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Frankfurt am Main, or commonly known as just Frankfurt, (not to be confused with smaller and less important Frankfurt an der Oder) is known as the city of bankers, but unlike the institutions it hosts, the city itself doesn't quite have a nine-to-five mentality. With various groovy clubs, excellent international cuisine and optimal accessibility, Frankfurt makes a good destination for a weekend break or a short stopover, especially for those travellers that can afford to spend some (freshly printed) Euros.
Many people come to Frankfurt am Main and (based upon the importance of the airport) they plan to stay several days and expect to see a long range of sights. Well, unfortunately for them Frankfurt am Main doesn't have those. Almost all the main sights of Frankfurt can easily covered in 6 hours if you rush around a bit, 2-3 days if you dawdle and go to one or two of the bigger museums. One day just before you fly out of Frankfurt airport or half of a jet-lagged day before you catch a train is ample time for Frankfurt am Main. Heck, you could even go and see the city if you have a longer stop-over at FRA airport. The S-Bahn train takes only 20 minutes from the airport into the city, so a 5+ hours layover is a good timeframe for catching a glimpse of Frankfurt.
Frankfurt lies on the border of the maritime and more continental climate and therefore has somewhat colder winters and warmer summers compared to places more to the west and north of Germany.
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Frankfurt can be reached overland, by train and by air. Whatever modality you prefer, you will find that accessibility is as good as it gets.
1. Frankfurt Airport (IATA: FRA) is found 12 kilometres from the city centre of Frankfurt and is Germany's biggest and most important airport. It receives flights from almost all national and countless international destinations, including intercontinental flights to Asia, Africa, North America and the Middle East. It's the biggest airport in the world regarding the number of international destinations served. Among others, Frankfurt is the primary hub of German national carrier Lufthansa.
To/from the airport:
Frankfurt Airport has a long-distance train station serviced by ICE to various destinations, and a local train station with plenty transport opportunities in the region and to downtown Frankfurt:
Of course it is also possible to rent a car to explore the world-renowned German Autobahnen. Frankfurt Airport is directly connected to a Autobahn intersection called Frankfurter Kreuz where the A3 and A5 meet. It takes a 10-15- minute ride by car or taxi to get to Frankfurt Central Station or the city centre.
2. Although located 120 kilometres from Frankfurt, the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) can be of some significance if you want to have more choices regarding lowcostairlines. Ryanair is the main operator with flights to/from Alghero, Alicante, Bari, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Bratislava, Cagliari, Carcassonne, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Féz, Gdańsk, Girona, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Jerez de la Frontera, Kaunas, Kerry, Klagenfurt, Lanzarote, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, London, Lübeck, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marrakech, Milan, Montpellier, Osijek, Oslo, Palma de Mallorca, Pescara, Pisa, Porto, Prague, Barcelona-Reus, Riga, Rimini, Rome, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Stockholm, Tampere, Tenerife, Trapani, Valencia, Venice, Wroclaw and Zadar.
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Frankfurt is connected by ICE to all major German and a number of foreign cities. Notable direct connections include those to Berlin, Paris, Basel, Brussels, Stuttgart, Dresden, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Vienna and Munich.
Besides ICE, Frankfurt Hbf is a nexus of numerous local and regional train connections. For more information, consult the journey planner on the website of Deutsche Bahn.
Is there one place in Germany that you cannot reach by car? Frankfurt's no exception; in fact, the city sits at the junction of a number of Germany's main highways, two of which are A3 (connecting the Dutch and Austrian borders) and A5 that runs from central Germany south to the Swiss border. An alternative for the busy A3, when connecting to the Netherlands in the less busy A61. Except for heavy trucks, drivers don't pay tolls.
Eurolines has direct connections to Frankfurt from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bratislava, Prague and London, among others. Eurolines has two stops in Frankfurt. One at the Central train station (Hauptbahnhof), and one at the southern trainstation (Südbahnhof), Tickets can be bought at Deutsche Touring, Mannheimer Strasse 15 - tel: 069.252323, which is close to the central trainstation, or on the the internet. For more information, consult the schedules on their website.
Frankfurt has an excellent public transport system. S-Bahn, Underground, Tram, Bus - they all can take you wherever you want. Frankfurt is part of an integrated public transport system, the RMV. Visitors should get the Frankfurt Card at the airport or at the Tourist Office, it allows them unlimited travel by public transport in the inner city of Frankfurt am Main and to FRA airport.
