weekend away - Frankfurt

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A decade ago, Frankfurt was considered rather dull. Now the city has found its groove and is noted for fine dining, lively nightlife, and a hot cultural scene.


Travellers once just transited through Frankfurt’s huge airport en route to somewhere more glamorous. Then the German banking city decided to get with it by opening new museums, renovating old neighbourhoods, and creating a social buzz. These days, Frankfurt is attractive, chic, and very cosmopolitan.

Start off in the mostly recreated old town around lively Römerberg Square. The Gothic-era town hall is a symbol for the city. Then head to the Main River’s south bank, known as Museumsufer or ‘museum bank’ for its large concentration of museums and cultural centres. The German Film Museum is fascinating, Städel Museum has impressionist sunflowers and lily ponds, while Liebieghaus features sculptures spanning 5,000 years, including Sumerian statuettes and Egyptian reliefs.

For a change of pace, head to the Palmengarten, a 19th-century botanical garden featuring a grand palm house, and rose and rock gardens, or shop along the pedestrian Zeil, known for big-name department stores, furniture outlets, and boutiques. Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse is lined with gourmet food stores and cafés that tempt with handmade chocolates and artisan cheeses.



Frankfurt, Germany
Distance: 4,316 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 35 mins
Frequency: 2 flights a day

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