The full name of Frankfurt is Frankfurt am Main, which translates to 'Frankfurt on the Main River'. This river city has been ranked seventh in the world for quality of living and it’s also the home of the hot dog (the Frankfurter würstchen). Pork sausages have been served in rolls here as far back as the 13th century. For more need-to-know info before you go, here’s the nitty gritty on Frankfurt.
Along with a bunch of other European countries, Germany is party to the Schengen Convention. This means Australian passport holders can holiday in Frankfurt and stay for up 90 days within an 180-day period without a visa. Just make sure you have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport before you travel. Be aware that this info is only a guideline. For the latest information, get in touch with your local Embassy or Consulate of Germany.
Like most of Europe, Germany uses the Euro, which is super handy if you plan on travelling around the continent. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Euro changes constantly, so keep an eye on the exchange rate and purchase Euros when the rate is at its best. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.
The food in Frankfurt is as diverse as its population. In fact, some of the best restaurants here serve cuisines from all over the world. If you love Mediterranean cuisine, check out Greek Taverna in the Fressgasse part of Frankfurt. There’s also Vai Vai for Italian food lovers. This cool Italian bar and restaurant serves delicious cocktails and food like mama makes from an open kitchen. You can even try some of the best Mexican outside Mexico here at El Pacifico. But if you’re hankering for a German feast, get yourself down to Ebert’s Suppenstube or Apfelwein Solzer. Ebert’s is a small sausage and soup shop run by a family of butchers. You must try their schnitzel sandwich. Apfelwein Solzer is great if you want to really soak up the German atmosphere.
Let’s just start by saying there’s over 40,000 students in Frankfurt. So obviously, this city knows how to party. In the centre of town you’ll find trendy bars and cheap and cheerful pubs that attract local artists and students. You’ll notice the presence of students most in the Bockenheim area, which surrounds the university. The streets here are packed with cafes and bars, just screaming for a good night out any night of the week. Closer to the centre of town, the Salzhaus attracts a cocktail-drinking crowd and just around the corner in Kaiserstrasse, things get a little naughtier in the Red Light District. If you fancy a more casual night out, head north. In Bornheim, you’ll find plenty of beer gardens. Oh, and make sure you try the local cider-like drink, ebbelwoi – some of the best places to try it are around the Affentoplatz in Sachsenhausen.