WanderlustA walking guide to Frankfurt

The stock exchange, Goethe and modern art, what to do and where to go in Frankfurt

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Located in the heart of this colourful city, Jumeirah Frankfurt is just a few minutes’ walk from many of the main sights, including The Zeil, the city’s main shopping street.

But before you head for the shops, take some time to explore one of Europe’s main commercial centres, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Here you can see the establishment’s financial workings and watch the excitement from afar as it plays out on the trader’s floor. The exchange also has an impressive art collection in the lobby, and a photography foundation whose headquarters can be found at The Cube, a minimalistic building that forms part of the complex.

Europe is not known for its skyscrapers, but Frankfurt does have an impressive skyline. A highlight is the 56-storey Main Tower, a 240m-tall building that stands proudly above the rest of the city. There are two public viewing platforms which offer breathtaking views of the metropolis and the countryside beyond.

 

If you crave some drama, stroll through Gallusanlage Park and head for The English Theatre. The range of English-language productions at this 300-seater space is impressive, showing everything from classics and comedies to musicals.

Down Neue Mainzer Strasse you will find MMK2, home to the city’s ever-expanding collection of contemporary art. As well as the permanent collections, the museum hosts two exhibitions a year on themes that are timely in the art world.

Another must-see is Goethe House, the childhood home of the celebrated poet, novelist, playwright and literary critic, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Filled with period furniture and paintings, the museum not only provides an overview of the writer’s work, but also offers an insight into how people lived in 18th century Frankfurt.

 

You’re going to need some refreshment after all that walking, which is why a stop at Bitter & Zart should be on your itinerary. Choose from the luscious chocolate pralines, lemon cake, or the Frankfurt butter-creams. Don’t forget to try the locally roasted coffee either.

Jumeirah Frankfurt Coffee 3

 

Walk it off along Main River, which runs through the centre of Frankfurt. Dotted with parks, cafés, rowing clubs and winding paths, the river area offers some stunning views of the city. This is particularly true at night when the glistening towers of the CBD are a sight to behold.