Frankfurt, the fifth largest city in Germany, is not the most exciting city (to me, Berlin holds that title). However, its prominence as an important financial, communications, and transportation hub means that I have stopped by for a few times, in hourly or daily increments.
Main Tower: This is a viewing platform on the top of one of the city’s many skyscrapers. This is a great chance to get some nice panoramic photos of the city, which is just what I did.
Museumsufer: There are plenty of good museums in Frankfurt; many of them are part of the Museumsufer along the south bank of the Main River.
Hauptbahnhof area: The area just east of the Hauptbahnhof (central train station) is colorful but a bit seedy, as the red light district is located here. An amalgam of cheap foreign eateries and stores intermingle with sleazy sex shops.
Weather: A city where everything works and life is quite predictable. One thing that’s not – the weather. No matter what time of year you are visiting, it is best to pack a light raincoat. If you are there during the winter months, when there is always a chance of snow, you will need heavy clothes. Summers are usually warm, but not oppressively so. Nevertheless, beyond the weather elements there are elements in the city that make it enjoyable to visit and perhaps even stay.
Beer: Let’s not forget one thing Germans are famous for – BEER! The regional beer is quite good, and should be ordered with every meal (okay, maybe not breakfast.)
Speed Limit: Some of you may find this surprising…in Germany, there is no speed limit on their “autobahn” (highways). In fact you will be cautioned by police if you drive too slow. Isn’t it great!!
Best Way to Get Around:
Trains: Take the train! Take the train! Take the train! Local, regional, intercity, or international.
Bus: In between take the inexpensive, convenient, and very available city bus service that links with the trains of the inner city.
Metro: Do not forget the subway headquartered in the Main Station, which co-ordinates all parts of the city.
On Feet: When the September sun sparkles in a cobalt blue sky, walking can be the most pleasant and informative way to go. Up close and personal!