We show you how to take advantage of one of the most important cities in Germany.
Frankfurt is considered one of the most developed cities in Germany, has become the financial center of Europe. So much so that this city resides the headquarters of the European Central Bank in the economic area, which encourages many companies to do the same. Despite being a city with a high purchasing power, flights to Frankfurt are relatively cheap, which is an excellent opportunity to get to know one of the most important cities in Germany.
A walk around the impressive skyscrapers cannot be missed, although there is much more to discover in Frankfurt. It is a city with a tremendous artistic and cultural load. We recommend eight places that are worth visiting.
Römerberg square, the historic center of Frankfurt
The square Römerberg, the most beautiful square in the city, is the main icon of Frankfurt. This long historical square is located in Altstadt, the Old Town, surrounded by ancient buildings such as the City Hall (¨ Römer ¨) and the multitude of traditional houses in the area.
Römerberg was built in the 12th century as a critical place for meetings between merchants and travelers by organizing different fairs for these purposes. One of the most popular is the Frankfurt Book Fair, which is still in force today precisely in this Plaza.
Collegiate Church of San Bartolomé, the Imperial Cathedral
The Collegiate Church or Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew is a monument located two streets from Römerberg Square. Although it is popularly called a Cathedral, it cannot be considered precisely since it is not a church where a bishop resides. The name comes from its past since, in this place, kings and emperors were crowned from the 14th to the 18th century.
Saint Bartholomew holds the category of ” Kaiserdom,” which means “Imperial Cathedral” or “Emperor’s Cathedral,” a rare seal in Germany that has been awarded to this church.
Goethe House and Museum, the life of a literary genius
The Goethe House was born and lived the famous writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe until he left Frankfurt to Leipzig. Next to the house is the Goethe Museum, where paintings and documents related to the writer are exhibited. Also, the structures have a library where you can find books of any literary style.
Goethe, born in 1749, has been considered one of the best writers in the world. His career is full of works of all kinds, such as poetry, novels, and plays. His influence went further because, together with other authors of the time, he founded a literary movement known as Sturm und Drang, a promoter of Romanticism.
Frankfurt Zoo and its nocturnal habitat
The Zoo Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt Zoo in Spanish is one of the largest and most important in Europe since it has 15 hectares divided into 13 sections. A wide variety of animals can be found, including some species currently in danger of extinction. This diversity of fauna is brought from different parts of the world so that not only species that reside in Europe can be enjoyed.
A curiosity of this Zoo is the Grzimek Haus, an area in which the darkness is recreated. Nocturnal animals live, which allows visitors to enjoy the real environment in which these species live.
Sachsenhausen district preserved antiquity.
The Sachsenhausen district is one of the most popular in Frankfurt. It is an old part far from the center that has been integrated into the city. This neighborhood was not damaged when the war bombings took place, which favors the maintenance of the old preserved buildings.
Sachsenhausen is located next to the river Main, which has allowed it to get away from urban speculation. Apart from the old structures that can be seen when walking around the area, another focus of interest, both for locals and foreigners, is the extensive range of bars and restaurants built in some of these buildings. The prices are relatively low for what Germany is accustomed to, and the atmosphere is warm and pleasant.
Main Tower, the best views of Frankfurt
Torre del Meno is one of those places that you have to visit. This Tower, thanks to its dimensions, can be seen from anywhere in the city, so it cannot be missed. At the top of this building, on the 56th floor, there is a viewpoint where you can enjoy extraordinary views of Frankfurt from 200 meters high. From there, you can see another of the most famous skyscrapers, the Commerzbank Tower.
The Torre del Meno contains the headquarters of several banks, television, and radio. The opening hours are very long since it opens at 10 in the morning until 11 at night in summer times; be careful because, in winter, it closes earlier.
Riverside of the Museums
The Bank of the Museums, Museumsufer in German, is next to the Main river, known since 1980. As the name indicates, it is an area where many museums of all kinds reside. One next to the other, you can make a route through each of them, or select the most interesting according to the taste of each one. You will find museums on decorative arts, painting, cinema, sculpture, ethnography, communications, architecture, history, contemporary art, archeology, and much more.
Not surprisingly, the Museum Bank is one of the most important cultural areas not only in Germany but also in all of Europe.
The Palm Garden, ¨Palmengarten¨, is the most important botanical garden in Frankfurt, founded 150 years ago in the heart of the city. Its origin is entirely modest since it was created by residents of the town, although its popularity has grown to become one of the most visited botanical gardens in Europe.
Although there are many plant collections, its base was formed with tropical plants from the Duchy of Nassau, mostly found in the Bahamas. Currently, the garden is divided into sections where the following types of plants and gardens can be found: Palmenhaus, rose garden, rockery, heather garden, bush garden, the flower house, steppe meadow, the alpine house, the subantarctic house, cactus garden, and Palmengarten.
Flying to Frankfurt: practical information
Frankfurt: the basics
- Currency: The currency of Germany is the euro.
- Climate: Frankfurt has an average temperature in summer between 15 and 25 degrees. Winters are colder, although the average temperature is usually between 3 and 4 degrees.
- Time zone: The same time as in the rest of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands and one hour more than in the Canary Islands.
- Annual highlights: The Spring Festival is a celebration full of events and street markets. It takes place between the second week of April and the first of May.
When is the best time to travel to Frankfurt?
From a meteorological point of view, summer is the best season due to its warmer temperatures. However, spring and fall are also seasons of moderate temperatures that will not hamper our tourist experience at all. Winter can be more uncomfortable due to the frequent rains. In any case, traveling to Frankfurt in winter, as in all of Germany, has an extra attraction: its great Christmas markets.
From an economic point of view, Frankfurt is not a city subject to a unique temporality, although the influx increases with good weather (and, therefore, prices). In any case, the wide range of flights (including low-cost flights) does not, in principle, offer any unusual difficulty when it comes to finding cheap flights.
What do airlines fly to Frankfurt?
The offer of flights to fly to Cádiz is extensive, given the tremendous tourist interest that the city enjoys. Thus, you can choose between the best known regular airlines such as Iberia, Lufthansa, and Air Europa and low-cost airlines such as Ryanair.
How do I get around Frankfurt?
As we always say in the Traveler’s Magazine, the best way to explore a city is on foot and public transport. When it comes to a city like Frankfurt, very well connected and with a more efficient transport network, you can choose between metro, tram, train, and bus. And even for bike rental! For public transport, there are unified tickets that you can use interchangeably. Prices vary depending on the length of the journey (between € 1.60 and € 7.30). If you plan to take a lot of transport, there are tourist passes valid for a whole day or even two.