April 2021


I Love Frankfurt!

It's the Times Square of Frankfurt!

I can’t believe I just typed that headline, but seriously I am in Frankfurt this morning, boarding a jet plane to the States.

Yesterday I made a point of arriving early in the day in order to explore the city and I had the most fantastic time! Clearly I overlooked its charms on previous visits, and to be certain, I don’t know how.

It was after all the protestations by people that I wasn’t being fair to Frankfurt, that there is more to the city than the heroin addicts and dealers surrounding the train station; more than all the prostitutes and strip clubs, and that despite having no older buildings (due to World War II), the city actually has some charm.

This honors GLBT.

You just need to look for it.

Wandering along the Main River and gawk at the Main-hatten skyline I came to realize that this is Germany’s attempt at mimicking New York City. I walked along the Zeil, Frankfurt’s main shopping street looking at all the signs and shops. I grabbed a mid-afternoon snack at a cafe along the street. It was actually a pleasant experience of sorts.

Really, I am actually at a loss for words: Frankfurt has more to offer than I suspected.

Take, for example, Goethe’s birth home. I knew that every city in Germany is intimately connected to Goethe, but even Weimar (where Goethe spent most of his time) can’t lay claim to having birthed the great man.

Hopefully I’ll be back to explore this city more and discover more of its hidden charm!

Anybody want to join me?

8 comments to I Love Frankfurt!

  • Jeez, for a city with supposedly so much going for it, this post is awfully short. 🙂

    • I am in a bit of a rush this morning–I drank a lot of wine last night and am about to leave for the airport — this was really all I had time to write in between answering a bunch of emails and getting caught up on some other details.

  • This is an April Fool’s post, right?

  • yg

    I briefly considered the same thing…April Fool’s joke right? Then again, there are quite a few bits of the city I like myself. If you end up exploring let me know! Maybe we could grab coffee and I could interveiw you about being an expat in Germany for the yg site… Have a safe trip back to the states.

  • So, you were drunk. That’s the explanation.

  • Jul

    Yeah, it’s either the date or the wine that explains this one. Or perhaps someone has hacked into Adam’s blog and is making fake posts?

  • Anon

    I used to live in FFM and I would say that since I have also lived in a both small town and a medium sized city in Bavaria, and also having spent an extended period of time in the North, that FFM is *seriously under-rated*.

    I won’t lie, there were many times that I looked for excuses to hate FFM, but as I tell everyone today: Frankfurt grows on you. It does have a lot of character, and Hessen does have a distinct identity. I also have many friends that were both born and bred in FFM and relocated there from other “more beautiful” regions of Germany. The consensus is all the same. It’s a perfectly liveable city, perfect size, close to nature. It has all the attributes of a cosmpolitan city yet still maintains a small town feel. I especially loved the way I could hop on my bike and ride toward Bad Vibel or Taunus or to the Stadt Wald in no time at all. I could go on and on, but perhaps you all should go visit – and stay for a few days. Give it a chance, I did reluctantly and am happy I was wrong, it’s a great city!

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