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- Frankfurt takes its name from The Franks, Germanic people who, in the early medieval period established a large kingdom. The name of France shares this origin.
- With a population of almost 750,000 Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany. It is also one of the most metropolitan and modern cities of Europe, fourteen out of fifteen of Germany’s skyscrapers are located here.
- Frankfurt is a major world financial base. Located just 25 miles from the European Union’s geographic centre it is the main financial hub of the European mainland. Headquarters of several financial institutions are located here, along with a number of manufacturing and technology companies.
- The city boasts a stunning ‘Manhattan’ style skyline which sits contrastingly alongside the old town buildings such as The Römer (town hall). Many of Frankfurt’s oldest buildings were destroyed or damaged during the Second World War, some such as the cathedral have been restored or rebuilt in the years since.
Car Hire in Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Located less than 8 miles from the city, Frankfurt airport is one of the busiest in the world. With two terminals and four runways it serves over 60 million passengers each year. The airport serves as hub for Germany’s national carrier Lufthansa. The majority of intercontinental flights to and from Germany are via Frankfurt. There are direct routes into Frankfurt with many of the world’s major carriers, including British Airways, Swiss and KLM.
Several car hire companies are based at Frankfurt Airport and it is possible to hire a car on arrival, however it makes more sense to book your vehicle in advance. This makes sure you have the best choice of vehicle, takes away any stress at landing and usually saves money too. Enjoy is partnered with the world’s leading hire companies and our search tool will bring you all the best deals for the dates you need. Remember with Enjoy you’re always protected by our Fair Fuel Policy.
Hire costs vary throughout the year, and according to the type of vehicle you require. You should expect to pay around £14 per day for something small, such as a Toyota Aygo, and closer to £20 for a larger vehicle, such as a Skoda Ocatvia. Our partners at Frankfurt Airport include Enterprise, Alamo and Keddy.
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Guide to Frankfurt
A Brief History
In 843CE Frankfurt became the capital of East Francia. East and West Francia were separated not only by a geographic line but also by language, with the east being Germanic and the West being Latin. Eventually the differences would grow, becoming the Kingdom of Germany and West the Kingdom of France. By the 1370s Frankfurt was one of the major cities of the Holy Roman Empire.
In the following years the city continued to grow, with the building of great churches, palaces and gardens. It would also find itself with various titles such as the Grand Duchy of Frankfurt, an Imperial Free City as well as being occupied by the French on several occasions. In 1866 Frankfurt became part of Prussia, an important German state which exerted great military and political power across the region. The power of Prussia declined during the 1930s as the Nazis sought to create a centralised nation. Treaties and agreements by the Allies saw Prussia cease to exist after the Second World War.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, like many European cities, Frankfurt had to rebuild. What we see in the city today is a fantastic mix of ultra-modern steel and glass architecture alongside original and restored traditional German buildings. The city was reborn as the financial heart of Germany and the European mainland, but it would be shame only to associate it with this as it also boasts a massive cultural offering for residents and tourists alike.
Things to do and see in Frankfurt
Galleries and Museums
Frankfurt has dozens of fabulous museums and galleries to explore, including a Museum of Communication, Museum of Transportation and a Science Museum. There really is something in Frankfurt for all interests. Here are some of our favourites:
The Money Museum
Like London and New York, Frankfurt is famous for its financial sector. Take a fun and interactive deep dive into the world of money at this fantastic museum. This museum is presented by the Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank and is open Sunday – Friday 9am – 5pm, with free admission for everyone.
Address: Wilhelm-Epstein-Straße 14 60431 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone:+49 69 663073
The Anne Frank Educational Centre
Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt in 1929. The Anne Frank Educational Centre works with young people in the city, helping them develop their political education. There is a small but fascinating exhibition, open to all, highlighting key questions from Frank’s diary, such as “who am I?” Prepare to be inspired, challenged and moved by this exhibition. Admission is €5, as well as some concessionary prices available. It’s important to know this exhibition only opens to the public on Saturdays and Sundays.
Address: Hansaallee 150, 60320 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 69 5600020
The Städel Museum
Germany’s oldest museum foundation contains a massive art collection, spanning seven hundred years of European art history. Highlights of the permanent collection include works by Albrecht Dürer, Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon. Regular temporary exhibitions here bring in works by some of the world’s greatest artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh. The museum closed on Mondays but opens all for the rest of the week at 10am. There are special late hours on Thursdays and Fridays when the museum stays open until 9pm, instead of the usual 7pm. Ticket prices range from €14-18 for individuals with special offers available for families.
Address: Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 69 605098230
Botanical Gardens and Forests
Frankfurt is proud to call itself a Green City and it’s easy to see why. Not only does it boast three botanical gardens and several parks, it even has its own city forest. Be sure to visit something of these fantastic green spaces:
Frankfurt City Forest
Germany is synonymous with the forest, it is a key feature in the country’s literature, myth and legend. At 48 square kilometres this is the largest inner-city woodland in Germany and dates back to the 13th Century. It boasts several trails, play areas and ponds. There are literally thousands of benches and even several rest huts in case of the weather turning bad. The forest is especially possible with trail runners who love the proximity of this beautiful green being only a 17-minute drive from the city centre.
