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12 Apr 2019

Lisa’s Favorite Spots in Frankfurt: What To Do After IMEX Hours

By Lisa-Valerie Hörth

Even though I was born and raised in Frankfurt, I love to see the city’s skyline from the Autobahn – it gives me goosebumps every time. The view is breathtaking.

Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. It is Germany’s fifth largest city yet it is small and compact. Downtown, everything is walkable while its public transportation system easily gets visitors from one side to the other. Frankfurt is the business and finance capital of Germany with some of Germany’s tallest buildings – while also home to some of its finest museums and neighborhoods that are centuries old. You can walk in the heart of a bustling metropolis during the day and enjoy the tranquility while strolling along the Main River in the evening.

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© #visitfrankfurt, Holger Ullmann

Frankfurt is multicultural, with people from more than 180 nations living together peacefully, talking in so many different languages. Even our soccer team, Eintracht Frankfurt, which plays in the Europe League, has players from more than 17 nations, which is unique in the Bundesliga, the country’s primary soccer league.

Here are some suggestions of places to visit and things to do in the evening, after the IMEX show closes for the night.

Five Things To Do 

1. Get around for free before or after IMEX. The Frankfurt Convention Bureau is sponsoring the Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour from May 18-20 and May 24-26 – the IMEX show days are excluded – and it is free to all registered participants and exhibitors of IMEX Frankfurt 2019.

From the blue double-decker buses, IMEX attendees can discover interesting aspects of the city along 14 different bus stops. The tour commentary is available via headsets in German, English, and 10 other languages.

2. Walk along the river. When I take out-of-town friends around the city, we will walk along the Main River and continue our stroll to the Kleinmarkthalle, an indoor market hall that is a culinary paradise with almost 160 market stalls. Do not miss the terrace on the second level with a good glass of wine by the family-owned local winery. If you are hungry after the lovely journey, you have to try the famous Fleischwurst (pork sausages) from the Schreiber butcher.

3. After that, we visit our famous shopping area, the Zeil, and take some pictures at the Old Opera House.

4. We always have dinner at an apple wine tavern in Sachsenhausen, a popular district known for its nightlife and for our apple wine. My friends have to try apple wine. (But they are allowed to mix it with water or lemonade.) Then we order some Handkäs (a regional sour milk cheese), green sauce and different kinds of sausages, including the original Frankfurters.

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© #visitfrankfurt, Holger Ullmann

5.  Definitely visit our old town and our new old town around the Roemerberg. This is a recently opened section that offers a glimpse back in time through half-timbered buildings recreated according to original blueprints. It features small shops, taverns, restaurants and plazas. Here you should enjoy a coffee and a piece of cake in a lovely Café. 

Vistas

There’s plenty to see in Frankfurt.

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© #visitfrankfurt, Holger Ullmann

The view from the Main Tower is just breathtaking.

At the Frankfurt Cathedral, kings were crowned and emperors elected. From here you have a beautiful view (entrance is free). 

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© #visitfrankfurt, Holger Ullmann

Frankfurt has several roof top terraces open during the summer. There’s Long Island Summer Lounge (on the top of a parking garage, which makes parking easy enough) or the Citybeach, which offers two pools. Both venues offer spectacular views of the skyline.

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© #visitfrankfurt, Holger Ullmann

What to Eat 

There are many great restaurants to choose from around Frankfurt, that it makes it difficult to answer the question of where to eat. But what to eat is a simpler matter, if you want to try local delicacies. 

The answer includes:

Green Sauce (Grüne Soße): Frankfurt Green Sauce is served cold over hard-boiled eggs and boiled potatoes. It is made from seven different kinds of herbs: borage, chervil, cress, parsley, salad burnet, sorrel and chives.

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© #visitfrankfurt, Holger Ullmann

 

 

Apple Wine (Ebbelwoi): True apple wine aficionados enjoy their apple wine pure; only in special circumstances will they take it mixed with sparkling mineral water. This "watered down" version, known as the "Sauergespritzter," is particularly popular amongst first-timers. A sweet version, called the "Süßgespritzter," also exists.

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© #visitfrankfurt, Holger Ullmann

 

 

Handkäs (hard cheese): Small round regional cheeses served marinated in oil, vinegar and chopped onions, served with bread and butter. Locally, this is called “Handkäse mit Musik" (hand cheese with music).

If you arrive before or are able to stay after IMEX Frankfurt, there’s so much to see, do and eat. For more information on meeting in Frankfurt, drop a line to the team at the Frankfurt Convention Bureau congress@infofrankfurt.de or visit www.meetfrankfurt.com.