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City Stopover: Frankfurt, Germany

CITY: Frankfurt

COUNTRY: Germany

YEAR OF TRAVEL: 2013

HOW WE GOT THERE: Lufthansa flight from London

FLIGHT HIGHLIGHTS: The flight is mercifully short at just over an hour.

CITY BRIEFING:

Frankfurt’s location right in the center of Europe and accessible airport make it a great hub to see other cities.

Should you find yourself there for a business trip, or wish to stop en route, there’s enough to keep you occupied.

A visit to the Cathedral is a must, along with the nearby Roemerberg, the historic central square with its gabled houses.

Go to the balcony bar of Flemings Hotel for a drink and a view of the city.

Walk along the Main river and have a beer and a bratwurst, or go to an apple-wine bar in the Sachsenhausen district.

The Goethe house is the former dwelling of Germany’s most-famous writer, and one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Well worth a visit to see how the rich merchant-class lived. As well as penning Faust, Goethe was a scientist, lawyer, politician and poet.

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TIPS:

– The best time to go would be early summer or fall, when it’s temperate and the sun isn’t too hot.

– The underground system (U-Bahn) is easy to navigate.

– A boat trip along the river is worthwhile if the weather is fine.

– Walk down “museum row” on the south side of the river, and choose the museum that appeals to you. The Staedel is the biggest and most impressive.

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FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOODS:

Bornheim, Sachsenhausen, Opera Square

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FAVORITE ACCOMMODATIONS:

Hessischer Hof

Hilton Hotel

Adina Hotel

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FAVORITE RESTAURANTS/BARS:

Zarges restaurant, Kalbaecher Gasse 10, for high-end French fare.

Zum Gemalten Haus, Schweizer Strasse 67, is an apple wine tavern for a local flavor. Ham hock, sauerkraut, and black pudding.

Holbein’s is a classier, pricier restaurant and bar within a museum, providing spacious chic surroundings.

Go to Wacker’s for the best coffee in Frankfurt, Kornmarkt 9, or Flemings Hotel, for a bar with a view.

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SIGHTSEEING RECOMMENDATIONS:

– Staedel Museum

Goethe House

Frankfurt Cathedral

– European Central Bank

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Other Entries In Our “Stopover” Series:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Barbados

Hong Kong SAR

Istanbul, Turkey

London, England

Nairobi, Kenya

New Delhi, India

Seoul, South Korea

* Stockholm, Sweden 

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Cityscape Photo Courtesy of Jorg Hackemann / Shutterstock.com