Known as the economic and financial capital of Europe, it is very easy to stereotype Frankfurt Am Main as a city that only caters to the business and upmarket crowd. While the metropolis certainly suits the tastes of the suited-booted industrialists, Frankfurt also has a heritage that is entrenched in tradition and history. The city space is a charming mix of both - the fine old buildings which are rich in architecture and is also home to the high-rise modern skyscrapers.
This cosmopolitan city houses the European Central bank. As the trading and banking capital of Europe, the central business district has a very North American flavor to it and thus ended up with a unique nickname - Mainhatten. Take a cruise down River Main if you want to soak in and appreciate the city in it's entirety which offers breathtaking views of the modern superstructures as well as traditional fine old buildings.
This truly global and international city houses an array of fairs which draws in millions of tourists and businessmen/women from around the world. Messe Frankfurt GmbH (Frankfurt Trade Fair) is the world's biggest trade fair company that hosts several activities, out of which two of the notable ones are the Frankfurt Book Fair ( Largest publishing event in the world) and International Motor Show Germany (Biggest motor show in the world), both of which are held annually.
Literary enthusiasts can stop by at Goethe House and Museum which is the birthplace and family home of Germany's greatest writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Folks who appreciate old-school music may be interested to visit the old opera house (Alte Oper) which was constructed in 1880. Operating as a popular concert hall now, it was re-built and inaugurated again in 1981. The new Frankfurt Opera resides in a modern building nearby.
For the museum lovers, there are plenty of options to choose from such as Senckenberg Natural History Museum (home to per-historic creatures), Art City: The Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art, The Museum District (collection of 12 different museums in the area), Money Museum of the German Federal Bank and so forth. The Romerberg - Frankfurt's Old Town Center is an irregularly shaped square with the Justice Fountain (Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen) at its heart. Known to be Frankfurt's busiest pedestrian zone and draws millions of tourists every year.
If travelling with kids, add the Zoo Frankfurt in the must-see list. Accommodating over 4,500 animals which belongs to at last 450 different species, it is Germany's second oldest zoo. It features animals from a variety of climatic provinces which encompasses marine life, reptiles, and crocodiles. The Borgori Forest features a fantastic Ape House in a realistic jungle setting. The Nocturnal Animals House and the Bird Hall will provide an incredible learning experience and thrill to kids and adults alike.
If Munich is the land of beers then Frankfurt attracts tourists by offering their unique and lip-smacking Apfelwein ( apple wine) which are drunk in characteristic hatched glasses. When it comes to culinary, visitors can try out the Grune Sosse, a green sauce. It is made of sour cream mixed with seven herbs and is usually served with beef, schnitzel, or hard-boiled eggs.
There are plenty of hotel stay options available in Frankfurt. Rich tourists can choose to book the best luxury hotels the city can boast of. Backpackers and middle-class travellers can select from the plethora of budget hotel apartments that are comfortable, cheap and easy on the pocket.
Frankfurt has a temperate climate and is a city for all seasons. The best time to visit Frankfurt would be during the summer months from April to September when the climate is warm. If you can take in the cold, then winter months would also be a good time to holiday so as to witness the sparkling Christmas festivities.