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Frankfurt is no cheap place to stay. Budget accommodation is scarce, and many hotels cater primarily for business travellers for whom money is no concern. The city is pretty busy most of the year, so booking in advance is warmly recommended.
|Adler Hotel||Niddastrasse 65 Frankfurt||Hotel||72|
|Albatros Airport Hotel||Nordendstr. 12a Walldorf Airport||Hotel||-|
|Angel Hotel||Moselstr. 34||hotel||82|
|City Hotel Kaiserhof||Kaiserstrasse 8A Offenbach||Hotel||72|
|City Hotel Mercator||Mercatorstr. 38||Hotel||74|
|City Hotel West||Moselstr. 35||Hotel||78|
|Colour Hotel||Baseler Strasse 52||Hotel||65|
|Comfort Hotel Frankfurt-Karben||Egreve-Str. 25-27 Karben||Hotel||75|
|Mosel Hotel||Moselstr 52||Hotel||61|
|Five Elements Hostel Frankfurt||Moselstr 40 Frankfurt/Main||Hostel||85|
|Frankfurt Hostel||Kaiserstrasse 74 60329 Frankfurt am Main||Hostel||83|
|Goethe Hotel Frankfurt||Schmidstraße 53||Hotel||68|
|Hotel Admiral||Hoelderlinstr. 25||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Apadana Frankfurt||Stuttgarter Str. 9 60329||Hotel||75|
|Hotel Atrium||Beethovenstr. 30||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Continental||Baseler Strasse 56 60329 Frankfurt am Main||Hotel||75|
|Hotel Elbe||Elbestra�e 34 Frankfurt||HOTEL||68|
|Hotel Europa Life||Baseler Stra�e 17 60329 Frankfurt Main||HOTEL||86|
|Hotel Europa Offenbach||Speyerstr.2||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Everest||Schönstr. 6||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Excelsior Frankfurt am Main||Mannheimerstrasse 7-9||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Garni Djaran||Bismarckstr. 147 Offenbach am Main||Hotel||69|
|Hotel Jaguar Frankfurt||Theobald-christ-str.19||Hotel||65|
|Hotel Miramar||Berliner Str. 31||hotel||-|
|Hotel Muenchner Hof||Muenchenerstrasse 46||Hotel||71|
|Hotel Paris-Frankfurt||Karlsruher Strasse 8 none||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Rossija||Moselstrasse 46-48||Hotel||82|
|Ibis Hotel Frankfurt City Messe||Leonardo da Vinci Allee 40||hotel||-|
|Luxor Hotel||Allerheiligentor 2-4 Main||Hotel||-|
|MEININGER Frankfurt/Main Messe||Europaallee 64||Hostel||81|
|Memphis Hotel||Muenchener Straße 15 60329 Frankfurt am Main||Hotel||-|
|Motel One Frankfurt-Airport||Colmarer Straße 2||Hotel||-|
|Pension Alpha||Karlsruher Str.7||Guesthouse||71|
|Pension Bruns||Mendelssohnstr. 42||Guesthouse||-|
|Pension Everest||Schön Str.6 60327 Frankfurt am Main||Hotel||78|
|President Hotel||Ludwigstrasse 27||Hotel||74|
|Ramada Hotel Frankfurt City Center||Weserstrasse 17||hotel||82|
|Hotel Ritter||Grosse Rittergasse79||Hotel||75|
|Sophien Hotel||Sophienstrasse 36||Hotel||-|
|City Hotel Frankfurt||Allerheiligenstr 30||Hotel||71|
|Pension Alex||Kruppstraße 140||Hotel||76|
|Hotel Zentrum||Rossmarkt 7||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Europa Style||Baseler Str. 19||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Koch Maingau||Dreieichstraße 14||Hotel||-|
|Moevenpick Hotel Frankfurt/Oberursel||Zimmersmuehlenweg 35||Hotel||-|
|Clarion-Collection Hotel Frankfurt||Taunus Strasse 48-50||Hotel||84|
|MEININGER Frankfurt/Main Airport||Bessie-Coleman-Stra�e 11||HOSTEL||80|
|Fair Hotel Gallus||Speyerer Str. 11 60327 Frankfurt am Main||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Monte Cristo||Bieberer Str. 61 Offenbach am Main||Hotel||81|
|Comfort Hotel Frankfurt City Center||Moselstrasse 23||Hotel||84|
|FreddApp One||Karlsruher Str. 2||GUESTHOUSE||74|
|Goethe Apartment||Werftstraße 15 corner Gutleutstraße||Apartment||-|
|United Hostel Frankfurt City Center||Kaiser Str. 52||HOSTEL||79|
|Villa Ehrenhardt||Lange Strasse 47 Altenstadt||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Gasthof Zum Freigericht||Wasserloser Strasse 29 Alzenau||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Mondial Comfort||Heinestrasse 13||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Rheinischer Hof||Am Bahnhof 3 Bad Soden am Taunus||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Aria||Eiserne Hand 48||Hotel||-|
|Frankfurt Central Hostel||Mainzer Landstrasse 341||HOSTEL||74|
|Hotel Minerva||Stuttgarter Str. 31||Hotel||-|
