For most tourists who visit Germany, Munich and Berlin tend to be the most likely destinations. However, more people are now being drawn to Frankfurt… and here’s why:
Frankfurt Rhien-Main Airport
With millions of passengers annually, this list would be incomplete without Frankfurt airport (the portal to this beautiful city) which caters for millions of passengers a year. So captivating is the airport that more than a million people a year go on an airport experience tour to experience flight operation live. Visitors get to witness what happens behind the scenes in the terminals, aeroplanes close up or get to watch from the runway while a plane take off. Avis is one of the companies to offer car hire in Frankfurt airport. Having your own means of transport makes exploring this breath-taking city a real adventure as there is much more to be experienced.
The Kaiserdorm (Imperial Cathedral)
Also known as Bartholomew’s Cathedral and built on the foundations of a pre-existing church. The cathedral was built in the 14th and 15th centuries although by strict definition its not actually a cathedral since it was never a bishop’s church. Kings of Germany and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire were elected and crowned in this church. It has a captivating exterior architecture and a large collection of gothic art in its museum. From April to October, visitors are allowed to go to the top of the tower. A calorie-burning 324 steps is rewarded by a breath-taking panoramic view of the city.
This castle was built between the 13th and 16th century and was the former residence of the archbishop of Mainz. Close to the castle is the oldest church in Frankfurt – St. Justin’s Church which often plays host to classical concerts. In June and July, the entire Old Town becomes a showplace for the annual castle festival. For 4 weeks, visitors are entertained with numerous events, such as a garden party at the Bolangaro Palace, jazz concerts, the Höchst Summer Organ festival and the Old Town Festival around the castle and St. Justin’s Church.
Famous for its high-rise skyline, Frankfurt has over 15 extraordinary skyscrapers including the highest office building on the continent – the Commerzbank Tower. Built in 1999 and the first high-rise to have a façade made of glass, the Main Tower attracts tourists from the world over especially those who like architectural feats. It is the only skyscraper in the city with a view platform and a restaurant that is open to the public all year round. The 53rd and 54th floor are home to the highest radio and television station in Europe.
Goethe House and Goethe Museum
Frankfurt is the proud home of one of Germany’s most famous personalities, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is the great writer, biologist, physicist, artist and polymath whose Faust is regarded by many as the greatest long poem of Modern European literature. The Goethe House and Goethe Museum are on the site of his birthplace which was destroyed during WWII and restored to their original state. Goethe’s study on the second floor is a Mecca/Jerusalem to his fans the world over who visit in the museum in their thousand annually.
Goethestraße is Frankfurt’s own version of “Fifth Avenue” with its collection of top designer brands located in this hub of prestige, class, exclusivity and extravagance (from Armani and Versace to Tiffany and Cartier). Less expensive products are sold in adjoining streets for more savvy shoppers and every Friday, a weekly market with around fifty stalls is held in Schillerstraße.
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