Frankfurt is a city of contrasts where avant-garde skyscrapers stand next to well-maintained old buildings. Römer square makes a great starting point during a holiday in Frankfurt and is home to many historical sites such as the 12th century Alte Nikolaikirche church, the gothic-style Saint Bartholomeus' Cathedral and the 15th Century Rententurm tower. Head to the banks of the Main River where you'll find Frankfurt's many museums or take a trip up the Main Tower for stunning views of the city. Frankfurt is also home to plenty of beautiful parks, Grüneburgpark being one of the most popular.
As a popular holiday destination, there are plenty of direct flights to Frankfurt from the UK. Airlines such as Ryanair, bmi, British Airways and Lufthansa offer direct flights to Frankfurt from UK airports including Manchester, Birmingham, London Gatwick and East Midlands. The flight time is around an hour and a half. For an even broader range of UK departure points you can take an indirect flight to Frankfurt.
Flights from the UK lands at one of two airports. The largest airport is Frankfurt Airport which is located around nine kilometres from the city centre. The airport is connected to the city by bus, taxi and S-Bahn. Catching the S-Bahn is often the fastest and most convenient option and the journey to the city takes just 14 minutes. Budget airline Ryanair flies into Frankfurt Hahn Airport which is 102 kilometres from the city centre. The cheapest way of reaching the city is to take the bus to Frankfurt Central Station. Buses depart hourly and cost around €12. Alternatively, car hire in Frankfurt can be very convenient and hire cars can be collected from both airports.
There are plenty of accommodation options in the city, but if you are looking for cheap hotels in Frankfurt you really do need to book in advance as affordable accommodation fills up quickly, especially during busy times. The area of Hauptbahnhof offers good value for money and despite being the red light district is well policed and pretty safe.
The easiest and most affordable way to get around during a Frankfurt holiday is by public transport which consists of buses, metro and trams. If you intend to visit Frankfurt's many attractions during your stay, purchasing a Frankfurt Card can offer excellent value for money as it allows free entry to top tourist draws and unlimited travel on public transport. If you plan to visit Frankfurt's many museums, be aware that most are closed on Mondays, but a lot offer free entry on a Wednesday which is ideal for those on a budget. Cycling is also a pleasant way to see the city as there are plenty of cycle lanes.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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posted by kclarkLike so much of the great old buildings of Frankfurt, you'll have to put up with a modern reconstruction of the Alte Oper. It was largely destroyed during WWII and rebuilt in the '80s. It's still a very attractive building though and has quite a busy concert schedule.
posted by ntillsonThe spire of the Frankfurt Cathedral is a wonderful sight and a very unusual shape. Much of the Cathedral itself has been reconstructed after it was destroyed during WWII. It is now much more modern and less ornate than it must once have been but it is still worth a visit.