LNOF Guide to Frankfurt
Frankfurt is the epitome of old-meets-new, with ancient architecture harmoniously brushing shoulders with glistening skyscrapers, making up the majority of this city’s eclectic skyline. This also means that, luckily for you, traditional boozers and old-school pubs line the streets along with swanky new cocktail bars and modern nightclubs. It’s the best of both worlds, all wrapped up in one stein-sized metropolis.
Due to being located on the River Main and being a financial and business hub, Frankfurt is often referred to as ‘Main-hatten’. Home to one of the world’s largest Stock Exchanges and European Central Bank’s state-of-the-art Head Quarters, it’ll come as no surprise to you that this vast city attracts hundreds and thousands of business people, ready to work hard and party harder. Probably for this reason, Frankfurt’s plentiful watering holes aren’t cheap, but they’re worth the inflated prices for the authentic German nightlife which you’ll experience.
The two main events on Frankfurt’s social calendar are Oktoberfest and the Christmas markets. For hen parties particularly, the huge expanse of Christmas markets are a huge draw, located in the quaint and characterful Old Town, Altstadt. The backdrop of Römerberg and St Paul's Square, as well as the huge and iconic Christmas tree, combine to also make Frankfurt’s Christmas markets one of the most beautiful in the world. So, whether it’s mulled wine, glistening lights and festive treats (including Frankfurters, of course) that you’re after, or steins full of beer and badass Bavarian get-up, this is the city with it all.
If you fancy being a gaggling group of culture vultures on your Frankfurt hen weekend, there’s plenty of sightseeing opportunities you should definitely try to squeeze into your celebrations. The German city’s museum collection is rivalled only by that of Berlin’s, whilst the glorious ancient buildings – including The Römer (the town hall), dating back to 1405, Frankfurt Cathedral and the 19th century botanical gardens of Palmengarten, with an expansive area of 22 hectares – will make the most picturesque of selfie backdrops.