Posted July 23, 2018

Beyond Apple Wine: Welcome to Frankfurt

Destinations

Kimpton is heading to Frankfurt, home to Germany’s savvy financial capital city. Known as the “Gateway to Europe,” we’re excited to plant our roots where old world sensibilities mingle with new world architectural flourishes. In late 2023, we’ll be opening a gleaming landmark hotel and restaurant, our first in Germany, nestled among an emerging, futuristic skyline.

Frankfurt Night Rendering

Modern luxury meets traditional beauty at Kimpton’s new hotel in Frankfurt.

A Global Hub with Worldly Roots

Once a layover hub for business travelers, Frankfurt is experiencing a vibrant renaissance. Known as the birthplace of famous writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose fairytale-like house remains part of the landscape, the city also once served as the site for Roman Empire coronations. Now, Frankfurt hosts a rich collection of world-class museums and cultural institutions including ballet and opera; there’s also a robust culinary and craft cocktail scene.

Delving into ambitious architectural territory and often called “Mainhattan,“ nodding to the sprawl on both banks of the Main River (produced ‘Mine’), you’ll uncover traditional, timber-clad buildings and glistening high-rise buildings. And being the fifth largest city in Germany with a population of over 700,000, expect a mix of residents representing over 180 nations.

Old Frankfurt, Streetview, Germany, Image Credit: @sanefive via Twenty20

Turn a corner and you might go back in time! Image Credit: @sanefive via Twenty20.

The Center of Frankfurt

Situated in the city’s central, beating heart of Junghofstrasse, a global development will house a diverse spread of multi-use residential, retail and office space. We like to say it’s an equal balance of live, work and play.

With 155 guestrooms affording stellar views, we’re also unveiling a top floor, chef-driven restaurant and bar with multiple terraces. Kimpton Frankfurt will also house two large meeting rooms and an onsite, state-of-the-art gym. You can also expect our signature bold and playful design.

Image Credit: @iuliasanda via Twenty20.

Frankfurt is hub a for travelers, but that doesn’t mean you should shorten your visit. Image Credit: @iuliasanda via Twenty20.

An Intersection of Culture, Nature and Shopping

 Junghofstrasse sits mere steps away from the high-end shopping of Goethestrasse whose storied shopping hosts chic boutiques and well-known brands. There’s also plenty of neighboring culture and nature. Alte Oper is home to a state-of-the-art concert venue while the Modern Art Museum touts masters like Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol. Meanwhile, Rothschild Park gives outdoor enthusiasts a network of winding paths, gardens and a restored neo-Gothic tower. Nearby, you’ll find traditional apple wine pubs and the small, beloved Goethe house where Frankfurt’s famed namesake writer once lived.

Alte Opera, Frankfurt, Germany, Image Credit: @joannavf12 via Twenty20.

Inaugurated in 1880 and reopened again in 1981, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper is a must see. Image Credit: @joannavf12 via Twenty20.

Museums, Gardens and Shopping

  • Designed by architect Hans Hollein, the triangular-shaped Museum of Modern Art known for its famed wedge-shape houses over 4,500 works while the impressive Schirn Kunsthalle features both modern and contemporary works.
  • The striking, 200-year-old Städel Museum showcases some of Europe’s leading art collections including artists like Botticelli and Holbein. Nearby, check out the handicrafts inside Museum Angewandte Kunst.
  • Opera Frankfurt doubles as a concert hall for the world’s finest conductors, jazz musicians and artists alongside presenting modern productions. Of course, the grand 19th century Renaissance style opera house, Alte Oper hosts several special concerts.
  • The city center is home to various verdant parks and gardens. Located in the Westend, explore the PalmenGarten with 50 acres of tropical-flared flowers and trees including the leafy Tropicarium greenhouse.
  • For retail therapy west of the Zeil, find premiere designer boutiques on Goethestrasse including the likes of Prada and Louis Vuitton.
Flughafen, Frankfurt, Germany, Image Credit: @Nadia78 via Twenty20.

Trust us, the food is even better than the beer (and that’s saying something!). Image Credit: @Nadia78 via Twenty20.

Guten Appetit: A Sample of Gastronomy

  • Sample the regional delights at Kleinmarkthalle, the indoor food market with over 160 market stalls of fresh foods including greens, cured meats, oysters and local Riesling.
  • For over 170 years, Atschel has served traditional Frankfurt fare and apfelwein (apple wine) while the cozy coffee spot, Wacker’s Kaffee has been pouring caffeinated beverages for over a century.
  • For a break from those hearty German sausages, find vegetarian fare at Seven Swans, a Michelin-starred spot with 20-tables and afterwards, slip into the pint-sized Tiny Cup for mixologist Sven Riebel’s refreshing libations.
Beer Hall Munich Germany Image Credit: Clay Banks via Unsplash.

Grab a seat at a beer hall for a real taste of Frankfurt. Image Credit: Clay Banks via Unsplash.

Day Trip: Riesling Country

  • Just under an hour west of the city, the wine region known as The Rheingau is a discerning spot to sample the region’s famed dry Rieslings. Drop by Schloss Johannisberg for picturesque views of vine-clad hills and the Rhine River. Cheers – or as you might hear locally: Zum Wohl!
Frankfurt am Main Skyline, Germany

Don’t forget to catch the beautiful view of Frankfurt am Main skyline at dusk.

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