No mistaking this Frankfurt

Many people have been to Frankfurt but not necessarily stayed there. That’s because Frankfurt Airport, or Flughafen Frankfurt am Main to give its correct title, is one of the biggest in Europe and a hub through which millions of passengers transit each year.

The city is worth visiting, so if you are going to transit through the airport, take a day or two to visit Frankfurt am Main.

Why is it called Frankfurt am Main? Well, because there is another, smaller, Frankfurt in Germany, in the Federated State of Brandenburg.

Frankfurt, which straddles the majestic River Main, is a place where tradition and modernity, commerce and culture, activity and tranquillity are all harmoniously juxtaposed, with international trade shows and finance on one side and cultural as well as historical landscapes on the other. And it can truthfully be described as a vibrant and multicultural metropolis.

Frankfurt enjoys an excellent reputation as a city of culture. This is in large part due to its unique museum embankment, which has a total of 26 museums scenically set on or near the riverside promenade. With a variety of renowned museums standing side by side, the Frankfurt Museum Embankment is a cultural location like no other. Thirteen museums are located directly on the southern banks of the River Main, while a further thirteen are only a stone’s throw away. Featuring lush green banks and countless gardens and parklands, the Frankfurt Museum Embankment offers locals and visitors a unique combination of art, culture, recreation and relaxation.

There are plenty of reasons to back Frankfurt’s reputation as a place of culture and the arts. Oper Frankfurt, for example, has gained international acclaim for its world class opera performances. Frankfurt’s diversified cultural landscape features a further 60 theatres and independent theatre groups, including continental Europe’s largest English-language theatre: The English Theatre.

Frankfurt’s favourite son, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Father of German Classics, wasborn here in 1749. The Goethe-House, where he was born, has been lovingly restored to its original condition, and offers visitors excellent insights into the life and times of Germany’s most celebrated poet and author.

Nearby, St. Paul’s Church remains as one of the most significant places of German history. Germany’s first national assembly met here in 1848, forming the basis of Germany’s modern-day constitution. Emperor’s Cathedral, site of numerous crowning and coronation ceremonies during the Middle Ages, is just around the corner.

It’s a must to visit Frankfurt’s most historical landmark, the three-gabled façade of the Römer. This former patrician’s house was chosen as Frankfurt’s town hall way back in 1405. It continues to serve as the seat of Frankfurt’s lord mayor to this day. Here, in the Römerhallen, or “Roman Halls”, and on the Römerberg in front of the town hall, fairs and markets were held in the earliest mediaeval times. Today, the Römerberg marks the centre of the historical old town, a popular and pulsating sightseeing attraction and outdoor venue for countless special events.

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