Frankfurt takes its spot just outside the centre of Germany, which puts the traditional meaning of a beach in short supply. What this place lacks in beach spots, it makes up with snap-worthy swimming lakes which make a great place to cool off in the summer months.
Strandbad Langener Waldsee is around a 20-minute drive from the centre of Frankfurt. It’s the largest lake in the Rhine-Maine region. There’s a half-mile stretch of sand around one side of the lake, the rest is penned in by thick greenery.
Walldorfer Badesee is a lesser-trodden spot around a 20-minute drive from the centre of the city. It’s on the smaller end of the scale of Frankfurt’s swimming lakes. It comes with hammocks tucked away in trees, and small spots of sand sprinkled on the water’s edge.
Schaumainkai flea market is considered as the best one in town. It makes its mark along the southern bank of the river every other Saturday. You can pick up all sorts at this place – from piping hot mugs of wine to hand-made clothing and antique furniture.
Big name clothing and cosmetics brands all have a home along Zeil – it’s the city’s most popular shopping promenade. It’s home to over 80 stores and restaurants which are open all day long.
Frankfurt’s premier shops are all grouped together on Goethestrasse – it’s the city’s high-end shopping street. The walkways along this road are lined by big-name designers like Chanel and Gucci. Plus, there’s top-end jewellery brands like Tiffany & Co and Cartier.
Thanks to its status as Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt comes with a huge collection of trendy wine bars to unwind after a busy days sightseeing. And, on weekends you’ll usually find a Jazz band providing the soundtrack to your evening.
Frankfurt’s well known for its house and techno music scene, and it’s been the birthplace of several big-name German DJs. A big collection of nightclubs pump out music from dusk until dawn every night of the week.
The history of the frankfurter is somewhat disputed, but ask any local in Frankfurt and they’ll assure you that this sausage made its tracks in the city. This super-seasoned sausage is traditionally served up in a bun with a hearty helping of horseradish and mustard.
The Frankfurter Kranz is one of the city’s staples on the dessert scene, and it can be found in bakeries right across the city. This triple-layered showstopper is filled with buttercream icing and strawberry or cherry jam. It’s topped off with an extra helping of icing and sprinkled with caramelised nuts and cherries.
Schofferhofer Weizenbier is an Oktoberfest favourite, and a big-hit all year round. This beer comes with a striking orange colour and a banana-like aroma. It’s brewed in Bavarian tradition using wheat malt in the city.
This traditional dish appears on menus right around the city. Green sauce is made up of sour cream, boiled eggs and spices and herbs. And, it’s served up with potatoes and boiled eggs.
Apple wine has continuously taken the crown as Frankfurt’s favourite beverage for over 250 years. It’s served in pubs, and dedicated apple wine bars right across the city. This sour-tasting beverage is best served chilled from a traditional stoneware jug.
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