Frankfurt is Germany’s business and finance centre and home to the country’s largest airport. It’s a city of contrasts and mixes heritage with modern culture and design.
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. Buses leave regularly for Frankfurt and other destinations from outside Terminals 1 and 2, tickets can be bought from the bus driver. 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.
Villa Kennedy – a Rocco Forte Hotel – is a centrally-located, five-star hotel just off the south bank of the Main River with individually-designed rooms. It consists of three new buildings around the original 1904 Villa Speyer. www.villakennedy.com
For convenience, Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel and Conference Centre is located within the airport environment, situated directly above the InterCity Express railway station and 15 minutes from downtown Frankfurt. There is direct pedestrian access via skywalk to Terminal 1. www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton
Iconic, impressive and ideally situated just 15 minutes away from Frankfurt, the futuristic “THE SQUAIRE” building is home to the award-winning Hilton Frankfurt Airport, setting new standards in design, service and hospitality. The hotel offers a direct access to Terminal 1 via Skywalk as well as a high speed railway station underneath the building. www.frankfurtairport.hilton.com
Restaurant Sevres, located in Hotel Hessicher Hof, is one of the city’s leading gourmet eateries, although it is not cheap. They do, however, offer a reasonably-priced set three-course menu at lunch and dinner. www.hessischer-hof.de
The family-run Restaurant Medici offers fresh and modern, gourmet Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of the city, close to the train station and exhibition centre. www.restaurantmedici.de
The Staedel Museum – founded by merchant and banker Johann Friedrich Städel in 1815 – is one of Germany’s oldest art museums. It comprises 2,900 paintings, 600 sculptures, 500photographs and more than 100,000 drawings and prints. www.staedelmuseum.de
The Römer’s silhouette is world-famous and has housed the city’s government since the 15th century. Römerberg has been the site of markets, fairs, tournaments, festivals, executions, elections and coronations since the 9th century and is home to Frankfurt’s first fountain with a statue of justice.
Frankfurt Christmas market:
With over 600 years’ history, Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the oldest and most popular in Germany and across Europe.
Indulge in arts and crafts and savour seasonal food and drink from over 200 stalls set against the beautiful backdrop of Romerberg market place and St Paul’s church.
Surrounding the market’s awesome 30-metre-high Christmas tree is a wealth of festive fun, with concerts, trumpet fanfares from the balcony of St. Nicholas’s Church and bell ringing from the church carillon.
Dates: 26 November until 22 December 2014