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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

Bahnhofsviertel showing interior views and railway items

Bahnhofsviertel

3.5/5Good!(359 area reviews)

Visitors to Bahnhofsviertel love its popular shops, and you can check out Kaiserstrasse and Museumsufer. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Central U-Bahn.

Bahnhofsviertel
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Frankfurt Airport Area

4/5Very Good!(1,155 area reviews)

Frankfurt Airport Area is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Lufthansa Flight Training Center and The Squaire while in the area.

Frankfurt Airport Area
Sachsenhausen which includes a bar, street scenes and signage

Sachsenhausen

4.5/5Wonderful!(34 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and beautiful river views, there's plenty to explore in Sachsenhausen. You can visit top attractions like Staedel Museum and German Architecture Museum, and jump on the metro at South U-Bahn or Schweizer Place U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Sachsenhausen
Congress Center Messe Frankfurt featuring modern architecture

Innenstadt

Enjoy the popular shops in Innenstadt. Alte Oper is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Frankfurt (M) Hauptwache Station or Dom-Romer U-Bahn to see more of Frankfurt.

Innenstadt
Old Town featuring heritage elements

Altstadt

4.5/5Wonderful!(277 area reviews)

Alte Oper and Römer are top sights in Altstadt, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Frankfurt (M) Hauptwache Station or Dom-Romer U-Bahn to see more sights in the area.

Altstadt
Bockenheim which includes a park and a pond

Bockenheim

4/5Very Good!(76 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and museums, there's plenty to explore in Bockenheim. Top attractions like Leipziger Strasse and Senckenberg Museum are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Frankfurt - West S-Bahn or Kirchplatz Station to see more of the city.

Bockenheim

Top Hotels in Frankfurt

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
3 out of 5
The Squaire, Am Flughafen, Frankfurt, HE
$94
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

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

4.4/5Excellent! (5,112 reviews)

"Best place to stay overnight before flight :) Nice service, clean rooms, comfy beds."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport
Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport
4 out of 5
Bessie-Coleman-Strasse 16, Frankfurt
$59
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Frankfurt Airport Area, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from The Squaire and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Lufthansa Flight Training Center. Commerzbank-Arena ...

4.2/5Very Good! (839 reviews)

"Very convenient shuttle from airport. Nice room. Good breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport
Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport
Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport
4 out of 5
De-Saint-Exupéry-Straße 4, Frankfurt, HE
$71
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Located in Frankfurt Airport Area, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Gateway Gardens and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Squaire and Lufthansa Flight Training Center. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (912 reviews)

"Excellent rooms,very reasonable and affordable pricing."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport

Popular things to do in Frankfurt

Alte Oper
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Alte Oper

4.5/5(255 reviews)

Once the city’s opera house, this building is now a concert hall that hosts some of the world’s greatest classical music ensembles.

Frankfurt Trade Fair
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Frankfurt Trade Fair

4.5/5(105 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Frankfurt Trade Fair during your trip—a top convention center in Frankfurt. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Commerzbank-Arena
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Commerzbank-Arena

4/5(132 reviews)

Experience the excitement of a sporting event or concert at this iconic stadium, which has hosted World Cup and Confederations Cup games. 

Romerberg
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Romerberg

4.5/5(211 reviews)

Admire the medieval architecture and experience the charm of a magical Christmas market at this pretty square, which marks the center of the Old Town.

Römer
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Römer

4.5/5(438 reviews)

Frankfurt’s vast town hall is a city landmark with a three-gabled facade and a rich history dating back over six centuries.

Skyline Plaza
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Skyline Plaza

4.5/5(120 reviews)

When you visit Skyline Plaza, a popular shopping spot in Frankfurt, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Discover the fascinating museums in this vibrant area, or seek out the jogging trails.

Top activities in Frankfurt

Heidelberg Tour incl. Castle entrance & Wine barrel
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Heidelberg Tour incl. Castle entrance & Wine barrel

82% of travellers recommend
$87
Per adult
Upper Middle Rhine Valley Tour with Wine Tasting & Lunch
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Upper Middle Rhine Valley Tour with Wine Tasting & Lunch

84% of travellers recommend
$108
Per adult
Wertheim Village Shopping Express from Frankfurt w/Gift Card
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Wertheim Village Shopping Express from Frankfurt w/Gift Card

80% of travellers recommend
$48
Per adult
Tigerpalast Varieté Theater Show
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Tigerpalast Varieté Theater Show

98% of travellers recommend
$67
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Express City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Express City Tour

$11
Per adult
Frankfurt Card
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Frankfurt Card

72% of travellers recommend
$5
Per adult

Reviews of Frankfurt

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
495
5 - Excellent 35.68853640951694%
4 - Good
627
4 - Good 45.205479452054796%
3 - Okay
237
3 - Okay 17.087238644556596%
2 - Disappointing
21
2 - Disappointing 1.514059120403749%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5046863734679163%

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 6, 2020

Frankfurt is a great location to fly in and out of, but not one of the best cities to visit. There are so many great historic cities near Frankfurt that i recommend exploring outside the city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 6, 2020

Mainly a business hub, Frankfurt lacks much in the way of historic charm. While there are some excellent museums, it’s largely a city that can be missed for tourists

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