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Frankfurt, the bustling metropolis in the heart of Europe, is a popular destination for both business and leisure travellers. The city is also known as “Mainhattan” due to its many skyscrapers, resembling to a mini New York, is home to one of the world’s largest stock exchanges as well as the European Central Bank. It’s a city of many contrasts and mixes heritage with modern culture and design. In addition, it hosts many international trade fairs, including the largest book and automobile shows in the world.
However, Frankfurt is not just all about business, you’ll find a large collection of museums, parks, shopping and a vibrant night life. Make sure you visit the Römerberg, Frankfurt’s old central square, with replica buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries, which were reconstructed after the war. Frankfurt is also host to the largest and oldest Christmas Market in Europe and is an absolute must for Christmas lovers.
Further afield from Frankfurt
The picturesque town of Rudesheim, located about one hour from Frankfurt, is the ideal base to venture out into the romantic valley of the Rhine and Rheingau countryside. The scenic landscape around Rudesheim is packed with castles, palaces and vineyards. For stunning views on a higher level, take a cable car lift to the Niederwald monument. The tradition of wine making in the area goes back thousands of years, so the area has an excellent reputation for producing some of the finest wines in Europe, such as a Riesling or Pinot Noir. The town is also the home of the famous Asbach brandy, which is traditionally added to the local coffee speciality “Rudesheimer Kaffee”.
Check out www.ruedesheim.de as there’s always plenty to do or see in this town all year round such as wine festivals, the famous Rhine in Flames firework display or the Christmas market !
bmi regional has direct flights to Frankfurt from Bristol.
Hotels in Frankfurt
If you’re looking for flights to Frankfurt from Bristol, you can choose your hotel from a wide range to suit your budget and taste. Frankfurt has many five star luxury hotels, to suit the business traveller, but also has a great range of budget hotels for those watching the pennies. If you’re planning to attend one of the trade fairs and are looking for nearby accommodation then visit the trade fair (‘Messe’) website www.messefrankfurt.com. Hotel prices can be rise during major trade fairs, so plan ahead if you want to avoid a hefty price tag. However, hotel occupation is much lower during the weekends so there are plenty of bargains to choose from if you’re flying to Frankfurt for a weekend break.
The centrally located first class deluxe Maritim Hotel offers both business and leisure travellers a host of facilities and services including 3 restaurants, cafe and bar accompanied by 6th floor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and panoramic gym. The Maritim’s 543 first class rooms are modern and spacious (min 30sqm) with comfortable beds and well appointed facilities.
The Adina Apartment Hotel is perfect for both leisure and business guests, there are a whole host of facilities included to make your stay more enjoyable. If you have a few hours to spare, why not take a dip in the indoor pool, relax in the sauna or have a meal in the Australian-influenced Alto restaurant.
The Hamburger Hof Hotel, Frankfurt is perfectly located right in the city centre and offers 62 modern and beautifully decorated rooms. The luxurious Hotel Hessischer Hof on the edge of Frankfurt’s West End is an ideal base for business travellers. The five-star hotel is close to the Messe Frankfurt trade fair and convention halls, while all the amenities of the city centre can be easily reached on foot.
The Jumeirah Frankfurt enjoys a superb location right in the heart of the city, next to Thurn and Taxis Palais. The new hotel is also within walking distance of the Frankfurt Opera House and the popular MyZeil shopping centre.
Places to eat and drink in Frankfurt
Restaurants in Frankfurt
Frankfurt may have given its name to a simple sausage, but you’ll find a large range of excellent restaurants in this vibrant city. The culinary offerings Frankfurt has are as diversified and international as the city itself. Simply choose from authentic German cuisine, to Italian, Chinese, Indian or Thai. Looking to try something different? Then why not try one of the city’s authentic Apfelwein restaurants in the Sachsenhausen district, if you’re looking for a fun meal in a truly German atmosphere.
Bars in Frankfurt
Try Jimmy’s Bar is at the Hessischer Hof Hotel – an American-style piano bar that gets very crowded during trade fairs and business conventions. For a more german feel, head to the Dauth Schneider is on a cobblestoned street, in the cellar of a 150 year old tavern, with an excellent selection of regional and national beer.There are lots of long tables to drink and sing along with the locals. Apple wine (Apfelwein) is still pressed each autumn and served in traditional style with plates of sausages, fried potatoes and sauerkraut.
