Boasting Germany's busiest airport, Frankfurt is fast growing in tourism numbers. The city is known for its multiculturalism, thriving business hub and delicious cuisine.
As the name hints at, the frankfurter – used in hot dogs the world over – was invented in Frankfurt. The pork sausage encased in sheep intestines has become hugely popular around the globe, and is one of many sausages that should be tried while in Germany.
Things to do in Frankfurt
Frankfurt has a number of top class museums, including Romer, Naturmuseum Senckenberg and Museumsufur. Here you can learn about the city's past, see dinosaur skeletons up close and learn about the philosopher Goethe, perhaps Frankfurt's most famous ever resident. Goethe's childhood home has also been turned into an exhibition detailing his life.
The city has an eclectic mix of architecture. As a modern business hub, it has a number of contemporary skyscrapers, highlighted by the sleek Main Tower. There are also plenty of old buildings, such as the Gothic cathedral and the redbrick St Paul's Church, to gaze at while you walk the streets.
Art lovers are also in for a treat. Stadel houses European art dating back to the 14th century, while modern art lovers can see some great examples from this genre at Schirn Kunsthalle or the Museum fur Moderne Kunst. The Liebieghaus holds a wide range of sculptures.
The city has its fair share of nature too. The Palmentgarten botanical garden has plenty of acreage to wander through and a massive greenhouse full of tropical plants, while two zoos in the city's boundaries give visitors a great chance to see exotic animals up close.
Best time to visit Frankfurt
There's no bad time to visit Frankfurt. While the winter can be cold, it does give a chance to see Europe in a covering of snow, with winter markets and Christmas spirit in full swing. The European summer is the busiest time, which can lead to more expensive prices for accommodation. This leaves the shoulder seasons in May and September as two of the most desirable months to travel.
Best time to book
The best time to book a flight from New Zealand to Germany, Frankfurt included, is 24 weeks before you intend to fly.
Expect to pay
Prices are similar for a lot of things in Auckland and Frankfurt, especially when you eat out. Beer and wine, however, tend to be a lot cheaper in Germany. A bottle of beer, for example, is likely to cost the equivalent of NZ$3 or less in Frankfurt.
Arriving in Frankfurt by plane
Frankfurt's airport is one of the busiest in Europe, and it has more than adequate facilities to deal with its influx of passengers. From Frankfurt Airport, it's roughly a 15 minute drive to the city centre. Alternatively, you can take a bus, train or shuttle to your hotel.
Where to stay in Frankfurt
Altstadt – literally Old Town – is exactly what it sounds like. The centre of the city has largely been rebuilt since WWII, but much of it is very faithful to its original architecture. A little farther out is Hochst, which still has a high number of original timber-framed buildings that escaped the bombing.
Bahnhofsviertel is where you'll find the majority of hotels, and as such, a large selection of restaurants and shops too. If you're travelling as a family, be aware that the city's red light district is in this suburb, so you may want to pick a hotel where you're not going to inadvertently turn down the wrong street.
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