Famed as the country's financial heartland, Germany's fifth-largest city blends futuristic designs with tradition, providing you with a wealth of options to keep you entertained. bundesliga.com has some helpful tips on the whistlestop essentials...
Not to be confused with Frankfurt an der Oder, a town on the German-Polish border, Frankfurt am Main (on the river Main) is the largest city in the federal state of Hessen. Situated near the country's centre, it is a hub of Germany's road network, lying on the point where the Cologne-Würzburg route from west to southeast and the Hanover-Basel route from north to south meet. Frankfurt is also home to Germany's largest international airport.
Frankfurt is most closely associated with finance. It was ranked as the world's eighth most powerful city by the Global Financial Centres Index 2013, is mainland Europe's largest financial centre and in 2010 was home to some 63 national banks. The city has plenty else to keep you busy, though, such as the St Bartholomeus' Cathedral with its 95 metre-high church tower and St Paul’s church, where Germany's first democratically elected parliament was seated in 1848.
You can work up an appetite before the main event with a trip to the jam-packed museum district, which has exhibitions detailing everything from art and architecture to science and celebrity culture. Accessible by underground or tram, the Museumsufer is also a great spot for an afternoon walk along the Main riverbank. Why not also check out any one of Frankfurt’s fabulous green spaces, such as Grüneburgpark and the Stadtwald (pictured), Germany’s largest inner-city forest.
Located in the south of the city, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena can be reached using S-Bahn lines S7, S8 and S9. From the main station (Hauptbahnhof) take line S8 or S9 in the direction of Mainz or Wiesbaden, or line S7 towards Goddellau, and get off at Stadion. On Matchdays, Trams 20 and 21 also leave the main station for Stadion at regular intervals. It really is that simple to find your seat among some of Germany's most passionate, vocal and dedicated fans.
If you've not had time to do so during the day, it's well worth climbing the Main Tower when night descends on the city for some amazing urban views. The Bornheim district has an array of lively cafes and eateries where you can sample the region's Apfelwein (cider), but there are also pubs, clubs and bars galore to occupy yourself when the sun sets over the Main. For a short city break, Frankfurt has it all.