This is the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28/08/1749) and the place of his youth. Of greatest historical significance is the "Dichterzimmer" (poet's study) on the third floor, which is where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived and wrote such celebrated works as "The Sorrows of Young Werther" and the beginnings of "Faust".
Erected in 1880 with the help of private donations, the Old Opera House was totally destroyed during World War II. The facade and the forecourt were reconstructed according to the original plans of the architect Lucae in 1981. On the third floor, there is a restaurant and bar with a terrace, which stays open until late.
The Main Tower was completed in the year 2000 and has quickly become one of the most popular sights in Frankfurt. It measures 200 meters and invites the general public to visit its rooftop observation platform. From there, you will have the most spectacular panoramic view of Frankfurt and the surrounding region.
One of the oldest and most significant museum foundations in Germany and one of the world's most outstanding art museums, featuring masterpieces from seven centuries of art. Here you will find works of art by masters like Rembrandt, Renoir, Rubens, Van Eyck and Botticelli. The completion of the Städel's underground extension is one of the most important events in the art institute's long and celebrated history. The groundbreaking architecture of the new hall is a must-see for visitors of Frankfurt.
On board KD you can enjoy the best view of Germany’s most impressive skyline. During this one-hour panorama cruise, you will pass by the Römer, the Museum Embankment and St. Paul's Church. A great way to discover the famous skyline of Frankfurt while relaxing and listening to the stories on the past, present and future of the city.
One of Frankfurt’s most popular attractions is the Applewine Express. Take a tour on this merry streetcar and become better acquainted with downtown Frankfurt while enjoying pretzels and a glass or two of Frankfurt apple wine. This particular way of sightseeing also entails background music and plenty of laughs. The starting point of the Ebbelwei-Express is at the zoo, but you can hop on and off at any of the stops.
Römerberg is a medieval square and the hub of the Old Town, Altstadt. The original Römerberg was destroyed during World War II, but it has been rebuilt since and nowadays you can once again stroll around this beautiful square and look at the various buildings. Hopefully your timing is right and you will get to witness one of the public festivals that are held here. At the centre of the square lies the Fountain of Justice (Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen), where the statue of goddess Justitia holds the scales of justice. Perhaps the most famous building here is the "Römer", which is the city hall, and has been so for the last 600 years.
Stepping into the Frankfurt Zoo is like entering another world: hold on to your hat while you marvel at all the majestic African animals and the exciting, colourful world of Madagascar. The list of foreign and exotic places and settings goes on and on and there is a total of 4,500 animals and over 500 species from across the globe here. Apart from the fixed features, there are festivals, exhibits and themed tours to enjoy as well.
Lohrberg is an amazing lookout point which gives you panoramic views over the city. There is an entire park here well suited for hiking or sports, and you can also opt to come here in the summer as there are barbecue areas available. The MainÄppelHaus will give you an insight into the topic of gardening and agriculture.
This unique boulevard of cultural institutions comprises first-class museums presenting everything from applied arts, film and architecture to art, Jewish history and ancient sculptures. Famous architects such as Richard Meier and O.M. Ungers were involved in the construction and expansion of many of the architectonic gems on display. A few examples are the fine art Städel Museum with its underground exhibition spaces, the German Film Museum, the Communication Museum and the Jewish Museum. The Museum Embankment Festival, one of Europe's largest cultural festivals, takes place every year at the last weekend in August.
The English Theatre Frankfurt has gained fame as the largest English-speaking theatre in continental Europe. It has become a major player in the Rhine-Main region's cultural scene since its foundation in 1979. Its repertoire comprises comedy, drama, poetry slams and musicals.
The Dialog Museum in Frankfurt's east end is no ordinary museum: Dialogue in the Dark is an exhibition to discover the unseen. Blind guides lead the visitors through 6 completely lightless rooms in which everyday situations are simulated, such as walking through a park, a boat trip, or visiting a bar.
With its 95 meter high tower rising over the city centre, this Cathedral is hard to miss. Consecrated in the name of St Bartholomew in 1239, this cathedral was officially chosen to serve as the electoral site for kings of the Holy Roman empire in 1356. Ten imperial coronations took place here between 1562 and 1792.
Some 70 kilometres in length, the Frankfurt Green Belt is the most important natural feature of the RheinMain Regional Park. This beautiful band of green consists of mixed-fruit orchards, nature reserves, brooks and streams, parks and gardens as well as sports and recreation facilities.
Kleinmarkthalle, a 1,500-sq/m indoor market hall, is a culinary paradise beyond compare. Some 156 market stalls sell all kinds of fresh foods, produce and flowers. Aside from the many regional specialities available, such as Frankfurt's famous "Green Sauce", visitors will also find a superb assortment of international delicacies, imported from the four corners of the Earth. Those feeling a bit peckish are urged to try some of the delicious specialities on offer right away, freshly prepared on site.
