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About Frankfurt

Frankfurt is a beautiful German city. With a population of over 731,095 it is Germany’s fifth largest city offering uniquely appealing attractions. Frankfurt has an eclectic mix of modern and ancient high-rise buildings, underground beer caves, and a range of intriguing museums. The alluring top touristic attractions include Frankfurter Römer and St Bartholomew’s cathedral.

Cheap flights to Frankfurt are available for a limited period of time, so visit this city for a full-on trip packed with many wonders to discover. Frankfurt is home to Frankfurt Airport (code FRA), which is a 15-minute drive from the city. Frankfurt Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including South African Airways, Lufthansa and Condor. Non-stop international flights to Frankfurt departure from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Frankfurt is approximately 10 hours and 45 minutes.

Why visit Frankfurt

Frankfurt Sights


The historical old square, Frankfurter Römer is lined with traditional 15th century German buildings that not only offer perfect photo opportunities, but a uniquely pleasant stroll through the city.

Frankfurt Cuisine


Explore the mouth-watering streets of Frankfurt with the traditional German Apfelwein Wagner café serving the famous Frankfürter Grüne Soße (Frankfurt green sauce) or the tantalising slow cooked steak with horseradish.

Frankfurt Arts

Arts & Culture

Embark on a 13th century journey through the red-sandstone Kaiserdom cathedral as well as the Jewish Cemetery which resemble the historic past of this beautiful place.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Germany
Currency Euro, EUR, €
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Language German
Hub Airport Frankfurt am Main airport, Frankfurt Rhein-Main Afb airport, Frankfurt Hahn airport.
Time Zone GMT + 1
Travel Adaptor Type C, E, F

Best time to visit Frankfurt

The weather is at its best in the summer months, although temperatures can soar to the high 30’s. It can get really busy during the Rheingau Wine Festival which takes part in early September and during the Museum Embankment festival at the end of August. Christmas is also a very popular time to see the city as there are Christmas markets lining the streets from mid-November to the end of December. Choose to visit Frankfurt in the winter and you can pick up all your Christmas gifts and enjoy this beautiful place at the same time.

Weather & Climate in Frankfurt

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -2°C -1°C 2°C 4°C 9°C 12°C 13°C 13°C 10°C 6°C 2°C -1°C
High °C 3°C 6°C 10°C 14°C 19°C 22°C 24°C 24°C 19°C 14°C 7°C 4°C
Rainfall(mm) 44 40 50 52 61 70 63 65 48 51 59 54


Frankfurt is unlike any other German city, hosting the world’s most important trade fairs and attracting thousands of business and travel enthusiasts every year. This city has a traditional and charming appeal to it, with village-like neighbourhoods, tantalising restaurants and captivating street art alongside the many spectacular landscape views. It is undoubtedly a destination that would be hard to leave. Frankfurt has been described as having a vibrant nightlife that would rival even the best party destinations in the world, as well as having a number of art galleries and museums that will keep you busy for days on end.

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Visa & Customs

To South Africans or those holding South African passsports, will need a visa to travel to Frankfurt.

Republic of South Africa Embassy in Berlin.

Address: Embassy of the Republic of South Africa
Tiergartenstr. 18
10785 Berlin
Phone: +49 89 231 163 0
Fax: +49 89 231 163 53

Health & Safety

There are no health risks associated with visiting Germany as they have excellent health care facilities, mild weather and top-class sanitation. Frankfurt has a relatively high level of crime, but as long as you stick to the tourists paths, there should not be any issues.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Frankfurt
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 168.67
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 52.71
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 40. 51
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 24.60
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 84.34

Where to stay?

There are many hotels that are scattered through this city. Below is a list of the best places to stay whilst vacationing in Frankfurt:

• Fleming’s Deluxe Hotel Frankfurt Main-Riverside (

• Steigenberger Hotel Bad Homburg (

• Fleming’s Deluxe Hotel Frankfurt-City (

• Jumeirah Frankfurt (

Get Around

The city centre is easily covered on foot but if you need to get places fast then the RMV, Frankfurt’s public transport system, is a breeze. The network of trains, trams and buses cover greater Frankfurt and provide a safe and affordable way to get around. If you’re staying longer then get a Frankfurt Card which entitles you to unlimited transport throughout the city. Getting to town from the airport is easy with an efficient network of trains, buses and taxis operating directly from Frankfurt International Airport.

Main attractions in Frankfurt

Goethe House

Goethe House





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