Fly To Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt has an eclectic mix of modern high rise buildings, underground beer caves, high-end shopping and a range of museums. Then there’s Frankfurt’s world-class zoo, the Stock Exchange and an Old Jewish Cemetery.
With such a wide choice of things to do and see, Frankfurt is the city to visit for a full-on trip packed with many wonders to discover, so have Travelstart give you a helping hand to finally make it there!
Why visit Frankfurt?
- Lively nightlife rivalling the best party destinations in the world!
- Despite common perceptions, Frankfurt is not just about banks. The Römer, the captivating medieval German building in the Old Town in the heart of the city, proves this!
- Large number of art galleries and museums will keep you busy for days on end!
The weather is at its best in the summer months, although temperatures can soar to the high 30’s. It can get really busy during the Rheingau Wine Festival which takes part in early September and during the Museum Embankment festival at the end of August.
Christmas is also a very popular time to see the city as there are Christmas markets lining the streets from mid-November to the end of December. Choose to visit Frankfurt in the winter and you can pick up all your Christmas gifts and enjoy this beautiful place at the same time.
The locals speak German, but most people can speak English as well. Useful German words to know include:
- Thank you
- Good morning
- “Guten Morgen”
- I’m a vegetarian!
- “Ich bin Vegetarier!”
- Due to Frankfurt’s impressive skyline, it has been dubbed ‘Mainhattan’, a play on the River Main, on which Frankfurt lies, and New York’s Manhattan.
- The currency is the euro - the European Central Bank is actually located in Frankfurt and is worth a visit too.
- Frankfurt has the third largest airport in Europe, seeing a whopping 56 million passengers pass through each year.
The historical old square, Frankfurter Römer, is lined with traditional German buildings and offers a perfect photo opportunity. Next to see is the Staedel Museum- opened in 1815 this is an impressive art gallery.
You can’t leave Frankfurt without stopping by the Stock Exchange and taking in the Bull and Bear statues. And then there is the famous fair ground, the ornate opera house and the river Main to take in as well.
There are a number of cathedrals, such as St Bartholomew’s, and the Jewish Cemetery has gravestones dated from the 13th Century.
Food of every kind can be enjoyed here; just ask if you have special dietary needs. There are restaurants offering food from around the world, fast food joints, bakeries, groceries and markets to choose from, so there is something for everyone here. Don't forget to taste the famous Frankfürter Grüne Soße (Frankfurt green sauce) - a cream-based sauce with a blend of 7 herbs.
German has freedom of religion and there will be all kinds of places of worship in Frankfurt. As a traditionally Christian society, church services are held on Sundays.
The German culture is much like the rest of Western Europe. As long as you treat people the way you would want to be treated yourself, you should get along with the locals well. The drinking age is 16 and it is legal to do so in public, so don't be surprised if you see people walking with beers in their hands at night!
There are no health risks associated with visiting Germany as they have excellent health care facilities, mild weather and top-class sanitation. Frankfurt has a relatively high level of crime, but as long as you stick to the tourists paths, there should not be any issues.
A Nigerian Passport with a minimum period validity of 6 months beyond the intended period of stay is needed at the time of travel.
A Tourist Visa is required for Nigerians and can be obtained at German embassy 15, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The city centre is easily covered on foot but if you need to get places fast then the RMV, Frankfurt’s public transport system, is a breeze. The network of trains, trams and buses cover greater Frankfurt and provide a safe and affordable way to get around. If you’re staying longer then get a Frankfurt Card which entitles you to unlimited transport throughout the city.
Frankfurt International Airport - FRA
Frankfurt Airport (code FRA), located 12km southwest of the city centre, is the busiest airport in Germany and most likely where you’ll land on flights from South Africa. The airport is also a hub for Lufthansa Airlines – the German national carrier. If you find yourself on an extended layover in Frankfurt then there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
Getting to town from the airport is easy with an efficient network of trains, buses and taxis operating directly from Frankfurt International Airport. Terminal 1B is where you’ll find the SAA check in counters.
Flights to Frankfurt
What more inspiration do you need to visit this modern European city? Travel to Frankfurt from South Africa is easy with direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Frankfurt also offers convenient transfers to other European cities making it a popular transfer destination for South Africans travelling to Europe. Travelstart offers cheap flights to Frankfurt throughout the year. The booking engine is set for flights from Cape Town to Frankfurt, however, it’s easy to edit if you’re looking to book from other South African cities.
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