After Lindsay‘s awesome post on Mt. Croagh Patrick this morning, I figured I would throw some more Travel Tuesday your way this afternoon. Frankfurt, Germany was the second stop on my summer school trip about the Eurozone economy (you may have read about Koblenz, our first stop, a few weeks ago). Koblenz seems like a quaint country town compared to the industrial city of Frankfurt. This city was a no-brainer for our trip as Frankfurt is the financial city of Europe. It is the home of the European Central Bank and of Deutsche Bank and we paid visits to both of them during our time there.
We listened to interesting presentations at both banks on the difficulties facing the European Union specifically in countries like Greece, Italy and Spain. We had studied a lot of cases before traveling to Europe so it was great to compare what we had learned through our readings to what was actually said right from the source. As a marketing student, I was most interested in Deutsche Bank’s brand lab where they showcased their logo in different forms.
After visiting the banks, we had time for some sightseeing in the city. We walked from our hotel to the city center along the Main River. Frankfurt is technically called Frankfurt am Main and the river flows through the city. The walk was gorgeous and we crossed a bridge and saw it was covered in love locks. I had heard about these locks with the names of two sweethearts on them on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (don’t judge!) and it was cool to see some in person.
We continued our walk to Römerberg, a square that is home to city hall. We also went to a modern shopping mall which made an interesting juxtaposition to the old historic landmarks. The mall had a viewing platform on the roof where we could look out at the city and housed an awesome indoor 9 hole miniature golf course! Playing mini-golf in Frankfurt was definitely one of the coolest parts of the trip. Each hole was different (from a dining table to a toilet) and made for a really fun experience. After a day of walking around the city we were hungry for some German food and wine! We stumbled on an underground wine bar that made us feel like we were dining in a wine cellar.
After a busy day in Frankfurt, we had a bit of a shocker on our walk back to the hotel….we got lost and stumbled into Frankfurt’s red light district!! It was flashing lights and ladies in questionable outfits as far as the eye could see! We moved through pretty quickly, but not before getting yelled at for attempting to snap a pic. I got a shot of the “Sex Inn” before we hightailed it out of there!
I had a great time in Frankfurt and enjoyed both the historical sights and the more modern elements of the city. While it may not be the typical stop in a trip to Europe – I would definitely recommend it!