Frankfurt: Not All Business

While Frankfurt is Germany's business and financial centre, it is also a cultural and intellectual centre with museums, universities, and the famous Frankfurt Book Trade Fair. It was once home to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, for whom a top research university in Frankfurt is named. Unique restaurants featuring the local apple wine, boat rides on the Main river, and a reconstructed medieval square are some of the attractions of this generally cosmopolitan town nicknamed "bankfurt."

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Frankfurt's Climate and Events

Visit any time of year. Summers are warm at about 25°C, winters are wet and sometimes reach temperatures of minus 10°C. Dippemess, a large folk festival with shopping, food and music, draws crowds to the Rhine/Main area in March and April. The "fifth season," Carnival, takes place in February and March. Overall, Frankfurt is much more expensive than India with a basic meal costing about 10EUR.

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Advance Preparations, Travel Information

Indian citizens should secure a Schengen Visa to visit Frankfurt. There are two airports, Frankfurt/Main is easily accessible by public transport and near the city centre, while Frankfurt/Hahn is about two hours away and used more by budget air carriers with bus transport available to the city. The S8, S9 and RE80 trains connect Frankfurt/Main to the city centre in about 15 minutes for about 4.50EUR. Tickets are sold at vending machines - buy before boarding trains. Taxis typically take 20-30 minutes to make the journey from the airport to city.

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Getting a Room and Getting Around

Sharing a room in a hostel costs about 20EUR per person, hotels start about 50EUR per person. Frankfurt hosts major trade fairs when rooms are scarce: the Motor Show in September, and the Book Trade Fair in mid-October. Book very early for stays during these times.

Transit is plentiful: Frankfurt has trams, above ground trains, an underground system and buses. The Frankfurt Card pass includes discounts on museums and other attractions. Transit prices for the cheapest zone are about 7EUR for a day pass, 2.80EUR for a single ticket, and about 11EUR for a group ticket day pass for up to 5 people. Taxis are more expensive and often slower than the transit network.

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