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Frankfurt
Travel Guide

This European economic capital on the Main River features world-class museums, sweet apple wine and Germany’s only skyscrapers.

Frankfurt is the financial center of Europe. It is home to the European Central Bank and is one of the wealthiest cities in Germany. As the only city in the country to feature skyscrapers, Frankfurt has a skyline that is its best-known landmark. The city is also known for its world-class museums and apple wine.

The city is not just modern buildings. Visit the Old Town (Altstadt) to get a sense of how Frankfurt looked before it became the financial capital of the European Union. Though much of the city was destroyed in Allied bombing during World War II, many of the buildings of the Old Town were salvaged or faithfully rebuilt. Gabled townhouses make up the Römer, Frankfurt’s town hall since the 15th century. The gothic clock tower of the ancient Frankfurt Cathedral looms overhead.

Frankfurt has many world-class museums. More than 10 of them are located in Museumsufer (Museum Embankment), an area along the south side of the Main River in the Sachsenhausen district. Among the museums is the German Museum of Architecture, the Senckenberg, a natural history museum, and the Städel, which has an impressive collection of art that spans more than 700 years. Across the river, visit the Museum of Modern Art to see one of the best collections of post-World War II and contemporary art in the world.

In addition to the German staples of beer and sausage, Frankfurt has its own culinary specialties. Eat Handkäse mit Musik, which is a tart cheese served with onions, or Grüne Soße, a tangy green sauce typically served with eggs and potatoes. Accompany it with Ebbelwoi, apple wine. Sachsenhausen provides plenty of traditional bars and restaurants in which to sample these special Frankfurt concoctions.

Frankfurt has one of the most extensive subway systems in the world. Split between the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn, public transportation serves nearly the whole city, as well as the surrounding areas. If you are driving, it is recommended to park near an outer station and take the train from there, because inner-city garages quickly fill up.

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Where to stay in Frankfurt

Top Hotels in Frankfurt

Hampton by Hilton Frankfurt Airport
Hampton by Hilton Frankfurt Airport
3.5 out of 5
Thea Rasche Straße 6, Frankfurt, Hessen
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $70 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Frankfurt Airport Area, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Squaire and Gateway Gardens. Lufthansa Flight Training Center and Frankfurt City Forest ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,057 reviews)

"Very close to the airport, perfect location. Hotel was very clean and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2020

Hampton by Hilton Frankfurt Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
3 out of 5
THE SQUARE, Am Flughafen, Frankfurt, HE
The price is $121 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

This family-friendly Frankfurt hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Gateway Gardens, The Squaire, and Lufthansa Flight Training Center. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,404 reviews)

"Fantastic location as you can walk to the check in desks in no time at all. Great standards of hygiene on the room in these covid times - door seal which you break as you enter the room, so you know you're the next person in after Housekeeping"…"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
 Hotel Miramar
Hotel Miramar
3 out of 5
Berliner Straße 31, Frankfurt, HE
The price is $40 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Romerberg, Maintower, and Alte Oper. Staedel Museum and Frankfurt Trade Fair are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (267 reviews)

"Friendly, well located, decent-sized rooms........"…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2020

Hotel Miramar
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Frankfurt

Limehome Darmstadt
Limehome Darmstadt
3.5 out of 5
Wilhelminenstraße 10, Darmstadt
The price is $56 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Mitte, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Darmstadt State Theatre and Luisenplatz Square. Darmstadt Palace and Hessisches Landesmuseum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)

"Really nice structure, one of the best where i have ever been"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Limehome Darmstadt
INNSiDE by Melia Frankfurt Eurotheum
INNSiDE by Melia Frankfurt Eurotheum
Neue Mainzer Str. 66-68, Frankfurt, HE
The price is $138 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22

Located in Innenstadt, this boutique aparthotel is steps from Financial District and Maintower. Alte Oper and Zeil Shopping District are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (403 reviews)
Nice, but a bit pricey for what you get

"Excellent view from the 28th floor. The room was very simple, while the size was ok. It's a bit pricey for what you get. But the view is fantastic and the breakfast was good. Communication and staff was excellent."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

INNSiDE by Melia Frankfurt Eurotheum
Capri by Fraser Frankfurt
Capri by Fraser Frankfurt
4 out of 5
Europa-Allee 42, Frankfurt, HE
The price is $82 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Located in Gallus, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Frankfurt Trade Fair and Skyline Plaza. Festhalle Frankfurt and Congress Center Messe Frankfurt ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (646 reviews)

"The staff was really great, very friendly. There was not a single thing i did not like about it. It had everything! Very clean and tidy. Very good!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Capri by Fraser Frankfurt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Frankfurt

Access to a car is generally unneeded in Frankfurt, a relatively compact city with a population of 750,000. The city center is easy to walk around, and there is a highly efficient public transportation system. Get around by Metro (divided into S-bahn and U-bahn networks), bus, tram and commuter railway. Consider bicyle travel, which is made easier by the bike paths that loop all over the city. Visit the Frankfurt Transport Authority website.Browse Frankfurt rental cars.

Best time to visit

Frankfurt’s weather is warmest from June to August, with daytime temperatures averaging in the high 70s F (25 C and above). This is a great time of year to visit, but spring and fall make great alternatives too; you will have cooler weather, but the landscapes of the city and its surrounds will have extra character. Admire the blooming flowers in spring, and colorful foliage in fall.

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Reviews of Frankfurt

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VG

Mar 24, 2020

I visited many times over the years. Keeps getting better every time.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Frankfurt is bustling with lots of people. We found a nice restaurant and enjoyed dinner before returning to the hotel via S-Bahn.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

A great city overall. The newly redone area near the Opera is fantastic. Other areas seem a bit drab.

3/5 - Okay

Charlotte

Feb 20, 2020

Frankfurt is a boring city, we only go there for business.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

We needed a place to stay overnight, flying in from The Canary Islands one evening, and flying home to the US the next morning. We didn’t have time to visit Frankfurt, but the Steigenberger had many great amenities and we ate at the German Restaurant

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 7, 2020

Overall good hotel

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