About Frankfurt

Welcome to Frankfurt!

Welcome to Mainhattan! For you to get to know a bit more about Frankfurt and to find your way very quickly here, we made up some information for you. Have fun browsing them!


Accomodating more than 750.000 inhabitants, Frankfurt is the largest city in Hesse and the fifth largest city throughout Germany. What's special about Frankfurt is first of all that it is home to skyscrapers, being among the tallest buildings all over Europe. This is also the reason why Frankfurters sometimes call their city "Mainhattan".

Furthermore, Frankfurt is home to one of the largest airports across Europe, the German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank), the German stock exchange (Deutsche Börse) and the European Central Bank. This is also why Frankfurt is famous as "finance" or "banking city". 

There is so much to discover in Frankfurt! Among the most important sights there are...

  • Römer (famous townhall)
  • Römerberg (for more than one thousand years the city's centre)
  • Kaiserdom/katholische Pfarrkirche St. Bartholomäus (catholic church, 95 meters tall; has been the coronation site for German Kaisers (emperors) since 1356)
  • Paulskirche (national symbol for democracy and unity, venue for the first democratically elected German parliament (Nationalversammlung)) 
  • Zoo Frankfurt am Main
  • Palmengarten (exhibiting botany from all continents)
  • Senckenbergmuseum
  • Städel (art museum)
  • Maintower
  • Eiserner Steg (iron bridge with an impressive sight of the skyline)
  • Goethe-Haus and Goethe-Museum (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, famous German poet born in Frankfurt)
  • Alte Oper Frankfurt
  • Museumsufer (numerous different museums near the river Main)
  • Alt-Sachsenhausen (south to the river Main, in Sachsenhausen, pubs in winding alleys are welcoming you to taste Ebbelwoi (dialect for Apfelwein = apple cider), the traditional (alcoholic) beverage from Frankfurt)
  • Frankfurt Airport (tours offered)
  • Höchster Altstadt (Frankfurt-Höchst(city district): beautiful old town with castle complex and palace)
Frankfurt's specials
  • apple cider ("Ebbelwoi"/dialect form of "Apfelwein") in a typical "Äppler"-glass („Geripptes“) 
  • Frankfurter Würstchen (pork sausage)
  • Handkäs mit Musik (soft cheese with onions, apple slices, vinegar and oil, salt and pepper)
  • Grüne Soße (Goethes favourite meal; sauce made of seven herbs)
  • Rippchen mit Kraut (boiled pork riblet)
  • Bethmännchen (made of marzipan and almonds)
  • Frankfurter Kranz (cake)


inner city:

  • MyZeil
  • Zeil (biggest Shopping street in Frankfurt)
  • Goethestraße (luxury brands)

shopping malls:

  • Skyline Plaza (Europaviertel/Messe)
  • Nordwestzentrum (in Nordweststadt)
  • Hessen-Center (in Bergen-Enkheim)
  • Main-Taunus-Zentrum (in Sulzbach)
  • Loop 5 (a bit outside; in Weiterstadt)

smaller shopping streets:

  • Berger Straße (in Bornheim)
  • Schweizer Straße (in Sachsenhausen)
  • Leipziger Straße (in Bockenheim)
  • Königsteiner Straße (in Höchst)
  • Oeder Weg (Innenstadt to Nordend)