Germany’s ‘Mainhattan’: Frankfurt
The Main River runs through Frankfurt and the Taunus mountains are to its northwest. Germany’s largest forest, the Frankfurt City Forest, is to the south. The city is made up of 46 districts which are subdivided further into city boroughs and electoral districts.
If you’re looking to learn about the history and culture of the city, start with a visit to the Römer. The Römer is one of the city’s most important landmarks and has been an important piece of the city for 600 years. There are several beautiful rooms where weddings often take place plus a famous balcony that has seen its fair share of famous people.
Walk through the narrow streets and past the beautiful houses and to Old Sachsenhausen where you can visit pub after pub, get a soft pretzel, and drink apple wine. This area has more working fountains than anywhere else in the city, including the Frau Rauscher fountain located in the center of Old Sachsenhausen.
There’s plenty of arts and culture available, too. A visit to Frankfurt is not complete without a stop at the Old Opera House, restored to its original glory back in 1981. You can see various acts here, from symphonies to jazz to family concerts. If museums are more your scene, take a boat ride down the Main River to see the city’s Museum Embankment. Once you disembark, head to German Film Museum, the Museum of Communication, the Museum of World Cultures, or many more.
For something a little more modern, check out the skyline that gave Frankfurt its nickname. There are 14 skyscrapers in all, including the Commerzbank Tower, the second tallest building in the EU.
If you want to see the thing that Frankfurt is known for, come to town when there’s a festival going on. There are countless festivals and fairs that happen in the city: the Museums River Bank Festival, the Festival of Stoneware, Day of the Forest, Night of the Museums, the Festival of Light an many, many more.