Words: Chau Whittaker
For many, Frankfurt is the gateway to Germany—a priority before famous leisure spots like Berlin or Munich. The city is perhaps best known as a financial hub, where the central business district’s towering skyscrapers and exhibition centers compete for your attention. Despite its reputation for being all work-and-no-play, Frankfurt has a historic and beautiful old town, as well as plenty of hip spots and grand museums.
Here’s how to get the most out of Frankfurt on a layover.
Art and history buffs will get a kick out of the Museumsufer (Museum Embankment). Over 10 wonderful museums are located here with everything from German films to ancient Greek sculpture. If you are short on time, visit the famous Städel for one of the most important art collections in Europe.
Höchst Neighbourhood (Hoechst), with its cobbled stone streets and half-timbered houses, will make you forget you’re in a modern metropolitan. If you arrive early on Tuesday, Friday or Saturday morning, you’ll catch the lovely fresh market. St. Justinus Church, one of Germany’s oldest churches, is also located here.
To see postcard-perfect Frankfurt, cross the river to see the Römer, one of the city’s most historic landmarks. The beautiful timber houses has been the site of Frankfurt’s city hall for over 600 years.
Continue along the river to the historical Gerbermühle. Grab a table with a view of the Main River and enjoy the Frankfurt skyline from this former 16th-century flour mill. (website)
The Best Wurst
Get sightseeing, eating and cultural emersion down in one go by heading to Alte Brücke (one of the oldest bridges in the city) and choosing from the many devistangingly delicious sausage stands known as a “Wurstchenbude”. Bratwurst, knackwurst or currywurst, they’re all likely to be the best “wursts” you’ve ever tasted.
Clothing, toys, luxury goods and more can be found here. As one of Germany’s biggest department stores, the Galeria Kaufhof is a shopaholic’s dream land. Need to justify your retail therapy? The roof also has great views of the city, to ensure you get some sightseeing done as well.
Höchster Porzellan Manufaktur
Over 200 years old, Höchster Porzellan Manufaktur is the oldest producer of porcelain in Germany. No visit to Frankfurt is complete without taking home a beautiful (and practical) souvenir from this spot.
For a party in Frankfurt, head to Hanauer Landstrasse, a street that seems designated to nightlife. One of the hottest spots on the strip is APT-Apartment with great DJs that play until dawn. (website)