Christmas Shopping in Frankfurt


German christmas markets have become a staple in London during the festive season but it can’t really compare with the genuine article! On my recent trip to Frankfurt I actually experienced the opening of the main christmas markets in the Aldstadt (Old Town). It was truly magical. The carousels began to turn, the music started playing and suddenly all the lights switched on and the whole of the Römerberg Plaza became illuminated with twinkly coloured lights. You’ll have to imagine the accompanying smells of Apfelwein, Lebkuchen and gingerbread!

I thought I’d share a few of my other tourist highlights in case any of you are visiting Frankfurt any time soon.


STADEL – Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

The Städel is one of the biggest art collections in Germany. It is mostly drawings and paintings, although there is a huge library as well and an impressive sculpture collection. The building itself is stunning and overlooks the river, fronted by a pretty garden containing a few more sculptures.


DIE KLEINMARKTHALLE – Hasengasse 5, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

This covered market was a labyrinth of colourful fruit and veg stands, lanterns lighting the paths and twinkly fairy lights adorning the stalls. It reminded me a little of similar covered markets in the UK, except far more magical!


WOOD CARVING SHOP – Römerberg Plaza

This shop didn’t seem to have a name but the building was a dark green with a picture of a tree. This charming little shop was filled with brightly painted wood crafts and decorations. Given the season this tiny shop was overflowing with the most stunning woodwork creations for Christmas; windmills, vignettes, figurines and music boxes seemed to be overflowing from every shelf.



Germany doesn’t have a reputation for being veggie-friendly – I was imagining a lot of meat and potatoes before we arrived and I wasn’t far off – but the chicken-free schnitzel I sampled was incredible. The stall I found offered potato, aubergine and tofu variations. Make sure you get yours with mustard and fried onions for the full experience!


EISERNER STEG (Lovelock bridge) – Mainkai, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

If you’re not familiar with the concept of the lovelock bridge, the idea is a couple writes their name on a padlock, secures it to a bridge and throws away the key, thus ensuring their love can never be broken. There are a number of these bridges around but I found this one particularly beautiful; the padlocks looped to the higher structure of the bridge made delicate garlands and looping boughs.

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Zeil is the main shopping street in Frankfurt. I was eager to visit the MyZeil mall for the architecture! The building is full of majestic curves and the central glass mirror structure is light-harvesting, meaning most of the mall is lit using reflected sunlight from the column rather than needing swathes of electric lighting. Pretty cool! I particularly enjoyed the views from the top floor and the rotating escalators; it felt a bit like a space-age film set!

If you like architecture I would also recommend DEUTSCHES ARCHITEKTURMUSEUM.  When I went there was a review the International Highrise Award, as well as a whole floor documenting the many skyscrapers in Frankfurt and their history. It definitely enhanced all my skyline-viewing for the rest of the trip!

So there we go! Let me know if you’re off to Frankfurt anytime soon, or your favourite places if you’ve been before. I’m hoping to get back there sometime soon!Frankfurt germany myzeil christmas market shopping winter wonderlandaIMG_3605aIMG_3580


aIMG_3630 aIMG_3625 Frankfurt  aIMG_3616About 3 weeks I jetted off to Frankfurt for a few days. I was accompanying my friends to a trade show where they were helping on the 3D Hubs stand. You may remember this post about a brilliant guy (and if not, maybe get re-acquainted with him… more soon) and my fascination with design engineering. The trade fair took place in Messe Frankfurt, one of Europe’s largest exhibition centres. It is HUGE – on one memorable night it took us an hour and a half to exit the entire site. Whilst there I got to meet lots of inspiring people working in similar design, tech and 3D printing-related spheres – I really enjoyed the networking!

I took some time out on one of the days to explore Frankfurt a little more. It’s a really beautiful city; the old part of town was particularly enchanting with lots of bohemian architecture and fanciful coloured houses. We went in late Autumn so the trees were at their most vivid and chimed in with the yellow, beige and burgundy buildings. It was incredibly peaceful wandering along the river and I felt so grateful just to be surrounded by such beautiful colours.

We were staying in the centre of Frankfurt. I was able to visit all the areas I was interested in just by walking – my favourite best way to get a feel for a new place! I’ve only been to Germany once before and I found Frankfurt to be very unique, so now I’m eager to explore further. Next time I’ll show you the christmas markets!

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