Frankurt (am Main) in Germany is one of those places that I consider a hidden gem for entertaining weekend trips.
Located in a country that is full of history and tradition, Frankfurt is one of the few cities in Europe that mixes historical architecture with a modern and everchanging skyline. The food and nightlife are rather decent, if you know where to go. The shopping is excellent (try the ‘Zeil’ area!) and especially the banks of the river Main provide plenty of spectacular views.
The Frankfurt Exhibition Center (Frankfurter Messe) is one of the biggest in its kind and the Frankfurt airport is the third largest of Europe! On top of that, Frankfurt has a rather favourable climate during its relatively long summers; not too hot, and certainly not too rainy!
Unfortunately, Frankfurt has a bit of a sleezy reputation, and to some extend for good reason, if I may say so.
And it’s mostly because of its not so classy red light district that has been known as a center of crime for many years. The problem with this area that it’s a bit hard to avoid. The red light district is located between the central railway station (Hauptbahnhof) and the financial and shopping districts. So chances are you will end up there sooner or later, even if you had no intention of being there.
But other than that, Frankfurt am Main is a wonderful place to visit and to stroll around for a few days. Spend some money in the great MyZeil shopping mall, have lunch in one the many Sushi bars and if possible, visit the amazing Frankfurter Messe during one of the big international fairs, such as the International Car Exhibition (IAA).