Frankfurt am Main may be the spiritual home of the euro, but even here you’ll find diversions which will leave your travel budget unburdened.
St Bartholomäus: Frankfurt’s main house of worship is a Gothic structure which was once the setting for coronation of the Holy Roman Emperors. Its white interior has none of the heaviness you might associate with Gothic churches, and there are a number of art treasures to admire. While entry is free there is a small charge to go up the tower.
Stolze-Museum: The original occupant of this museum was 19th century writer Friedrich Stolze, whose name is unlikely to ring a bell. But the Renaissance tower he once called home makes a delightfully quirky addition to any Frankfurt itinerary.
Jugendbegegnungsstätte (Youth Meeting Place) Anne Frank: Anne Frank’s hiding place in Amsterdam is a justly renowned memorial to Holocaust victims, known the world over. Fewer know that the young diarist was born in Frankfurt. The exhibition, “Anne Frank. Ein Mädchen aus Deutschland” (“Anne Frank. A girl from Germany”), tells the story of her bravery and passion through original images and other multimedia means.
Geld Museum (Money Museum): Frankfurt may be the financial powerhouse of mainland Europe but the Geldmuseum, which celebrates the city’s lifeblood, doesn’t charge entry. Everything to do with that intangible quality and its tangible representations is here in this comprehensive museum boasting numerous interactive displays.
Satourdays: No, that’s not a typo, but the Frankfurt authorities’ name for the last Saturday of each month, when just about all of the city’s major museums throw open their doors for free.