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Rent a car in Frankfurt, Germany's commercial nexus and a striking city where old meets new. Frankfurt Airport is the busiest in Germany, with many business and pleasure travellers arriving every day. Walk among its traditional architecture and then head to the skyscrapers of Bankenviertel for spectacular panoramic views. With car hire in Frankfurt, you'll also be able to get out and explore the surrounding cities of Cologne, Mainz, Heidelberg, and more. Mixing glistening cities with classic smaller towns and sprawling forests, the wider state of Hesse is well worth seeing, and it's made easy when you rent a car in Frankfurt.

It's your choice: Where to go in Frankfurt

There are a number of excellent choices depending on where you stay in Frankfurt. The Innenstadt incorporates the Bankenviertel financial district of Frankfurt, and is a thoroughly modern part of town where you'll find plenty of high-end restaurants, bars, and shopping opportunities. The smart Westend quarter is another well-to-do part of Frankfurt, with the distinct Wilhelminian architectural style that brings to mind the grand boulevards of Paris. Bornheim has a vibrant air to it, with a thoroughly cosmopolitan atmosphere in its buzzing bars and cafés. Sachsenhausen is south of the river and is one of the most traditional parts of the city. It features cobbled streets with authentic Frankfurt restaurants and splendid views of the towering Bankenviertel skyline across the river. A look at a Frankfurt map will show you that all of these districts are centrally located.

Things to do in Frankfurt

For a picture-perfect moment, head up the Main Tower, a 56-story skyscraper that's one of the most recognisable in the city. There's an art gallery on the ground floor and a fantastic restaurant up high. Here, dine with the lights of Frankfurt below you in an elegant setting. The Dom, or Cathedral, was built in the 14th century in Gothic style and is a distinct feature of the skyline. Cultural spots include the Architecture Museum. It showcases the brilliance of German engineering and design, helping you understand how an impressive city like Frankfurt came to be. Museum Giersch is also well worth a visit. It showcases mixed art exhibits on everything from fine art and photography, to sculpture and graphics. Collectively, these sights give a superb overview of Frankfurt's history and modern character. If visiting for business, the Frankfurt Messe is the main trade fair, and the world's largest.

Important info about Frankfurt

Temperatures vary greatly throughout the year. While high summer sees the thermometer hit highs of around 26°, in the middle of winter it's frequently around freezing. Spring and autumn offer a great balance of pleasant weather and smaller crowds for attractions than the summer. That said, the atmosphere around Christmas is truly magnetic. The Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the biggest in Germany, and in a country that gave the world so many festive traditions, visiting it is a truly unforgettable experience. The food is hearty and satisfying throughout the year. Indeed, the cuisine of the Hesse state takes influences from Bavaria and the Rhein. These include dishes such as Ahle wurst, a delicious smoked Frankfurt sausage, and Bethmännchen cakes, which are an almond-flavoured festive treat. Frankfurt is a cosmopolitan city that makes for excellent holidays no matter when you visit.

Weather in Frankfurt
Country Germany
Language German
Currency Euro
Time-Zones Central European Time
Country Code +49

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Your flight to Frankfurt is just the first step of your German driving adventure. When you rent a car in Frankfurt, the driving conditions couldn't be better. These include the well-maintained city roads and Autobahns, where there are no tolls for private cars. You'll need to keep your driving licence, passport or national ID, proof of insurance, and rental documents on you in the car. For safety, reflective jackets, a warning triangle, a first aid kit, and headlamp beam deflectors are necessary when driving in Germany. The country uses stop signs at which you need to yield and give way. Seatbelts are mandatory for drivers and passengers. Speed limits of 50kph exist in built-up areas and 100kph on other roads, and recommended at 130kph on the Autobahn. Always take note of any signage for exceptions.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Frankfurt

The advantage of renting a car in Frankfurt is the ability to get out and see more of the nature and cities of the greater region. Frankfurt is a large city where you can spend plenty of time exploring the city and also doing some day trips. Visit Cologne's famous twin-spired cathedral, and soak up the city's relaxed and liberal vibe at its bars and clubs if staying overnight. Mainz is often regarded as one of the best-preserved traditional cities of Germany, featuring its splendid Romanesque Dom St. Martin Cathedral, contrasted with the modern 1970s-era City Hall. Heidelberg is a deeply traditional university town, with a glimmering historic skyline when viewed across the river at night. The urban Frankfurt City Forest is an accessible haven for nature lovers in town. Slightly further afield, the Langener Waldsee is a huge, gorgeous lake close to Frankfurt. All of these destinations are within about an hour's drive of the city.

What to bring to your friends from Frankfurt

You'll have no problem finding fabulous souvenirs during your stay in Frankfurt. If visiting in December, the Christmas Market is an obvious place for presents. Cookies, wine, and crafted goods including toys and clothing are all top options. At any time of year, you'll find an abundance of souvenir shops, or head to local boutiques for something more special. Bembels are a special type of ceramic pitcher for pouring wine that can make a great addition to any home. The city also has a historic connection with leather making, so bags, gloves, and other pieces are ideal locally-made gifts.