Frankfurt, Germany

The largest and busiest city in Germany is Frankfurt. Being a major hub for business, the city is a picture of intimidating skyscrapers, bustling airports, and trade shows. Sitting along the river Main, Frankfurt’s perfect blend of contrasting features attracts tourists all over the globe. The city center is not all about business and trade, as here is where Germany’s most important museums and galleries are also seen. The main roads display non-stop action, while the side streets and neighborhoods exude a laid-back and relaxing feel. In Frankfurt, every turn is an absolute surprise.

With a sizeable area and tons of tourist attractions, careful plotting of schedule is a wise thing to do when going to Frankfurt. What’s nice about the city is that most of the attractions are closely situated to each other, visiting one destination to the next quite a breeze. But if there is a limited time frame to follow, the city’s most important destinations must be on top of the itinerary.

The visit to the Main Tower is undoubtedly the core of the Frankfurt trip, and no tourists leave the capital without having a sight of it. The 200-meter tower has the easiest access to Frankfurt’s stunning cityscape and fascinating skyline.  There is no better way to view the sweeping views of the city than on top of the Main Tower, where tourists can also grab a snack on their way down or purchase a souvenir that serves as a reminder of the awesome experience.

Named as the historic center of Frankfurt, Romerberg is the home of the Historic Town Hall which served as witness to almost all of Frankfurt’s historical events including the very first Fair Trade. Goethe House, The Gothic Frankfurt Cathedral, St. Paul’s Church, Old Opera, the Iron Bridge, Saint Bartholomeus’ Cathedral,  and Frankfurt’s chain of museums in  Museumsufer are also worthy to be seen to have a full grasp of its culture and history.

To relax the mind and lift the senses, visiting some of Frankfurt’s renowned parks and gardens must be included in the trip. Topping the list is the Palmengarten Botanical Garden founded in the mid-1800s. From Africa’s savannah and rainforest to Europe’s secret gardens, the collection of plants and flowers results in a botanical garden that is an absolute eye-pleaser. The Palm Garden, Nidda Valley People’s Park, and Grüneburgpark, the city’s biggest public park, also attract tourists.

Shopping, dining, and cider-tasting complete the adventure to this lovely city. The vibrant pedestrian zone called Zeil is tagged as “Germany’s Fifth Avenue” due to its quaint shops, chic boutiques, luxurious finds, and prestigious designer brands.  Cider production is part of the city’s culture and the trip will not be complete without tasting their “Apfelwein.” The strip of Sachsenhausen has the oldest and the best cider bars in this part of Germany. And for dining-out, Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse is the best place to be. It has an excellent line-up of cafes, restaurants, food stalls, and deli food shops, and to savor local cuisine here is the perfect way to cap the day.