Frankfurt is a big city in central Germany. Frankfurt is famous as economic center and it is also the location of Germany's busiest airport. The city is also home to the European Central Bank and Germany's largest banks. Frankfurt's attractions are i.a. major trade fair events such as the Frankfurt car show, as well as the most modern and strangest-looking skyscrapers. Frankfurt is also the point, where the German autobahn- and rail networks intersect. There are also some famous historical buildings such as the Gothic cathedral.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Frankfurt's weather is different across the year. Most rainy days are from November to March, and the temperature is colder. But there are still great places that you can visit if it rains, so a trip to Frankfurt can be worthwhile any time of year. There is a jazz festival in March, so if you are a jazz buff this is definitely the time to visit.
Other than that, the best time to visit would be summer between the months of April and September. The city celebrates a lot of events and festivals almost throughout the year. Spring or early autumn brings reasonably pleasant weather and smaller crowds.
More information: Frankfurt forecast and weather conditions monthly
Frankfurt 12 most important sights:
- Staedel Museum: Considered the city's finest art museum, the Städel holds a fantastic collection of works from the 16th century through the present day.
- Main Tower: The Main Tower is one of the highest buildings in Frankfurt.
- Frankfurter Romer: The site of Frankfurt's city hall since 1405, this historic building remains the defining symbol of the city's historic past.
- Palmengarten: Frankfurt's beloved botanical gardens are home to 50 acres of tropical trees, orchids and ferns.
- Museumsufer: A large concentration of museums.
- English Theatre: Theatre
- Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg): Fantastic display of dinosaurs, from tiny trilobites to the T-rex.
- Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus): This historic cathedral served for 300 years as the site of coronation for Holy Roman Emperors.
- German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum): A museum dedicated to the film history and technology.
- Commerzbank-Arena: The legendary Frankfurt Waldstadion, which forms an integral part of German sporting history.
- Frankfurt Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt/Main): Founded in 1858, this is one of the most important zoos in Europe, containing some 5,000 animals.
- The Hauptwache: An outdoor shopping area amidst historic buildings in the city center of Frankfurt.
Recommendation for one day:
- The morning is great for climbing to the best view of the city. You can go to the Main Tower, one of the highest buildings in Frankfurt and climb to the top of this 200-meter high building.
- Visit Palmengarten, Frankfurt's beloved botanical gardens are home to 50 acres of tropical trees, orchids and ferns.
- Near the garden you can find Museumsufer, a stretch of the best walking areas of Frankfurt, with museums on one side and the river on the other.
- Go to Senckenberg Natural History Museum, it's one of the most modern museums of natural history in Europe, and the second largest of its kind in Germany.
- Sign up for a trip with Primus-Linie with the Nauheimer family. Tey've been in boating and shipping since 1880, when Peter Nauheimer bought the steamboat "Germania," refurbished it and launched it under the name of "Frankfurt.
The recommended accommodation areas for Frankfurt are:
Cheap area: Zeil, Allerheiliugentor
Central location: Innenstadt, Vilbeler
Beach area: Orange, Galerie, King Kamehameha
Nightlife: Alte G.
Compared to prices worldwide, Frankfurt is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $61.50, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $225.12, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $64.82
- Hotel (3 stars): $77.09
- Hotel (4 stars): $91.45
- Hotel (5 stars): $148.67
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $14.63
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $25.15
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $3.88
- Meal, McDonalds: $8.86
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.08
Frankfurt has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 60.3 (better than United states average 48.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 71.8 (a little better than United states average 69.0)
- Walking alone at night: 48.9 (better than United states average 41.3)
More information: Frankfurt safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.