DJ and Producer, Boris Brejcha, gives his top tips on exploring Frankfurt as a local...
"My name is Boris Brejcha, I do not live in Frankfurt but I usually start my travels from the airport Frankfurt. Sometimes, I also spend my time in the city, because my girlfriend lives near and I really like the city by itself.
Frankfurt has an amazing Skyline, the best airport, good food and drinks as well as lovely people.
When someone comes to explore Frankfurt, the first place I take them is on the “Ebbelwei- Express”, where you can connect a sightseeing-tour with Frankfurt’s most famous food and drinks.
The “Ebbelwei- Express” is a very funny tram and it gives you the opportunity to see special destinations and try typical food and drinks, such as “Frankfurter Grüne Soße” and Apfelwein. You can easily get in touch with new people and make new friends.
The best place to grab a really good coffee in Frankfurt is definitely the “Kaffeemacherei” in the “Eckenheimer Landstr. 70”, district: “Nordend". Besides peerless coffee you can also enjoy teas and cakes. It is a very cosy place.
I would recommend a picnic with all your favourite food (and champagne) on the “Lohrberg”. There you have an absolutely stunning view over Frankfurt and a nice garden to spend to time with your favourite people.
A very enjoyable place for me, to eat in Frankfurt is the “Kleinmarkthalle”. It is a hall with many small food-stands. I love to stroll through the tiny corridors and pick a little bit from every hut.
A very popular place for locals is a district, called “Alt-Sachsenhausen/Alt-Sachs”. It includes a huge number of bars and typical pubs. Most of them are very rustic. You should visit it, if you love hurly-burly and good drinks with good friends.
I guess, summer is always the best time explore Frankfurt. I would suggest, a warm week in summer, so you could let your feet dangle at the “Mainufer” on a warm summer evening.
The “Main” is the river which runs in Frankfurt and from its river-side you have a perfect view on the skyline and it’s a very charming place. (For example, for a date)...
Frankfurt is also the city of banks and finance. There are a lot of busy people on the run. But if you choose the right places to stay, you can easily escape the urban jungle and find rest.
If there are three things you must do while exploring Frankfurt you have to drink the favourite drink of every person living in Frankfurt... Apfelwein!
You should cross the Main via the Bridge “Eiserner Steg” and have a look at all the locks, which happy couples hung there, to seal their love.
After that, take a walk at the river-side of the Main.
And visiting the Opera-house “Alte Oper” is a must-do. Let yourself being wrapped up by it’s charm.
Don’t pay too much money for a hotel. Look for a cheap hotel, and instead of spending all your time in the hotel room, go out and explore Frankfurt.
Instead of shopping at the famous, but overcrowded “Zeil”, visit the “Berger Straße” and go shopping in one of the pleasant boutiques."