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 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 www.alteoper.de). 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...