Frankfurt Flights:

Flights to Frankfurt

image of FrankfurtFrankfurt is Germany’s fifth largest city, though is very important as a major transport hub particularly for flights going in and out of Europe. Therefore, finding a flight to Frankfurt is never a problem!

You can get a direct flight from South Africa to Frankfurt, leaving from Johannesburg with either South African Airways or with Germany’s national airline, Lufthansa. Alternatively you can fly via Madrid, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Addis Ababa with Iberia, Swiss, KLM, Air France, BA, Ethiopian and BMI.

If you’d rather catch a flight from Cape Town, there are also a couple of direct flights from here also with SAA and Lufthansa, or via fly Dubai with Emirates, or London Heathrow with British Airways.

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The Tourist Attractions of Frankfurt:

Frankfurt is officially called Frankfurt am Main because of its location on the River Main and is an important centre for business, being the financial capital of Europe. Large skyscrapers rub shoulders with old German architecture here, making for an interesting mix of places to visit!

As the economic capital of Europe it’s understandable that much of the tourism in Frankfurt is business tourism and particularly trade fairs and conferences. Frankfurt’s skyline looks more like that of a North American city with all its high rises, and there is only one of these that is actually open to visitors to the city: The Main Tower. This is highly recommended for a great view of the city and beyond. The viewing platform is at a height of 200 metres, and the entrance prices, including elevator ride, are quite reasonable!

Frankfurt has many museums, the majority of which are concentrated within one area, aptly named Museumsufer! There are a good variety to visit, depending on your tastes and likes, including Museum Giersch (Museum of Regional Historic Art & Culture), Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts), Deutsches Architektur Museum (German Architecture Museum) and Deutsches Filmmuseum (German Film Museum) amongst others. If you only have time to visit one museum, the Naturmuseum Senckenberg (Senckenberg Nature Museum) is recommended. This has natural history exhibits including dinosaur skeletons.

For a tour of the city, try the Ebbelwei Express. It’s a bit tacky and touristy but fun all the same! A special, rather colourful, tram takes you around the city whilst serving pretzels and apple wine. Their website is also good fun too!:

To enjoy Frankfurt’s more historical side visit Römerberg. This is a central square with the Römer (town hall) and other buildings from the 14th and 15th century and there are some nice shops in the vicinity as well as cafes and restaurants. Unfortunately the original buildings were destroyed during the war, so what you’ll see here is actually a replica, but it’s nice all the same!

Frankfurt also has many parks and open spaces. The Grueneburgpark is the largest and most popular of Frankfurt’s public parks and is a nice place to go to eat your lunch! Or the botanical gardens are pleasant too, these are called Palmengarten, meaning ‘palm garden’.

For a little culture, spend an evening at the opera! Performances at Oper Frankfurt are state subsidised so that they’re affordable for everyone and the productions are always of a high quality.

When Should You Visit?:

Frankfurt can get quite hot in the middle of the summer with temperatures reaching the mid 30’s C (95F), although summer showers are common so you’ll probably want to pack an umbrella or light rain coat!

The best time to visit is around late spring and early autumn, when temperatures are pleasant in the mid 20’s C (77F).

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