This major German city may well be known for its banking centre, but it has far more to offer those on a city break or those using it as a base to explore this area of Germany...
Frankfurt is the German financial capital, housing the Stock Exchange, Bundesbank and the headquarters of the European Central bank, outside of which you will find the huge Euro statue. The horizon is dominated by skyscrapers, providing the nickname Mainhattan as it sits on the river Main.
Fly into Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), a major European hub, or nearby Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) and pick up your hire car directly from the car park for convenience. From the airport, it is just a short drive to a huge variety of hotels and guesthouses which are ideal for those arriving for both business and pleasure. Alternatively, you can collect your car from any of the many downtown locations on offer.
Car hire in Frankfurt is relatively useful when driving in the inner city due to the clear signage and good road network which allows for a surprisingly steady vehicle flow in such a big city. However, the public transport system is very good here too and may be easier for newcomers. Where vehicle hire really comes into its own is when you choose to get out of the city centre and venture into Frankfurt's surrounding areas.
Just a short drive away, you will find the Rhine, where you can take a river boat trip to see the sights. Or discover the Old Town of Frankfurt, which has been rebuilt and is very atmospheric. There is plenty to see and do in Frankfurt, with lot of museums and galleries to take in as well as the birthplace of Goethe, the German literary giant. Once you have finished sightseeing, experience the beer halls and local eateries or perhaps enjoy some of the excellent shopping on offer.
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With an excellent road network surrounding the city, you can quickly and easily get out of the centre to visit the surrounding area in your hire car...
Take a drive to cities and towns such as Darmstadt, famed for its beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and Mainz for its Roman heritage. Fulda is a tranquil place, while Heidelberg exudes history. Alternatively, if you simply fancy a spot of out-of-town shopping, head to Hessencenter and Nordwestzentrum using your hire car to transport you to these renowned centres of retail therapy.
If you choose to simply enjoy the scenery, a drive can be a wonderful activity in its own right. Take a tour of the Moselle valley, a wine-producing region which stretches from Germany to France and Luxembourg. Experience a drive through the Black Forest to Bavaria for its castles, lakes and stunning scenery.
And of course cities such as Stuttgart, Cologne, Bonn and Munich are all within striking distance.