Frankfurt is the financial center of Europe. It is home to the European Central Bank and is one of the wealthiest cities in Germany. As the only city in the country to feature skyscrapers, Frankfurt has a skyline that is its best-known landmark. The city is also known for its world-class museums and apple wine.

The city is not just modern buildings. Visit the Old Town (Altstadt) to get a sense of how Frankfurt looked before it became the financial capital of the European Union. Though much of the city was destroyed in Allied bombing during World War II, many of the buildings of the Old Town were salvaged or faithfully rebuilt. Gabled townhouses make up the Römer, Frankfurt’s town hall since the 15th century. The gothic clock tower of the ancient Frankfurt Cathedral looms overhead.

Frankfurt has many world-class museums. More than 10 of them are located in Museumsufer (Museum Embankment), an area along the south side of the Main River in the Sachsenhausen district. Among the museums is the German Museum of Architecture, the Senckenberg, a natural history museum, and the Städel, which has an impressive collection of art that spans more than 700 years. Across the river, visit the Museum of Modern Art to see one of the best collections of post-World War II and contemporary art in the world.

In addition to the German staples of beer and sausage, Frankfurt has its own culinary specialties. Eat Handkäse mit Musik, which is a tart cheese served with onions, or Grüne Soße, a tangy green sauce typically served with eggs and potatoes. Accompany it with Ebbelwoi, apple wine. Sachsenhausen provides plenty of traditional bars and restaurants in which to sample these special Frankfurt concoctions.

Frankfurt has one of the most extensive subway systems in the world. Split between the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn, public transportation serves nearly the whole city, as well as the surrounding areas. If you are driving, it is recommended to park near an outer station and take the train from there, because inner-city garages quickly fill up.

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Skyscrapers, Cafes and Museums

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Where to stay in Frankfurt

Frankfurt Airport Area
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Frankfurt Airport Area

Friendly People, Dining, Bars

Frankfurt Airport Area is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood with convenient options for restaurants and bars. The neighborhood's architecture and skyline are just a couple of its charming qualities.

Bahnhofsviertel
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Bahnhofsviertel

Shopping, Skyscrapers, Dining

Frankfurt’s train station district is experiencing a rejuvenation and today is one of the city’s up-and-coming neighborhoods.

Innenstadt
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Innenstadt

Museums, Shopping, Skyscrapers

A historic neighborhood, Innenstadt offers a variety of options for cafés and restaurants. The neighborhood's charm comes through with its skyline. Other highlights include the local museums and shopping, as well as the natural splendor of the riverfront.

Altstadt
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Altstadt

Museums, Shopping, Historical Buildings

Frankfurt’s historic heart is a dazzling district home to atmospheric squares, medieval landmarks, art galleries, museums, boutiques and centuries-old taverns.

Westend
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Westend

Skyscrapers, Natural Parks, Museums

Westend is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood with convenient options for bars. For a taste of the local culture, you can check out the museums and shopping.

Sachsenhausen
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Sachsenhausen

Dining, Cafes, Shopping

Come to this neighborhood south of the Main River to enjoy Frankfurt’s many culinary specialties and museums as you pass through narrow cobblestone walkways.

Top Hotels in Frankfurt

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
3 out of 5
The Squaire, Frankfurt
$98/night
Aug 16 - Aug 17
4.4/5Excellent! (4,293 reviews)

"Very clean and new. Bed was super comfortable and towels were fluffy and not coarse like most hotels."…"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
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Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport
4 out of 5
De-Saint-Exupéry-Straße 4, Frankfurt
$85/night
Aug 10 - Aug 11
4.3/5Excellent! (516 reviews)

"Very clean! Comfortable. Close to airport. Shuttle is a bit slow as it services multiple properties."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport
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Moxy Frankfurt Airport
3.5 out of 5
Amelia-Mary-Earhart-Strasse 5, Frankfurt
$58/night
Jul 30 - Jul 31
4.3/5Excellent! (1,222 reviews)

"A modern we'll appointed hotel, with a somewhat indifferent reception and café atmo. Charges for shuttle from and to the airport more expensive than taxi especially if it's more than one of you"…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

Moxy Frankfurt Airport

Popular things to do in Frankfurt

Alte Oper
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Alte Oper

Once the city’s opera house, this building is now a concert hall that hosts some of the world’s greatest classical music ensembles.

Commerzbank-Arena
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Commerzbank-Arena

Experience the excitement of a sporting event or concert at this iconic stadium, which has hosted World Cup and Confederations Cup games. 

Römer
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Römer

Frankfurt’s vast town hall is a city landmark with a three-gabled facade and a rich history dating back over six centuries.

Congress Center Messe Frankfurt
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Congress Center Messe Frankfurt

Join thousands of fellow participants at one of the many events held at Frankfurt’s largest conference center, and enjoy its state-of-the-art facilities and impressive architecture. 

Staedel Museum
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Staedel Museum

Browse through more than 700 years of art history in the extensive collection of this museum of fine art, which was initiated by a Frankfurt banker.

Maintower
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Maintower

Experience the thrill of standing at the top of Frankfurt’s diverse skyline from one of the two observation decks in this modern tower.

Top activities in Frankfurt

Heidelberg Tour incl. Castle entrance & Wine barrel
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Heidelberg Tour incl. Castle entrance & Wine barrel

$89

Regarded as one of the most romantic cities in Germany, Heidelberg is a charming place to visit. Enjoy a leisurely tour with an expert guide through this delightfully cultural city famous for its university, Baroque old town, and 12th-century castle.

Frankfurt Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Frankfurt Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

$17

Explore Frankfurt on a red double-decker bus that gives you panoramic views of the city. Unlimited rides let you hop on and off at your leisure to visit all the attractions on your sightseeing list—or just sit back and ride the complete loop for an overview tour of this enchanting German city.

Frankfurt City Tour with Guide, Bus and Walking
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Frankfurt City Tour with Guide, Bus and Walking

$32

Elements of Frankfurt’s past thrive in a city of glitzy skyscrapers and medieval half-timbered houses alike. There are numerous museums, leafy parks, and cozy neighborhoods for you to explore with the aid of an expert guide, as well as fine dining options and plenty to do in the evenings.

City Tour, Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Cruise & Wine tasting
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City Tour, Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Cruise & Wine tasting

$123

Get to know Frankfurt with a combination of a tour through the city and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. A ride in the famous blue double-decker bus gives you some great views of all the city's highlights, and then takes you to the picturesque country along the Rhine with a cruise on the iconic river.

Hop-On Hop-Off Express City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Express City Tour

$11

Immerse yourself in the historic landmarks and modern charms of Frankfurt on a hop-on hop-off bus that lets you craft your own itinerary. Listen to engaging commentary as you ride between stops, and hop off whenever you'd like to get a closer look at a monument, museum, or particular neighborhood.

Upper Middle Rhine Valley Tour with Wine Tasting & Lunch
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Upper Middle Rhine Valley Tour with Wine Tasting & Lunch

$111

Travel to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley on a full-day guided tour. Take in the splendid views, enjoy a delicious lunch in a riverside restaurant, and taste local wine varieties. Hop on a scenic boat cruise on a Rhine steamer past verdant hills and picturesque towns, or visit a magnificent medieval fortress.

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Traditions of the Black Forest
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Traditions of the Black Forest

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Carnival in Southern Germany
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Carnival in Southern Germany

Touring the annual festivities surrounding Germany's biggest bash

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