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72 Hours in Frankfurt

Quite a few people asked me when I booked my flight to Frankfurt: Why? According to some people it's not that interesting of a city, especially not for a four night stay. They couldn't be more wrong though! I thought it was a beautiful city, and with the Christmas markets being on there was definitely plenty to occupy myself with. I walked around the city several times and kept finding new things and places to explore. The food at the market was incredible, like all German food usually is, and there were lots of historic sites to see which I love! The river at sunset is simply stunning as well, where there's a mixture of new and old buildings dotting the skyline. Yes, it's a big financial centre, but there's so much more to the city than that so don't let its reputation put you off visiting! In terms of hotels, I'd recommend staying at either Living Hotel or QGreenhotel by Melia. The city is very walkable, and there are lots of buses and trains available throughout the city if your hotel is further afield or you want to get out of the city centre. There are two airports you could fly into. I flew into Frankfurt Airport with Ryanair, which was ideal because the second airport, Frankfurt Hahn, which Ryanair also fly into, takes about 2 hours to get into the city centre from, and the buses aren't that frequent so it could really put a dent in your travels. Even if the flight is slightly more expensive, I'd pay that rather than taking the bus for 2 hours, which is a lot more expensive than a short train from Frankfurt Airport. There was a lot to see in the city, so check out my highlights below!

1. Walk Around the Romerberg
The centre of the historic old town. It was rebuilt in the late 20th century to its original plans. It's like taking a walk in time. It's also the spot of many markets and fairs, if you're lucky enough to be in the city when one of them is on!
2. Eiserner Steg
The only pedestrian bridge to span the River Main, it's also the site of thousands of love locks, and is a great spot to take some photos with the city in the background.
3. Check out the Museums
Frankfurt is full of some great museums, so make sure you check at least one out.
4. Frankfurt Cathedral
The cathedral is the dominating building along the city's skyline, and from the 16th century it held the coronation ceremonies for the Holy Roman emperors. On certain days you can take a tour to the top of the tower as well, just make sure you clarify what day it is, unlike me who bought a ticket only to realize the tour was a couple of days later.
5. Explore the Streets
From the Old Town to the newer parts of the city, there are lots of interesting places to be found.
6. Sachsenhausen Neighbourhood
This neighbourhood is full of museums, bars and restaurants. It's a very relaxed area of the city, and is located just a short walk over the river from the Old Town.
7. Stroll Through the Old Town
There are so many beautiful medieval style streets in the city, so make sure you take time to walk around and explore as much as you can!
8. Alte Oper
This is a stunning building, and if you have time you can take in a performance too.
9. Window Shop on Goethestrasse
Don't forget to take a stroll down the city's luxury shopping street!
10. Eschenheimer Turm
One of Frankfurt's most famous landmarks, this medieval tower stands among modern high rise towers and now also functions as a restaurant.
11. Take a River Cruise with Primus Linie
These cruises are very inexpensive and so worth it. You can either take a 50 or 100 minute cruise, and you get to see the stunning city skyline along the way.
12. Eat at the Markets
Eating German food is a must, especially if you come across a market. There's something for everyone!
13. Explore Hochst
This is a great hidden gem. It's about a 15min train ride from the city centre, and it reminded me of the little village from Beauty and the Beast. Since it's not in the centre, there was hardly anyone around! It's simply stunning to walk through.
14. Hop on a Train to Mainz
A very short train ride from Frankfurt is Mainz, a charming historic city complete with cathedral and medieval streets. Definitely not to be missed if you can spare half of your day!
15. Frankfurt Airport
It may sound weird, but this airport is one of the largest in the world and there is a lot to explore in it. It took almost 30 minutes for us to shuttle from the plane to the main terminal, that's how big it is!

Click here to read about my stay at Living Hotel, and here to read about my stay with QGreenhotel by Melia, What's your favourite place to visit in the city? Email me any recommendations you have!


My name is Krista, and like many people I love to travel! I think it's important that people share their travel experiences, so I hope that mine help you in some way in your own travels, or inspire you to travel more! 

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