09 Jun 2019
Located in the heart of this surprisingly vibrant city, the Jumeirah Frankfurt is just a few minutes walk from the city’s main sights, including the ever popular Zeil shopping street. You may want to put your retail therapy on hold however and indulge in a spot of actual therapy at the Talise Spa. Or enjoy a glass of something light and refreshing at the Ember Bar and Lounge. If you want something more substantial, there’s a choice of two world-class restaurants: The Max On One Grillroom and El Rayaan, a Lebanese restaurant.
If you do manage to drag yourself away, you can wander through the financial heart of Europe at the Börse Frankfurt which is open to the public. View the financial workings in one of Europe’s biggest stock exchanges and watch the controlled chaos of the trader’s floor from a safe distance. The exchange also has a rather impressive art collection in the lobby, and a photography foundation headquartered at the Cube next door.
Europe is not known for its skyscrapers, but Frankfurt has a rather impressive skyline. Chief among its visual highlights is the Main Tower, a 240 metre tall building that dominates the skyline. There are two public viewing platforms which give wonderful views of the city and surrounding countryside. Keep an eye out for the art installations in the lobby: Bill Viola’s video installation and the spectacular wall mosaic by Stephan Huber are both Instagram-worthy.
If you want more culture, stroll through Gallusanlage Park and head for The English Theatre which is, somewhat surprisingly, Germany’s largest English-speaking theatre. The range of shows that the 300-seat space hosts is vast: everything from classics to comedies to musicals will be on show depending on when you visit.
Head east towards Willy-Brandt-Platz, which comes alive during the summer, with tourists, buskers and all walks of life. It’s also something of a transport hub, where you can get a subway or a tram. Head up Neue Mainzer Strasse and you will arrive at MMK 2 a home to the city’s ever expanding collection of modern art. There is always fascinating temporary exhibits on show as well as the permanent exhibitions.
If that’s not enough culture, head to the Goethe House writer's house museum, in which the writer lived until 1795. Not only does the museum give an overview of the writer and poet’s work, it is a wonderful way of seeing how people lived in 18th century Frankfurt. Filled with period furniture and paintings, it also provides a window into Goethe’s work as an artist.
You are going to need some refreshment after all that walking, which is why Bitter & Zart should be your next stop. Choose from the luscious chocolate pralines, lemon cake, or the Frankfurt butter-creams. Don’t forget to try the locally-roasted coffee either.
Walk it off at the rather lovely Main river, dotted with parks, cafes, rowing clubs and winding paths that hug both sides of the river. At night the glistening CBD towers are a sight to behold.