Frankfurt will stage two 2023 NFL regular season games in November, including Patrick Mahomes' Kansas City Chiefs, the Super Bowl champions. - © DANIEL ROLAND/AFP via Getty Images
Frankfurt will stage two 2023 NFL regular season games in November, including Patrick Mahomes' Kansas City Chiefs, the Super Bowl champions. - © DANIEL ROLAND/AFP via Getty Images

NFL experience: when in Frankfurt ...


NFL football - not Bundesliga football - will take centre stage at Frankfurt's Deutsche Bank Park in November with Patrick Mahomes and the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs among those arriving in Main-hattan as Eintracht's home provides the stage for two 2023 NFL regular season games.

Frankfurt - a financial and cultural hub 

Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany, with a population of almost 2.5 million people in its urban area. Famed as the country's beating financial heart, there is plenty more to see and do once you've finished marvelling at the skyscrapers in the banking district.

For literary fiends, a visit to the Goethe House Museum – the former home of Frankfurt native and heavyweight German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – is a must, while the city centre and Römberberg square, which hosts the city's annual Christmas market, are another essential stop on any tour of the Hessian capital. Round your day off with a visit to the Palmengarten botanical gardens or a stroll along the banks of the River Main, taking in the historic monuments and buildings.

Eintracht Frankfurt fans flock to Deutsche Bank Park every home game. - Alex Grimm/Getty Images

The stadium

Deutsche Bank Park – as it’s been known since 2020 – is the home of Bundesliga team and European competition winners, Eintracht Frankfurt. It was built at on the site of Frankfurt's previous stadium – the Waldstadion, which had stood since 1925 – at a cost of €126 million between 2002 and 2005. The stadium has a capacity of 51,500 (9,300 standing).

As you might expect by now from a stadium in Germany, no detail is too small and it is kitted out with (among other features): a retractable roof, a 30-ton video cube that hangs over the centre circle and a rain-water recycling system that covers almost 100 per cent of water usage in the stadium's restrooms.

In addition to hosting football matches - including men's and women's internationals - Eintracht's home also regularly stages other major sporting and musical events. U2, The Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode and Bruce Springsteen have all played here, while heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his world title in 2010.

The impressive inside view of Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt. - Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

Getting there

Frankfurt is one of the most well-connected cities in Germany, a veritable transport hub of planes, trains, buses and trams that weave a web across every corner of the continent.

Frankfurt am Main Airport is Germany’s busiest, serving over 300 destinations across five continents, so it is easy to reach from wherever you are. And remember: once you arrive, there will be no shortage of reliable public transport to take you wherever you need to go, with Munich and Cologne both within two hours on high-speed train.

Getting to Deutsche Bank Park

If you're arriving on public transport, leave Frankfurt central station (Hauptbahnhof) on the overland trains S7 (to Goddelau-Erfelden), S8 and S9 (to Flughafen/airport or Wiesbaden) and head towards to 'Stadion'/stadium. Alternatively, you can take tram 21.

NFL fans are set to light up the impressive home of Eintracht Frankfurt. - Alex Grimm/Getty Images

If coming from the south (Südbahnhof), take bus 61 (towards Flughafen/airport) to the stop Stadion Osttribüne (Stadium east stand). For those coming directly from Frankfurt airport, use the overland trains S8 or S9 (to Frankfurt, Offenbach, Hanau) connect to Stadion/stadium.

If coming by car, take the A3 or A5 towards Frankfurt and then simply follow the road signs with a football symbol. From the city centre, take the river Main bridges towards the south, then take 'Kennedy Allee' until 'Oberforsthaus', where you can find stadium parking.

What to eat

What else but a Frankfurter, of course?! Blessed with a unique flavour due to being smoked at low temperatures, the Frankfurters - because normally you'll get two of them - should be eaten with bread, mustard and potato salad.

You can also get a plate of boiled potatoes and a boiled egg covered in Frankfurt's signature 'Green Sauce', which is made with a selection of herbs, while 'Der Frankfurter Kranz' - a biscuit-based cake, slathered in buttercream with almonds and cherries - is one for those with a sweet tooth.