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Evening Dancing by Frankfurt’s Most Important Shopping Centre, The Zeil
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Frankfurt, Germany

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The German city of Frankfurt (Am Main) in Hesse is both modern and historic, for its tall skyscapers and being built on the remains of an old Roman settlement. There are also buildings that date back to the 15th century in the Römerberg, the old town centre.

The city is the largest financial centre on the continent and where Johann Wolfgang Goethe lived. There are tours and cruises available that explore the sights, culture, arts and the history of the city, there are many angles to explore this old but clean city with its many hi tech modern buildings.

The Frankfurt International Book Fair, the largest in the world, is held here every year while the city’s museums and art galleries has some of the most collectable art in the world. The city has something for every visitor, a visit to Germany should include a stopover here, along with Berlin and Hamburg, if at all possible.

Römerberg

The old town centre square has buildings from not only the 15th century to the 18th, including the Altes Rathaus (Town Hall). All of these buildings were severly damaged during the second world war yet have been faithfully rebuilt.

Across the street from the Altes Rathaus are buildings built not only from stone but timber, as well as the Steinernes Haus, built for a silk merchant in the middle of the 15th century.

Shopping in Frankfurt

Being the city it is you will find excellent shopping and bargains here in this shoppers paradise. The Zeil is one of the largest and best retail centres (street, mall?) in the city, here you can find virtually all the international brands in fashion, clothes, accessories and jewellery and just about everything else. If it isn’t here, its not international.

While there, Zeilgalerie has a great rooftop allowing you fantastic views of the city. Not far away is the Goethestraße, with a grand collection of the most select retail shops found anywhere in Europe.

After an exhausting shop till you drop experience, head off to the Fressgass’, this street has a diverse collection of places to eat and restaurants that you would find hard to match anywhere else in Europe.

Cruise Ships

There are river cruises available to and from Frankfurt on the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. This is a very European way to enjoy a German holiday vacation, enjoying fascinating scenery with the comforts of room service and your very own comfortable personal suite.

Nightlife

This eclectic city has good nightclubs and an excellent variety of entertainment available. If you know what you like, you will find it.

For House, Electronic and Underground and all night dance lovers, check out the Robert Johnson Club. The King Kamehameha and Club Velvet also feature great dance music.

You will also find smashing pubs and bars in Frankfurt to entertain yourself and your friends to match even Amsterdam. Well, maybe not the famed coffee shops of Amsterdam, but you can’t have everything.

Frankfurt Places to Visit

The city offers no less than 13 museums, for history, literature, art and the sciences. The Städelsches Kunstinstut has one of the best collections of six centuries of European Art found on the continent.

The Goethehaus, the home of Johann Wolfgang Goethe was where he was born has been reconstructed to match what it probably looked like in the 1700s. Next door is the Goethemuseum where you can view and explore many of his works, including poetry, his novels and dramas.

The Alte Oper, located near the Stock Exchange of Frankfurt, originally housing the city’s Opera company, still has a concert hall where classical and visiting world renowned symphony orchestras are held on a regular basis.

Sculpture lovers should head to the Liebieghuas. A museum dedicated to sculpting, there are excellent examples of antique and the Middle Ages through to Baroque and Bococo, as well as works from all over the world, including Asia.

Exploring more of Hesse

In the surrounds of Frankfurt, Darmstadt has the Residenz-schloss, a delightful ducal palace. Occupying the area where a medieval castle once stood, this palace was built in stages over time. Destroyed in world war two, it has been faithfully rebuilt.

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There is an excellent range of accommodation from 5 star hotels in Frankfurt, as well as serviced apartments to budget hotels and motels.

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