This old imperial city on the River Main is the most important commercial and economic center on mainland Europe. Considered a global city - it frequently ranks in the top ten best cities in which to live and do business. Frankfurt is an unexpectedly traditional and charming city, with half-timbered buildings huddled in its quaint medieval Altstadt (old city), cosy apple wine taverns serving hearty regional food, village-like neighbourhoods filled with outdoor cafes, boutiques and street art, and beautiful parks, gardens and riverside paths.
PLACES TO VISIT
1.THE ROMERBERG – FRANKFURT’S OLD TOWN CENTRE
The Römerberg is Frankfurt’s most picturesque and the city’s busiest pedestrian public square with the Justice Fountain at its center. With many tourist attractions such as the Kulturschin to the Romer - a complex of 11 lovely old buildings from the 15th to 18th centuries that include the Old Town Hall with its Imperial Hall, once the scene of splendid banquets.
2.GOETHE HOUSE AND MUSEUM
Germany's greatest writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born here. With many rooms to explore from the sumptuous décor of the Dining Room to Goethe's writing room where he penned many of his early works. Next door is the Goethe Museum Gallery showcasing artworks from the writer's time, including masterpieces of the Late Baroque and Romantic period.
3.ST PAUL’S CHURCH
The Church is no longer used as a church, and has become one of Frankfurt's most important venues. The annual peace Prize of German Book Trade during the Frankfurt Book Fair is regularly hosted here. President John F Kennedy also given a here in 1963.
With more than 4,500 animals representing at least 450 different species. Noted for its many excellent animal houses, such as the Grzimek House with its displays of Madagascar’s diverse fauna. The Exotarium with its many animals from climatic regions, including marine life, reptiles and crocodiles is a must see. In the Borgori Forest you can see the superb Ape House in an authentic jungle setting. You can also visit the Nocturnal Animal House and Bird Hall.
5.THE OLD OPERA HOUSE
It was constructed in 1880 in the style of the Italian High Renaissance. During the WWII The Opera House was destroyed. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1981 as one of the city’s most important venues.
6.SENCKENBERG NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
The museum is one of the most modern museums of natural history in Europe, and the second largest of its kind in Germany. The museum houses numerous displays of our planet’s biodiversity and evolution of organisms. The biggest exhibition of large dinosaurs and the world largest collection of staffed bird along with an extensive exhibit outlining the development of mankind is also housed in the museum.
7.HANDWERKSKUNST AM ROMER
Exquisite handcrafted souvenirs at this timeless shop include traditional toy-soldier nutcrackers, adorable 'smokers' (incense burners) depicting peddlers, miners, organ-grinders, cuckoo clocks, music boxes, tiny wooden figurines and Christmas decorations.
Inside the pavilion you can watch 24 masterfully done video testimonials by survivors of IG Farben’s corporate slave-labour camp, Buna/Monowitz (Auschwitz III). The IG-Farben slave labourers who lived to write about their experiences include Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel.
OTHER PLACES TO VISIT
The best way to travel in Frankfurt is by subways, trams, commuter trains and busses.
Best Time To Visit Frankfurt is late spring (April to May) and early autumn (August to September). It is during these months that the green landscape and sunshine make it the perfect weather for exploring the city.