Finding festive tradition in Frankfurt
Travel guide14 November 2022
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A city divided between old and new, Frankfurt gives you the modernity of ‘Mainhatten’, wrapped up in a rich a cultural sphere of local charm, tradition and sparkling festivity. Take inspiration from Elke Sockeel’s winter adventure.
To do

No one does Christmas quite like the Germans, and Frankfurt’s Römerberg Square is perfectly placed for you to explore one of the country’s largest Christmas markets. It’s there you’ll tuck into the delicacies we know and love, such as hot apple wine and Bethmännchen cookies.

Of course, the markets and their twinkling lights are best explored at dusk, so pack with layering and comfort in mind, and tuck into as many hot baked goods as you can manage.

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Destination Christmas

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Insider secret

Rothenburg ob de Tauber, a two-hour drive from central Frankfurt, is Germany’s ‘Christmas capital’. Spend an afternoon visiting the world’s only Christmas Museum, Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Christmas village and the 500-year-old Reiterlesmarkt. Comfy footwear is a must – like this style from LLOYD.

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Top tip

Seeking festive charm? 30 miles out of the city will land you at Seehotel Nidernberg where, come winter, the hotel’s square transforms into a sparkling Christmas market. Fair Isle jumpers, like this Polo Ralph Lauren option, are a must.

To stay

Wander just north of Frankfurt’s River Main and you’ll find the contemporary ROOMERS hotel. Dressed in a relaxed noir aesthetic, the hotel’s top-floor spa is just the winter warmer you need, while its award-winning bar and pan-Asian restaurant, Burbank, offer a nice interlude from the festive feasting.

Ideal for culture-seekers and design-lovers alike, the hotel is within easy reach of the city’s coolest museums, theatres, markets and restaurants.

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A design-lovers dream, says @elkesockeel
To eat

Somewhat of a hidden gem, the MOMI café marries minimalist interiors with plenty of hearty options for breakfast and a menu of must-try traditional bakes (such as bratapfelkuchen – a baked apple cake), making it a Instagram-worthy brunch spot.

At night, venture towards the Nordend neighbourhood to find the intimate French restaurant, Blumen, where a delectable tasting menu is accompanied by an award-winning wine list. Meanwhile, the family-run Ginkgo is revered for its traditional German menu – after all, when in Germany…

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Seasonal specials await at Blumen

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Style tip

Dining at Blumen? With only a handful of tables in this snug restaurant, you’ll want to carry a practical yet compact cross-body bag, such as this leater option from Guess.

Foodies will love the refined, modern dishes at Blumen, made with local ingredients. The interior is so cosy, and the staff are so welcoming, it’s as if you’re dining in someone’s living room.

Elke Sockeel

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Style tip

Wrap up warm and stylishly in a cosy woollen coat like Elke’s. A friend of The Bicester Collection, she recommends a simple longline style like this one from Tommy Hilfiger, which you can throw over almost any outfit.

To see

Escape Frankfurt’s freezing temperatures inside the iconic Städel Museum. With a collection of art spanning more than 700 years, you’ll easily while away an afternoon browsing masterpieces from the likes of Picasso and Monet, as well as contemporary creatives, Yves Klein and Francis Bacon.

When you emerge into the evening light, take a quick meander over Frankfurt’s Iron Bridge for outstanding views of the city’s twinkling skyscrapers, Cathedral and St Paul’s Church.

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Städel Museum, a cultural hotspot
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To drink

No matter the weather, evening tipples are best enjoyed from a rooftop bar, accompanied by a warming glass of the region’s favourite spiced vermouth. Loved by the locals, the 22nd Lounge & Bar is one of the most exclusive bars in Frankfurt, hidden within the city’s towering skyscrapers.

Nearby Oben Restaurant & SkyBar on the 15th floor of Melià Frankfurt City is another fashionable spot, serving delicious twists on your old favourites.

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Take evening drinks to new heights

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Sandro

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Style tip

Take rooftop drinks to new heights in a pair of heels, like this pair from Sandro – a wardrobe essential this holiday season.

Heading out to a fancy restaurant and cocktail bar (there are many in Frankfurt!) calls for something refined: a silk blouse, tailored trousers and a pair of heels.

Elke Sockeel

Journalist & Content Creator

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Villeroy & Boch

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Shopping tip

‘Tis the season for sugar, spice and all-things nice. Infuse your Christmas celebrations with some new festive homeware, such as this from Villeroy & Boch. The Village even has a gift-wrapping service.

To shop

Sitting in the Tauber Valley, is Wertheim Village, where the festive cheer continues this Christmas. There are new boutiques from Maje and Zadig & Voltaire to shop and, when you’re not buying presents, another Christmas market to explore. Filled with foodie treats and with huts decorated by local emerging artists – Camie Klein, Verena Mack, Rosa Viktoria Ahlers and Fabian Stenzel – it’s a good one.

A canopy of twinkling lights, dream-like window displays and live music complete the magic.

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Christmas, sorted.
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