Frankfurt beyond business

Frankfurt beyond business

Lovely tours, nightlife, and architecture are just a few of the attractions to this German city

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Published February 2020

If you have to go to Frankfurt on business, we recommend that you don’t limit your trip. The so-called economic and financial capital of the European Union, home to the European Central Bank, has much more to offer. Check out a list of activities for you to enjoy the fifth most populous city in Germany: 

1. Contemplating the city from the Main Tower overlook

There you’ll find the best view of the Frankfurt horizon. At 656 feet [200 m], the Main Tower has the highest public overlook in the city. If you catch the elevator, in less than a minute you’ll be on the 56th floor, on the top of this spectacular skyscraper. From there, you’ll have an idea of the city’s impressive modern architecture and how it blends in perfectly with older structures. On clear days, you’ll be able to see the Taunus and Odenwald mountains.

Main Tower: Neue Mainzer Str. 52-58, 60311

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2. Visiting the Römer building complex

Something like the heart of the city. Home to typical medieval half-timbered houses, perfectly preserved, that were built after the war. The structures date from the 15th and 16th centuries, and in the middle is the Altes Rathaus, or Old Town Hall. In the same region you’ll also find the gallery of St. Nicholas Church, which is worth a visit.

Römer: Römerberg 23, 60311

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3. Exploring the Museumsufer (or Museum Embankment)

By the banks of the Main is the city’s largest cultural and artistic complex. There you’ll find varied, striking aspects of German culture. There are several cultural spaces on both the south bank and the north bank, with a highlight to the Ikonenmuseum, the Deutsches Filmmuseum, and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. We’d also recommend the Städel, a fine arts museum dedicated to classic artists, and the Historisches Museum, which has historic objects from the Roman era to the present on display.

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4. Going to the Kleinmarkthalle market

Located in the heart of the city, this picturesque market was opened in 1870. After being bombarded during World War II, it was rebuilt in 1954. It has over 60 stands selling exotic fruits, flowers, Asian products, and an enormous variety of meats (venison, boar, pheasant, duck), in addition to delicious traditional German sausages.

Kleinmarkthalle: Hasengasse 5-7, 60311

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5. Having some Frankfurter Würstchen

If you’ve never heard of it, we can explain. Frankfurter Würstchen is a traditional sausage, known worldwide as "Frankfurt." And what better to have some in the place it was created? Made with pork meat and filled with natural sheep tripe, it undergoes a special smoking process that gives it a characteristic flavor. It’s not necessary to cook it. In just a few minutes in water, it’s ready to be devoured. Don’t forget the mustard!

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6. Toasting with an Apfelwein in the Sachsenhausen district

You can’t go to the city and not try the local cider. The famous Apfelwein is an alcoholic beverage typical of Frankfurt made from fermented apple juice. The best place to try it is the Sachsenhausen district, which is filled with taverns. The local law stipulates that this cider must be the cheapest beverage at all bars... What are you waiting for to toast with it?

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