Hotels in Frankfurt
Accommodations in FrankfurtLocated in the heart of Germany, Frankfurt is a cosmopolitan, culturally rich city, and seat of Germanys most important banks, while the highest skyscrapers in Europe dominate the citys skyline. The first records of habitation on this site date from 3000 BC, although the citys current name emerged only in 500 BC, due to Frankish domination of the region. Throughout history, Frankfurt has enjoyed great commercial success, which is still widely apparent today.
Begin your trip in Frankfurts Financial District, the Westend, which is popularly known as Mainhatten for its combination of the River Main and the profile of skyscrapers so reminiscent of Manhattan. From the 19th century Old Opera, the Alte Oper, the two crystal towers of Deutche Bank can be seen. From here go to the stock-market building, Börse, with its 43 meter-high cupola and its bull and bear statues in the entrance, representative of the rise and fall of the stocks traded within. Nearby is Hauptwache, one of Frankfurts most central squares, from which the pedestrian walkway and the commercial Zeil Street can be accessed. Here can be found the attractive building that formerly housed the police station and the mayoral seat, and that today harbors a pretty cafe. To enjoy the best views of Frankfurt, climb to the lookout point of the Main Tower.
At 23-25, Großer Hirschgraben, you can see the Goethe House and Museum, which conserves the memory of the past. Not far away is Römerberg (the central square in Frankfurts Old Town), surrounded by historical houses of half-framed walls: the Römer, or City Council, is between two buildings of typical stepped façade, the offices situated in the house that belongs to the consistory (ecclesiastical court). And, a little beyond, is the Cathedral, or Kaiserdom, with its 95-meter gothic tower.
After visiting Frankfurts Financial District and Old Town, cross the River Main by the Eiserner Steg pedestrian bridge and visit the Museumsufer, the longest avenue in Europe dedicated to museums. Found there, among others, is the Städelsche Kunstinstitute und Städtische Galerie (Städel Institute of Art and Municipal Gallery) with its extensive collection of European paintings dating from the 14th c to the 20th century. And finally, if you wish to experience the oldest district of Frankfurt and to enjoy the apple wine (äppelwoi) in the traditional wood taverns, go to the Sachsenhausen, south of the Museumsufer and the river.
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