With a population of more than 714,000 inhabitants, Frankfurt is the fifth-largest city in Germany. It is located within the Hesse region of this country and is currently the largest financial centre within the European Union. Not only is it the headquarters of a number of large commercial banks, but visitors here can experience a true old-world style alongside many of its modern amenities. Since World War Two, large portions of the city have been rebuilt due to the extensive damage that was caused following allied air raids.
From those arriving from London (LON), non-stop flights will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. However, connecting flights to Frankfurt (FRA) may run as long as 3 hours or slightly more. Some of the major international carriers are Lufthansa, British Airways, airberlin, KLM and Swiss Air.
Things to do in Frankfurt
As mentioned previously, Frankfurt represents an eclectic mix of the ancient and the modern. So, families and individuals will certainly enjoy a number of attractions during their stay. First and foremost, Frankfurt is home to one of the largest collections of museums in Europe. Indeed, many of these are considered to be highly prestigious. No less than 20 of these are to be found along the Main riverbank. So, arriving to each is quite easy. Some of the most reputable include Museum der Weltkulturen (Museum of World Culture), the Deutsches Filmmuseum (German Film Museum) and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (German Architecture Museum). Stadel should also not be missed as it is one of the largest museums dedicated to art in all of Germany.
Frankfurt is also known for its numerous parks that are found within the confines of the city. These can be a perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and enjoy a bit of peace and relaxation. Many feel that Mainuferpark is the most attractive. As it is located along the riverbanks of the Main River, it offers some splendid views of the nearby countryside. Also, this park is an auto-free zone, so it is quite popular for those who wish to bicycle, stroll or jog during the warmer months of the year. Other locations worth a look are Wallanlagen, Nizza Park and Ostpark (more than 32 hectares in size).
Thanks to a younger population, Frankfurt can also be considered to be one of the most happening cities in terms of its nightlife. Once again, many of these venues are found quite close to the Main River. Some popular spots to enjoy a cocktail or two include The Cave, Stereo Bar, Balalaika, Living XXL and Jazzkeller. However, keep in mind that these sites can become quite busy at night and during the summer, many locations will attract the countless expats and students who frequent the city.