YEAR OF TRAVEL: 2013
HOW WE GOT THERE: Lufthansa flight from London
FLIGHT HIGHLIGHTS: The flight is mercifully short at just over an hour.
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.
– 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.
Bornheim, Sachsenhausen, Opera Square
– Adina Hotel
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.
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