Frankfurt, a central German city on the river Main, is the financial capital of Europe and home to the European Central Bank but there’s far more to “Mainhattan” than just the financial district.
Frankfurt airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and can be reached in just over 2 hours from Shannon. The easiest way to travel to and from Frankfurt airport is by train, the S-Bahn. Frankfurt's Main Station, Hauptbahnhof, can be reached in 12 minutes and trains depart every 10/20 minutes depending on the time of day. Train tickets costs €4.65 for adults and €2.80 for children while a taxi to the city centre will cost around €30. More information on transfers here.
From luxury, boutique to budget hotels and hundreds of rentals listed on Airbnb, Frankfurt has accommodation for every budget. For something different, try 25hours Hotel by Levi's whose 76 rooms are in different shades of blue, inspired by the range of denim washes which have been in fashion over the years. No trip to Germany is complete without a stay in a castle, Schlosshotel Kronberg is a 5-star castle hotel in the spa town of Kronberg – a 23 minute S-Bahn journey from Frankfurt Central Station.
Once you’ve unpacked, consider a guided tour to get your bearings with a choice of hop-on, hop-off bus tours, river cruises or Frankfurt’s famous Apple Wine Express streetcar. A two-hour walking tour visiting the city's most interesting locations including the old town centre might tickle your fancy but check the English tour schedule.
Museum wise, visit the birthplace of Germany´s most famous author and poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in the Frankfurt Goethe House which was built in the typical 18th-century bourgeois style. While the Städel Museum offers a sample of seven hundred years of European art from the early fourteenth century to the present, a trip to the nearby Deutsches Filmmuseum might be more fun for all the family.
Although Frankfurt is renowned for its many beautiful parks and green spaces, Frankfurt Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt/Main) is one of the top visitor attractions with a family ticket costing just €25.
With all that high finance in town, it’s no surprise that Frankfurt is something of a shopping mecca. The Zeil, Frankfurt’s pedestrian shopping street is ranked as one of Germany’s most profitable shopping areas, and is home to the big German department stores like Karstadt, Galeria Kaufhof and Peek & Cloppenburg.
Local cuisine revolves largely around their staple Frankfurter green sauce (Grüne Soße) which is served with potatoes and boiled eggs, or with Tafelspitz (prime cooked beef), or fish. Frankfurter Schnitzel is a crumbed pork schnitzel served with green sauce and potatoes.
While you’re out and about, stop by a traditional apple wine tavern, which are identifiable by the placement of a green wreath above the entrance, for an apple wine known colloquially as "Ebbelwei", "Schoppe" or "Stöffche” - Frankfurt's most popular beverage for over 250 years.