|A&O Frankfurt Galluswarte||Mainzer Landstraße 226-230||HOSTEL||75|
Internet cafes (rates €1.50 to €5 per hour) are starting to become less common due to widespread offers of free wifi by shops, restaurants or cafes. Sometimes it requires minimum consumption but usually it's free within the premises. Phone shops will often offer internet access, too. In general hotels offer internet access. In several cities, projects exist to provide free "community" hotspots for wireless networking. Passenger lounges at some airports and central railway stations also provide internet access to their customers.
Several pre-paid SIMs allow Internet access for a monthly flat fee, for example those available at Tchibo coffee stores (o2 network, €10/month limited to 500 MB, €20/month for 5 GB) or Aldi (E-Plus network). A regular O2 sim card, which can be used for calls and text messages, is €15 and another €15 buys 1GB of data valid for 1 month. Vodafone offers a prepaid sim card for €25 which includes €22.5 of credit, out of which you can get 300 MB of data for 2 days for €15 and be left with €7.5 of credit.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international call prefix in Germany is 00. To dial out of Germany, dial 00, followed by country code, area code, and the telephone number (for example 00 44 1234 567890). If you're using a mobile phone, simply add the plus sign "+" before the country code to call out of Germany (for example +44 1234 567890). The general emergency number is 112 and the additional number for less emergent issues for police is 110.
Mobile phone coverage on the four networks (T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and o2) is excellent across the whole country. UMTS (3G data and HSDPA) and EDGE is also available. UMTS is still somewhat limited to urban areas. All mobile providers use GSM technology on the 900 and 1800 MHz frequency ranges. If you stay for a longer period of time, consider buying a prepaid phone card from one of the mobile phone companies; you won't have trouble finding a T-Mobile (in a "T-Punkt"), Vodafone, E-Plus or O2 store in any major shopping area. In most supermarket chains (for example ALDI), there are prepaid SIM cards from their own virtual providers available. These are normally quite cheap to buy, but expensive for international calls (around €1–2/min), but incoming calls are always free and SMS cost around €0.09–0.19. They are available at: Aldi, Lidl, Penny, Netto, Tchibo, Rewe, toom. A registration via Internet or (expensive) phone call is necessary after buying to activate the SIM card.
The cheapest way to call abroad from Germany is to use the internet cafés run by immigrants. They sell special calling cards that give the best rate to certain countries as well as offer cheap international calls from phone booths. It is also the cheapest way to call landlines in Germany.
Germany's postal system is very efficient, their logistics branch DHL is one of the best companies in this field world-wide, with domestic post or within a radius of 400 kilometres, send within a day. The website of Deutsche Post has an online calculator for postage fees as well as a post office finder. Stamps are available at post offices and sometimes at newsagents or shops selling postcards. Also stamp vending machines can be found at a lot of places around the cities. You can purchase every stamp you need from this machines. They are unique as they accept every coin from 1 cent to 2 euro but change is only given in stamps. It costs about €40 to send a small package to Australia and €1.70 to send an old-fashioned letter to any place in the world outside of Europe. Within Germany, sending postcards costs €0.45 and standard letters €0.55, within Europe it is €0.65 for a postcard, standard letters to places in Europe cost €0.75. Outside Europe, the prices for sending a postcard or standard letter are €1 and €1.70 respectively. Although you will find the old post offices (mainly in the city centre), most of the smaller neighbourhood post offices are part of a small tobacco shop or grocery store. For larger package, you might consider competitive private companies like UPS, DHL or TNT.
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