The Strandperle riverside bar is one of the most popular spots in the city for a drink. It’s not just the view, it’s the ambience that makes Strandperle a great place to visit. For something modern and cool,try the Kleinlaut & Braun – a narrow space that nevertheless attracts dancing with DJs. Or else, try the Luna Bar with its curved bar, red walls with live bands and DJs spinning all week.
Explore Frankfurt – shopping and sightseeing
Zeil, the main street running through Frankfurt, is packed with shops, stalls and great bars and restaurants – the perfect spot for people watching whilst enjoying a locally brewed beer. Zeil is not only the busiest shopping street in Frankfurt, but also a further collection of shopping malls including MyZeil and Zeilgalerie. For those looking for exclusive fashion designer stores then simply head to Oeder Weg, where you’ll find the likes of Giorgio Armani. For a little taste of Soho in the middle of Frankfurt, make a trip to Berger Street where you will find an assortment of quirky bars, restaurants and local shops.
The Palmengarten, the largest botanical garden of its kind in Germany, is located in the Westend-Süd district of Frankfurt. The park covers more than 20 hectares, where visitors can explore the greenhouses and Tropicarium, which are home to a wide variety of tropical and subtropical plants.
Frankfurt is a real hotspot for music lovers, crossing the gap from Opera to Techno. The city offers many venues for you to enjoy your own preferred musical taste. The Alte Oper (Old Opera House) was build in 1872 in Italian Renaissance style and offers a great selection from classical music performances to contemporary shows. Many important operas were performed for the first time in The Alte Oper in Frankfurt (www.alteoper.de), such Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in 1937. Frankfurt’s new opera has been awarded multiple awards and is one of Europe’s most renowned opera houses of its kind. Soloists, choirs and orchestra hold an excellent reputation with both the critics and the critical public. www.oper-frankfurt.de
Get a stunning aerial view of Frankfurt and beyond from the Main Tower. Take the lift to the 56th floor and get a feel of “Mainhattan” 200 meters above street level. The entrance to the tower requires you to go through airport-style security, but once you’re on the top floor, you’ll find it was well worth it!
Make sure you have a drink on the Roemerberg, right in the heart of the city. This beautiful square features magnificent half-timbered houses, completely re-build in the 80’s to their original plan. The third and final phase is planned to be completed in the next two years.
Take a Main River cruise. The cruise (you can choose from a 50 minute or 1h 40 minutes trip) offers you the chance to see the Frankfurt skyline and surroundings from an entirely different perspective. Plus, it’s a great way to take pictures of the embankment! Starting prices €8.70 per person.
One of Frankfurt’s most popular attractions is the famous Ebbelwei-Express (the Apple wine Express). A historical street-car/tram takes you on a tour of downtown Frankfurt and includes complimentary pretzels and a bottle of Apple Wine. A ticket sets you back €7 and let’s you hop on/off as and when you like.
For a museum with a difference, go to the Dialog Museum! A blind guide leads a small group through several rooms. The rooms consist of different common daily situations, but without your eyesight, the smallest things in life become a whole new experience! Tours start every 15 minutes, but they strongly advise you to book an appointment in advance.
For literary types, step in Goethe’s footsteps with a visit to the Goethe House. Find out more about the life of the great poet and author, who wrote the famous works such as “The Sorrows of Young Werther” and the beginnings of “Faust”.
Leading up to Christmas, the whole of the city transforms into one big Christmas Market offering food, drinks, crafts and gifts, plus not to forget a lot of Christmas music. From the huge tree on the Roemerberg, to the historical old town illuminated by thousands of tiny lights and the 200 decorated stalls, Frankfurt really knows how to do old world Christmas!
From the Airport
Buses leave regularly for Frankfurt and other destinations from outside Terminals 1 and 2, tickets can be bought from the bus driver.
Frankfurt Airport has trains from two railway stations; the long-distance railway station is at the AIRail Terminal, and there is a local railway station for S-Bahn, regional and local trains at Terminal 1, Level 1. Both railway stations are linked to Terminal 2 via buses and the Sky Line.
Airline shuttles, including Lufthansa Airport Shuttle and Hahn Airport shuttle, depart from Terminal 1 outside Arrival Hall B.
Taxis are available outside both terminals, the journey to central Frankfurt takes 20-30 minutes.
Car hire companies are represented in both terminals.