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Overview

Engineered to be a world class city

Engineered to be a world class city

Whether you fly into the bustling airport, use Frankfurt as a hub for excursions, or would like to explore the city in depth, your first steps into Germany will almost certainly include the outstanding Deutsche Bahn Rail service. There are trains into the city center main station every few minutes from the lower level Regiobahnhof, and also long distance service to other destinations directly from the airport’s impressive new Fernbahnhof.

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On arrival into the main station (Hauptbahnhof) you will be in the heart of the action. The city may be Germany’s central transportation hub and financial epicenter, but is certainly not short on amazing museums and lovely gardens. A short stroll east along the Main River from the station is the core of the city, the medieval Römer. This square for kings and poets is also near to the Goethe home and museum. Retail therapy will cost you big on Konstablerwache, the second most expensive street for shops to rent in all of Germany. This pedestrian-only zone is host to one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in the country. Visit a month before the holiday for handcrafted trinkets. Be sure to keep warm with a glass of spiced Glühwein.

Nearby, board the U6 subway at Hauptwache for a short trip to Bockenheimer Warte, and a visit to the Palm Garden and incredible Senckenberg Museum, which boasts the largest exhibition of large dinosaurs in Europe.

Trains going to and from the Hauptbahnhof or Fernbahnhof leave frequently, making excursions from the city quite simple. Fairy tales come alive in locations such as Heidelberg (55 minutes by train), the Rhine valley (75 minutes), and the Fairytale Route itself in Kassel, just 90 minutes away and home to the Brothers Grimm Museum. Be sure to visit small towns as well for an authentic Germany experience such as Rüdesheim, a winemaking town in the heart of Rhine Gorge and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Hann-Münden in Saxony is known for its extremely old homes – some standing for more than six centuries !

Frankfurt – at the confluence ancient and innovative. See the city and the sights beyond on the incredibly efficient German Rail Network, traveling on high-speed ICE trains with your German Rail Pass.

Try typical Frankfurt specialities, such as Handkäs mit Musik (small pickled cheeses served in an onion vinaigrette), loin ribs with the traditional Green Sauce, made from seven different herbs. Frankfurt is also well known for its apple wine pubs. Many traditional pubs still make a cider like beverage according to their own recipes. It is particularly popular when served as a spritzer, that is, mixed with sparkling mineral water. Tasty and cheap, a Frankfurter is a must. Visit Sachsenhausen for the many traditional taverns or kneipen where you can try the local ebbelwoi – a bit like cider but more tart.

In Frankfurt you will find large department stores, retail chains, specialist shops and designer boutiques. Most major international brand names are represented on the Zeil – Frankfurt’s popular and famous pedestrian promenade and Germany’s most profitable shopping street. Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof railway station is one of Europe’s biggest, busiest and most strikingly designed – worth a visit for the shopping alone.

_ Frankfurt Tourismus and Congress
Römerberg 27, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 (0)69 212 38800

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Frankfurt station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Frankfurt.

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  • Bad Experience on my trip |
    "It was a very bad experience to take the train in Nord station from Brussels to Frankfurt, my first journey to Germany. All trains are cancelled without prior announcement. No email was received. We know that until we took the train to this station. The staff in Brussels didn't help much and lost in temper to explain what we could do. Finally, we had to go to Midi Station to take coach to Koln and took another train to Frankfurt. It took us more than 12 hours. "

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    "This was our first experience of long distance speed trains, coming from South Africa. It was great, clean, comfortable and a joy to experience. "

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    "This was my first time on the Paris-Frankfurt train. We found it very comfortable and very speedy for the distance covered. "

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    review on Paris to Frankfurt |
    "It is a nice trip and feel good "

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    Frankfurt - Paris Trip |
    "I had a good trip for Frankfurt to Paris. "

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    Good trip |
    "Had a problem with confirming platform for the train, platform number displayed only 5 minutes before start and had to rush with my baggage. Otherwise great trip "

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    Paris to Frankfurt |
    "Train car was uncomfortable a bit due to air not working as well as in other cars. But overall great trip for first time on a train. "

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    perfect trip |
    "me and my wife took this train raid from paris to frankfurt. it was very nice trip and very comfortable. everything was perfect and i have nothing to complain. "

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    Great way to travel |
    "Easy to buy tickets online and then print at home. Quickly travel from Paris to Frankfurt. Leaves and arrives on time. Can enjoy food on the train. Have your own table for your group. Overall great experience. "

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    "This was a simple 1hr trip to connect to a train to frankfurt, "

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