This city has too much to see! You can’t miss this opportunity!
Today we are giving you a Frankfurt city guide so you know what places are worth visiting. You have the chance to travel here and do two things at the same time: travel and visit the city and visit Light and Building 2018, the Frankfurt fair of the year. We will be waiting for you there, hope to see you on March 18th.
What To See
Museums and galleries
The city where Light and Building 2018 will take place, has a lot of museums and exhibition spaces for a city of just 730,000 people. There’s the Städel (art spanning seven centuries), the MMK (modern art), the Liebighaus (sculpture), the Schirn (modern and contemporary exhibitions), the Fotografie-Forum, the MFK communication museum, the MAK for design, and so on.
But for a primer on Frankfurt city guide: history, head to the Historisches Museum, which recently reopened in an elegant new building in Römerberg square, next to the historic townhouses in the heart of the city. The museum gives an overview of Frankfurt’s history and its people through household items, toys, textiles, furniture and paintings, basically unique vintage stuff and has a giant interactive snowdome.
Entry €8, under-18s free, historisches-museum-frankfurt.de
Unique vintage history: When local monarch Adolphe, Duke of Nassau, lost his throne in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, Frankfurt bought up his beloved collection of tropical plants. The Palmengarten opened in 1871 spanning 22 hectares (54 acres) with formal gardens and a palm house, displaying plants from climate zones such as the monsoon forest, sub-arctic and desert.
On summer evenings, the garden serves as a concert venue with a focus on jazz and world music.Can you imagine our idea to light up these summer music nights? DelightFULL‘s modern lighting designs or vintage style ones, anything would look amazing! The Palmengarten also hosts a two-star Michelin restaurant, the Lafleur (three-course lunch from €52), in the Bauhaus-style clubhouse.
Entry €7, palmengarten.de
Take a tram tour
This is the basic thing to do when you’re a tourist. The Ebbelwei Express is charmingly old-fashioned vintage style and a lot of fun. It’s a psychedelically painted 1970s tram that circles the city on an hour-long loop every weekend, taking in sights such as the city zoo, the historic Römerberg and Willy-Brandt-Platz in the banking district.
At the Frankfurt event breaks, you have the chance to see all city. Ebbelwoi is the local cider and you take the tour with a bottle in hand, munching on pretzels (both included with ticket) and listening to strange German pub music.
€8/€3.50, Sat and Sun from 1.30pm, every 30mins between Zoo and Messe, ebbelwei-express.de
Quality market hall
In the heart of the city is the Kleinmarkthalle, where Frankfurters come to shop. It’s not the prettiest building but the quality is first rate – everything from local sausages and bread to handmade ravioli and excellent sushi. Besides that, it has the vintage industrial style that we are so obsessed with.
This is a must stop in our Frankfurt city guide! The best hot wurst in a bun is served by market veteran Ilse Schreiber, following an old family recipe – you’ll know it’s her from the long queue leading to her stall. Upon the balcony, the Rollanderhof wine bar gets busy as a popular after-work drinks spot.
5-7 Hasengasse, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-4pm, kleinmarkthalle.de
Where To Stay
Locals call the small promenade along the river Nizza (Nice) because of the mild climate and the exotic plants like camellias that grow here. This is a cute vintage style hotel to stay while Light and Building 2018. Right next to the river lies Hotel Nizza, built in 1993 for hosting actors and artists performing in the city.
The style is somewhere between minimalist and eccentric, with some great antique unique vintage furniture details, a pool and billiard room and a roof garden to relax. It may not be in the quietest part of town but is within walking distance of the train station and the important museums.
Doubles from €113 (room only), special weekend rates available, hotelnizza.de
The Pure is, as the name suggests, a minimalist design hotel not far from the Bahnhofsviertel, the train station quarter with its sometimes seedy, sometimes chic bars and nightclubs. It’s a great place to stay in while the Frankfurt event, we guarantee you won’t regret. The German artist Stefan Strumbel, who deals with topics such as local folklore and kitsch, has given the hotel a few pieces to add to its allure.
Doubles from €100 B&B, the-pure.de
This small, elegant vintage style boutique hotel was originally a tannery before, in the 18th century, becoming a summer house for banker Johann Jakob Willemer, a close friend of the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Among its selling points is its fine dining restaurant (mains from €19.50) that combines local food (beef tartare, wiener schnitzel with cranberries) with international classics (chicken in calvados sauce).
It is on the river and has great views of the city skyline. It’s in Sachsenhausen, 3km from the centre, but easy to reach on a tram from the main station. Are you noticing that we are giving you the best options to stay while Light and Building 2018 is happening? We are such good friends!
Doubles from €130 (room only), gerbermuehle.de
The last place to stay we recommend you while the Frankfurt fair is this cutie. MEININGER combines all the benefits of a hotel with the affordable price of a hostel. There are single rooms for business people or city break travellers, family suites for parents with children, dormitories for backpackers or Interrail travellers and shared rooms for tour groups or school classes.
As diverse as the range of rooms on offer may be, there is no difference when it comes to comfort: all rooms have modern lighting facilities. The authentic MEININGER atmosphere is included.
Room from €400 per night (room only), https://www.meininger-hotels.com/en/
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