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Frankfurt is a city of superlatives. It’s the venue for the biggest international motor show, and where you’ll find the headquarters of Germany’s largest bank and Europe’s best airline hub. This metropolis in the state of Hessen in south-western Germany has long been recognised as a global centre for commerce, culture, education and tourism. For example, Frankfurt is the most important financial centre in Europe after London, where important institutions like the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange are found. It is also home to Messe Frankfurt, the world’s largest trade fair and event organiser.
It is no wonder then that Frankfurt is considered one of the most dynamic destinations in Germany.
Equally vibrant is the modern and high-tech Capri by Fraser Frankfurt/Germany. With 153 spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments, it is the ideal apartment hotel to stay in. This new 4-star Frankfurt hotel is located in the central Messe area, with both business hubs and cultural sites within short walking distance. The close proximity to the CBD and the excellent transport links will be appreciated, whether you’re in a rush for an important business meeting or a scheduled sight-seeing tours. For added convenience, there is the nearby Skyline Plaza, a mega mall with retail shops and international restaurants just a 3-minute walk away.
The Senckenberg Natural History Museum chronicles the evolution of life and its biodiversity, and is just 1.5 km away from Capri by Fraser Frankfurt apartment hotel. A visit there is definitely one of the best things to do in Frankfurt because it boasts the largest collection of large dinosaurs in Europe. Another exhibition is The Marine and Deep Sea Research, which examines the deep sea as the world’s largest habitat. About three-quarters of the ocean plumbs depths of 1,000 metres and the Senckenberg looks at which organisms call such deep waters home and how they have adapted to the extreme conditions.
With 700 years of European art under one roof, the Städel Museum displays works from the early 14th century to the present. It focuses on the Renaissance, Baroque and early Modern art periods, with some of the artists highlighted including Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Picasso and Bacon, as well as important German personalities like Gerhard Richter and Wolfgang Tillmans. Its collection of 3,100 paintings, 660 sculptures, over 4,600 photographs and 100,000 drawings and prints is housed by the Main river, only 3 km from Capri by Fraser apartment hotel.
One of the city’s three botanical gardens, Palmengarten is only 1.5 km away from Capri by Fraser’s apartment hotel. It opened in 1871 after renowned horticulturist Heinrich Siesmayer took the 200 exotic plants from the castle gardens of Duke Adolph of Nassau and created the magnificent Palmengarten. His successor, August Siebert, later expanded the grounds and improved them considerably by establishing new greenhouses and a rose garden. Today, the superb 22-hectare botanical showcase is a major tourist attraction.
Lovers of high art should schedule a visit to the Alte Oper as one of the things to do in Frankfurt. Alte Oper or old opera house, 2 km away from the Capri by Fraser apartment hotel, was constructed in 1880 and opened with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. After it was destroyed during World War II, it took almost four decades to be rebuilt. Today, behind its historic facade is a modern concert hall whose program includes solo, chamber music and symphonic music, as well as world music and jazz, performed by top international musicians, ensembles and orchestras.
When planning some of the things to do in Frankfurt, a destination must include the Main River, just 2.5 km from Capri by Fraser, one of the newest and most modern Frankfurt hotels. This is the “Main” in the city’s oft-seen official name, “Frankfurt am Main” or “Frankfurt on the Main”. As the lengthiest tributary of the River Rhine, the 527 km Main is the longest river that lies entirely in Germany. Take a peaceful stroll along the water’s edge to discover old bridges and lush parklands. Or go on a scenic hour-long riverboat cruise to view the Frankfurt skyline and learn more about the history of the waterway and the city along its banks.
Pop into this shopping centre – a mere 300 metres from the Capri by Fraser apartment hotel – to indulge in retail therapy of the highest order. Perhaps one of the leisurely things to do in Frankfurt is to browse through the 170 shops, services and entertainment options in this massive mall. It literally has everything from fashion, jewellery and watches, health and beauty, interior and home décor, and luxury retailers of shoes and bags. If you prefer something different, there are book stores, technology outlets, and toy and hobby shops. Or if your needs are more inclined to sports and fitness or something from the pharmacy, Skyline Plaza won’t disappoint either.
