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An Afternoon Walk Through the City: Frankfurt Photos

January 27, 2017
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An Afternoon Walk Through the City: Frankfurt Photos 

Even though I’ve lived in Germany for about five years now, I’ve never spent anytime in Frankfurt. It’s respected as the financial capital of the country, but it’s known for being expensive and even worse, boring. Unlike Berlin, you won’t find dive bars with furniture hanging from the ceiling, decent restaurants that won’t cost you an arm and leg, and countless events that make planning your weekend an actual challenge.

I usually like finding reasons to visit a destination that others will tell you to skip, like the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, but after living in Berlin for so long, I’ve become a snob when it comes to other German cities. Could anywhere else really come close to Berlin? After hearing that Frankfurt was both expensive and boring, it was never really at the top of my list.

How did I end up there? The sole purpose of my recent trip was not to experience the city but just to see my favourite band Bon Iver in concert. They released their third album last September and I was intent on seeing them live. When their Berlin concert quickly sold out, I decided to see them in Frankfurt instead and make a little getaway of the whole thing.

Sadly, Bon Iver cancelled their Euro tour, leaving me to ponder whether or not I should still go to Frankfurt. I’d already booked the time off work, a hotel, and even a train ticket. Ultimately, I decided to come and see what the city has to offer. After all, getting out of Berlin would be refreshing and also give me a chance to see more of Germany. And according to Rick Steves, Frankfurt is worth a visit. 

An Afternoon Walk Through the City: Frankfurt Photos

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After arriving in Frankfurt, I quickly checked into the 25hours Hotel by Levi’s (located within an easy five minute walk of the Frankfurt’s central station) and set off to explore the city by foot. (Hotel review’s coming to the blog soon!) 

Recommended reading: My review of the 25hours Hotel Altes Hafenamt in Hamburg.

I’ll be honest. My first impressions of Frankfurt weren’t the best. Although the hotel’s close to the main train station, it’s also where the city’s Red Light District is located. Signs for sex shops, strip joints offering “American table dances”, and hotels that rented rooms by the hour dotted the streets closeby. I felt ill at ease as I walked the area, but the coolness of the hotel, the street art, and this New York Times article gave me pause to reconsider. This article, 10 ways Frankfurt is no longer Germany’s capital of dull, further convinced me.

A Walk Along the Main

About 10-15 minutes later, I found myself walking along the Main, and in the perfect place to start snapping tons of Frankfurt photos

Holbeinsteg

I started off at the Holbeinsteg, one of the main pedestrian bridges that spans the river. The suspension bridge which opened in 1990, offers great views of the southern museum embankment and northern city skyline.  

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North view, looking back from the Holbeinsteg. 

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Frankfurt’s impressive skyline!

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Museum Embankment 

I continued my walk along the museum embankment (Museumsufer) on the south side of the Main. Museums favourited by locals and visitors include the Städel with their large collection of fine art, the German Film Museum, as well as the German Architecture Museum

Recommended reading: Culture Trip’s tips for the best museums in Frankfurt.

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The Frankfurt skyline transforms from modern to old as you walk further East. 

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Eiserner Steg

The Eiserner Steg is a 170-meter long iron pedestrian bridge built in 1868. Destroyed during World War II, reconstruction began in 1946. Now a tourist hotspot, the bridge is covered in love locks and tourist “zombies” wielding selfie sticks. 

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Looking back at the southern museum embankment. 

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Aside from being another key vantage point for Frankfurt photos, the bridges rails are covered with swathes of the ever controversial love locks, just like this bridge in Prague and this tree in Budapest.  

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Another look back at the Frankfurt city skyline. Those reflections!

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A Walk in Frankfurt’s Old Town

Wandering into Frankfurt’s Old Town or Altstadt, I found myself asking if I was in Frankfurt anymore. With the half-timbered buildings and cozy taverns serving up the city’s apple flavoured wine, you could just as easily be one of those cute fairytale towns like Quedlinburg (photo filled blog post coming soon!) or Görlitz

Römerberg Square

I spent most of my time in Römerberg Square, the biggest touristic highlight in Frankfurt. The square dating back to the 15th century is flanked by the old city hall buildings, St. Nicholas Church, reconstructed half-timbered homes, and the Frankfurt History Museum.

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As it was a freezing cold winter day with temperatures well below zero, I hurried into one of the small local pubs, the Alten Limpurg for some of that famous Apple wine! 

A couple of drinks later and a hilarious chat with some fellow travellers (I seem to make friends wherever I go), I rushed back to my hotel to have dinner at the popular Chez Ima

Good to Know

  1. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Frankfurt, consider 25hours Hotel by Levi’s with rooms starting as low as €75 per night. 
  2. For cozy pub vibes, stop by the Alten Limpurg for a drink or two. Expect conversation with friendly locals! 
  3. Hummus fan? Then eat at Chez Ima and try one of their many hummus offerings. Highly recommended is the warm octopus salad. 

Recommended reading: For more things to do in Frankfurt, read this National Geographic city guide

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  • Reply Jasilyn Albert January 31, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I love all those buildings! I didn’t know that there was a red light district there. That’s kind of sad.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 31, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Yeah, the skyline reminded me of Toronto actually. The red light district was pretty seedy, but seems it’s turning into an up and coming area!

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