Adolf Wagner is Frankfurt's most famous apple cider bar. Similar in style to a beer hall with its brown wall panelling, this is the place to sample cider served in large blue and white pitchers. Beer and wine are also available. The menu offers a wide variety of traditional German food such as schnitzel, pork knuckle, Rindswurst (beef sausage) with sauerkraut, homemade Bratwurst and much more.
If you are craving Sicilian-Italian food, then this restaurant is for you. The owner has a big heart and will do his very best to make sure you enjoy your evening as well as your meal. The menu is available in English, German and Sicilian and the staff is very accommodating and friendly.
The hotel restaurant Sèvres serves modern and refined cuisine prepared with the highest quality and organic produce. The menu reflects the Asian, South American and Classic European cuisine, all prepared by skilful chefs. The elegance of the hotel also permeates the restaurant.
This is a unique restaurant where you can sit on the floor and wiggle your toes in the sand. You will be surrounded by lit candles and music to help you imagine you are actually right there, in the heart of Africa, a feast for all your senses. The menu offers culinary delicacies from Eritrea, which are freshly prepared in the family kitchen.
What better mark can a Japanese restaurant get than frequently returning Japanese guests? Going to Iwase means that you'll get to share the experience with many Asian people. The sushi and sashimi are fresh and tasty, and the environment is authentically Japanese. Other dished served are tempura, dumplings, noodles and much more.
Klosterhof is a beer hall just as much as a restaurant serving local gastronomy and the selection of beers is quite impressive. It all breathes authentic German: the portions are generous and the atmosphere soars up to the ceiling. The place is always crowded and you will surely have a great experience in there.
With one Michelin star, Erno's Bistro is worth a stop for its high quality French cuisine. This cosy and charming bistro with red-checked tablecloths offers food prepared with top ingredients and premium wine to accompany the food. The extensive wine list with more than 600 wines is quite impressive. Booking is advisable.
Another good place to try the famous apple wine is at the Dauth Schneider. You can find it in a cellar down a cobblestoned street. German and international food including seasonal specialities are served here. Enjoy dishes such as grilled spare ribs with sauerkraut, boiled beef with Frankfurter green sauce, Frankfurter sausages, Wiener Schnitzel and much more.
Located in the city centre, Zarges a restaurant and a cafe, which both are highly appreciated. The cafe part has a dizzying number of pies, cookies, chocolates, and jam on the menu, and they also serve beverage such as fruit juice, apple cider and coffee, including the French gourmet tea Mariage Frères.
This German coffeeshop chain with several locations, mainly in Germany, offers the concept of "feel like home", a place where to meet friends and family. Coffee Fellows in Kaiserstraße is a peaceful oasis right in the middle of the bustling city. The minute you enter, the enticing smell of fresh cookies, coffee and chocolate puts you in a good mood.
Café Mozart, established over 100 years ago, provides an appreciated haven after shopping all day - it lies right by the main shopping street Zeil. Drop in for breakfast or lunch and enjoy the friendly and cultivated atmosphere. If you have a sweet tooth, try their homemade specialities, cake and famous tarts such as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry tart), Schweizer Nußtorte or Frankfurter Krokant Kranz.
With a view over the rooftops of Frankfurt, the Maintower Restaurant & Lounge offers a modern and first-class place to enjoy a drink or two. From the drink menu you can pick everything from champagne to fine wines, long drinks, beer and soft drinks. Here you can also have dinner or an aperitif before a night out.
Right in the heart of the city you can find Jazzkeller, a club that has hosted some of the world's best jazz musicians through the years. The club is normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays unless there is a special concert. All other nights of the week you can enjoy live concerts and jam sessions.
Club Voltaire is a cultural club that offers different events and readings, perfect for all culture vultures out there. Here you can also enjoy traditional food and drinks such as various beer, carefully selected wines, soft drinks, long drinks and spirits for a reasonable price.
Barhundert is a bustling bar right in the middle of the city. Here you can drink carefully prepared cocktails, done with quality spirits, fresh fruits and herbs, both classics and unique ones. A place where to enjoy an evening out with friends and listen to DJs spinning electronic music.
If you are a rock, metal, techno or indie fan, you will feel right at home at the Elfer Music Club. Here you can enjoy live music, DJ acts, grab a few beers and head over to the dance floor. Although it is a small club, the vibe is cool and many top-class concerts are held by new upcoming bands.
For a traditional English and guest friendly pub you can head to the Birmingham Pub, in the heart of Frankfurt. This cosy place shows all major sport events and offers great food like salads, schnitzel and burgers, including small snacks. They also have a huge selection of international beers, wines, whiskeys and spirits, as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks.
