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Although most international flights to Germany arrive in Frankfurt (pop. 647,200), don’t take that to mean that this is one of the country’s main cities of interest. Its emphasis on banking and commerce has resulted in such nicknames as Bankfurt or Mainhattan. Its reputation, however, as one of the dullest large cities in the country is misleading: It has serious drug problems, and it has one of the country’s highest crime rates. In all fairness, the city has plenty of cultural offerings, and nightlife, particularly during big trade shows, can be vibrant. But unless you’re staying in Germany for at least 25 days, or you’re visiting one of its trade shows or conferences, don’t plan more than one night there. It’s important for all travelers to keep in mind that when a big show is in town it’s virtually impossible to get hotel space—sometimes, the closest you can get is Dusseldorf! As a result, prebook hotels there as far in advance as possible, especially if Frankfurt is your gateway and you want to stay there the night before your departure. Rhine River Day Cruise

The downtown pedestrian mall has some interesting shops, colorful fruit stands and great bakeries. Among the buildings of historical significance are Katherinenkirche (where Goethe was christened), the Hauptwache (a coffeehouse built in 1730) and the Opera House (attend a performance if possible). Roam the area around the Romer Square, which has several 15th- and 16th-century Gothic buildings. If time permits and the weather’s nice, visit the 400-ft/122-m Henninger Tower on Sachsenhauser Hill (for the view), the Frankfurt Zoo (one of the finest in Europe) and the Palmengarten (with the largest collection of tropical plants and flowers in Germany).

There are plenty of museums in the city to explore: the Historisches Museum (German historical displays), the Goethe House and Museum (reconstructed after the war), Museum fur Kunsthandwerk (arts and crafts of Germany), the Stadel (Flemish and German art) and the Naturmuseum Senckenberg (natural history). Look for signs on posts and kiosks telling what’s on display at some of the smaller galleries and what concerts are being held. If you like fleamarkets, you should try the Saturday market held along the south bank of the river. Some of the city’s best nightlife can be found in Sachsenhausen—while you’re there, try the traditional apple wine.

Even though it sounds like there’s a lot to do, we still recommend a very short stay because most of what Frankfurt offers is similar to (and often not as nice as) attractions in other parts of Germany. If you’re interested in seeing some of the surrounding towns, try Kronberg to see a typical German village with castles and half-timbered houses, and Mainz, where Gutenberg was born (and where there’s a Museum of Printing, which displays a Gutenberg Bible). We recommend using the town of Wiesbaden, an old-fashioned resort on the Rhine River, as your base, rather than staying in Frankfurt. 75 mi/120 km southeast of Bonn.

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