A unique historic city
Located on the Main River in the German province of Hesse, Frankfurt is one of the biggest cities in the country, and boasts a number of fascinating historic sites and cultural attractions, including a renowned motor show and trade fair, a diverse range of museums including the Goethe House, and large botanical gardens.
Summers in Frankfurt are warmer than in the UK and the winters are colder. Spring is a great time to visit, with mild weather and lots of fun events. For example, Karneval, or Fasching - a huge celebration happening every year before Easter. Parties and a festive atmosphere are guaranteed. The Night of the Museums is another great spring event, with many local museums staying open late into the night. And the Dippemess, a folk fest dating back to the 12th century, happens in both spring and autumn.
Keep in mind before you go
Frankfurt has two airports: close to the city centre, Frankfurt Airport is easily accessible using public transport, while Frankfurt Hahn Airport, often used by budget airlines, is a two-hour drive. A taxi from Frankfurt Airport into the city centre will take 20 to 30 minutes, and with the S-Bahn (S8 or S9) or RE train (RE80) you can be there in as little as 15. Tickets cost about 4.50 EUR and should be bought before boarding the train. Generally, the cost of living in Frankfurt is lower than in the UK, with restaurants and groceries tending to be cheaper. Like the rest of Germany, Frankfurt uses the Euro. The time there is one hour ahead of the UK (GMT+2).
Getting around Frankfurt
A hotel room in Frankfurt will usually cost about 50EUR per person, while hostel beds go for around 20EUR. Be sure to book accommodation in advance if there's a fair or festival going on. Getting around Frankfurt is easy with the city's extensive public transport system, consisting of trains (S-Bahn), underground (U-Bahn), trams and buses. You can travel around the city with single tickets or save by buying a day pass or tourist ticket such as the Frankfurt Card, which includes deals on museums and other attractions. Taxis tend to be more costly and also slower than taking public transport. For more helpful info about your stay in Frankfurt, ask at the tourist office at the main station (Hauptbahnhof) or at the Römer, a landmark medieval building in Frankfurt's historic district.