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Swaths of Frankfurt were pummelled beyond repair during the Second World War, meaning many of even the most dated-looking buildings here – the Old Opera House, for example – are in fact less than 50 years old. But though many frankly splendid feats of architecture have been lost, all that destruction has today given way to a fun, forward-thinking, cleverly laid-out city centre that brims with brilliant things to do.
You may know the city as Germany’s financial capital and home to the European Central Bank, but there’s so much more to Frankfurt than that. The October book fair is a must-do for culture nerds everywhere, there’s no end of excellent restaurants, and happily, you can still check out the Old Town’s marvellous timber-framed townhouses. Not forgetting the Museumsufer, the city’s dedicated ‘museum embankment’ that brings together some of the world’s foremost cultural institutions within the space of just a few blocks.
Looking to tick off all the major sights while you’re here? Read on for our pick of the totally-can’t-miss attractions in Frankfurt.
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