Just 3 km from the Capri by Fraser apartment hotel is Kleinmarkthalle – an indoor market selling an amazing array of fresh food and produce. Open daily except on Sundays, the 1,500 square metre market hall is a culinary paradise with some 150 stalls selling everything edible from vegetables, meat, seafood, cold cuts, cheese and wine. There are also flowers and regional specialities like Frankfurt’s famous Green Sauce, made with seven different herbs and served cold over hard-boiled eggs and boiled potatoes. Plus an assortment of international delicacies. Take away or eat in, it promises to be the one of the most delicious things to do in Frankfurt.
Take a short walk to Messe S-Bahn Station, an overground train station, and climb onboard a train heading out to the Taunus mountain range north of Frankfurt. The tallest peak in the range is the 878-metre-high Großer Feldberg overlooking the spa towns of Bad Soden and Kronberg with their geothermal springs and mineral waters. But even if you’re not planning to have a soak, it should be a pleasant 15- to 20-minute train ride for a day trip to two very picturesque and affluent towns boasting some of Hessen state’s most expensive houses.
If you don’t mind somewhere slightly farther away, the Frankfurt Main Train Station or Hauptbahnof 1.5 km from Capri by Fraser’s Frankfurt hotel has regular services to Wiesbaden, the capital of Hessen state. In about 40 minutes, you will be transported to one of Europe’s oldest spa towns. Wiesbaden literally translates to “meadow baths”, a reference to its famous hot springs of which there are 26. The therapeutic waters have earned Wiesbaden its reputation as a spa resort since the 19th century and today, it is a centre for treating rheumatic and orthopaedic diseases.
About 4 km from Capri by Fraser’s apartment hotel is Oosten, an organic restaurant and bar that has indoor and outdoor dining. It is not surprising that with its location by the Main River, the seasonal inter-regional menu focuses on fish. Another highlight is the restaurant’s unique architecture, which employs materials such as transparent glass, steel, exposed concrete and wood. In the beer garden under plane trees or on the terraces, there are spectacular 270-degree views of the Frankfurt skyline and the urban river landscape.
One of the most appetising things to do in Frankfurt is having a juicy steak at this popular Italian restaurant. Or if you prefer your meat in a bun, a Black Angus burger wrapped in focaccia bread. Only 3 km from Capri by Fraser Frankfurt hotel, VAIVAI is a trendy grill and bar that also serves classic Italian fare like antipasti and homemade pasta. Plus fish, lots of vegetable plates, and the usual extensive Italian wine list.
Chocolate and cake heaven beckons, Just 4km away, Bitter & Zart is a popular café with whimsical creations such as animal-shaped figures (a dark chocolate Wild Boar and a milk chocolate Wolf lolly). There are also more grown-up treats like a Marron Clacé chestnut confection and Gianduja Chocolate Bar From Venchi, a hazelnut and nougat sweet from the Italian gourmet chocolatier.
Confeserie Graff by the award-winning master confectioner Regina Graff is 5 km away, although her pretty and colourful creations can also be found at Frankfurt weekend markets. This modern chocolaterie-cum-pâtisserie focuses on fine cream-mousse tarts or Petits Gâteaux – of which there are more than 30 kinds that vary with the season – and chocolates like melt-in-the-mouth bars, pralines and truffles. The sweets are complemented by a small selection of handcrafted bread, made with dough allowed to mature for up to 24 hours, then baked slowly in Frankfurt’s only wood-burning bread oven.
Enjoy Vietnamese street food at this extremely popular restaurant. There’s always a long line outside this casual eatery for delicious Vietnamese rice dishes like grilled pork neck and fried egg; chicken and fresh ginger; beef, chicken, prawn or tofu curry; or classic fried rice with a choice of meat or shrimp. But if you’re hankering for some pho, there is also rice noodle soup with marinated pork and fresh herbs, noodle soup with chicken or beef, and a dry noodle with salad, chopped peanuts and meat – all of which are served with generous lashings of fresh herbs and bean sprouts.
Something simpler but equally comforting is “bread and butter” from a bakery selling pastries, sandwiches, coffee and of course, that wonderful loaf known as traditional German bread with nuts and seeds. Best of all, Brot & Butter’s modern setting makes sitting down with a bun and a hot drink one of the nicest things to do in Frankfurt – just 2 km from Capri by Fraser Frankfurt.
There are 33 restaurants and cafes at Skyline Plaza, with a mind-boggling range of cuisines from German and Greek, Arab and Turkish, to Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese and Thai. There are also American burgers and frapuccinos, fried chicken and a café treats. A visit to this shopping mall just 300 metres from Capri by Fraser apartment hotel has to be one of the most satisfying things to do in Frankfurt.
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