Last week Monday (May 21, 2012), I landed in Germany for IMEX 12 and stayed in Frankfurt for the first time. (I had worked a flight to Frankfurt prior, but, as I have already blogged, I stayed in Mainz for the four-day lay-over and returned for the first time last week.)
In many ways, Frankfurt reminded me of Montreal where I grew up. It is a diverse, multi-cultural city with a multi-lingual personality. It was very easy to get around. There is the river, the Old City, stone buildings adjacent to gleaming office towers and an extensive network of parks. In Frankfurt, the old city wall has been replaced with a green belt of parks and gardens. Other green spaces include the 5,000-hectare Frankfurt City Forest. Established in 1868, the Palmengarten botanical gardens provide a green oasis in the heart of the city.
Frankfurt has much to offer for companies planning incentive travel or seeking unique venues for corporate events, conferences and business meetings.
The first mention of Frankfurt in historical records was “Franconovurt” (City of Franks) in 794. The Allied air strikes of 1943 and 1944 almost completely destroyed the old historical area and the city center. T
The reconstruction of the medieval buildings in the old town using the original plans has begun and will continue to take shape. Take a peek at Roemer Square. It is in this area that the Christmas Market takes place every year.
What to See in Frankfurt
In Frankfurt, there are many cultural attractions including the opera house (pictured to the right). There are 26 museums on the Frankfurt Museum Embankment along the Rhine. The Museum of Archeology is located in what was formerly The Carmelite Monastery which dated back to 1246. Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum has extensive event space.
You can visit Goethe-Haus where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. Inside the Roemer is the The Emperor's Hall, the site of the coronation of 10 emperors including Charlemagne. Hoechst Porcelain Manufactory, which dates back to 1746, gives an overview of what is involved in creating porcelain and provides event space for up to 120 dinner guests.
Visitors will want to enjoy a panoramic view of Frankfurt from the Main Tower Observation Platform.
Five Ways for Groups to See Frankfurt
You can see Frankfurt by:
- Guided Bus (Coach) Tours
- Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
- Boat - There are dinner cruises, tea cruises and longer cruises that will take you to other towns along the Rhine, including Mainz.
- Double Decker Bus
A selection of themed Frankfurt tours are also available.
Frankfurt Special Event Venues
Where to Stay in Frankfurt
This iconic landmark is one of the newest gems in Jumeirah Group's European crown, Jumeirah Frankfurt offers ultra-modern amenities within walking distance to the business and historical districts, and the famous "Zeil" shopping mile. It overlooks Palais Frankfurt, a historical event venue on the site of the original Thurn und Taxis Palais.
Hotel Hessischer Hof
This cozy, 112 room boutique hotel where I stayed during IMEX 2012, offers personalized service at a central location. It is three U-Bahn stops away from the Old Town historical area, and one stop away from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, the main train station.
- Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch Frankfurt
- Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof
Photo Credits: Executive Oasis International
For more information about planning meetings and events in Frankfurt, check our Frankfurt Meeting Planning Guide, or find ideal Meeting Space in Germany for convention centers, meeting hotels, restaurants etc.