A beginner’s guide to Frankfurt
Frankfurt-am-Main is one of the economic hubs of Germany. But beyond the corporate offices, Frankfurt is a surprisingly liveable city with good shopping and Germany’s best selection of museums outside Berlin.
Highlight of these is the Städel Museum, with a celebrated permanent collection of works spanning from the 14th to 20th centuries, including Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces.
Next door is the fascinating Museum of Communication with its telephone sheep in the lobby. An audio guide will help you make sense of the displays, which take you from the birth of writing and printing to the laying of the trans-Atlantic cables and the internet age. A series of original telegrams shows how the Titanic disaster was partly caused by a massive communication breakdown. The collection of telephones ranges from strangely interesting early models to weirdly cool retro ones.
When you get hungry, try the local delicacy Handkäse – a pungent cheese drenched in oil, sprinkled with onion and caraway seed and served with bread. The name refers to how the cheese is shaped ‘by hand’ and it’s ‘with music’ because the onions apparently make you fart.
Sausage lovers will want to try frankfurters in Frankfurt, which are delicious served with cold potato salad and mustard.
Don’t miss the green sauce - a regional speciality served with peeled boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs.
For drinks try the Binding beer and German apple cider, apfelwein.