With a huge funfair, non-stop entertainment and dazzling fireworks held over the first weekend of August, Frankfurt’s Main Festival is the highlight of the summer season for many locals, marking the start of the vacation period and giving the whole city an excuse to enjoy the sun and party into the early hours. Held in Dusseldorf’s central Römerberg square and along the riverfront Mainkai, the festival lasts for 4 days and draws thousands of visitors to the city.
Running parallel to the river, from the Hofgarten park to the botanical gardens, Dusseldorf’s Konigsallee (King’s Alley) is the main artery of the modern city, a wide pedestrian boulevard lined with shops, cafés and restaurants. Affectionately nicknamed the “Ko” by locals, Konigsallee is Dusseldorf’s busiest shopping street, home to one of the country’s biggest and most impressive Kaufhof Kö department stores, housed in an elaborate Art Nouveau building.
Founded as Augusta Treverorum in 16 BC but actually dating back to prehistoric times, Trier is Germany’s oldest city and its picturesque historic center is brimming with reminders of its Celtic roots and Roman legacy. Whether you want to discover the many UNESCO sites, explore the Moselle Valley or learn about the city’s most famous former resident; here are 4 great reasons to visit Trier.
Frankfurt might be better known for its wine and local specialty Apple Wine, than beer, but with its close proximity to Bavaria, there are also plenty of options for beer tasting around Frankfurt. Head to nearby cities like Nuremberg, Cologne and Heidelberg, where there are a range of brewpubs to choose from; tour the Würzburg Hofbräu; or venture off-the-beaten-track on the self-guided Brewery Trail from Bamberg.
As one of Bavaria’s most important cultural centers, Nuremberg boasts an impressive range of museums, taking visitors on a varied journey through art and history. To help you plan your itinerary, here are 5 of Nuremberg’s best museums.
The city nicknamed “Mainhattan” might be best known as a financial metropolis, but Frankfurt is fast shifting attention to its modern architecture, burgeoning fashion and design industry, and thriving cultural scene. The city is home to Germany’s largest English-language theater and some of the country’s tallest skyscrapers, and there’s plenty in Frankfurt to interest art lovers, with a cluster of prestigious art museums, new galleries springing up all around the city and a roster of unique annual festivals and events.