A Frankfurt travel guide – skyscrapers, rustic taverns and a wealth of museums
Architecture of contrasts
Frankfurt shows off its impressive skyline best from the Eiserner Steg bridge. To the north of Main River, Norman Foster’s Commerzbank Tower rises next to the glass and steel of the European Central Bank, home of the Euro, and the 200-metre Main Tower. But around the central Römerberg, the city is a different story. Surrounded by meticulously reconstructed timber-framed houses, the square gives way to the towering Gothic Kaiserdom cathedral. A tram service, the Ebbelwei Express, conveniently connects these two sides of Frankfurt, rattling past all the major sights.
A tree-lined, pedestrian promenade along the Main embankment is home to the city’s string of museums. Movie buffs fill the German Film Museum, while art fans find Rembrandt, Monet and Picasso on the walls of the Städel Museum. Germany’s most famous writer, Goethe, was born in Frankfurt and his 18th-century family home, in the centre, is now an inspiring museum. In the evening, Frankfurters enjoy a glass of champagne on the balcony of the Alte Oper opera house, before taking their seats inside or a a day of shopping in Frankfurt.
Eating, drinking and dancing
The rustic taverns that line the cobbled streets of Alt-Sachsenhausen, just south of the river, serve hearty Frankfurt specialities. Generous portions of pork knuckles come accompanied by Ebbelwei, the local cider-like apple wine, served in large stone jugs. Frankfurters like going for a take-away sausage on Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse, known as Fressgass, just as much as dining in the gourmet restaurants that cluster around the opera. Afterwards, there’s Fechenheim, slightly further east, where Frankfurt’s renowned clubbing scene resolves around DJ Sven Väth’s super-club Cocoon.
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