Ross Merchant, City Breaks Specialist

"Frankfurt’s diverse setting of skyscrapers and wooden buildings represent the contrasts within the city, an exciting destination of old meets new, perfect for sightseers, fun-lovers and travel enthusiasts. What I love about the city the most is the thriving area by the river, it is stylish, it is bustling and it’s full of bars, restaurants and there’s even a garden. I always make sure to visit the riverside on a Saturday, because it is transformed into a flea market, a great place for finding unique souvenirs to bring back home!"

Frankfurt at a glance

Recognized as Europe’s financial center, Frankfurt is a vibrant city with not only a rich economy but also a thriving cultural scene.  Well preserved historical sites and museums contrast with a modern skyline boasting some of the tallest buildings in Europe, while a host of museums, gardens, and events, including the world’s largest book fair and motor show, make Frankfurt a popular destination.

Early Roman occupation led to Frankfurt notably becoming one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire. During World War II the city endured numerous bombardments and much of its historic medieval centre was destroyed. Reconstruction after the war gave the city a new, simplistic style more in line with the modern era.

Today Frankfurt is Germany’s transportation centre and is home to one of Europe’s busiest airports. Offering world-class entertainment, stunning architecture, and a booming nightlife, it’s easy to see why this self-proclaimed ‘Mainhattan’ is one of Europe’s top destinations not to be missed.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • A bustling city break
  • Vibrant nightlife
  • Arts and culture

Getting around

Frankfurt offers both a U-Bahn (city rail system) and S-Bahn (suburban rail system). Tickets must be purchased from a machine before boarding and range in length from single up to weekly passes. Fare prices are based on the number of zones you plan to travel through. For unlimited travel and discounts at many of the city’s museums, a Frankfurt Card is a great option for hassle free travel.

Dining in Frankfurt

Frankfurt’s gastronomy offers up a pleasingly loyal fare of traditional Hessian cuisine synonymous with the Bavarian region.  A focus on sour flavors is prominent, with some of the local favorites including sauerkraut and a soured cheese known as Handkäse. Be sure to try a glass of Ebbelwei, the city’s own version of apple cider.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Frankfurter Wuerstchen – sausage served with mustard on a roll
  • Grüne Sosse – a heavy green sauce consisting of parsley, dill, chives and a number of other herbs mixed with sour cream or quark and often served with boiled eggs or brisket
  • Bethmännchen – marzipan filled biscuits covered with almond slices

Nightlife in Frankfurt

Despite its reputation as a business mecca, Frankfurters know how to have a good time. The city’s nightlife offers an animated array of clubs, bars, pubs, and speakeasies. Join one of the city’s biggest partys at King Kamenhameha Club which plays host to prominent DJ’s and offers an intimate bar area in addition to a lively dance hall or take your bar experience to a whole new level at the elite Apartment, with its different themed rooms evoking a ‘feel at home’ atmosphere. 

There is also a great range of theatrical shows and performances offered throughout the city, including contemporary and classical drama as well as ballet, opera, and live musical performances. 

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Frankfurt designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice 
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 687,775
Languages German
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Distance from airports
Frankfurt Airport 12 km
Railway stations
Frankfurt Central Station