One of the largest cities in Germany, Frankfurt is not only beautiful, but rich in history and culture. Its striking modern skyline is deceptive; the streets are actually full of elegant old buildings and places like Römer Square, which have barely changed in a century. It is also a tremendously cosmopolitan city, with almost half its population having been born abroad and this has contributed to its rich character and thriving arts scene.

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The Römer in Frankfurt. Taken during my second visit last Nov. 2010. © www.europetravelpad.com

Museums and galleries

There are a great many museums in Frankfurt, but exploring them is easier than might be expected, as no less than 20 of them are clustered together in the Museumsufer, on either side of the River Main. A festival is held to celebrate them each year, at the end of August, with live music, street performances and other cultural activities. The most significant of these museums is the Städel, which houses one of the greatest collections of art in Europe, with work by the likes of Rembrandt, Renoir, Monet and Picasso on display. The Modern Art Museum is also not to be missed; it has pieces by Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol. Finally, there is an enormous and eclectic collection of marvels from around the world at the Senckenberg Museum.

Events and performances

Frankfurt is one of the very best places to catch German opera; though Italian opera is also particularly popular. Obtaining tickets for the Opera House on Willy-Brandt-Platz can be challenging, so it’s a good idea to book them well in advance of a visit. The English Theater hosts shows from Broadway and London’s West End and there’s classic German cabaret that harks back to the Weimar period at the Stahlburgtheater.

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A street in Frankfurt, Germany. © www.europetravelpad.com

Wining and dining

Being a major city, Frankfurt has a myriad of restaurants specializing in menus from around the world. It also boasts fantastic fusion cuisine and some of the most appealing creations of the slow food movement. In true German tradition, there are delightful beer gardens where visitors can while away the summer evenings and there are also bars that specialize in the local delicacy, apple wine (äbbelwoi). Frankfurt’s most intriguing native culinary creations are a curdled cheese dish, Handkäse, and beef or eggs served with Grüne Sosse, a parsley-based ‘green sauce’.

Getting to and around Frankfurt

Few cities in the world are easier to reach by air than Frankfurt. Its airport, the third largest in Europe, is served by all the major airlines, including Lufthansa, the German national carrier. It is accessible by direct train from most of the major cities in northern Europe and is right at the center of Germany’s autobahn network, making it easy to get to by road.

Within the city, the easiest way to get around is by underground. Day passes and discount weekly passes can be obtained from ticket machines. Alternatively, there is the Frankfurt card, which also includes trams and buses. Taxis can be expensive and traffic can make driving difficult for anyone unfamiliar with the city, so public transport is the preferred mode of transport.

The best time to visit Frankfurt is between May and September, though it can sometimes become very hot at this time of year. During the winter months, especially between November and February, temperatures can fall as low as 27°F (-3°C) and snow can be expected.

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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.

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