Book a flight to Frankfurt with Qatar Airways to visit Europe's financial capital and the most diverse city in Germany. But Frankfurt is far more than just a commercial and financial hub. With its glistening skyscrapers and cultural attractions, it's perhaps no surprise that it consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world.
For the 691,000 people who call Frankfurt home, the contrasts of this eclectic city are evident. Here, students and wealthy bankers co-exist amongst a cityscape of 19th century buildings and some of the highest skyscrapers in Europe.
Those with a particular passion for history and culture may find themselves falling in love with Frankfurt. The Römerberg, the city's old centre, is home to buildings dating back to the 14th century, including the Town Hall and Rententurm, a fortified Gothic tower. The city's main cathedral is worth visiting, as much for the architecture as for the views from the church tower.
If this is your first trip to Frankfurt, purchase a Museumsufer Ticket, which grants entry to the city's municipal museums for two consecutive days. From the Architektur Museum to the Museum of World Culture, the city's rich collection of museums is surpassed only by those in Berlin.
Don't miss the 56-storey Main Tower, where you can take a 45-second lift journey to 200m above street level. The views from the top over the city skyline are breathtaking, so make sure you remember your camera.
When you travel to Frankfurt, you may be lucky enough that your trip coincides with one of the museum festivals. Museumsuferfest is held on the last weekend in August, with food, live music and entertainment, as well as special tours of collections that are usually closed to the public.
For shopping or simply exploring the city, the Bornheim quarter has a bohemian feel. The medieval houses lining Berger Straße give way to trendy boutiques, restaurants and cafés where it is perfectly possible to while away an afternoon simply ‘people watching’ whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and a pastry.
Enjoy a picnic at Grüneburgpark, the city's largest park, or take a walk by the River Main. For something a little more active, head for the Taunus Mountains where you can enjoy plenty of fresh air, some superb hiking routes and the ruins of 3 castles (Kronberg, Falkenstein, and Königstein) in one tour. The Mountains are easy to reach via public transport.
With so much to see and do in Frankfurt, you're sure to work up quite an appetite, so it's a good thing German food is hearty. From budget chain restaurants and street food stands to international buffet-style establishments, it is easy to eat well in Frankfurt. Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse is one of the city's most popular areas to dine, filled with cafés, restaurants and fast-food stands.
As you might expect, meat products, pretzels and sauerkraut all feature heavily in German cuisine. Sachsenhausen features several restaurants serving traditional German fare. Here you'll find dishes such as Frankfurter "green sauce" on the menu, served with potatoes, beef and hard boiled eggs.
Frankfurt is a great city for shopping, and with most shops in the city centre, any trip to Frankfurt should include a spot of retail therapy. The Zeil is one of Europe's busiest shopping streets, and it's here you'll find department stores.. For designer brands, head to the Goethstraße, whilst for all the hustle and bustle of a typical German market, Kleinmarkthalle is well worth checking out.
For the fashion-forward, German boutiques can be found on Schweizer Straße, or make for the flea market at Sacksenhausen on Saturdays, where you can often pick up vintage pieces or more unusual souvenirs for an amazing price.
Flights to Frankfurt with Qatar Airways arrive at Frankfurt Airport, Europe's third busiest airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Frankfurt please check the visa and passport requirements.
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