Frankfurt Airport, also known as Rhein-Main-Flughafen, is a major international airport in Frankfurt, Germany. The airport has a capacity of approximately 65 million passengers per year. In 2013, the airport was hailed the 12th busiest airport worldwide in terms of passenger traffic after recording 58 million passengers served that year. On that same year, the airport was named the busiest European airport by cargo traffic that handled 2.09 million metric tonnes. Frankfurt Airport is by far the busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic, and third busiest in all of Europe, following London Heathrow Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. It is operated by Fraport and is the main hub for Lufthansa, Germany's flag carrier airline, Lufthansa CityLine, Lufthansa Cargo, Condor, and AeroLogic.
Frankfurt am Main, commonly known as Frankfurt, is the business and financial centre of Germany. It is also the largest city in the German state of Hesse. Frankfurt is known as a city of contrasts because of its futuristic skylines and skyscrapers that stands next to well-maintained old buildings. Frankfurt houses both modern and traditional architecture. This scene is a unique trait of the city and what draws millions of visitors each year. The perfect time to visit Frankfurt would be during late spring to early autumn as summers tend to be very hot and winters are cold and rainy. If travelling to Frankfurt for a vacation, it's a given that you would want to see the historical attractions the city is known for and proud of. One of the many would be the Romerberg, the old centre of Frankfurt that houses a number of historic buildings erected back in the 14th and 15th century. Unfortunately, some were destroyed during World War II and were just rebuilt afterwards. Dom, or the Saint Bartholomeus' Cathedral, is the main cathedral in the city, built in the 14th century, Gothic style. It is the cathedral where emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned from 1562 to 1792. Another architecture that holds historical value to the city is the Eiserner Steg. It is Frankfurt's infamous pedestrian bridge built in 1869 and offer great views of the skyline of the Main River. Museums that hold the art and culture of the city are also aplenty. Most of them are themed – you can choose which to visit depending on your interests. Parks and gardens around the city are perfect for a relaxing afternoon outdoors, for watching locals and their everyday lives, and for simply being close to nature.
How to get around within Frankfurt
As Frankfurt is the central financial district of Germany and regularly accommodates waves of visitors each year, the city has developed efficient public transport networks. Getting around the city could best be done using the U-Bahn, or the underground and overground tram and bus. There are single, all-day, and weekly tickets, depending on the length of your stay in the city and how frequent you are likely to use the public transport. U-Bahn metro stations are signed with a white capital U on a blue background while the S-Bahn, which you would take if you're going to the suburbs or the airport, are signed with a white capital S on a green background. Especially if you're visiting the city for business purposes, the city has a lot of taxis. Just watch out for taxi drivers who would take you on a detour when they noticed that you don't know the city so they can charge extra fees. Also, although it might be nice to drive around the city, this is not advisable as finding parking spaces can be a great challenge, especially on the tourist hotspots or during weekends. If you're carrying your car and you want to enter the city, your best option would be to use the Parkhaus, a parking garage that charges per hour or for one whole day. From there, you can either walk or take the public transport to get to your destination.
How to get there
Being the heart of central Germany, Frankfurt has become the national transportation hub in the country. Entering and leaving Frankfurt is easy through rail, road, and air. By air, Frankfurt Airport is your main entryway to the city. It serves all major airlines and all airline alliances frequently fly to Frankfurt, connecting it to every continent and all major cities in the world. Lufthansa, the flag carrier of Germany, is the main airline in Frankfurt Airport and offers the best connections around the world. Taxis, buses, and the S-Bahn (fast commuter train), connects the airport to the city. From the regional train station in Terminal 1, take the S-Bahn lines S8 or S9. The ride usually takes 14 minutes. The airport is also connected to the city via inter-city trains which runs to Mainz, Wiesbaden, and Hanau, and stops at the same places as S-Bahn do. By rail, Frankfurt has three major train stations – Hauptbahnhof, the main station, Südbahnhof, the South Station, and Flughafen Fernbahnhof, the airport station. Frankfurt is connected to most German cities and to some international destinations through InterCity and high-speed InterCity Express trains. To save on individual train fares, you can purchase five and 10-day rail travel cards from the main ticket office. This will allow you to travel around Germany using all train services. By road, there are various trans-European bus lines that serve Frankfurt. Driving is also an easy way to reach Frankfurt as the city is connected to several authobahns.