See the Sights
A good place to get an overview of the city is from the top of the Main Tower, Frankfurt’s highest public viewing platform. At 200 metres tall, the tower oFFers spectacular views. Fortunately there is a high-speed lift to whisk you to the top. Main Tower has a restaurant and cocktail bar on the 53rd floor, one below the viewing terrace. From there you can see for miles across the river to Sachsenhausen, an entertainment area with lots of pubs, bars and restaurants. To the north and northwest is the banking district with its many towers, including the 256-metre-high peak of the elegant Messeturm, which locals call the BleistiFt (pencil). Nearby is Europe’s tallest office block, the 258-metre-high (298 metres including the antenna) Commerzbank Tower designed by Sir Norman Foster.
The Romerberg is the historic heart of Frankfurt and home to the City Hall. With its Gothic stepped gables made of Frankfurt’s trademark red sandstone it dates back to 1405. Flanked by half-timbered houses, this historic square was the location for Frankfurt’s first trade fairs in the 13th century.
All Things Cultural
As you might expect in Goethe’s city, literature obviously has a significant role to play and the Frankfurt Book Fair takes centre stage every autumn.
Culture vultures won’t want to miss taking in a performance at the concert hall, the opera house or the Tigerpalast variety theatre.
Art lovers will be in their element here too. You’ll hnd almost 3,000 paintings here including works by Munch, Renoir, Monet and Degas. Several museums and galleries are dotted along the south bank of the Main River making it a great place to head for a day of cultural pursuits.
Every summer, the city’s museums take centre stage for one of Europe’s largest cultural celebrations, the Museum
Embankment Festival. Along the riverside promenade there are performances offering live music, culinary delights from across the globe and Flrst-class entertainment.
Travelling Around Town
For visitors to the city, it makes sense to buy a Frankfurt Card, the public transport pass which includes the airport. It also provides reductions of up to 50 per cent on admission to museums, zoo and botanical gardens, plus discounts in restaurants, cafes, bars and selected stores.
Away From the bustle of the city centre, the attractions of this botanical garden include glasshouses, 300 different palms and a boating lake. Concerts are staged here in summer, as well as exhibitions and events.