For most Norwegians, Frankfurt is known for its international airport, which is a hub for travelers from all continents of the world. The city is also not known as Germany’s main tourist attraction, but more and more people are opening their eyes to the modern city. Here, old districts are located next to modern skyscrapers, in what has become an economically important city for the Germans. But you who are interested in history will still have a lot to experience in Frankfurt.
With almost 730,000 inhabitants, Frankfurt is definitely a big city to count. Frankfurt offers many popular activities for tourists, here you will find modern skyscrapers among old venerable buildings and modern museums.
Recommended hotels in Frankfurt
- Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof-Fantastic five-star hotel right near the financial district of Frankfurt. The hotel is of a high class with a lovely standard in the rooms. The hotel has three own restaurants, one of which has a Michelin star. If you love good food, this hotel is for you in other words. The hotel also has its own spa, 24-hour fitness center, business center, and an impressive breakfast (surcharge).
- Jumeirah Frankfurt– Jumeirah Frankfurt is a centrally located, high-tech skyscraper hotel that sets a new standard for corporate luxury hotels. Here you get excellent service that aims to go beyond what you expect from a five star hotel. The hotel has luxurious décor composed of bold works of art and a wonderful collection of facilities that include three restaurants, a bar and an attractive spa. The hotel is located next to the MyZeil shopping center, or rather as part of it, perfect for those who want to shop. There are plenty of shopping opportunities in the surrounding streets as well, if you do not like shopping malls. Cultural sights such as the Opera House, the Museum of Modern Art and the Goethe House are also within walking distance of the hotel. Hauptwache Underground Station is a few meters from the hotel.
- Roomers-A dark, seductive and elegant five star hotel in a great location between the train station and the River Main. The hotel offers 116 ultra-hip rooms and suites, a fancy restaurant and bar, and a modern spa and fitness room on the top floor. The service is precise and friendly.
Travel to Frankfurt
From Oslo Airport there are several direct flights to Frankfurt, and the prices of scheduled flights are also very affordable, which makes the city great for a long weekend. The flight takes just over two hours. As is well known, the currency unit in Germany is the euro, and consequently it also applies to Frankfurt. It is generally cheaper in Frankfurt than in the capital Berlin, and one will experience both dining, drinking and accommodation as cheaper than in Norway, but nowhere near as cheap as, for example, Poland. It is considered safe to travel in Frankfurt, in what is a relatively quiet city with a lot of cultural and financial life. The drinking water from the tap can be drunk.
Hotels and restaurants in Frankfurt
Hotels in Frankfurt are often used for conferences and for business travelers, so the standard is often accordingly. If you want to stay cheap and easy in the city, you have to visit the tourist hotels, which are located somewhat outside the city center and near the central station. In any case, it is rarely difficult to obtain an accommodation of a somewhat higher standard at an affordable price.
German cuisine is probably best known to Norwegians for their sausages and bratwursts, and if you love that kind – with good accessories – then you will thrive in Frankfurt. In any case, the city has lots of restaurants in different price ranges, which also have varied menus inspired by all the world’s cuisine. You must not go hungry in Frankfurt!
Attractions in Frankfurt
Frankfurt has very few world-famous tourist attractions, such as London has its Big Ben and New York has its Central Park. Still, there is plenty to do here, especially if you have a touch of interest in either history or culture.
Frankfurt’s by far the best view is from the Main Tower, the largest building in Frankfurt, which extends almost 200 meters above ground level. It is very high considering the “small size” of the city, and the top floor is open to tourists.
Natural History Museum
Frankfurt is an eldorado for museum goers, and a visit to the natural history museum in Frankfurt (Senckenberg museum) will be a pleasant experience for the whole family. The museum deals with a number of different exhibitions with everything from the animal kingdom – not only today, but several hundred and thousands of years back.
The Jewish Museum
Most people know the difficult history of the Jews in Germany, and you can get an ever so small insight into this by stopping by the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt. It is especially the situation and persecution of the Jews during World War II that is highlighted, with the terrible Holocaust as the main exhibition. Definitely worth a visit.
The Frankfurt Zoo
If you travel with children, you are guaranteed to stop by the Frankfurt Zoo, but it can also be interesting for adults. The zoo may not be as extensive as the one you get in London or Berlin, but still offers a pleasant encounter with exotic animals from several continents.