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Project Expat
  • Project Expat
  • Oct 21, 2021

Frankfurt or as it is also called Mainhattan

If you’re an expat who has recently moved to Frankfurt, or are planning to do so in the near future, then you’re in the right place. In this comprehensive Frankfurt city guide, we’ll take you on a journey through some of the city’s most exciting and noteworthy sights and experiences. From hidden gems to popular tourist destinations, this guide will help you explore all that Frankfurt has to offer, and make the most of your time in this thriving city.

Frankfurt, also known as Mainhattan, is a city in Germany. It is the fifth-largest city in the country, and home to many financial institutions. In this city you can find history, art, tradition as well as a multicultural society. At the same time, Frankfurt is one of the most underestimated cities when it comes to quality of life and variety. As the only German city, Frankfurt is one of the Alpha cities. That Frankfurt is a banking city has tradition. Around 250 years ago, the Rothschild Bank – one of the biggest banks ever – was founded here.

Frankfurt is known for its skyline, which is why it’s often called “Mainhattan.” The best view of the city can be enjoyed from the Main Tower. The most skyscrapers in Germany are located here 14 of 15 nationwide.

More than just banks

But the city has more to offer than just banks and the stock exchange. The greatest German writer “Goethe” was born here and the Paulskirche was the place the first German parliament took place in 1848. The almost capital, is a combination of modernity with history. The beautiful old town around the city hall Römer, which was destroyed in the 2nd World War, has now been completely rebuilt. 35 half-timbered houses were restored using old wood from the period.It lasted from 2009 until 2018.

But besides the history, you have to realize that Frankfurt also has a lot of modern things to offer.  Frankfurt’s trade fairs are world-renowned, be it the IAA or the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest in the world. This city manages to combine modernity with tradition. For strangers or new residents, Frankfurt often seems like a cold city at first glance, because of its skyscrapers but has many cosy little places which make life comfortable.

The Main River shapes the entire cityscape. If you cross it at some points over the numerous bridges, you come to the so-called south bank, meeting place for young people and students. In addition to cheap street food, you will find meadows that invite you to linger. The south bank of the river is also called Museumsufer because of the numerous museums and galleries located there.

Must visits

Here we must emphasize the Städel Museum, which presents art from 700 years. Afterwards, you can refresh yourself at Cafe Mendez, a place run by the Frankfurter Kunstverein, which stands out for its uniqueness. another interesting part of the city is the Osthafen. At the foot of the ECB building, a huge amusement park has been built where you can relax, but also do a lot of sports. Other interesting districts that characterize the image of the city are the Bahnhofsviertel and Sachsenhausen

Sachsenhausen is the city’s nightlife district, while the Bahnhofsviertel is now dominated by the modern and diverse area. Numerous restaurants, bars and clubs determine the image of the affluent district. A small part in Sachsenhausen around the Brückenstraße is the the place where young families live and on can find small interesting and unique shops which offer for example small but fine manufactory products. For Immigrants who are looking for an apartment there is an extraordinary place to check in.

For Architecture Lovers

The Libertine Lindenberg is a special hotel in Sachsenhausen. The hotel is oriented towards the German singer Udo Lindenberg, who has lived there for more than 20 years. So it offers guests the possibility to check in and live there for a longer period of time besides a normal overnight stay.

Besides these quarters there are many places which make Frankfurt special. At the Emperor’s Market, you can find local vegetable stands as well as international specialties. Many of the stands offer the famous “Grii Soas” (Green Sauce). It is eaten with potatoes and egg, and consists of 7 specified herbs. Not far away is the Kleinmarkthalle (small market hall), where 60 vendors offer food, wine and the famous “Ebbelwoi” (apple wine). The hall is one of the meeting places in Frankfurt.

Of course, Frankfurt has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing. It would lead too far to list them all here. You can find most of them on the Internet, where you can find the most important and interesting information. We want to name here, the most important for us. Everyone who visits Frankfurt or decides to live there will gradually find the ones that fascinate him/her.


The old town around the Römer

The smallest part of the city is full of cafes and restaurants. Through the reconstruction of the east line on the Römerberg, typical representatives of half-timbered architecture were rebuilt, which characterizes the neighbourhood and makes it unique.

You should also visit Saalgasse. A whole street was built there with houses modelled after 80s architecture. Each house was designed by a different architect. In addition, there are numerous museums here that have something to offer for almost every taste.

The Goethe House

Perhaps the most important German writer was born and spent his childhood there. At the same time, the building conveys a sense of life in the 18th century.

The Städel Museum

This museum offers art from 700 years. Anyone who is enthusiastic about the old masters or modern art will find what they are looking for there and can devote hours to the extraordinary works.

The Main Tower

This skyscraper is virtually a MUST see. From there you can enjoy the view over the skyline of Frankfurt as well as the view of the Taunus. Who wants to get an overview of the city must go there.

Of course, there are numerous other attractions. Like the Paulskirche, where the first German parliament met in 1848. The zoo impresses with its diversity. The imperial cathedral is also worth a visit as well as the Museumsufer. As you can see, Frankfurt has something to offer for every visitor, you just have to set out to explore the city.

Like in every bigger city in Germany you will find all Kinds of international and traditional restaurants all over town. Ebbelwoi Unser stands for traditional, local cuisine that is based on the recipes of grandmothers. You can find numerous recipes with green sauce but also other delicacies.

Nionryori Ken is known for its upscale Japanese cuisine. There you can choose between a 10 and 8 course menu to indulge yourself. Furthermore you will find many Italian, African and Chinese Restaurants everywhere. I recommend to search in the internet before you make your choice.



So the alpha city of Frankfurt with all its contrasts captivates many people. If you think about moving there in order to work you can expect an international city which provides in all the above mentioned matters something for everybody. It is a good choice you probably won’t regret.

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I think that would be a great initiative and an added value service for expats like myself.


What a great idea to set up a website for English-speaking ex-pat's in Munich to help with everyday challenges.


I am looking forward to your services in the mentioned topics in the survey.


Sounds exciting and we would definitely use it for a myriad of reasons. Particularly as we are getting ready to move to Germering and require all of these services. Specifically, sometimes it is hard finding doctors who speak English. And both Cecilia and I work with auslanders who do not speak German, either (and would as well be interested).