Frankfurt am Main – financial city with a breathtaking skyline
Frankfurt am Main – one of the most important financial centers in Europe is located in the west of Germany. We only knew Frankfurt Airport so far. Although we live only 2 hours away from Frankfurt, we have never been able to explore the city. The local tourist office provided us the Frankfurt Card for 2 days, which allowed us to use public transport for free. Luckily we had those cards, otherwise we would have had to pay a lot for our wrong turns, because the local subway system is a little bit complicated. Maybe it was our fault, but we really got along much better in big cities like Shanghai or New York.
We stayed at the Hotel Innside Ostend for one night, a hotel of the Melia group. The location of the hotel is excellent, the city center is reachable by tram in about 15 minutes. The Innside Ostend is relatively new, the rooms are clean, well decorated and very inviting. It should be noted that this hotel offers 2 room categories: Innside Premium Room & Innside Room. The hotel offered us one night in an Innside Premium room as part of a cooperation. The hotel impresses with its modern design and professionalism. At least three languages are spoken at the reception, the staff is competent and super LGBTQ friendly. The rooms are spacious and offer a couch, a free minibar and a coffee machine. The hotel’s internal bar invites it’s guests for a delicious breakfast in the morning and turns into a chic, cozy bar for hotel guests and locals alike.
The hotel also offers its guests underground parking, which is a rarity in many large – city hotels these days.
The city itself …
We went to Frankfurt to visit the Christmas market. The Christmas market in Frankfurt is located through the entire old town and the scenes of Römerberg and Paulsplatz contribute to a very beautiful presentation.
Our aim was to find the best gluehwine in Frankfurt. According to various blogs, the best gluehwine can be found at “Glühwein Dealer”. Indeed, this gluehwine was the best one, compared to the other gluehwines in Frankfurt – but only in Frankfurt. Our personal favorite one is offered in small café in Trier, in front of the Christmas market, but this is another story.
Our personal highlight, however, was the Pink Christmas Market close to Friedrich Stoltze Platz, organized by the gay and lesbian community in Frankfurt. The LGBT Christmas market can be reached via public transport, stop Hauptwache. What is remarkable in Frankfurt is the fact that every Glühweinstand offers at least one wine with apple – seems to be a seasonal specialty on the Main.
The sights in Frankfurt are quickly visited.
In addition to the Römer (City Hall of the City of Frankfurt), St. Paul’s Church and of course the old town, the Eiserner Steg is one of our favorites. Built in 1868, the pedestrian bridge over the River Main is truly a tourist attraction and offers a wonderful view of both sides of the city. The bridge is full of various love locks, which is why it is a popular spot for couples in love.
Food & drinks
In addition to the food at the Christmas market, we also wanted to get to know the good restaurants in Frankfurt. After a long shopping trip on the Zeil we were very hungry and decided to try thai.
Dusseldorfer Str. 22
After countless reviews and blogs, we found a sweet restaurant called Toh Thong. A small but fine Thai restaurant, not far from the train station. This shop is truly an insider tip: the dishes are freshly prepared in the open kitchen. The nice waiter was very courteous and we spent a wonderful evening there. This is certainly the best place to eat Thai food in Frankfurt.
Unfortunately, we didn’t see much of the nightlife in Frankfurt since we were only there for one night. Nevertheless, we were frankly a little bit shocked by various drunken people in the subway or on the streets. We have never been in a city where the exaggeration of alcohol consumption was revealed. Maybe it was due to Christmas season, but some people in Frankfurt seemed to be very drunk in public.
In addition to our excellent hotel bar, we also tested a small place next to the Innside Ostend.
Hanauer Landstraße 83
This former bank it is a great place to celebrate and dine. Although we felt relatively underdressed with our hoodies and jeans, we were graciously served. The cocktails tasted amazing and the music was also totally our taste. The bar has a very chic impression, the audience is between 25-35 years and chic dressed. Named after one of the most famous bandits in the wild west, Jesse James is the right address for a leisurely Saturday night snack or drink.
Although we could not really identify ourselves with the city of Frankfurt, we still felt very comfortable as a same-sex couple. The people here seem to be very open and we got the impression that hotel is very LGBTQ friendly. Unfortunately, we could not find a lesbian bar, but as in many other cities they are unfortunately disappearing. For us, Frankfurt is not a really a city we would like to come back to, except perhaps for the annual CSD, even though the city has a good LGBTQ atmosphere. Overall, we are glad to have seen the city, but other German cites like. Hamburg, Trier or Cologne convinced us more.