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Bicycle tours

An extensive variety of Frankfurt cycling tours is offered by ADFC. With over 200 routes available, there are full-day, half-day and afternoon options to choose from. Starting points are dotted around the city and each route comes with its own knowledgeable guide.

Tel: (069) 9441 0196.
Website: http://www.adfc-frankfurt.de

Walking tours

Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main organises walking tours of the city. A two-hour guided tour of the city is available in English and German and takes in Römerberg, St. Paul's Church, Goethe-House and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange before finishing at the Observation Platform of the Main Tower. The meeting point is Tourist Information Römer, Römerberg 27, and a maximum of 25 people per guide.

Tel: (069) 2123 8800.
Website: http://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de

Bus tours

Sightseeing Frankfurt offers either a full, one-hour tour of the city or a hop-on, hop-off service along the same route. Open-top double-decker buses leave from the Paulskirche/Roemer stop at Berliner Straße and take in sights such as St. Paul's Cathedral, Goethe House, Römer, the apple wine district of Sachsenhausen and Frankfurt Zoo. Accompanying commentary is available in 10 languages. Tickets can be bought on the bus or booked online.

Tel: (069) 7409 3354.
Website: http://www.citysightseeing-frankfurt.com/

Tram tours

A vintage tram known as the Ebbelwei Express can be hired for private tours of the city, from the city centre to Sachsenhausen. Tram hire is for a minimum of two hours and an English-speaking guide can be arranged. The price includes a glass of ebbelwei (apple wine), some brezeln (pretzels) and music. On weekends and holidays the tram makes scheduled trips around the city.

Tel: (069) 2132 2425.
Website: http://www.ebbelwei-express.com

Boat tours

A variety of round trips and cruises depart mainly from Eiserner Steg, off Untermainkai. Primus-Line River Cruises offer 50 minute and 100 minute tours with several departures a day. Commentary is available in English and German. Köln-Düsseldorfer Panoramic River Cruises run 60 minute trips with tickets available from Tourist Information Römer, Römerberg 27. Both take in Frankfurt's main sights such as Dom, Römer and the impressive financial district skyline.

Tel: (069) 133 8370; (0221) 208 8318.
Website: http://www.k-d.com/

Frankfurt excursions

Taunus

This line of mountains to the north and west of Frankfurt provides a wooded setting for a number of famous spa towns including Wiesbaden, the capital of Hessen, and Bad Homburg, where hot saline springs are set in a beautiful park.

From the attractive town of Königstein, the road continues to the Grosser Feldberg - the highest point in the Taunus at 881m (2,890ft). Most Taunus destinations can be reached by S-Bahn, but the area is best appreciated by car.

While in the region, visitors are recommended to stop at the Open-Air Museum Hessenpark, Laubweg 5, Neu-Anspach, which shows an original village of traditional half-timbered houses, inside and out. The museum is open daily from 1 March to 31 October and at weekends from 1 November to 28 February. Trains take around 1 hour to Hessenpark from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof.

Tel: (06171) 50780
Website: http://www.taunus.info

Heidelberg

Approximately one hour by IC train, just 75km (46 miles) south of Frankfurt, lies one of the most visited towns in Germany. Heidelberg fulfils all expectations with its romantic setting on the banks of the Neckar, its gothic and Renaissance castle and the oldest university in Germany. The picture-perfect town is boosted by numerous lively festivals and popular student taverns.

Tourist Information Heidelberg, located in the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station), can provide further information.

Tel: (062) 2158 44444.
Website: http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/

Baden-Baden

Nestled in the foothills of the Black Forest, 174km (108 miles) from Frankfurt, the old time beauty of Baden-Baden still stands today after staying untouched by allied bombings in WWII. Chosen as a base by the England football team for the World Cup in 2006, this spa town is known for wellness retreats, and few come with as much historical artistry as the beautiful Roman-Irish baths at Friedrichsbad, Römerplatz 1.

With Germany’s largest Opera House, Festspielhaus, Beim Alten Bahnhof 2, holding around 300 concerts each year and the idyllic Lichtentaler Allee park primed for lazy, lost afternoons, the 1 hour 19 minutes ICE train journey from Frankfurt doesn’t seem all that long.

Tel: (07221) 275 233.
Website: http://www.baden-baden.de/en

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Gerbermühle

Housed in a former mill building on the south bank of the Main about 4km (2.5 miles) east of the main railway station, this small boutique hotel is where Goethe is said to have met Marianne von Willemer, who he'd later write poetry about. With only 19 rooms and suites, the hotel has very high standard in terms of comfort and service, offering a refreshing alternative to the major chain hotels that are so prevalent in Frankfurt.

Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof

Destroyed during WWII and entirely rebuilt by hotelier Albert Steigenberger, this fantastic listed building combines historical glory and modern convenience. Despite the elegant furnishings, the discreet service and the majestic atmosphere, Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof retains character and intimacy. The facilities are fantastic, including a wellness club and business centre. For very important guests, who require extra special treatment, the Presidential Suite even has bullet-proof windows.

Villa Kennedy

Now under the wing of the acclaimed Rocco Forte luxury hotel group the Villa Kennedy is firmly in the 5-star-plus category. Situated in the city centre, on the south bank of the Main and close to Sachsenhausen, the hotel consists of three buildings and the Villa Speyer, a building dating from the early 20th century. The Gusto restaurant vies with the very best in Frankfurt, while for those in need of rest and relaxation, there are full leisure and spa facilities including a swimming pool. The hotel also offers a number of meetings and events spaces for the business visitor and is a favourite with visiting celebrities too.

Hotel Palmenhof

The fine architecture of this elegant Westend building is more reminiscent of a historic palace than a modern hotel. However, the rooms of this small but stylish art nouveau residence, furnished throughout with sophisticated antiques, provide all the contemporary comforts of 21st-century business life. Satellite TV, private safes and wireless internet are basic standards in all rooms.

Maritim Hotel Frankfurt

Directly linked to the Trade Fair Centre, this very modern circular, glass hotel is most convenient for travellers visiting one of Frankfurt's numerous international fairs. The 5-star Maritim caters mainly for professionals, providing everything the sophisticated traveller expects, from extensive business facilities such wireless internet and digital fax machines to a laptop-sized safe. Excellent relaxation options are also available at the Maritim Sports Club.

The Pure

The Pure is one of the trendiest hotels in Frankfurt. Just around the corner from the main station this style haunt is decorated in a palette of white, white and white. The staff are warm enough to add a bit of colour and all rooms have flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and iPod docks. The lobby bar stocks an impressive range of single malt whiskies and there’s also a modest gym for more active types, as well as a sauna and steam room.