Top events in Frankfurt

May
14

Wäldchestag is Frankfurt's very own folk festival. This event has been taking place for centuries and features a combination of funfair, live...

June
22

The Opera Square Festival is a celebration of food and culture, featuring stage productions, music and a mouth-watering array of international...

August
05

At the height of summer the Römerberg old town and the banks of the river Main are transformed into a huge festival site for four days. What began...

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Frankfurt travel guide

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Just because Frankfurt am Main is Germany’s economic powerhouse, that doesn’t mean it should be dismissed as a city of scurrying suits, soaring skyscrapers and bullish business breakfasts.

While there are elements of those around, this confident city is steeped in history too, so there’s no lack of curious culture or stunning architecture to be found.

Home to the European Central Bank, Germany’s fifth largest city has long benefitted from a wide array of cultural influences brought in from across the continent.

Naturally, its modern superstructures in the central business district are shiny symbols of Frankfurt's financial force. Their growth has created an aspect that’s more North American than European, earning the city the nickname 'Mainhattan'.

Cruises down the River Main give a fantastic perspective of Frankfurt’s historical progression. The river cuts the city in two and affords stunning views of the skyscrapers and the traditional buildings of Frankfurt’s Museum Embankment.

Most of Frankfurt's visitors come for one of its numerous trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses, but this city has another side. As the birthplace of Germany's most revered writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), Frankfurt is at pains to impress with its cultural pedigree.

Look no further than the fantastic Orfeos Erben independent cinema, which shows art house movies and short films, or the huge celebration of the region’s favourite tipple, ebbelwoi (apple wine), each August.

The city’s nightlife is fascinating and wide-ranging. Its traditional live jazz scene is still kicking and a slew of trendy new bars offer visitors the chance to indulge on a night around town. On top of that, Frankfurt is rammed with amazing clubs for those who can happily dance into the small hours.

With nearby vineyards and spa towns in easy reach, such as the beautiful Wiesbaden, Frankfurt is a destination that has everything for either a short break or lengthy stay. Now there’s no excuse to leave the best Frankfurt has to offer to the business crowd.

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