The traditional Irish pub O'Reilly's offers a cosy atmosphere and good homemade Irish traditional food and Guinness. Besides eating and drinking, you can also watch sport events or visit for one of their karaoke nights. They also have pool and darts, if you are up for a game.
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The Zeil is the main shopping street in Frankfurt, lined with international department stores, specialty shops, elegant boutiques and the top modern shopping centre called Zeil Galerie. A large part of this bustling street is a pedestrian area, and here you will find everything from clothing to footwear, jewellery and electronics.
At Heinemann Duty Free you can find international brand products at great duty free prices with the best service. You can expect a varied and exclusive range of perfumes, cosmetics, spirits, as well as confectionery and tobacco products from top international brands. The product range is complemented by regional specialities, delicacies and souvenirs.
Located in the centre of Frankfurt, MyZeil is one of the largest shopping and leisure centres in Germany. The gigantic curved glass facade of the mall makes the architecture modern and unique, and the building itself is worth a visit. Here you will find eight levels of shopping, dining and leisure, so make sure you have time on your side. Check out the roof terrace, from which you can enjoy great views of the city.
If you are looking for Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Escada and Versace, your best bet is to head for Goethestraße, a more exclusive version of Zeil. This is the premier place for high-end shopping, a street where top-class international designer stores are lined up including Tiffany & Co.
The Sachsenhausen area, south of the river Main, is a more charming shopping area that caters to younger people. The main street, Schweizerstraße, is full of delis, bookshops, trendy cafes and fashion stores. The general pace of things is also slower here than over on Zeil.
Those who are looking for funkier shopping should go to the Bornheim area. Bergerstraße in particular has exciting design, fashion and vintage shops, including cafes, restaurants and bars, making it the perfect place where to combine shopping with a relaxing coffee or lunch break.
Near Zeil, there is the Schillerstraße that has a nice market every Friday morning to afternoon. A market in a business orientated district that brings the area to live once a week. Here you can buy fresh food and vegetables, but also handicrafts and a bunch of oddities.
The boutique Kontrast, on Hanauer Landstraße 297, in the Ostend area, has six floors of modern furniture design in a distinctively East Berlin style building. Unique and high-quality items are sold here and, although the prices are high and you may not buy anything, it is easy to lose yourself among the beautiful pieces.
Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Flughafen Frankfurt Airport is located twelve kilometres from the city centre. It is the second largest airport in Europe. At the airport you can find both a regional train station and a long-distance train station. Local trains conveniently connect the airport with the city’s main railway station. There is also a large number of buses and shuttles to get to and from the airport. You can find them outside Terminal 1 and 2. Taxis and car rental companies are represented at the airport.
The Hahn Airport, which also serves Frankfurt, is located 110 kilometres to the west of the city. Buses depart from the main terminal for the 1 hour 45 minute journey. Tickets are available on board. Taxis and car rental companies are represented at the airport. You will find the taxi stands in front of the terminal. Taxi am Hahn +49 65 43 35 14 www.taxi-am-hahn.de Taxi Konrad +49 65 43 20 10 www.taxi-konrad.de
From late spring (April to May) to early autumn (including summer) is the best time to visit Frankfurt. This is when the city enjoys mild temperatures and sunny days, and when trees are in full bloom making it a pleasure to explore the city on foot. The summer is normally warm, at about 25°C and this is the peak season when to expect a lot of tourists, fairs, outdoor events and festivals. From mid-September to mid-October the city gets ready for the beautiful golden autumn. To get a good look at the spectacular autumn colours, head to one of Frankfurt’s sky-high towers and soak in the sight. Oktoberfest is also held in Frankfurt, it might not be as big as in Munich, but it is a celebration that kicks off mid-September and goes through the first week of October with plenty of exciting events, beer, food and music. If you are into Christmas markets then December is the period to visit Frankfurt: this is when the city hosts one of Germany’s largest Christmas markets.
Frankfurt's local transport consists of commuter trains, streetcars, buses and an underground system. The Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main - or Frankfurt Transport Authority (VGF) - is Frankfurt's main public transport operator. The public transit system in Frankfurt is also part of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) who is the operator of one of Germany's largest public transport networks. There are several types of tickets to buy whether you are a day guest or travelling in a group. Tickets can be bought from four sales outlets of VGF, (Hauptwache, Konstablerwache, Bornheim Mitte underground station, Höchst station) including from ticket machines, card-o-mat machines and at numerous private sales outlets. You can also get your ticket on the bus. Weekly, monthly and annual tickets can be ordered online. Tourists can also purchase a "Frankfurt Card" with unlimited travel, discounts at museums and guided city tours. The card is available at visitor information centres, travel agencies, the main train station and the airport. The buses also run every night between 1:00 and 4:00 (www.nachtbus-frankfurt.de).