Frankfurt has many high-rise buildings in the city centre, forming the Frankfurt skyline. It is one of the few cities in the European Union (EU) to have such a skyline, which is why Germans sometimes refer to Frankfurt as Mainhattan, combining the local river Main and “Manhattan”.
With more than 30 museums, Frankfurt has one of the largest variety of museums in Europe. Twenty museums are part of the Museumsufer, located on the front row of both sides of the Main riverbank or nearby.
Ten museums are located on the southern riverbank in Sachsenhausen between the Eiserner Steg and the Friedensbrücke. The street itself, Schaumainkai, is partially closed to traffic on Saturdays for Frankfurt’s largest flea market.
Museumsuferfest – Museums Riverbank Festival is one of Germany’s biggest cultural festivals, three days at the end of August along the Main riverbank in the city centre. The 20 museums there open far into the night. It offers live music, dance shows, booths for crafts, jewellery, clothes and food stands from around the world.
For a view of the skyline try the Main river bridges. The eastern bridges offer the best view, in particular the Ignaz-Bubis-Brücke (map) and also the Alte Brücke (map).
There are of course restaurants all over Frankfurt. One notable area for dining may be what is locally known as the Fressgass (a literal translation would be “munching alley”). The correct name of this street is Große Bockenheimer Straße (map). As the nickname implies, the Fressgass features many cafés, restaurants, and deli food stores. It is a popular area to dine after going shopping.
Kaiserstraße (map) – One of the best-known streets and considered one of the most beautiful because of its amount of Gründerzeit-style buildings. Kaiserstraße is still a synonym for Frankfurt’s Red-light district although sex-oriented businesses moved to neighbouring streets such as Taunusstrasse.
Kleinmarkthalle (Small Market Hall, map) is a market hall in the city centre close to Konstablerwache offering fresh food and flowers. The Kleinmarkthalle is the largest public marketplace in Frankfurt.
Many of the hotels in Frankfurt are located around the Hauptbahnhof (map), but this is also the red light district in Frankfurt and is also known for the many beggars and druggies who hang around. Although the area is well policed and quite safe, many tourists are often left with a somewhat negative impression of Frankfurt after staying in this area.