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Frankfurt Introduction


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Frankfurt am Main, Germany, may be the smallest of Europe's big cities, but it's certainly not lacking in stature.   Click here to see the full Frankfurt travel guide on Travel42 »

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Frankfurt Geography


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Frankfurt sprawls out from the Main (pronounced mine) River, although most locations of interest are relatively close together. The historic center of the city is Romerberg, a square just two blocks north of the Main. The old town's walls were torn down and the moats filled in, but a greenbelt of parks loops around the old city in their place. Several old guardhouse towers still stand as landmarks.   Click here to see the full Frankfurt travel guide on Travel42 »

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Frankfurt History


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Frankfurt's origins date back to the late eighth century, but there were Celtic and Roman settlements in the area long before then. The city got a big break when Charles I (Charlemagne), the king of the Franks, chose it as one of his official residences. But feuds between the Franks and the Saxons across the river didn't give him much peace.   Click here to see the full Frankfurt travel guide on Travel42 »

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Frankfurt Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Frankfurt's skyline is one of a kind in Germany. The need to rebuild after World War II led to the present-day mix of 18th-century buildings, modern and postmodern skyscrapers, functional office blocks and museums.   Click here to see the full Frankfurt travel guide on Travel42 »

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Frankfurt Nightlife


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If barhopping is your thing, the Alt Sachsenhausen pedestrian zone is ideal. The many foreign-owned bars have altered the villagelike character there, but a few traditional taverns remain. While the rest of Germany is tossing back liters of pils and weiss beers, Frankfurters are downing pitcher after pitcher of their characteristic apfelwein (known in the local dialect as ebbelwoi).  Click here to see the full Frankfurt travel guide on Travel42 »

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Frankfurt Restaurants & Dining


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You won't have to go far to find traditional German cuisine in Frankfurt. The city is known for such regional specialties as grune sosse (green sauce: a rich cream or mayonnaise base with herbs, including cress, chives, sorrel and parsley) and rippchen mit kraut (pork chop and sauerkraut). Another local dish to try is handkas mit musik, a form of curd cheese served with raw onions, oil and vinegar, and almost always eaten with bread and butter (it's too strong for some tastes). Other food specialties not to be missed include potatoes mixed with hard-boiled eggs and green herb sauce, and of course, the local sausages. The classic Frankfurt drink is apfelwein (known in the local dialect as ebbelwoi and also as stoffsche, the "little stuff"), an apple wine served in a decorative clay pitcher, called a bembel.  Click here to see the full Frankfurt travel guide on Travel42 »

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