Fodor's To Europe!

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Day 1
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Germany's commercial capital, Frankfurt, is more than just an airport with some banks attached. From the swanky nightlife on the South Bank of the Main River to museums that cater to tots, the city is full of pleasant surprises and interesting activities.
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  • Food and Wine
  • Museums
  • Nightlife


  • Frankfurt's "South Bank" is really an outdoor nightlife strip with bars and restaurants. It's not cheap, but it makes for great people-watching.
  • The Museum of Natural History has Europe's only complete diplodocus skeleton, as well as a host of plants, animals, and kid-friendly dioramas with stuffed animals.
  • Goethe's House is now a museum—a re-creation after the original was destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II. The adjoining museum contains works that inspired the writer.


  • Christopher Street Day is the city's Gay and Lesbian parade; the festivities are held in mid-June.
  • Summer in the City, a series of outdoor concerts, is held the entire month of August.

Side Trips

  • Bad Homburg (7 mi/11 km to the north) was a favorite destination of Wilhelm II, who spent a month here at the town's famous spas.
  • The Opel Zoo (9 mi/15 km east) has more than 1,400 native and exotic animals, as well as a petting zoo.

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