Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Frankfurt

Fri Oct 8, 2010 4:32am EDT
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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 Frankfurt is ideal for an amble or a bicycle ride to appreciate its low-key lifestyle.

Reuters correspondents help you get the most out of a stay.


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, destroyed in 1944 and only reopened to the public in 1981. It no longer houses an opera company but regularly hosts concerts (see In winter, an ice rink in front of the opera is always fun to visit.

From here you can see the latest addition to Frankfurt skyline, the 170-meter OpernTurm designed by Christoph Maeckler, across the street.   Continued...

<p>Skyline is seen from the top of the Frankfurt cathedral September 12, 2010. The clock tower of the cathedral was open for the first time at an open house day after years of renovation. REUTERS/Wiebke Singer</p>