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The Essential Guide to Frankfurt

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Officially named Frankfurt-on-the-Main, this vibrant city is sometimes called “Mainhattan” after the Main River that divides it, as well as for its towering skyscrapers and reputation as a finance and business hub. It’s home to one of the world’s largest stock exchanges and the headquarters of the European Central Bank, but it also offers an array of cultural and culinary delights, including the medieval town square of Römerberg, several world-renowned museums, and cozy taverns serving hearty regional food.
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Domplatz 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Officially named the Emperor’s Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, Frankfurt’s main church is recognizable for its striking 328-foot-tall tower. Dating back to the 13th century, the cathedral is also famous for the fact that its Wahlkapelle...
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Großer Hirschgraben 23-25, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Built in the 18th-century bourgeois style, this house is where famed German author and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born—to Johann Caspar Goethe, a lawyer, and Catharina Elisabeth Textor, daughter of the city mayor—and grew up...
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Römerberg 23, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
One of Frankfurt’s most important landmarks, the medieval Römer building is a significant part of the Römerplatz (Römer Square) in the Altstadt (Old Town). Located opposite Old St. Nicholas Church, it’s served as...
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Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
With around 3,100 paintings, 660 sculptures, 100,000 drawings, and 5,000 photographs, the Städel is one of the leading art museums in Frankfurt—if not Germany. Established in 1815 by banker and businessman Johann Friedrich Städel,...
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Schaumainkai 17, 60594 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Located within the excellent Museum of Applied Arts, this sleek restaurant is spacious, bright, and unapologetically modern, with vibrant furniture, white walls and big windows accented by colorful artworks, and strings of dangling...
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Gutleutstraße 13, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The name of this cheerful—and immensely popular—restaurant translates to “In the Heart of Africa,” giving a pretty good hint at the authentic cuisine found inside. The menu focuses on the food of Eritrea specifically, and...
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Neue Mainzer Str. 52-58, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Frankfurt’s glass-heavy Main Tower is one of the most iconic buildings in town. The sixth-largest skyscraper in the city—and the first ever constructed in Europe, in 1999—it features a restaurant and lounge on the 53rd floor,...
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Moselstraße 15, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Located in Frankfurt’s vibrant, and occasionally seedy, Bahnhofviertel (train station quarter), this popular restaurant offers an apt mix of loud music and minimal decor—in the austere bar area, dark green walls surround a few wooden...
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Frankfurt’s sleekest hotel, this five-star property features 116 designer rooms and suites, a trendy restaurant and bar, and a luxurious spa and gym on the top floor. The exterior mixes glass with glazed white concrete, while interiors blend...
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Kennedyallee 70, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Set in Frankfurt’s well-heeled Sachsenhausen neighborhood, this luxurious Rocco Forte property occupies an elegant villa built at the beginning of the 20th century. Following an intensive restoration, it opened as a five-star hotel in 2008...