Address: 60528 Frankfurt, Germany
One of three in the city this botanical garden dates back to 1871 when it displayed the superb plant collection of the Duke of Nassau. Today visitors can explore an amazing array of plants from many of the world’s climates on a gentle stroll around this 22-hectare site. The garden also puts on regular activities and events so it’s worth checking out their timetable to take advantage of their special programme. Open 9am – 6pm in the summer and 9am – 4pm in the winter this is a wonderful place to visit whatever time of year you are in Frankfurt. Ticket prices vary, contact beforehand for latest information.
Address: Siesmayerstraße 61 60323 Frankfurt am Main - Westend-Süd
Phone: +40 69 237856
Church Towers and Skyscrapers
Whether you love the modern or the medieval, Frankfurt is a city with some spectacular views. Get the best vantage points by visiting the top of a church or a skyscraper for those perfect views.
The only one of Frankfurt’s skyscrapers regularly open to public visitors. This 659ft building was completed in 1999 and is Germany’s fourth tallest building. The tower boasts an impressive observation deck, restaurants and even fitness centres. All of the attractions within the tower have different hours of operation so check out the website for the latest information. Adult tickets costs €7.50 with some concessions available.
Cathedral of St Bartholomew
Technically the Church of St Bartholomew isn’t a cathedral, as it was never the church of a Bishop, but it is widely known as such. Several buildings have existed on the site of the church with the current structure completed in 1415. The church suffered major fire damage in 1867 and further destruction during the second world war, but sensitive restorations make it a must see for visitors to Frankfurt today. It is free to visit the church but there is a small charge to climb the 324 steps to the observation tower for spectacular views. Opening hours vary so be sure to call ahead.
Address: Domplatz 14 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 2970320
Places to Eat in Frankfurt
Serving the best sausages in Frankfurt Metzgerei Schreiber is a small take-away in the Kleinmarkthalle (small market). You’ll face queues of tourists and locals, but the wait will be worth it! Inexpensive, friendly and local, this is a must try in Frankfurt. While in this wonderful location be sure to check out some of the other venders, selling a wide range of produce, from flowers to wine. On weekdays the market opens 8am – 6pm and 8am – 4pm on Saturdays, it is closed on Sundays.
Address: Hasengasse 5-7, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 69 21233696
Adabina Ethiopian Restaurant
If you’re looking for some interesting world food in Frankfurt, look no further than one of the many African and Middle Eastern restaurants in the city. Adabina is a cosy, welcoming Ethiopian restaurant serving warm, filling and spicy cuisine. The menu is varied and includes salads, meat dishes and fish, but call in advance to find out about one of their buffets, which can be an opportunity to taste a little of everything.
Address: Allerheiligenstr.3, 60313 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 21990824
For a fine dining experience in Frankfurt be sure to visit this award-winning Michelin star restaurant. With a fantastic menu designed by chef Patrick Bittner and over 500 wines available, diners here will enjoy a night like no other. This is French-inspired food at its very best.
Address: Am Kaiserplatz 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 69 215118
FAQs about car hire in Frankfurt
How far is Frankfurt Airport from the city centre?
Frankfurt airport is located approximately 7.5 miles from the city centre.
How much is it to hire a small car in Frankfurt?
This depends on the time of year but would usually be between €14 and €18 per day. Use our search function to find the best deal for your dates.
Can I drive from Frankfurt to Cologne, Nuremburg and other cities?
Driving from one German city to another is a great way of seeing as much as possible of this spectacularly varied country. A journey from Frankfurt to Cologne should take around 2 hours via the A3. To Nuremburg you’d be looking at a journey of around 2 and a half hours on the A3 in the other direction. Stuttgart and Munich are other options in this wonderful region of Germany.
What are the must-see attractions in Frankfurt?
Is driving in Germany safe?
Driving in Germany is incredibly safe. The roads are maintained to a high standard and driving rules are enforced to be sure of the efficiency Germany is so famous for. Click here for more information on driving in Germany.
Can I hire a car in Frankfurt but return it to another location?
You can usually choose to pick up and drop off your car in different locations. Expect to pay a one-way charge. Explore our search tool to find the best deals available.
Which car hire companies operate at Frankfurt Airport?
Several companies operate in and around Frankfurt Airport, our local partners include Enterprise, Keddy and Alamo. Find all of them on our website.
What locations in Frankfurt can I get a hire car?
You can arrange to pick up your car in a wide range of locations around the city, including the airport, train station and downtown. Find the location to suit your needs on our search tool by writing Frankfurt, a drop down menu will show the pick-up and drop off options available.
What famous people come from Frankfurt?
Frankfurt is the birthplace of many famous people most notably Anne Frank. The poet and writer Johann Wolfgang van Goethe was also born here and you can still visit his house today.
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