Martinis or apple wine?
Frankfurt am Main is not just about the money. Find out why it’s worth making a trip to this banking hub.
A little of New York’s flair is also evident in Germany’s banking capital. Viewed from the River Main, Frankfurt’s skyline with its many skyscrapers is by no means inferior to that of other metropolises around the world. There is one important difference, however: “Mainhattan” is not a megacity. Frankfurt has only around 700,000 inhabitants, yet it is Germany’s leading financial hub, as well as home to the European Central Bank. Modern and traditional at once, the city combines an international orientation with authentic Hessian regional culture.
Sachsenhausen, the banks of the River Main, the banking district
If you have only ever used Frankfurt as a stopover when travelling by train or air, spend a little more time here when you are next passing through. Especially during the summer months, the city reveals just how much greenery is hidden behind the banking towers – along the banks of the River Main, for example. Visitors can enjoy not only nature and a fantastic view of the city’s skyline, but also 15 different museums devoted to everything from architecture and film to fine art and Jewish history. Providing an overview of 700 years of European art history, the Städel Museum is particularly well-known and popular among art aficionados.
In stark contrast to the cosmopolitan and intellectual Frankfurt, “Fraa Rauscher” is a historical figure shrouded in myth who reputedly was extremely fond of the city’s traditional apple wine. She is represented at all kinds of occasions and local festivals – even a monument was erected to her: a fountain in Klappergasse in the pub district of Alt-Sachsenhausen. But watch out! The statue of the old woman takes every opportunity to spit water at inattentive passers-by, much to the delight of those watching.
If you fancy another change in perspective while in Frankfurt, why not take the lift in the Main Tower on Neue Mainzer Strasse right to the top and visit the viewing platform at an altitude of 198 metres. On a clear day you can see all the way across the Rhine-Main region to the neighbouring low mountain ranges of Taunus, Odenwald and Spessart. And to round off your day with a glass of fresh apple wine, we recommend making a trip to Sachsenhausen or getting back to nature out at the old US airbase in the Bonames district to the north of the city.
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