Flights to Frankfurt (FRA)

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Frankfurt, Bankfurt, Mainhattan, the "smallest metropolis in the world"—call it what you will, Frankfurt am Main is a German city with a difference. It’s the financial capital of continental Europe and Germany’s transportation center (boasting the country’s biggest and busiest airport), endowed with a skyline spiked with skyscrapers and host to some of Europe’s biggest trade fares.

But for all its muscular economic clout, Frankfurt has a sensitive side; it is a city full of museums, artistic innovation, and great music. Cultural highlights include the Museumsufer, a collection of 11 museums lined up on either side of the Main River. The Frankfurt Opera House, meanwhile, has been named Opera House of the Year on three separate occasions.

It is also a city with great theater (check out the English Theatre and International Theatre) and dance (Tiger Palace Variety Theatre), an impressive zoo, and the Römer. Of course, much of the joy of this city can be found by simply strolling around its streets and taking in the juxtaposition of older buildings with the city’s gleaming skyscrapers.

Frankfurt has a fantastic restaurant scene, too. This isn’t so much to do with the moneyed bankers who fill the tables of the city’s top restaurants as with the local chefs who are taking the German dining scene by storm. The city glitters with Michelin stars—Sra Bua by Juan Amador, Villa Merton, Tiger-Gourmet restaurant, Carmelo Greco, Ernos Bistro, Français, Lafleur, and Weinsinn each has a Michelin star to its name.

However, you needn’t spend a fortune to eat well in Frankfurt; there are abundant appetizing options at affordable prices. And since Frankfurt boasts an exceptionally diverse population, with inhabitants hailing from all across Europe, there’s something to suit every palate. (There’s even a smattering of "beachside" establishments, such as Maincafé and Frankfurt institution King Kamehameha Beach.)

Flights to Frankfurt are bound to leave a lasting impression on you; you’ll be just as taken with the soaring skyscrapers as you will with the city’s quaint medieval center. Frankfurt offers an invaluable insight into Germany’s past and its future, making it one of the most exciting destinations in Germany, if not Europe.

See the Römer

The Römer family originally owned this medieval building, which is one of Frankfurt’s most recognizable landmarks. The family sold it to the city in 1405, whereupon it became Frankfurt’s rathaus (city hall).

Römerberg 27
+49 69 2123 8800

Marvel at the MMK

Having only been open for a couple of decades, the Museum of Modern Art (Museum für Moderne Kunst or MMK for short) is widely regarded to be one of the world’s most important museums for contemporary art. The MMK collection includes over 5,000 works.

Domstraße 10
+49 69 21 230 447

Pay a visit to Goethe’s home

Goethe, one of Germany’s most revered literary sons, was born in this 18th-century house, where he lived until 1775. It was here Goethe wrote The Sorrows of Young Werther and began work on Faust. The house has now been made into a museum in his honor, and you can still see Goethe's original writing desk and his library on the top floor.

Goethe Haus
Grosser Hirschgraben 23-25
+49 69 138 800

Spend a day at Frankfurt Zoo

Frankfurt Zoo is recognized as one of the most important in Europe, not just because of its exotic inhabitants, but also for the conservation work it carries out each year. The facility itself is an oasis of lush green in the middle of the city, and visitors get to see animals as varied as wolves, tigers, lions, giraffes, penguins, snakes, and crocodiles. Sunday is piranha-feeding day.

Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
+49 69 2123 3735

Catch a show at the Alte Oper

The original Alte Oper, or Old Opera House, was destroyed in World War II. It has since been restored and now hosts an eclectic array of concerts, from rock tributes to musicals to modern opera.

Opernplatz 1
+49 691 3400 (German language website)

Peruse the Städel Museum

Frankfurt banker and businessman Johann Friedrich Städel founded this museum in 1815. Today, it houses some of the most important works of European art from the past 700 years, including 3,000 paintings, 600 sculptures, 4,000 photographs, and more than 100,000 drawings and prints.

Schaumainkai 63
+49 69 605 0980

The Ivory Club (Steakhouse)

With its low lighting and dark wood paneling, the Ivory Club is a throwback to the gentlemen’s clubs of yore (although, happily, ladies are very much welcome here today). The steaks are excellent, as is the seafood.

Taunusanlage 15
+49 69 7706 7767 (German-language website)

Tigerpalast Restaurant (International)

Andreas Krolik’s Michelin-starred restaurant is the talk of the town. Set in a theater, it’s the perfect place for a pre-show meal of astounding quality. You’ll be spoiled for choice: there’s a vegetarian/vegan menu, a regular menu, and an a la carte menu, and the helpful staff are happy for you to mix and match dishes from each.

Heiligkreuzgasse 20
+49 69 920 0220

Restaurant Medici (Mediterranean)

Brothers Christos and Stamatios Simiakos serve up modern Mediterranean fare at this centrally located restaurant. Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is always buzzing, especially in the summer months, when you can dine on the sizeable outdoor terrace.

Weißadlergasse 2
+49 69 2199 0794

Restaurant Villa Rothschild (International)

Set in a former stately home just outside the city, Villa Rothschild is described as an "oasis for haute cuisine." This is largely thanks to the imaginative culinary repertoire of acclaimed Chef Christian Eckhardt. His ever-changing menu never fails to impress. Kempinski Villa Rothschild

Im Rothschildpark 1
+49 617 429 080

Main Tower Restaurant & Lounge (International)

Perched on the 53rd floor, 187 m above the ground, Main Tower offers amazing views of the surrounding city, as well as some excellent international cuisine. Service is swift and friendly, making Main Tower a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

Neue Mainzer Straße 52-58
+49 69 3650 4777

Zarges (French)

This beautiful restaurant is decked out in dark woods and deep reds. But in spite of its grand appearance, Zarges offers a relaxed, convivial, and wholly excellent dining experience. There’s also a lovely terrace for alfresco dining.

Kalbächer Gasse 10
+49 69 299 030

Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof

This grand hotel has been welcoming guests since 1876. Located in the heart of Frankfurt—close to the financial and historical districts—the property features 303 well-appointed rooms, Michelin-starred restaurant Français, and the largest spa in Frankfurt.

Am Kaiserplatz
+49 69 21 502

Villa Kennedy

This Rocco Forte property is set in a mansion built in 1904. Old World design features (think turrets and mahogany staircases) are juxtaposed with modern elements such as metal chandeliers. All in all, it's a unique hotel experience.

Kennedyallee 70
+49 69 717 120

Jumeirah Frankfurt

With 217 spacious rooms and suites (all featuring great city views), the Jumeirah Frankfurt is one of the most innovative and interesting establishments in Frankfurt. For example, there’s the artworks by local artist Hartwig Ebersbach dotted throughout the property, or the fact that the hotel’s honey comes courtesy of the 6,000 bees living on its roof.

Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 2
+49 69 297 2370

The Pure

Pure by name, pure by nature—the interior design of this hotel is best described as white minimalist. The Pure is an award-winning Design Hotel member and one of the most fun and startlingly original hotels in the city.

Niddastraße 86
+49 69 710 4570


Set in one of the nicest locations in Frankfurt, this excellent hotel by the Main River boasts beautifully designed rooms, a fantastic outdoor garden, a great restaurant, and helpful staff.

Gerbermühlstraße 105
+49 69 689 7779


This acclaimed hotel features 116 rooms and suites, a great restaurant, an award-winning lounge, and innovative spa area. The Sky Lounge gives guests fantastic views of the city, while the Patio is perfect for summer months.

Gutleutstraße 85
+49 69 271 3420

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