City centre, the best area to stay in Frankfurt
The city centre contains the oldest part of the city and therefore there is no better than to start in Romerberg, which is the old centre of Frankfurt. The old town is full of 14th and 15th century buildings that include various churches with Alte Nikolaikirche being one of the most popular ones. Frankfurt’s town hall, which has served the city for over 600 years, is one of the most important buildings in Frankfurt and tour guides can take you around the lovely variety of rooms that are there.
You can also visit the Archaeological Gardens, where you can see the remains of Roman settlements, which is how the place got its name from. The famous 19th century bridge, Eiserner Steg, is also a highlight of the area, which connects up to the Sachsenhausen district and offers some of the most thrilling views of the city. However, if you want to see the views from high up try the Main Tower located by the Willy-Brandt-Platz station, which has a viewing platform 200 metres above ground. The Wharfinger’s Tower is another landmark in the old town and is a 15th century gothic fortified tower, which is well worth a look see.
The main square in the old town is also a great place to visit at night as there are many restaurants and bars as well as decent shopping. The main cathedral in Frankfurt is next door to the old town and is of gothic-style, which has a dominating presence with its 95-metre tower attached to it. The Hauptwache is considered the centre of modern Frankfurt and is home to many public transportation stations and close to it is the main shopping area of Zeli, which has many brands that cover fashion, jewellery, textiles, electronics and much more.
The Alte Oper is another outstanding piece of architecture and was used as an Opera house in the 1800s and 1900s, though today sees only concerts and meetings. It is set on a wonderful square with fantastic fountains outside it, which is extremely romantic at night time.
There are also some good museums like the Museum of Modern Art, which has a permanent collection that showcases some of the most talented artists in the world like Andy Warhol and Banksy. There is also the most famous museum in Frankfurt located here called the Natural History Museum, which contains plants, animals, minerals, fossils and much more.
At night, there are English theatres that host productions and plays that are spoken in English as well as cinemas. For eating and drinking, there are numerous places in the old town and the area around Hauptwache, which provide local ales and traditional food as well as many other European and Asian cuisines. Hotels are in abundance in this area and many of them offer an excellent night sleep at reasonable prices.