Frankfurt, Germany Vacations


Our Opinion of Frankfurt

Although the city is over 2000 years old, much of Frankfurt was restored and rebuilt after World War II. The skyline is now host to numerous skyscrapers.  This is an interesting counterpoint to some of the old world charm that still exists. And although it is a centre for business, it maintains a vibrant cultural scene.

Along the "Museumsufer," or Museum Row, you will find no less than 13 museums here. This road runs along the runs along the southern embankment of the Main between the Eisernensteg and Friedensbrücke bridges. You will find museums devoted to crafts, film, architecture and modern art. The Judisches (Jewish) Museum, the Senckenberg natural-history museum and the magnificent Städel - whose rich collection comprises paintings by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens and Poussin to name but a few, are a few of the highlights.

Although there are a number of local delicacies to partake, one can not leave without trying a Frankfurter sausage, acclaimed origin of the hot dog. Whether it is or not, it would be a shame not to try one of these tasty treats while you are there. If you are looking for something to wet the whistle try Frankfurt's own apfelwein (apple wine).

Frankfurt is also the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism and science. You will find a museum dedicated to this venerated citizen of the city.

Things to know about Frankfurt, Germany Vacations

Dining & Nightlife
Sachsenhausen is where you will find most of the gourmet restaurants, fast-food joints, live music establishments, and bars. If you are looking for nightlife then make this your top priority. This is Frankfurt's "South Bank".

Shopping

The main shopping area is the tree lines pedestrian area known as the Zeil. This strip has a huge selection of department and specialty stores to wander through. To look for some unique purchases try the Sachsenhausen's weekend flea market held on Saturday between 8am to 2pm.

Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 7hrs.
Montreal: Approximately 7hrs.
Calgary: Approximately 9hrs.
Vancouver: Approximately 10hrs.

Languages: German. English is the second most common language.
Currency: Euros.
Climate: With an average winter temperature of 1C and 19C in the summer, it is a temperate climate.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard.

Documents
Canadian citizens need a valid passport to enter Germany for stays of up to three months. For other countries and additional information please check the German Tourism website

Note:
German Tourist Office website - www.cometogermany.com
 
German National Tourist Office
480 University Avenue, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5G 1V2
Tel: (416) 968-1685
Fax: (416) 968-0562
 
Frankfurt Tourist Office website - www.frankfurt-tourismus.de

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