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Frankfurt City Guide

If you look at the Frankfurt’s skyline, you will immediately see a horizon dotted with tall skyscrapers with futuristic designs. Frankfurt am Main or simply Frankfurt is quickly turning into one of the most prominent and globally competitive cities in the world, where massive trade and business practices happen on a minute-to-minute basis. For this, the city was dubbed as the financial capital of Continental Europe.

And because of its extensive systems of railways and roadways – not to mention the fact that it is currently housing the largest airport in all of Germany, Frankfurt is considered as the transportation center of the country as well. The city is likewise known for its delectable cuisine, extensive number of museums and as the birthplace of prolific writer and polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

If you look into the history of the place, the first thing you will notice is that the term “humble beginnings” does not really apply to Frankfurt. Even back then, the city has been an important place for business and trade. Charlemagne himself built a royal court in this area in 794 and made important world-altering decision from there. By the 10th century, Frankfurt was the favored locale from which the election of the German kings was customarily held. After several changes in government policies, and a few dips along the way, the city is again bustling and surging on – which makes it a great model of how a modern city should run.

If you are thinking about visiting Frankfurt soon, you might want to time your arrival between late spring and early autumn. The temperature during this time would be balmy at best, which makes it ideal if you are enrolling in one or more walking tours in the city. Summer months can turn from warm to downright broiling and many residents usually travel out of the city to escape the heat.

However, the largest numbers of the tourists and visitors descend upon the city when there are trade fairs in the works. Two of the largest fairs are the Frankfurt Book Fair (held every mid October) and the Frankfurt Motor Show (held every 2 years mid-September.) If you are thinking about participating in these fairs, or simply visiting the city when the fairs are in town, it would be advisable to book rooms at lodging establishments at least 2 months in advance. Otherwise, you are bound to find sleeping quarters beyond the borders of the city, or paying for rooms with exorbitant rates.

Traveling within the city is a breeze. There are ready modes of public transportation available (e.g. buses, taxis, subway rides, and trams) and the rates for these are budget friendly too. Rented cars are not restricted anywhere in the city. However, lack of enough parking spaces and rush hour traffic can somewhat slow down your traveling progress. A better option would be to rent bikes so that you can tour historical cites and tourist attractions at a very comfortable pace.

Entertainment in the city can range from formal to downright crazy. There are museum functions, plays and firework shows to be had. At the same time, there are great numbers of trendy bars and dance clubs within the city for those who like to party hard.

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