"Main Metropolis" Top 5 Page for this destination Frankfurt am Main by Weissdorn

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Frankfurt - Bankfurt - Hib'te'bach -Little Mainhatten - the city that fascinates and appalls so many of my fellow Americans. Fascinating, because it's a modern German city - shopping, nightlife, cool places to hang out, and the airport's right next door. Appalling for some, because it's not Munich with its exuberance of 19th century and gothic architecture. No, it's not the scene for a remake of the Sound of Music, and not the same town they sent Heidi to live in when she came down from the Alps.

Frankfurt is a mixture. All large number of foreigners live here, which gives it its nickname - Mainhatten. Just like in New York, you can dine around the world in this town, without ever having to go to the airport. Full of every taste of night life, from jazz festivals to techno discos, modern art exhibits to Jewish literature festivals, skyscraper parties, main parties, strip shows, gambling casinos, more bars than one person can visit in a lifetime.

Budget Tip

If you need a budget tip for a hotel, try Offenbach am Main, the neighboring city to Frankfurt.

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Skyline from the Trade Fair Tower
Northwest view of the Main Metropolis Skyline
Roemer or Town Square

Life in the Little Big City

Frankfurt is has international integrity. It was originally supposed to be the capital of West Germany. Today it's the European capital for banking and financial services. It's full of the latest trend shopping centers, has a mix of traditional and cosmopolitan events - the American version of Germany, marked by a nation that left its lasting impression and influence through its occupational forces. There are really only 5 cities in Germany that really have international flair (Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne and Frankfurt), and Frankfurt is one that truly has an American taste - fast-paced, variable, a melting pot, open to foreigners, always wanting to the latest wave in the trendy scene. This town magically attracts financial professionals, law professionals and advertising magnets.

Old and New Hand in Hand

Many citiies that were bombed out in the Second World War were re-erected practically overnight. In some cases famous buildings were rebuilt, while many others would slip into the forgotten photos of history. Unlike the Ruhr Pott, Frankfurt selected a mixture of rebuilding the old, and adding the new. while some Germans in other cities call modern architecture "eyesores" Frankfurt continues to remain one of the leading cities in Europe that sponsers the evolution of architecture. This is a thousand year old tradition. So never mind if some people say that Frankfurt is ugly - Frankfurt is beautiful and interesting.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:City with international flair
  • Cons:Not reknown for being typical German
  • In a nutshell:Fascinating and Fast-paced
  • Last visit to Frankfurt am Main: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 8, 2005
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  • adema29's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Very useful tips and nice pictures! The dinner cruise on Main seems to be great!

  • Aug 26, 2008 at 1:09 AM

    Please correct an error in your page regarding the Bethmann park. Moritz von Bethmann was indeed an enormously wealthy banker, but neither he nor his family were Jewish or of Jewish descent. Thank you!

  • Aug 15, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    how many stations or stops to shopping area in frankfurt and what is the station name

  • Jul 4, 2008 at 1:01 AM

    I am born in Frankfurt and often go to the several pubs in the Textorstr. (Germania, Kanonesteppel, Feuerrädchen etc) but I never heard about that locals order Bembel-sizes with "Oy".

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Yes, I too like your work, thanks for sharing.

  • flyingscot4's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2007 at 3:51 PM

    Absolutely dynamite commentary. Very informative, but not overly so. Keep writing, please

  • Feb 6, 2007 at 3:13 AM

    update your tip on the consulate - it has moved as I found out too late

  • Jan 7, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Thanks for the broad range of info. Thinking of visiting in Feb 07 with teenage son for a cycling trip. Good to hear about the bike hire, just a bit nervous about the weather. Thanks again.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2006 at 1:48 AM

    Do you realize there is hardly any overlap between your Frankfurt page and mine? Which is just the way it should be, because if everybody talked about the same things that would just be unnecessary repetition.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2006 at 3:51 AM

    Great pages - wonderful idea, those webcams - will return often before leaving for Mainhatten. Thank you for all the work. Ciao, Carol

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