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Frankfurt: a centre of commerce, culture

  • Published at 12:23 pm July 25th, 2013
Frankfurt: a centre of commerce, culture

Frankfurt is one of the largest cities in Germany and once harboured the Great Roman Empire. Though the city was destroyed during World War II, it has now emerged as a centre of commerce, culture and education, ranking as one of the cities with the best quality of life. Mixing tradition with modernity, the city is every tourist’s haven.

WHAT TO DO

Revisit History 

If you are in Frankfurt, make sure to visit Romerberg, the historical hub of the city. A walk along the Eiserner Steg, the city's most well-known pedestrian bridge, will give you a great view of the skyline and the main river. A visit to Alte Oper, the city's original opera house which now houses a variety of fancy events since its re-inauguration after being destroyed during WWII, will leave you in awe of German culture. Finally, Goethe Haus und Museum, which was the house of the Goethe family, is now a museum dedicated to one of the most well-known German poets and authors, and is well worth a tour.

Touch the sky

Frankfurt has some of the tallest buildings in Europe, hence its nickname "Mainhattan." A walk along the Main River bridges will give you a great view of the skyline. The Main Tower of Frankfurt is a sky rise building open to the public at a cost of €5(Tk500.) Visit it just before sunset to admire the transformation of the city at night. You can even take a look at the European Central Bank, where Europe’s major financial decisions are made, and buy souvenirs from the small gift shop below.

Music, Shops, Gardens

State-subsidised performances at the Oper Frankfurt will allow you to see high quality performances at an affordable price. Visit the English theatre, the largest theatre in continental Europe, to watch a play or visit the Ballet Wiliam Forsythe to witness an unforgettable ballet musical. If you have time, make sure to attend the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, held in mid-October. Finally, spend a pleasant evening strolling through Berger Street (Berger Strasse,) which has a lot of cafes and small, trendy shops. A walk through Gruneburgpark will soothe your mood and one through Palmengarten will bring you closer to nature.

WHAT TO EAT

Tafelspitz

If you are a meat-lover, you must try the tafelspitz, the national dish of Austria that is quite popular in Frankfurt. Essentially boiled beef served with horseradish or green sauce and crunchy potatoes, this dish is a welcome relief if you're trying to avoid pork.

Bethmannchen

These small, round cookies made with marzipan and egg whites are decorated with three almond halves. Bethmannchen is a Christmas treat, but can still be found throughout the year and is delicious to taste.

WHERE TO STAY

Villa Kennedy (TK35, 000 per night and up)

Right in the centre of Frankfurt, this luxurious five-star hotel is nestled just off the south bank of the Main River in a wonderful villa landscape on Kennedyallee. The hotel is a wonderful combination of tradition and innovation, built around the traditional 1904 Villa Speyer. With a picturesque central garden, spa and award winning Gusto restaurant, a stay at this hotel will relieve you of all your stress and have you enjoying every moment in the city. 

Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof (TK17, 000 per night and up)

With a history of over 100 years, this hotel is synonymous with grand, comfort and exclusivity. As the centre point of the social scene, the heritage listed building is just a few steps away from the financial district, shopping areas and cultural attractions of the city. It consists of multiple restaurants, spa services, conference rooms, a gym and much more.

Holiday Inn Express, Frankfurt City Hauptbahnhof (TK11, 000 per night and up)

If you're on a budget and are looking for the best bet, this hotel will provide you with both comfort and excellent location. Surrounded by famous sights like the Opera Frankfurt, the German Museum of Architecture and the Goethe House, this hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, high speed WI-FI and many more facilities that will enhance your trip.