In my DISTRACT series, I will introduce to you beautiful and exciting places to visit – often within my current state of residence Germany, but also throughout Europe and around the globe. You get those in the format of an actual travel plan that works for the time frame I’m describing – with a personal touch and insider tips. Take it from me as I travel frequently and know the dos and don’ts.
DIS TRACT: Frankfurt, GER
The city of Frankfurt by the Main river in Germany is known for its “Mainhattan” skyscrapers and bank headquarters, especially the European Central Bank. Ancient and modern architecture blend together in the streets, much due to the fact that the city was heavily bombed in World War II. What we see today is an intriguing mix of present, past and future going hand in hand.
Getting to Frankfurt is rather easy, when you consider it that FRAPORT is one of the highest frequented airports in the world. Within Germany, you can obviously take the train or use the famously fast Autobahn network.
Your best option for getting an initial overview of the city will be this Hop-on Hop-off bus tour from GetYourGuide*. Now check out my suggestion for a day trip to Frankfurt:
1) Enjoy the beautiful old town
Start your visit in the center of the old town, where you have the “Römer” city hall of Frankfurt. Right next to the market square, you will find the church where the first German parliament was held.
2) Visit the Frankfurt Cathedral
In the old town you can also find the Frankfurt Cathedral. While not one of the most exuberant in Germany, it is worth a visit as you can see famous paintings by van Dyck. And above all it’s free.
3) Follow the Zeil shopping street
And while you’re there, definitely check out the MyZeil shopping mall. It stands out for its avant-garde architecture. Don’t miss that little stop!
4) Go to the Main Tower Observatory
Atop the big blue mirrored tower, you find the best observation platform in the city. For only 8 Euros, it’s really worth it.
5) Stroll through the financial center
Observe the towers that rise into the sky, and don’t miss the European Central Bank with its famous € sculpture.
6) The Frankfurt Opera
The building is not what it used to be, at least internally after being bombed during World War II. But luckily for us, the exterior has been carefully restored. A classic Baroque building between the highrisers.
7) City views from the Main river
Escape the noise of downtown and enjoy the city from the banks of the Main river. The lower river has some of the best places to photograph the city skyline, for example the Flößerbrücke. Get the best shots on a boat tour, which you can book here on GetYourGuide*.
8) End your day with a cocktail
And to end your day trip, here is the suggestion of the Citybeach Bar. The roof top bar – complete with real white sand, deck chairs and swimming pools – is the best way take a relaxing sip of your favorite drink while enjoying the sunset view.