Frankfurt City Breaks
Frankfurt city breaks welcome you to one of the most multicultural cities in Germany. By day, the futuristic skyline, nicknamed 'Mainhattan', represents a bustling business centre at the hub of Europe's financial affairs, but by night, the towering cityscape sparkles romantically. Take a city tour on the 'Ebbelwei Express' tram and visit the internationally renowned museum exhibitions.
Our Frankfurt and Wiesbaden City Breaks are idyllically situated between the Taunus Mountains and offer spectacular scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Home of apple wine, Frankfurter sausages and Europe's busiest airport, Frankfurt boasts cultural highlights at every turn.
Frankfurt harmoniously combines tradition and modernity, retaining much of its original charm in the Old Town which lies north of the river. Frankfurt is the home to a wide collection of various museums and exhibitions second only to Berlin. It is popular with the party crowd, especially those who love dance and trance music as it can be heard from many street corners.
If you want to soak up some of the traditional German culture, take a short trip over to Wiesbaden. Famous for its extravagant celebrations such as the Wiesbaden Christmas Market, the city is only a short distance from Frankfurt.
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As the business capital of Germany, Frankfurt attracts many foreign visitors and German nationals to enjoy a Frankfurt city break, who in turn create a cosmopolitan environment that is a match for any other European destination. The district on the Main River can be seen from miles around with its mass of skyscrapers and poignant steeples. This location is popular with the younger audiences looking to enjoy the bars and clubs on offer and is a change from the cafes and shops in the Old town.
Did you know?
Due to its towering skyline, Frankfurt has been given the nickname ‘Mainhattan’. This plays on the fact that it resembles New York’s Manhattan and is on the River Main.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 35 min
- Frankfurt Airport: 12km from the city centre; transfer time about 12 min
- Nearest railway station: Frankfurt Central Station
- Currency: Euro
Available as a one or two-day ticket for individuals and groups, the Frankfurt Card offers unlimited travel on the city's public transport system, as well as a wide variety of discounts. Prices start from £15 (single ticket) and from £29 (group ticket for up to 5 people).
The most popular shopping area is the Fussgängerzone (pedestrian street) of the Zeil. Besides department stores and a wide variety of retail chains, one can find Frankfurt's most modern and exclusive shopping centre here, MyZeil. On its western end, where Zeil leads into "Fressgass", or Große Bockenheimer Straße, the street is filled with cafés, patisseries, ice cream parlours and delicatessens.
Running parallel to Freßgass' is Goethestraße, the home of haute couture. It is here you will find designers such as Versace, Gucci, and Prada.
Schillerstrasse is perfect for quality clothing and gift shops. There is also a market every Friday.
Berger Straße in Bornheim and Schweizer Straße in Sachsenhausen are perfect for those looking for more alternative boutiques or second-hand shops.
Street markets in Frankfurt can be found anywhere and everywhere. They are mainly filled with fresh foods and flowers. Every second Saturday morning, the Mainufer turns into a large flea market with a huge selection of used clothes, books, bicycles, and various other items.
Main-Taunus Centrum, Nordwestzentrum, Hessencenter - all of these are shopping centres in or near Frankfurt.
An Italian restaurant located just across the Alte Oper which boasts a wonderful ambience and world-class service. Signature dishes include the tuna carpaccio, white truffle fettuccine and Tuscan-inspired quail.
Erno's Bistro offers French cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. The venison fillet and fresh seafood come highly recommended. The restaurant also offers 600 varieties of wine to choose from.
Bombay Palace is situated in the historic Alt-Sachsenhausen. This exotic Indian-and-Pakistani-inspired restaurant serves vegetarian dishes, wide-ranging buffets, and several rice curries. Bombay Palace also has a wide selection of beers and an extensive menu of local and international wines. All of these are served at reasonable prices in a beautiful building.
Apfelwein Wagner is one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Frankfurt. This affordable German restaurant serves sumptuous food such as the German dishes wurst and schnitzel, slow-cooked steak with horseradish sauce, grilled schweinshaxe, Frankfurt green sauce and also offers endless servings of apple wines. The highlight of this restaurant is the undercover courtyard and garden area.
Frankfurt is renowned for being a city of business and finance, however there are numerous cultural attractions too.
The Imperial Cathedral, known as the Kaiserdom, is a very interesting historical attraction. Inside, the leaders of the Holy Roman Empire were chosen.
Tour the Imperial Hall (Kaisersaal), in the interior of the City Hall, to view the 52 portraits of the Holy Roman Emperors
Frankfurt's Town Hall is one of the city's most important historic buildings. Its silhouette, with three gables and the famous balcony, is known throughout the world.
Thirteen museums can be found on the banks of the River Main, and twenty more can be found throughout the city. One of which is the Goethe-Haus which presents the life and work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It first opened in 1863 and this makes it one of the oldest established museums in Frankfurt. It contains an impressive collection of paintings, manuscripts, graphic drawings and the original furniture.
Visit Museum Embankment on the banks of the River Main where there is a total of 26 museums of all different themes. Every year these exhibits are celebrated at the 'Museum Embankment Festival'.
The Palmengarten is possibly the most beautiful attraction in Frankfurt. It was established in 1868 by the citizens of Frankfurt. The fifty acres of gardens are filled with flowers and plants and during the summer concerts and festivals are held here.
The Frankfurt Opera
The Frankfurt Opera is a leading opera company in Germany and is one of the most important opera houses in Europe. It was elected "Opera house of the year" by German magazine Opernwelt in 1995 and 2003, and 'Best Opera in Germany' in 2010.
View the city from the Main Tower - opened in 2000, it is the headquarters of the State Bank of Hesse and Thuringia. The public can enjoy the view from the observation platform 100 metres about the streets of Frankfurt.
Coconut Groove is a stylish restaurant-bar with live music and tables spilling onto the pavement in summer.
Moloko has funky music and atmospheric lighting creating a modern feel.
Alt-Sachsenhausen The district Alt-Sachsenhausen, with its apple wine pubs, historical half-timbered houses and narrow alleys, stands for Frankfurt cosiness and hospitality.
O'Reilly's is an Irish bar, opposite the main railway station, which offers live music and a variety of large-screen sports coverage.
City Beach hosts the new phenomenon of 'beach bars' with beaches and pools.
Main Tower Bar, on the 53rd floor of the only public skyscraper in Frankfurt, offers breathtaking views and delicious drinks.
Nachtleben - the upstairs of this establishment is a trendy bar and downstairs a dance club playing house on Thursday and drum 'n' bass on Saturday.
Blue Angel is a gay club which features house and trance music.
Velvet offers a variety of music genres.
U60311 is an underground club, located in a disused metro station where international superstar DJs flock.
King Kamehameha Club hosts live music, where you can get a feel for Frankfurt's local talent and you can always count on an array of terrific performances.
Die Brotfabrik is the most exciting venue in the city, which features live international music. There is also a cafe and restaurant.