Frankfurt lies on the banks of the River Main in Germany, and is one of the busiest and most exciting cities in Europe. From its striking futuristic skyline to its medieval old centre, Frankfurt is a city where opposites exist happily side by side.
Frankfurt has a temperate climate with colder winters than the UK but hotter summers, and it's an inspired choice at any time. Often known as the fifth season, Carnival with its attractions and colourful parades makes February/March a great time for a holiday here. Visit in March/April for Dippemess; the city's famous folk festival combines a massive market with funfairs and sideshows.
The city is served by two airports. Frankfurt Main Airport is close to the centre of the city and is easy to reach using public transport. Low-cost carriers will often use Frankfurt Hahn Airport which is about a 2 hour drive from the city.
The cost of living in Frankfurt tends to be lower than the UK. Visitors will enjoy discovering the city's many restaurants, cafés and bars and can expect dinner for two to be less expensive than a comparable meal in London.
Travellers can take the S8, S9 or RE80 trains from Frankfurt Main Airport to the city centre. A journey takes approximately 15 minutes and costs around 4.50 EUR, and tickets should be purchased from the vending machines prior to boarding. Taxis are also available and take roughly 20 to 30 minutes.
There is accommodation to suit every budget, and prices range from around 20 EUR per person for hostels to around 50 EUR per person per night in hotels. It's advisable to book early during trade fairs.
S-Bahn trains, the underground and buses cover all districts, and a Frankfurt Card that also includes offers for museums and attractions cuts transport costs. It's more expensive and slower to take a taxi in Frankfurt. The tourist offices at the Römer or Hauptbahnhof (main station) can also help with tips and information.