For many, Frankfurt is primarily "Mainhattan", city of finance and skyscrapers, but a closer look reveals a metropolis of many charms: The picturesque houses of the beautifully restored Römerberg in the city centre and the unique "Museum Mile" along the banks of the Main river. Traditional cider pubs in Sachsenhausen, shops galore in the elegant Goethestrasse and the "Fressgass" - and a truly world-class cultural and arts scene. Alte Oper ("Old Opera House"): Concert hall and conference centre, top cultural venue
Commerzbank building: Built in 1997 by star architect Sir Norman Foster. The nine integrated gardens on the upper floors are particularly unusual.
Goethe House: Birthplace of Germany's greatest poet
Hauptwache: Baroque guardhouse and prison of the former City Guard
Historischer Garten: Historical garden and Roman excavations from the 1C AD
Judengasse/Börneplatz: The excavations in "Jews Alley” have revealed the typical buildings of the former ghetto, including a mikvah ritual bath
Kaiserdom: Imperial cathedral where ten German emperors and kings were crowned
Kaisersaal: Banqueting hall of the German emperors and kings in the Römer complex
Paulskirche ("St Paul's"): In 1848 the site of Germany's first democratically-elected parliament
Römer: The city's Town Hall since the 15C
Römerberg: Frankfurt's historical city centre
Saalgasse: In 1986 a group of leading architects refurbished a medieval block of houses in the 80s style, creating an outstanding and acclaimed example of post-modernist architec-ture
Sachsenhausen: District on the south side of the Main, famous for its traditional cider pubs
Tips for Art-Lovers
The Museum Embankment, a unique collection of 13 museums along both sides of the Main river, has rightfully earned Frankfurt a worldwide reputation as a major centre of the arts. In all, the city has over 40 museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthalle Schirn (art), the Städelsches Kunstinstitut (art) and the German Cinema Museum.
08 Jun – 02 Sep 2001 - Vincent van Gogh and the Petit Boulevard Painters, exhibition at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut
Frankfurt offers a huge variety of excellent shops. Try the legendary Zeil street in the city centre and the attractive local shopping centres in the city districts.
Frankfurt is home to over 3,000 restaurants. Chefs from more than 70 different countries offer a variety of culinary delights from their home countries. The traditional Frankfurt favourite "Brisket of Beef with Green Sauce" thus finds itself in friendly competition with specialty dishes from all around the globe.
For those who like to experience typical Frankfurt style we suggest Sachsenhausen´s renowned apple wine district. Frankfurt apple wine, the beverage of choice for most locals, tastes best when accompanied by a traditional Frankfurt dish, such as frankfurters and mustard, pork ribs and sauerkraut, or just a plain pretzel.
Festivals & Events
Black Forest Open-Air Museum
24 March onwards
Find out all about life and work in the Black Forest over the last 400 years. As well as the farmhouses that represent all the regions in the Black Forest, the museum also has animals, craft demonstrations and activity days for people of all ages. The season's highlights will include the German Mills Day (Deutscher Mühlentag) on 20 May, the Open-Air Museums Day (Tag der Freilichtmuseen) on 4 August and the Gutach Traditional Costumed Wedding Procession (Trachtenhochzeitszug) on 22 September.
Munich - Old Town Hall
Photographer: Christl Reiter
22. March - 21. April 2002
The biggest public festival in northern Germany on the Heiligengeistfeld
Oktoberfest - Munich
The world's largest beer-party draws visitors from around the globe. The festival is the biggest public festival in the world and will be held for the 169th time in the year 2002.
Munich - Octoberfest
Photographer: Christl Reiter
The Stuttgart Beer Festival
September - October
Today it is one of the largest and most enchanting beer festivals in the world, visited by millions of people. Traditional brass bands keep everyone’s spirits high, and delicious Swabian specialities are served.
DWT / Foto Strehlow
Street Music Festival on the ‘Ring’ - Cologne
The world’s biggest open-air music festival with 10 live music stages on the ‘Rings’ in Cologne, featuring rock, pop, and jazz music.
The German Alpine Route
Originally one of the oldest German tourist routes, it runs along the foothills of the Alps between Lindau on Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden on the Koenigsee. It reveals along 450 km. all the beauty of the countyside with it's rural farmer villages, 21 picturesque lakes, 64 renowned spa towns, 25 awe inspiring fortresses and castles as well as the unique richness of culture and nature at the edge of the Allguer and the Bavarian Alps. cycle enthusiasts, fans of fun sports and winter sports et.. culture and wellness will all get their money's worth here as do ramblers.
Berlin Tourist Boad
The route of emperors and kings
This stretches from the main metropolis Frankfurt via Vienna to Budapest, a route which captures a piece of European history and tradition. Over 1,100 km. we are taken back in time to the Middle Ages, when kings and emperors travelled through the country accompanied by their huge entourage. discover culture in monasteries, palaces and castles, medieval towns and magnificent residences enjoying some of the most beautiful countryside that Germany, Austria and Hungary have to offer.
Alster Fair, Hamburg
The largest summer festival in Hamburg is the Alster-Vergnügen, which takes place from August 30 through September 2, 2002. Featuring everything from street theatre to music and art on the waterfront in Hamburg, the ‘Venice of the North’ is a magnificent host for this upbeat, exciting festival.
Music in Bavaria
"Ludwig II" - Experience the fairy tale of King Ludwig II. Set at the base of his famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen, the Musical Theatre Neuschwanstein brings to life, for the first time, the story of this magical character.
We offer scheduled, round trip transfers by luxury coach from Munich to Füssen, and a ticket to this beautiful musical extravaganza.
Enjoy world famous operas in July of 2002, in Munich.
Celebrate the "Festival Mitte Europa" in the summer of 2002, in Bavaria.
Spring and Summer 2002
Celebrate the 10th Jubilee of the "Festival Sandstein und Musik" set
in beautiful palaces, castles and gardens in the spring & summer of 2002.
Dedicated to "Aspiration & Valediction" The Dresden Music Festival
will enchant audiences, in the summer of 2002.