To be completely honest, while I was travelling through Germany, Frankfurt was nowhere near my radar of places to check out. Frankfurt is also commonly known as Frankfurt am Main, or Mainhatten and definitely has that “Big City” feel. It was so different from the smaller cities and towns I had visited. Frankfurt is the most important financial centre of the European continent, with the HQs of the European Central Bank, German Federal Bank, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, DZ Bank and a ton of other corporate companies all located there. This place is oozing with finance. Don’t let that city vibe turn you off though. Frankfurt wasn’t originally on my list of cities to visit, but I said, “What the hell?” One night in Frankfurt just to see what the buzz is about. I decided to give Frankfurt a chance and boy, am I glad I did! I actually ended up seeing some great sites and had a blast wandering around!
Here is a short list of just some of things to do and see while in Frankfurt for a day.
Grab a Bite to Eat and People Watch in Römerplatz
Römerplatz is a gorgeous square in Frankfurt’s Old Town and is probably the most important and most known landmark of the city. Most of the buildings within Römerplatz are reconstructions, as many of them got heavily destroyed during WW2. The Römer is the large, central medieval building that has been City Hall (Rathaus) for approximately 600 years. The beautiful Lady of Justice fountain stands tall in the centre of the square.
From Römerplatz, you can see the contrast between the shiny, modern, glass covered Frankfurter skyscrapers towering above Old Town and the German timber styled buildings. This was my absolute favourite place in Frankfurt to sit, relax and eat a big, delicious lunch. The food and beer was just So. Damn. Good!!!
Stroll Around The City To Get a Taste of the New vs. Old Architecture
It’s definitely undeniable that when you first step out of the main train station and into the streets, you’ll understand how Frankfurt got the nickname “Mainhatten”. The mixture of modern high-rise towers that house some of the most powerful German banks, and the historical and medieval buildings that are dotted throughout the city, are a welcoming site. While walking through the city, you can’t help but crank your neck towards the sky to marvel at the skyscrapers that seem to have the same look to them, as if they are covered in a metallic finish.
Take a Night Walk Over The Eiserner Steg Bridge for Views of the Skyline
The Eiserner Steg Bridge is a pedestrian bridge in Frankfurt am Main. This bridge is also known as the Frankfurt Love Lock Bridge. Couples from all over the globe place a personalized padlock on the bridge in many different colours. From the bridge, you can also get a pretty sweet view of the city skyline. If you have some cash to spare, head down to the marina, as they give river cruise tours as well.
Go to The Naturmuseum Senckenberg
If you have the time, make sure to check out The Naturmuseum Senckenberg. It is the second largest museum of natural history in Germany. Unfortunately, I ran out of time because I had to catch an early morning train, but I still walked all the way to the museum anyway to see the massive T-Rex hanging out in front of the building. It makes for a hilarious photo, especially when I sent it to my parents when they asked what I did in Frankfurt. It felt like I was in a scene of Jurassic Park, minus Chris Pratt coming to my rescue. *sigh* A girl can dream!
Have you guys ever been to Frankfurt? What did you do and see while in the City of Contrasts? Let me know in the comments below! xo
I travelled to Frankfurt from Heidelberg via DB Rail