LNOF Guide to Frankfurt
Famed for its beer, football and women, Germany is quite literally a stag do paradise. Frankfurt is all about old-meets-new; ancient cathedrals and churches harmoniously rub shoulders with glinting glass, steel and concrete skyscrapers, making up the impressive Frankfurt skyline. Located on the Main River, Frankfurt is often dubbed ‘Main-hattan’, due to its significance as a high powered financial and business hub. It’s home to one of the world’s largest Stock Exchanges, as well as the European Central Bank’s state-of-the-art HQ, meaning that Frankfurt famously attracts hundreds of thousands of business travellers and students. AKA party animals. These business folk may work hard by day, but by night, they’re ready to ‘play hard’ in the hundreds of pubs, bars and nightclubs in Frankfurt – and you’ll be joining their party…
Beer flows in Frankfurt as freely as you’d expect from a German city, with Oktoberfest seeing the streets alive with live acts, Bavarian fancy dress and general stein-fuelled shenanigans popping up in every corner of the city. But, if your stag do doesn’t coincide with Oktoberfest’s dates, fear not – there are plenty of bars and nightclubs where you can celebrate your last night of freedom in style.
The centrally located Salzhaus area caters for an upmarket and older crowd, where the district surrounding the central station, Hauptbahnhof, has more of a ‘rough around the edges’ feel, especially as it’s home to the city’s Red Light District. Similarly to Dreieichstrasse and Bruckenstrasse areas, south of the Main River, Sachsenhausen is a great place to enjoy a more authentic ‘German’ nightlife experience, with back to back boozers and beer gardens. Kleine Bockenheimer Strasse is widely known as ‘Jazzgasse’, due to its high concentration of relaxed jazz clubs. It’s worth noting, Frankfurt nightlife is not going to be cheap, although there are certain bars which have competitive nightly offers and student nights which you can (and should) pay a visit to. At its heart, Frankfurt is exceptionally traditional, quaint and charming, with the reconstructed (after WWII) Old Town, Altstadt, housing annual Christmas markets – where you can get tanked up on mulled wine and feel all festive from late November to early January.
Whilst history and culture may not be as high up the agenda as other priorities on your Frankfurt stag do, it’s certainly got its fair share – with a museum-front second only to its nearby city of Berlin. Should you have a spare minute, between all those epic activities and nightlife options, some iconic tourist attractions in the city are definitely worth a visit. As far as sightseeing goes, you can’t really go past one of Frankfurt’s most recognisable and important landmarks, The Römer. This medieval building in Altstadt of Frankfurt am Main has a stepped gable façade and is now the city’s picturesque Town Hall. Fortunately for you, this building, dating back to 1405, is directly opposite Old St. Nicholas church, meaning you can tick two hot spots off your ‘culture list’ in one. Bonus.