Frankfurt am Main is the largest city of Hesse where futuristic skylines meet elegant 19th-century city buildings. One of the best ways to get an overview of the city and really appreciate this modern skyline is from one of the bridges crossing the River Main or by taking the lift to the top of Main Tower, the only skyscraper open to the public. Frankfurt sometimes referred to as 'Mainhattan'. The city's historic heart is in Römer square, but beautiful buildings and parks can also be searched out in Sachsenhausen and Nordend.
Must Know: May to September is the best time to visit the city as the weather is pleasantly warm.
Must See: Little remains of medieval Frankfurt but notable survivals worth visiting include the Alte Nikolaikirche, the 15th-century Rententurm or Customs Tower and the remains of Saalhof Castle.
Must Do: While in Frankfurt visitors should try its local apple cider, Apfelwein and taste some green sauce with their meals. This condiment of mayonnaise and green herbs accompanies many dishes and was said to be a particular favorite of Goethe, one of the city's most famous sons.
Did You Know: On one April night each year, most Frankfurt museums take part in the Lange Nacht der Museen, a unique opportunity to see a different side of their exhibits along with lots of special events.
Frankfurt's busy airport is 12 km South West of the city and linked to it by local buses and S-Bahn suburban trains. Car rentals and taxis are also available. When traveling to Frankfurt by train and bus arrivals are at Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof, centrally located in the city center and on the city's transport network.
Frankfurt has an extensive and efficient public transport system made up of U and S-Bahn trains, trams and buses, including regular night bus routes. Frankfurt is a very bike-friendly city with rental bikes available at the mainline station. Parking is tricky in the city but having a rental car lets visitors get out into the German countryside or explore the Taunus mountain ranges.