Known as a gateway for traveling to other cities in Europe, the German city of Frankfurt might just surprise you. The city is arguably not as lovely to behold as Munich or as eclectic as Berlin. Still, there is more to it than shiny banking and business buildings and will treat the curious traveler to a vibrant culture, intriguing history, and world-class restaurants. Since you are in Germany, you have to enjoy a local cider and relax in a beer garden possibly with traditional soup and Frankfurt sausages during your explorations.
As for the glass, steel, and concrete buildings, the city famously hosts some of the world's most important trade fairs, attracting thousands of business travelers. Its airport, the region’s biggest employer, is the third-largest in Europe, handling over 57 million passengers per year. This is also the place where you can conveniently rent a car to explore the area surrounding “Mainhattan”, which is a cheeky nickname referring to the Main River that flows through Frankfurt.
Frankfurt’s main attraction is the Dom, a cathedral that dates back to the 14th century. Back then, it was used to crown the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. It is a place that is decorated for royalty with stunning stone and glasswork. Admission to the Dom is free. If you are interested in having a drink or dinner at a cider bar, go to the district of Sachsenhausen, located south of the Main River. Sachsenhausen has many of the best cider bars and pubs in the city. After visiting a couple of these pubs, take a stroll alongside the river to enjoy the view.
If you want to explore one of the museums in Frankfurt, be sure to visit the Stadel Museum or the Museum Judengasse. The Stadel Museum displays old and new pieces of art, housing over 10,000 works with a heavy focus on Germany and Renaissance pieces. Museum Judengasse teaches you about the history of Jews of the area and has a Holocaust Memorial Wall that lists the murdered Frankfurt Jewish citizens.
When you have seen enough of the city, be sure to take a hike in the City Forest. It is located in the south of Frankfurt and covers about 48 square kilometers. It is known for being the largest forest contained within city limits in Germany. The six playgrounds and nine ponds make the forest a popular place for locals as well as tourists who are looking to relax and explore nature.
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