Facts about frankfurt

Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Germany because of the Main River, its impressive skyline—unparalleled in Germany—and its financial district centered around the EZB (European Central Bank). With 750,000 inhabitants, it is the biggest city in the region of Hessen, but only the fifth biggest in Germany.

In contrast to the skyline, the old town is unexpectedly traditional and charming, featuring half-timbered buildings and nice historic facades. You can find cozy apple wine taverns serving hearty, traditional Frankfurt food such as the green sauce—a creamy herbs sauce—or the Äpplewoi—an herb apple cider.

Frankfurt was of great importance historically. It was here that theFederal Assembly of the German Confederation as well as the firstGerman parliament met with the National Assembly in the Paulskirche in 1848/49.

The City is also home to renowned museums and art galleries, such as SCHIRN Kunsthalle and Städel Museum. Those interested in literary history might check out Goethe-Haus, the birthplace and home of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, one of Germany’s most famous poets.

With more than forty percent of the city’s area covered by parks and landscape conservation areas, it is easy to take a little break from the hustle and bustle. On a sunny day, it’s worth joining one of the cruises on the Main River, which separates the city into two parts, and discovering Frankfurt from the water.

Frankfurt is located in the south-west of Germany within the Rhein- Main region and is close to the Nature Park Taunus, which is densely covered by coniferous forest. Characterized by its high peaks, low valleys, and breathtaking views, the park also contains numerous orchards.

CLIMATE

Frankfurt has a temperate-oceanic climate. The average daily temperature for June is around 18°C (64°F). The sun rises around 5:30am and sets around 9:30pm at this time of year.

CREDIT CARDS

Germany is still a cash-based society, but it’s working on it. It is always good to have some cash with you to be safe. While most restaurants and shops in the urban area accept credit cards, in smaller pubs you are likely to need cash. Mastercard and Visa are more common than Amex or Diners. In any case, there should be signs near the entrance saying which cards are accepted. Don’t worry if your card is not equipped with the “chip and PIN” system—you can still sign to complete payment.

CURRENCY

You can pay everywhere with euros. At the moment 1 EUR is worth 1.12 USD (July 2019). There are seven kind of notes, from 5 € to 500 €, and eight coins, from 0.01 € to 2 €. Please keep in mind that it is unusual to pay with 200 € and 500 € notes, and some sellers may not accept them.

Oanda Currency Converter

ATMs are located all around the city and are usually available 24/7. Unfortunately, they do not accept PINs with more than four digits. Another way to get cash is to change money with a commercial bank, for a charging fee. The only currency exchange office you will find is  “Reisebank“. It is usually located in bigger train stations or at airports.

VAT REFUND

Non-EU citizens may obtain VAT refunds for items purchased within the EU before leaving the country, at Frankfurt Airport.

ELECTRICITY

The electricity power supply in Germany is 220 Volt with a European standard plug.

LANGUAGE

The official language is German. English is spoken in touristy areas, for example around the congress center.

SHOPPING

Frankfurt is a metropolitan city and you should be able to find whatever you are looking for. But be aware that some of the shopping malls and small vendors close around 6pm.

TIPPING

In hotels, it is customary to leave some coins (~1€) for the cleaning staff. When you go to restaurants and bars, the bill will include a service charge. However, if you are satisfied with your meal, drinks, and/or service, it is customary to tip somewhere between 5-10 % of the invoice total. But tipping is done at your discretion.

Time zone

Frankfurt is located in the Central-European-Time-Zone (UTC +1). From March to October, Germany operates on daylight saving time (UTC +2).

VISA

You don’t need a visa if you are a citizen of the EU or one of the following countries: Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, or Luxembourg. To see whether citizens of your country require a visa, check the detailed list on the German Foreign Office’s website:
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/-/231148

If a visa is not required, you can stay up to 90 days. If you do need one, please apply on time to be safe.

Emeregency telephone numbers:

Police: 110
Fire Dept./ Ambulance: 112
In case of emergency, call either of these numbers using local landlines or mobile phone networks at any time. It is free of charge.