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5 things to see and do in Frankfurt

05 November 2019 08:17

Enjoy Frankfurt's 'new' old town surrounded by half-timber houses.

Enjoy Frankfurt's 'new' old town surrounded by half-timber houses.

Frankfurt hosts the world's largest book fair in October. Here we offer five more reasons to visit this German gem...

1. Stroll around the Old Town

Frankfurt may be home to 14 of Germany's 15 skyscrapers, but it hasn't forgotten its Middle Age roots. The Römerberg ("Roman Mountain") is an entire district built to recreate the city's 13th Century charm across 75,000 square feet. The 'new' old town features new buildings and replicas alongside the Römer, the 600-year-old city hall. Half-timber houses line the historic square that hosts Christmas markets from late November.

2. Ride the Ebbelwei-Express

A great activity for travellers looking to tick a number of Frankfurt-themed boxes. Board this tram and you'll be given a bag of pretzels and a bottle of apfelwein (apple wine) to accompany a route covering 29 landmarks. Enjoy the freedom of taking vintage trams all day long set to a soundtrack of much-loved German anthems. For interesting facts on the landmarks and monuments on the way, the Ebbelwei-Express podcast is an essential download.

3. Pick up a bargain at Schaumainkai flea market

By the banks of the River Main, Museumsufers (Museum Embankment) and Frankfurt's famous flea market can be found. Tourists and locals flock to the stalls every Saturday to find antique furniture, locally-made clothes and second-hand toys at purse-friendly prices. Surrounded by cafes, bistros and, of course, the embankment's nine museums, you'll struggle to leave the friendly atmosphere of Schaumainkai, with unique views over the city.

4. Soak up the alternative art scene

Opened in 2008, the Caricatura Museum is home to comic art for locals and tourists to enjoy. The famous elk sculpture in front of the museum is a recognisable monument complete with the names of writers and artists from the New Frankfurt School. And if you prefer all of your art al fresco, why not visit the Pinkelbaum (peeing tree)? A sign by artist Friedrich Karl reads: "For 300 years I was peed on, starting today I pee back".

5. Take in the views from Main Tower

Of all the skyscrapers in Frankfurt, only one is open to the public. The Main Tower's observation deck can be found 650 feet above the river it was named after and offers unrivalled views of the city centre. If you find yourself working up an appetite, the 53rd floor offers a restaurant serving international dishes with a serious view.

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