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Frankfurt Germany sites and food recommendations

Will be spending four days solo in Frankfurt prior to joining friends to travel around Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This will be my first time in Frankfurt but have traveled to the three aforementioned countries many times.

1 - Are there any must see sites in/near Frankfurt that tend to escape attention or support in the travel guidebooks? My interests are wide open. I would be able to take a train/bus up to about 1 1/2 hours away. Already have a full day planned for Nuremberg as well as a full schedule of stops in Bavaria later in my stay.
2 - Any family owned/operated food establishments or locations popular with the non tourist with delicious, hot food for lunch or dinner (in Frankfurt). I enjoy many types of food but prefer local dishes.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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When will you be here? There are festivals going on during the whole summer and fall in Frankfurt and surrounding towns.

For must see sites, there are plenty, but it depends on your interests. If Jewish heritage is of interest, Frankfurt has more than most cities. Holy Roman Empire? This is where the emperors were elected for centuries and many coronations took place here too. Farmers Markets? We have them on almost a daily basis in Frankfurt. One of my favorites is in the neighborhood of Höchst on Tues. Fri. and Sat. from 7-1300. Höchst is also chock full of Half-timbered houses as well as one of the oldest churches in Germany - St. Justinus, consecrated in 850. Romans? The Saalburg Roman Fort, near Bad Homburg is a must. Half-timbered buildings? Visit Hessen Park Open Air museum, also near Bad Homburg. Medieval towns? Marburg, Limburg, Büdingen, Gelnhausen, Seligenstadt, Michelstadt, or Idstein, are all within an hour of Frankfurt. A bit farther and on the Rhein, Eltville and Eberbach Monastery are a must.

For food, head over to the neighborhood of Sachsenhausen with its many apple wine gardens. These are all privately owned. Private restaurants are more common than chain restaurants in Frankfurt or in most German cities, so not hard to find. Try the Frankfurt Green Sauce, or try a Frankfurter Kranz for dessert.

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Hello Ms. Jo. Thanks for your reply. I appreciate the ideas. They are just what I was looking for. I will be in Frankfurt July 8 - 11. I will spend the entire day on July 9 in Nuremberg therefore leaving 8, 10 and 11 for exploration in Frankfurt.

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These events are happening:
24 June – 16 July – Green Sauce Festspiele, Frankfurt Roßmarkt
8-11 July – Hochheimer Wine Fest, Hochheim.
9 July – Kultur Night, Büdingen
9-10 July – Schweizerstrasse Fest, Frankfurt Schweizerstr.

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These events and dates are outstanding. Additionally the video tours of the Frankfurt airport are wonderful. I’ll be meeting my friends upon their arrival. I feel like I know the airport quite well as a result of your work. Thanks very much.