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Frankfurt really is unlike any other city in Germany. With a classic skyscraper skyline, Frankfurt has earned its affectionate nickname ‘Mainhattan’ (the city’s full name is Frankfurt Am Main). It is a hub of business and finance, and plays host to many of the most important European trade fairs, but it is still a great city break destination.

Frankfurt boasts some excellent museums, plenty of green open spaces and parks, an efficient public transport system plus a plethora of excellent restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs.

A word of warning - hotel prices rise sharply during the times that the trade fairs are in town, so do check before travelling to avoid an inflated hotel bill. The trade show schedule can be downloaded at:

Frankfurt is somewhat of a hidden gem. With its rather staid reputation as a centre of commerce, many would be visitors dismiss it as a boring business destination. However, it is an ideal place to visit for a relaxing and interesting weekend. It’s easy to get a bargain at one of the many top end hotels at the weekends when all the business travellers have returned home, and it’s a very accessible city from the UK, with most of the bargain airlines running regular flights. It is a particularly charming place to visit towards the end of the year because it is the location of the one of largest and oldest Christmas markets in all of Germany, the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping and sample some traditional food and drink. Dating back to 1393, the biggest Christmas market takes place in the heart of the old town with a huge Christmas tree dominating the proceedings. It very atmospheric and the perfect way to really get into the Christmas spirit!

Frankfurt is a wonderful city to explore on foot. Wander along the south side of the river for some gorgeous far reaching views - with contrasting styles of architecture including the ancient cathedral and the utterly modern Commerzbank Tower (designed by Norman Foster) sitting happily side by side. Berger Strasse is a great street to stroll along, and there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and quirky boutiques along its length. At the far end you will stumble across the lovely, leafy delightful Von-Bethmann Park.

As night falls, head to one of the bars that are situated on corner of Friedberger Anlage and Zeil streets for a pre-dinner drink. The city has some great clubs too - most of which are on or around the Hanauer Landstrasse.

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