Frankfurt is the financial centre of continental Europe. It is the seat of the European Central Bank and one of the wealthiest cities in Germany. As the only cities in the country with skyscrapers, the skyline is the trademark of Frankfurt. However, the city is also known for its renowned museums and cider.
The town isn’t only famous for its modern, towering buildings; if you visit the Old Town, you'll get an idea of how Frankfurt looked like before it became the financial capital of the European Union. Although much of the city was destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II, many of the buildings were saved in the Altstadt (or, more accurately, rebuilt). The Römer, which since the 15th century has been the town hall of Frankfurt, consists of three town houses with a stepped gable. Towering above them is the gothic bell tower of the old Frankfurt Cathedral, which is quite a sight to behold.
Frankfurt has many world-class museums and more than 10 of these are in Museumsufer (Museum Embankment), an area along the south side of the Main in the Sachsenhausen district. Among these museums are the German Architecture Museum, the Natural History Museum Senckenberg and the Städel, which holds an impressive collection of art spanning more than 700 years. On the other side of the river you'll find the Museum of Modern Art with one of the best collections of post-war and contemporary art in the world.
Besides the German clichés of 'Bier und Bratwurst "Frankfurt has its own culinary specialties. Try Handkäse mit Musik, a piece of sour cheese served with onions, or Grüne Soße, a spicy green sauce that is usually served with eggs and potatoes. Wash this all down with the local Ebbelwoi, cider. In Sachsenhausen you'll find plenty of traditional bars and restaurants where you can savor Frankfurt specialties.
Frankfurt has one of the most extensive subway systems in the world. With the combination of U-Bahn and S-Bahn, public transport covers virtually the entire city and surrounding areas. If you come to Frankfurt by car, it’s advisable to park at a station on the outskirts of the city and from there take the train as the parking garages in the city fill up quick.