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Germany

Frankfurt

About

As Germany's financial center, Frankfurt is a common business travel destination. However, tourists will also find this city on the Main River enchanting. The skyline of "Mainhattan" shows off the modern side of the metropolis, but visitors do not have to search far to find history in the city. Travelers can visit the Church of St. Bartholomew, also known as the Imperial Cathedral, where Holy Roman emperors were chosen and crowned for centuries. The historic Romerberg square hosts many outdoor festivals, including the popular Christmas Market in November and December. And those looking for fun will certainly find it in one of the Sachsenhausen district's restaurants, live music venues, or bars. Flights to Frankfurt land at continental Europe's largest airport, Frankfurt International Airport. Rail travel is a major form of transportation in Germany, and the city's train station is the busiest in the nation.

When To Go

With a temperate climate and major events throughout the year, Frankfurt is a city for all seasons. The most popular time to go is during the summer, when schools are on vacation and the weather is at its warmest. November and December are also busy times to go, when the Christmas Market lights up the city and enchants visitors. The least popular time is in the late winter when temperatures drop and there are fewer events. Spring and fall can be ideal times to visit the city, as there are fewer crowds and lower prices, but trade shows can cause a high visitor demand.

high season: June to August, mid-November to December
low season: January to March
shoulder season: September to mid--November, April to May

Weather Information

Frankfurt experiences four seasons, characterized by a temperate continental climate. Summers can be warm, with occasional showers and high temperatures in the 70s. Spring and fall see temperatures between the 40s and the 60s. Winters can get cold, with a chance of violent storms and highs dropping into the 30s.

Crowd Information

Frankfurt gets busy during major events such as the Museum Embankment Festival (in German only) in August, the Rheingau Wine Festival in August and September, and the Christmas Market at the end of November through December. Trade shows are also quite popular in Frankfurt, and many attract large crowds, including IMEX in May, the International Motor Show (IAA) in September, and the Frankfurt Book Fair in October.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year. However, some shops may close during holidays such as Easter and Christmas.

When to Save

The more expensive times to visit are during major trade shows, when hotel rooms are in high demand. Specials and discounts are available for weekend travel.