Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Frankfurt
By Wiebke Singer
FRANKFURT (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to spend in Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital?
The city, dubbed "Mainhattan" after the skyscrapers dominating the skyline and the river Main flowing through its center, offers history and culture in addition to modern monuments to finance.
Compact in size, Frankfurt is ideal for an amble or a bicycle ride to catch an appreciation of its low-key lifestyle.
Reuters correspondents help you get the most out of a stay in Frankfurt.
6 p.m. Start your early evening stroll through the city at the Opera square.
The Alte Oper was inaugurated by Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany in 1880. The building was completely destroyed in 1944 and only reopened to the public in 1981. It no longer houses an opera company but regularly hosts concerts (If you think of catching a show, see www.alteoper.de). In winter, an ice rink in front of the opera is always great fun to visit.
From here you can see the very latest addition to Frankfurt skyline, the 170 m OpernTurm designed by Christoph Maeckler, across the street. Stop at the ground floor for a recently opened Manufactum store (www.manufactum.de) for vintage design and homeware. Continued...