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I thought of posting sightseeing ideas for those new to Frankfurt. I've been there couple of times. Frankfurt is interesting, but no Berlin, Munich, nor Cologne. Please feel free to add any additional ideas and or websites.

 

Romerberg (Olde City Center)

Dom (aka Cathedral)

Eiserner (Iron Bridge, foot bridge over the River Main)

Alte Oper (Old Opera House)

Museums a plenty

 

Roman Fort

www.saalburgmuseum.de

 

City of Cologne (aka Koln is 1 hour by train & much more interesting than Frankfurt)

Cologne Carnival Feb. 27-Mar. 4 (Crazy wild fun)

www.cologne.de

 

Frankfurt City website

www.frankfurt.de

 

wikitravel.org

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Thanks for this. I'm going for the weekend with my wife, and we're planning on spending Friday and Saturday at DSTG and then doing some sightseeing on Sunday, so this is useful!

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Slightly off topic:

 

If you're visiting Frankfurt and if you're driving by car, be sure to get a 'environment sticker' (Umwelt-plakette) !!

 

It's a sticker you need to have on your window which proves your car is (relatively) environment-friendly.

 

http://www.umwelt-plakette.de/

 

Not having one, can result in fines.

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Can anyone tell me what the smoking policy/laws are like in Frankfurt? I like to smoke a good cigar after dinner/at a bar late in the evening when I get chance (which is not often - smoking is banned in restaurants/bars here in England). What is is like in Frankfurt? Thanks.

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Hey DMG! Smoking is normally allowed in public, but NOT

 

- in restaurants, bars, pubs , exept it's written on the door, then you'll have to be 18 to enter and they are not allowed to serve food

- in most train stations it's only allowed at certain smoking spots

 

And it' best to keep a distance to people with children and older people unless you want to learn some good German invectives

Edited by Jumanji

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Thanks for the advice Jumanji. It would only be after dinner, late in the evening, so there definitely wouldn't be any children around! I just found that there is a cigar bar at the hotel next door to mine, so I will probably pop in there one evening.

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Does anyone know of a restaurant with good food near the event? Don't want to eat frankfurters all weekend :grump::smile:

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I'm from Frankfurt and might help here.

 

First: Cologne is NOT "much more interesting" than Frankfurt. It's about one hour by train and what you get is the Dom plus a few tourist-pubs in the inner city.

 

Frankfurt is by far the more interesting place. My suggestions are:

 

Altstadt und Eiserner Steg:

 

The Altstadt with the Römerberg, Römer, Dom, Eiserner Steg and the Museumsufer are a nice start. Especially the Römerberg (with the Römer on it) is a good start for it is a accurate reconstruction of a german city-center of the mit 15th century. Have a look at the/inside the Dom. The Carricatura is also there. Walk from there to the Eiserner Steg, a pedestrian-bridge from the 19th century. From there, you'll have a nice view on the Frankfurt-Skyline.

 

On the southern end of the, you are in Sachsenhausen. Look out for the Äbbelwoiviertel, it's a ten minutes trip by foot but only worth walking in the evening. The Äbbelwoiviertel is a small pedestrian-area with about 20 diffrent pubs and...Kneipen.

 

If you are in Sachsenhausen, also walk along the Museumsufer. It is basicaly the southern beach of the river. Walk to the right, when you cross Eiserner Steg and maybe have a look at the museums. Worth visiting? All of them, but I can recommend the Filmmuseum (one of the largest in Germany) and the Städel (one of the most important museums for Art in Germany).

 

At the Städel, use the Holbeinsteg, a new pedestrian bridge and walk towards Willy-Brandt-Platz. If it's a nice, warm evening, you may wanna stay a while in front of the Opera, they broadcast the show via speakers outside. Pass by the famous Euro-Sign (If you live in Europe, you'll know that thing from about any newspaper, reporting about the Euro-Crisis) and walk through the park towards the Alte Oper (Old Opera), not to confuse with the opera. It's a very nice classical opera-building from the 19th century.

 

Yoe are now at the Zeil, the shopping street. Not worth staying for to long, it now looks like all city centers in europe. H&M, Primark, Saturn... booooooooooring.

 

If you are hungry...

 

Go to one of the Apfelweinkneipen. You'll get local specialities like Apfelwein (Applewine, not to confuse with Cider or cidre, it has more alcohol) and more Apfelwein. Be carefull, your stomach will start talking to you after your first glasses...

 

Best places are:

Apfelwein Solzer (Berger Straße, which is worth seeing also because it's the "where-the-young-folks-go-out-street" of frankfurt.) Awesome food, you'll find me there, eating a "Krüstchenschnitzel...)

Adolf Wagner (Yeah, Adolf...) at Schweizer Straße/Sachsenhausen. Tipical unfriendly german waiters, very good food)

Das Gemalte Haus (Close to Adolf Wagner, if you don't find a place there, let this be your plan B)

 

If you're not into german food...

MoschMosch (Goetheplatz, Might be world famous, japanese noodlebar...)

Die Kuh die Lacht (Willy-Brandt-Platz, also at the Börseplatz [stock Market]), good burgers...

Heroes Burgers (Nordend) Better Burgers...

Chairs/Wofgangs (Prüfling in Bornheim, close to Berger Straße), Fancy german food...if you want to spend more money on less on your plate...

Bitter und Zart (Braubachstraße, close to the Dom/Römer) Small Cafe, famous for everything that has something to do with chocolade!

Stattcafe (Bockenheim, Grempstraße) Nice Cafe, best sunday-cake in town. And close to the Messe as well...

 

You could also visit the football-stadium, Eintracht Frankfurt is playing Werder Bremen on sunday. Tickets are still available. You could also go to the English Theatre. Irish Pub Bornheim is playing live-music every saturday...

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