Kempinski Blog Article
Sitting in the heart of central Germany, Frankfurt (or as it's known in German, Frankfurt-am-Main) is a vibrant capital for business and finance. It is best known for hosting some of the world's largest tradeshows, however there is a lot more to Frankfurt than plentiful business opportunities, and the city is a great place to explore.
There's no disputing Frankfurt's iconic skyline. But, sitting at the very heart of the city, you will find the opposite of this modernity – Frankfurt's Altstadt.
Translating literally as 'old town', within Altstadt you will find historic architecture in abundance.
From St. Paul's Church to the Fountain of Justice and the Old Opera House, there are plenty of sights and cultural treats to take you back in time.
There are many attractions to visit, but you will also want to take a walk around the area, enjoying the charming atmosphere of what was once a small German town. You will find lots of walking tours that can show you around this wonderful part of Frankfurt, and it is an ideal place to enjoy a coffee or meal outdoors on a warm day.
Along with the typical German cuisine of wholesome sausages and rich ales, Frankfurt has a few delicacies all of its own, too. Perhaps more appreciated by locals than visitors, Handkäse mit Musik is worth trying if you have a curious palette.
This dish is made up of lightly buttered dark brown (almost rye-like) bread, topped with a thin slice of a curdled quark cheese (the Handkäse element of the dish). Lastly, the 'Musik' is added - a mix of vinegar, onion and caraway seeds.
If you can’t be tempted by the savoury selection, you might find that a sweet treat is more to your liking. Bethmänchen is an indulgence for any almond-lover, and is widely available in bakeries across the city. The Bethmänchen is a biscuit coated with almonds on the outside, often toasted, and has delicious marzipan hidden in the centre.
The third most popular city destination in Germany, Frankfurt is perfect for a short break. It is home to some of the most spectacular buildings in Germany, as well as some of the most interesting museums, galleries, theatres and restaurants in Europe. Below, we have outlined just a few of the attractions and sights on offer.
Ranked as the most popular attraction in Frankfurt, the Staedel Museum houses countless pieces of art. With a collection that is often labelled as one of the most important in Europe, if not the world, the museum hosts many visiting exhibitions as well as displaying its regular collection of works.
Children under the age of 12 can enter the museum for free, but like many museums and galleries in Frankfurt, the Staedel Museum isn't open on Mondays.
Sitting in the heart of the Altstadt, the Römer is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The medieval structure has been the city hall of Frankfurt for around 600 years, and though it is used day-to-day for typical city hall activities like civil ceremonies, the Römer is also known to occasionally host exhibitions celebrating the city's history.
In the surrounding area, you will find a delightful range of cafes and shops in the square - a place to get a true taste of Frankfurt's old town.
From April to October, Frankfurt is one of the most pleasant cities to explore in Europe. A temperate climate means that, as much as there is to see inside, there is plenty of outdoor space to be enjoyed on your visit, too. Palmengarten is one of two botanical gardens in the city, and here you will find a wide range of green life.
Rare species, strongly scented flowers and lots of greenhouses and climate-controlled areas make for a fascinating visit, regardless of whether you are an expert or an enthusiast when it comes to nature. The gardens also host a range of events and concerts throughout the year - be sure to check the upcoming events ahead of your visit.
As one of the most popular cities in Europe, and one of the largest in Germany, getting to Frankfurt is simple. Flying into Frankfurt Airport is a very easy way of accessing the city and all it has to offer.
The airport itself is the country's busiest, and offers passengers a range of easy and quick ways of getting into the city centre. Taxis are a common method for those that need to be at a specific location in the city centre quickly, but many opt to use the S-Bahn instead. Taking around 10-15 minutes depending on when you depart, the trains that make up the S-Bahn are a quick and highly affordable way of travelling around the city.
In fact, the S-Bahn is often said to be the most convenient way of getting around the city once you have arrived, too. Just remember to buy your ticket on the machines on the platform or in the station before boarding the train - you should be able to choose the language on the terminals in order to make purchasing your ticket easier.
If you are looking to stay in the city, be it overnight or longer, ensure you take a look at Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt Gravenbruch. Here, you will find a range of rooms and suites to suit your travel needs, as well as restaurants, bars, a luxury spa and excellent event space facilities - all just a short taxi or train ride from the heart of the city.