Frankfurt is nicknamed “Mainhattan” for its location on the Main River and its growing financial and urban culture. With thriving music, art and dining scenes, there’s plenty to entertain visitors in the “Gateway to Europe”.
Things to do in Frankfurt an der Oder
For a dose of local culture, head to the historic Sachsenhausen neighbourhood, filled with narrow cobblestone lanes and the Museum Mile. Pop into the German Film Museum and Communication Museum, before devoting time to Staedel Museum. This 200-year-old organisation harbours a stunning collection of masterpieces from the likes of Monet, Degas, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Picasso.
Explore Fotografie Forum Frankfurt downtown to discover the works of world-renowned photographers and photojournalists, then have “cafe and kuchen” in the lively picturesque square of the restored Romerberg district. Admire 15th-century buildings, such as Old St. Nicholas Church and the Golden Swan.
Soak up modern-day German ambience in the boutiques and eateries of the Ostend and Nordend neighbourhoods and stroll the Palmergarten botanical gardens in Westend. Enjoy classic German sausage at Vevay or head to Gang & Gabe for kaese spaetzle. Stay for cocktails and sample Hugo, a local specialty made with St. Germain liqueur flavoured with elderflowers.
Discover German fashion at big-name department stores on the pedestrianised Zeil Strasse or head to the Goethestrasse for high fashion, such as Chanel and Salvatore Ferragamo. If indie-style shopping appeals to you, seek out European designs along Kurt- Schumacher Strasse or in the Opera Quarter.
Getting around Frankfurt an der Oder
The best way to get around Frankfurt is on the U-Bahn train system, which features underground and above-ground routes. You can also use trams, buses and taxis. Rental cars are available at Frankfurt Airport, located 11 kilometres away.