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Frankfurt is often overlooked by backpackers in Germany; yet the city has more about to offer than many travelers might imagine. Although only the fifth largest city in Germany, it has the cosmopolitan air of a global village and seems set on something more ambitious.
At the heart of the city lies the Romer Square, home to the Rathaus Frankfurt's historical town hall, built in the 15th century. Other attractions include St Paul's Church, Frankfurt Cathedral, and the Goethe-House, all of which attract their fair share of visitors.
Frankfurt was heavily bombed during World War II, which, sadly, means that much of its impressive medieval core was destroyed. Precious little of this old center still remains, although the half-timbered houses of the Aldstadt (Old Town) are undeniably pretty.
Perversely, it’s this lack of historical sites that has given Frankfurt its unique character. Its Westend boasts several huge, cutting-edge skyscrapers and a morning of admiring one of the most architecturally dynamic cities in Europe would hardly be misspent.
Its status as a hub of business and commerce brings knock-on benefits to the amount of money Frankfurt has to throw at the arts. As a result, the city’s overflowing with museums and galleries and, out in the suburbs, it’s given a distinctly bohemian edge.
The River Main cuts the city in two, separating the hectic business district in the center from the more laidback charms of the south. Here, the Sachsenhausen area has been pedestrianized and cobbled, perfect for pleasantly whiling away a day exploring its charms.
Many of the city’s excellent museums are also clustered together to the south of the river, in the Museumsufer. The Deutsche Architekturmuseum, the Deutsche Filmmuseum and, especially, the Stadel (one of the most prestigious art galleries in Europe) all stand out.
Frankfurt is also an excellent place for shopping. The prices to the northwest of the center and along the Zeil probably mean that it will be window-shopping only, however! For something a little more alternative, Schaumainkai holds a fleamarket on Saturdays.
Away from the thrusting center, Bornheim, Hocht and Nordend all have a distinctive neighborhood feel. The city also has a number of attractive green spaces dotted around, such as the 19th century Palmen Gardens and the Chinese Garden.
Deceptively appealing, there’s more to the city than meets the eye. Perhaps it’s the range of its understated appeal, or its unpretentious air, but Frankfurt somehow manages to add up to much more than the sum of its parts.