Frankfurt is exciting!
Glinting with glass and steel Frankfurt am Main (on-the-Main) is with its skyline unlike any other German city. Counting with only 730,000 inhabitants it is nevertheless Germany’s financial hot spot. Yet Frankfurt also counts with more than just that. Not far from the skyscrapers you can find cosy Ebbelwoi (kind of sparkling apple wine) – pubs, one of the experiences you definitely shouldn´t miss if you want to taste some local specialty.
In the midst of the busy centre are also historical sights: The Römer, Paulskirche and the Goethehaus belong to the most famous attractions of Frankfurt. Something I can definitely recommend is to go to the Main Tower, which is really nice to visit by day or night. From there you have an amazing view over the city. As a student an entrance fee of 5 Euros is demanded but it is definitely worth the money.
Pubs & clubs
In summer you can enjoy the atmosphere by the river Main and take the bicycles or just sit in the grass and drink a beer. For pubs and clubs Frankfurt’s district Sachsenhausen is the perfect place. Especially on weekends it can get very full but a lot of other clubs or bars can be found in different parts of the city. Among students, the Gibson, Velvet Club or the Moon are very hip.
The Zeil street
If you want to go shopping, the Zeil is the street for you to go. Just take the metro to the station Hauptwache and you will find all the main shops you know. It is located close to Frankfurt´s very small old town and in winter you can just take a 5 min walk to there and visit the Christmas market.
Bratwurst & Glühwein
A must do is definitely to have a Bratwurst and to drink Glühwein (a very tasty hot sweet red wine). If however you want to escape the busy city and all the people and experience the “real” Frankfurt I advise to go to Leipziger Straße or to Merianplatz. There you can find beautiful parks, small local shops or cafés which invite to take a short break from discovering the city.
Art lovers can enjoy Frankfurt´s huge variety of museums, the most famous being the Städel or the MMK (museum for modern art). An inside tip for fans of ice skating is definitely the skating rink on top of the roof of a car park in the city centre (at Konstablerwache). With an awesome view on Frankfurt’s skyline it is a nice place to go – especially in the evenings when it turns into a disco.
Outside from Frankfurt
But there is also plenty to see outside from Frankfurt. Citys like Heidelberg, Mainz, Wiesbaden or the romantic wine village Rüdesheim located at the Rhine are very close. People who prefer the nature also won´t be disappointed: There are plenty of hiking routes around the city or by the mountain Feldberg.
Author: Mareike Godemann