Frankfurt, officially Frankfurt am Main, is the premier business destination in Germany. The city is a financial powerhouse, second only to London in the realm of European finance. Frankfurt sits on the Main River and sports more skyscrapers than any other city in Europe. Very modern. To give you some idea of the wheelings and dealings in this city, Frankfurt is the home of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Trade Fair. I know comparing Frankfurt to Las Vegas may seem unlikely, but both cities are known for the large numbers of trade shows held each year.
Getting There & Around
Frankfurt is a major entry point for the European Union, with the Frankfurt Am-Main airport offering numerous daily flights to various points around the globe. The airport is a quick 11 minutes by train from the city center.
In addition, the rail network can get you anyplace you need to go on the continent.
Locally, the public transportation network is excellent. You should have no trouble getting around the city without wheels.
Keeping in Touch
Country Code: 49
City Code: 69
Le Meridian Park Hotel
Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof
I need to make a trip to Frankfurt soon, just to sample the wonderful German food. I could sure go for some schnitzel right now. If you visit Frankfurt, you’re obliged to visit an Apple Wine Tavern to sample the local hard cider.
Most of the historic city was obliterated by bombs in World War II, so don’t plan on spending your free time marveling at the historic architecture. You can relive some of the city’s past in the area around the Romerberg. Goethe was born in Frankfurt, and tours of his birthplace are available. Otherwise, you can spend you time visiting the many museums that dot the city. For a little added culture, visit the opera or the theater. If you need a break from the city, you can head to the Frankfurt City Forest, the largest city forest in Germany.
Sites around the city include: Saint Bartholomeus’ Cathedral, Roemer (city hall), Saint Paul’s Church, the Old Opera House, the Frankfurt Opera House, Saint Katherine’s Church, Hauptwache (prison) and Zeil (shopping street).