There has been a Christmas market in Frankfurt for over 600 years. Full of history and traditions the Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of Germany’s oldest and most popular Christmas markets in Europe.
In fact the Frankfurt Christmas Market is so good and beautiful that every year a smaller sibling version takes place in the UK cities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh, which is probably one contributing factor why the German Christmas Markets have grown so much in international popularity, over the last few years.
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For visitors from outside Germany the Frankfurt Christmas Market couldn’t be easier to get to or have a better location as it is only 15 minutes away from Germany’s largest airport and there's an endless variety of luxury and affordable hotels in Frankfurt to choose from.
As soon as you catch your first glimpse of the Frankfurt Christmas Market you will not be able to resist all the beautiful temptations.
Take a stroll across the market and you will enjoy a wonderful aroma of baked apples, roasted nuts, gingerbread and mulled wine - quite a contrast to the ever-present Frankfurt Skyline in the background!
Its scenery of beautifully decorated stalls, the historical backdrop of the Römerberg market place, St Paul’s church and the gigantic Christmas tree all contribute to an unforgetable experience.
The Frankfurt Christmas Market takes place on the Römerberg square, Paulsplatz and Mainkai quay, 200 stalls offer arts, crafts and seasonal food and drink. A wide range of entertainment around the 30-metre high Christmas tree includes concerts, trumpet fanfares from the balcony of St. Nicholas's Church and the church carillon. You can discover the inside secrets and hidden delights of Frankfurt's Christmas market on a guided themed tour around glühwein, seasonal stories and delicious baked goods. Just ask at the local Frankfurt Tourist Office fordetails.
As the seat of the European Central Bank and venue of more than 30 trade fairs per year, the city commands centre stage of the world’s finance and economic markets.
Frankfurt has always played an important role in European history. A number of historical buildings have remained to document this fact: the cathedral, where German kings were once elected, St. Paul’s Church, seat of the first German National Assembly or the Goethe House, birthplace of one of Germany’s favourite sons and poets.
Frankfurt truly is the city on the Main. There are rivers in other cities, of course, but few are as dominant as in Frankfurt. The bridges
spanning the Main are attractions in themselves, each one different in architecture and character. And choosing on which of the two footbridges to cross the river is
almost a question of attitude.
Frankfurt's Römer town hall is one of the most beautiful historical
town halls in Germany and has been the seat of local government for
more than 600 years. Both its exterior, a reconstructed triple-gabled
facade in the neo-Gothic style with many decorative elements, and
the imperial hall inside are well worth seeing. Römerberg square in
the heart of Frankfurt's old quarter dates back to the Hohenstaufen
period. It enjoyed its heyday in the late Middle Ages when it was the
scene of Frankfurt's trade fairs and great ceremonies such as the
coronations of German emperors.
Frankfurt's friendliest corner is
Sachsenhausen located just across the river Main, her you can experience sightseeing at its best with a tour on the
Ebbelwei Express, a colourful historical tram. With plenty of music,
pretzels and local cider, the party soon gets into full swing. Here in
Sachsenhausen, with its friendly atmosphere, narrow cobbled streets
and more than 100 traditional bars serving locally produced cider,
you'll quickly make new friends. The people of Frankfurt love nothing
more than to sit or stand side by side with visitors in the quaint bars
and traditional inns of Sachsenhausen's old quarter and put the
world to rights.
The spectacular MyZeil shopping centre, designed by Italian star
architect Massimiliano Fuksas, opened in 2009, it is a special
attraction, and not just for shoppers. The building's funnel-shaped
glass facade with its spiralling contours capturesthe eye and the
imagination of shoppers and passers-by. Covering eight floors, it has
stores selling leading international brands, a delicatessen, a wide
choice of restaurants, a major electronics retailer – and Europe's
longest free-standing escalator, at 48 metres in length.
Rocco Forte Villa Kennedy
This outstanding 5-star hotel certainly belongs to the best hotels in Frankfurt and is located in the vicinity of the city centre. The hotel has a really nice restaurant
Hotel Hessischer Hof
Great hotel with a charm of its own not some corporate clone. Attention to detail was fantastic both in terms of service and presentation.
Adina Apartment Hotel
Very impressed by the kitchenette and separate bedroom, very good value for such a central hotel. Excellent shower.
Great hotel, good spa. I would definitely go back. Breakfast and restaurant in the hotel were excellent.
Buy a one day German Rail Länder Ticket and you could explore all the Christmas Markets in the state of Hessen for one amazing price of:up to 5 people: €31single person: n/aUnlimited travel, one price, through out Hessen (see map above) for up to 5 people, 9 a.m. until 3 a.m. of the following day and on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 0a.m. until 3 a.m. Valid on all local trains (Interregio-Express, Regional-Express, Regionalbahn, S-Bahn). Prices quoted are for 2011 ticket machine purchases only.
Travelling to Frankfurt
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Sightseeing Cruise Located on both sides of the river Main, Frankfurt is Germany's fifth-largest city and houses the country's largest number of skyscrapers. Discover Frankfurt's impressive skyline and historical sights
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