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Frankfurt may be Germany’s economic hub with smart business districts and a skyline filled with skyscrapers but it is so much more, a city just waiting to be discovered, history is all around for those that choose to look, the old part of the city filled with architecture and traditional culture that gives an added dimension to this most modern of cities.Frankfurt enjoys a year round appeal with trade fairs, exhibitions and shows that bring in visitors from all over the world, adding an international flavour that only enhances the ambience of the city; the nightlife is diverse, from the traditional jazz scene, to chic nightclubs and bars that offer all the excesses of any cosmopolitan destination. Whether you are in Frankfurt for that short city break or are taking it in as part of a tour of the beautiful Rhineland wine region, this is one destination that offers unexpected treasures and delight.
With the constant stream of business and convention visitors it is essential that you book your room in Frankfurt in advance, and although weekends are often cheaper real bargains are hard to find; if your budget is restricted Ibis Frankfurt and the Intercity Hotel are both reliable chains whilst the centrally located Manhattan offers affordability at the very heart of the action.Those looking for luxury have no shortage of possibilities in Frankfurt, the Hessischer Hotel is filled with beautiful antiques and a real feel of luxury and opulence making your stay feel extra special, or even more grand is the Steissenberger Hotel Frankfurter Hof, the hotel of choice for the biggest political and business names, and with huge suite boasting the finest in materials it is no wonder that this is the one they choose.
The most famed from Frankfurt has to be the frankfurter, smoked sausage that seems to taste better the closer to Frankfurt you are, this isn’t all that the city has to offer though, cream sauces, picked vegetables and cured meats are all popular, particularly when washed down with apfelwein, the distinctive drink of the region.Some of the best German food is served in some pretty special buildings, try Altes Zollhaus with its 230 year half timber frame, Gerbermuhle with amazing food served in a traditional 15th century building, or enjoy something much more modern with Maintower, perched at the top of a skyscraper and offering a menu of high end food and carefully executed cocktails. For a more international flavour book a table at Paparazzi or Vapiano and enjoy the best Italian flavours, or Almso or Manolya for an authentic taste of Turkey.
Frankfurt’s most famous son is author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe and a visit to Goethe-Museum and Goethe-Haus is an essential part of your Frankfurt trip, rebuilt after WW II the house has been rebuilt to show life exactly how it was for this great man, whilst the next door Goethe Museum hold some of the best examples of German baroque and romantic artwork held within Germany, tours and audio visual guides are readily available to enhance your experience.Frankfurt is a great city to explore, and walking is the simplest way to see the very best, offering great routes along the riverbank and through the city forest, if you fancy something a little tougher the Taunnus Hills are great for hiking and are easily reached by train. Another great way to see the city is to take a river cruise, even the shortest of these trips offer a completely new vista of the city, and if pursuits away from the city appeal, a short drive takes you to some of Germany’s best vineyards, and the opportunity to taste world famous Rieslings.
With a mild climate throughout the year Frankfurt is popular as a city break throughout the year, summers are warm and winters are much like our own, festivals are popular in the city and the summer months see many cultural events, throughout November and December the Christmas markets also give the city an amazing fairytale appeal.. One of the biggest events during the year is the Frankfurt Book Fair held during October, this hugely historic event sees a massive influx of visitors into the city, and bringing with it the inevitable price rises, similarly the bi-annual Frankfurt Car Show held during odd numbered years during September also brings in the crowds – whether you consider this a good or bad time to travel depends entirely on your interest in these exhibitions.