national history
The St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche) is another with a unique history going beyond the borders of Frankfurt. Formerly a Protestant church, it became the first German parliament meeting place in 1848.
Today, the building is no longer a place of worship but a political memorial and a venue for all kinds of events. You can visit the cradle of German democracy on a guided tour or on your own. Whatever you choose, this highlight of Frankfurt should not be missing from your list.
High up in 'Mainhattan'
Be sure to see the Main Tower while you're in Frankfurt. The skyscraper is one of the tallest buildings in Germany, where you can overlook the unique skyline from a 200-metre viewing platform.
Where the bear and the bull meet
The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is one of the world's largest trading centres for security papers, home to the famous Börsensaal (pit).
On the surrounding stock exchange square, see two bronze sculptures of a bear and a bull. The bull symbolises the rising stock market and the bear for the falling one. Touching the bull is said to bring good luck – do you dare to grab it by the horns?
The European Central Bank, another hub of international money trading, is just a short walk away.
Culture and architecture at the Museumsufer
Art lovers can visit the Museumsufer on the south bank of the river, one of the world's most influential and diverse museum locations. A total of 38 museums can be discovered and provide insights into contemporary art, the literary legacy of Goethe and the city's history.
In addition to cultural highlights, this area has an impressive architectural mix. Historic townhouses and modern extension buildings shape the appearance and make the Museumsufer one of the best sights in Frankfurt.
Discover Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Immerse yourself in the world of poetry in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's former home. In the Goethe House (Goethe-Haus), you'll gain detailed insights into the life and work of the famous writer.
The Gerbermühle on the banks of the Main is also strongly linked to Goethe. He loved the water mill and its surroundings so much that it also left its mark on his poetry. Due to Goethe's numerous visits, the mill is now a listed building. During your stay, find out where else in Frankfurt the poet left his mark.
A culinary excursion to the Kleinmarkthalle
In the Kleinmarkthalle (small market hall), over a hundred market stalls sell fresh food, spices and flowers. On a total area of 1,500 square metres, try regional dishes such as the famous Frankfurt Green Sauce. According to a legend, this was Goethe's favourite dish, and its one of the best things to eat in the city.
Why not try a Frankfurter sausage or a pretzel with Haddekuche? This term simply means hard cake and describes a traditional Hessian gingerbread in the shape of a rhombus.
Foodies in Frankfurt will love discovering local specialities in the city's top restaurants. Traditional cuisine is served at Ebbelwoi Unser in Sachsenhausen – spend a delicious evening in this rustic and warm pub. For special occasions, the Michelin star-winning Restaurant Français is a perfect spot, where dishes harmonise wonderfully with the wine list.
French haute cuisine full of finesse awaits you in an exclusive ambience. You can also experience high cuisine in our hotel Sofitel Frankfurt Opera. In the restaurant Schönemann, hotel guests enjoy exquisite cuisine. The hotel's patisserie is an indulgent stop, offering beautiful delicacies in Parisian style. Why not enjoy your meal on the roof terrace with a view of Frankfurt?
Frankfurt at night
After an exciting day, rustic pubs serving traditional and tasty cider are the perfect places to end the evening. You can drink the popular Ebbelwei straight or diluted with sparkling water, but always from a Gerippten – a glass with a diamond pattern.
Night owls will feel right at home in Frankfurt. Especially on warm summer evenings, when the locals meet to drink Ebbelwei on the meadows along the banks of the Main. The later it gets, the more crowded the surrounding bars and pubs become.
One of the top bars in Frankfurt is The Tiny Cup, which seats just 16 people. There's nothing tiny about the drinks menu, including in-house cocktail creations and classics. Those who prefer to party in the city's clubs can explore the areas of Sachsenhausen and Hanauer Landstraße.
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