MAIN ATTRACTION; Frankfurt Am Main Is a Cosmopolitan Delight, Full of International Flavours from Its Cuisine to Its Music and Shopping, Plus Lots of Culture and History to Enjoy

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MAIN ATTRACTION; Frankfurt Am Main Is a Cosmopolitan Delight, Full of International Flavours from Its Cuisine to Its Music and Shopping, Plus Lots of Culture and History to Enjoy


Byline: BRIDGET MCGROUTHER

Be frank Frankfurt am Main (commonly known as Frankfurt) has a couple of nicknames. One is Bankfurt as it's Europe's financial capital and the other is Mainhattan due to its spectacular skyscraper skyline. Art of glass The Main Tower was the first skyscraper in Europe with a facade made of glass and there are picturesque panoramas from the public viewing platform and restaurant. Nearby, the bronzes of a bull and bear in front of the Borse, Germany's main stock exchange, symbolise rising and falling markets.

Hip to be square The Romerberg is a magical medieval market square with the Justice Fountain at its heart. It stages the Main Festival in August with wine, fairground rides and fireworks as well as one of Germany's biggest Christmas Markets.

Wee gems The gold and silversmiths lived in the Romerhallen, the five houses whose fronts make up the classic facades. The Romer is Frankfurt's Rathaus (or town hall), and its silhouette with three gables and balcony is one of the city's famous landmarks. For whom the bell tolls 'As the bells tolled noon' is how Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (acclaimed writer and Frankfurt's famous son) describes his birth on August 28, 1749. Now the Goethe House and the Goethe Museum stand on the site of his birthplace. Apple of my eye Boat cruises or Ebbelwei Express tours are popular, perhaps because the latter include a bottle of Frankfurt's national drink - Ebbelwei, a flat cider.

America Holiday has seven nights room only Let Ripp Fressgass (nicknamed 'Glutton's Alley') is filled with cafes, restaurants and delicatessens selling traditional fare like Rippchen und Kraut (pork chop with green sauce, sauerkraut and curd cheese). Zoo are you Museumsufer, south of the River Main, is so-called because of the impressive museums and art galleries along the embankment. Built in 1858, Frankfurt has one of the oldest zoos in the world and is famous for its conservation policies. Zeal for Zeil On Zeil, Frankfurt's shopping mile, you're likely to be tempted to boost one of the highest retail turnovers in Europe. If jazz is more music to your ears, then visit the popular Jazzkeller, dating from 1952. Let's be Frank Fly direct from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main with Lufthansa (lufthansa.com). Ryanair (ryanair.com) also flies from Edinburgh to Frankfurt Hahn, from where it's a two-hour coach journey to Frankfurt city centre, 120km away. More details at www.frankfurt.de in 3.5-star Anabella Hotel Anaheim, Departures Majorca 3* Lagomonte, Alcudia, AI, 7 nights from Edinburgh, August 5, PS509pp. …

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