Looking to take some time out and away from CPhI in Frankfurt? Here are our 7 places to visit when in the city.
Frankfurt will host CPhI Worldwide for 2019. The three days, commencing at the start of November, will feature a range of events, exhibitors, keynotes and parties which will take place at the Messe Frankfurt and throughout the wider city and we have previously compiled a list of our top five things to do in CPhI.
The pharma industry's biggest event is one not to be missed for its 30th birthday and will be returning to the German city after last year's event in Madrid. Frankfurt itself may not rival the IFEMA, Feria de Madrid or even Madrid's glamorous boulevards and rich architecture but there are several gems hidden away across the city in Frankfurt which are worth visiting.
If you are taking a longer trip that the three days of the event and are looking for attractions and places to visit, or even looking to take some time out from the busy show atmosphere, here are our recommendations of attractions and places to visit in Frankfurt.
Head east from the Messe Frankfurt in the direction of the city centre towards the Alte Brücke bridge where you will find the Museumsufer on both sides of the river Main. The Museumsufer (Museum Embankment) is a cluster of 12 museums that was recently developed in the 1980s to showcase film, art, architecture, communication and ethnography. In the centre of the Museumsufer, on the south side, however, is Städel Museum which was built in 1812 and is considered one of Germany's top cultural attractions which houses over 2,700 paintings. This art gallery contains a prominent European art collection dating from the Middle Ages to the present and is a great place to start exploring.
2. MAIN TOWER
Head north-west of the Museumsufer and over the Untermainbrücke (the next bridge to the west of the Alte Brücke) towards the 200m blue glass tower visible in the short distance. The Main Tower is Frankfurt's public viewing observation platform which will provide panoramic views of the entire city. To accompany a choice of two viewing platforms, the tower also provides a restaurant and bar and an opportunity to see the city by day or its lights by night with a drink. If you have some time on your hands this is a must-visit away from the CPhI event - a 30-minute walk or a short taxi ride away from the Messe Frankfurt.
Head south back down towards the Main and you will come across the Römerberg, the quaintest square in the city that is walled by photogenic medieval houses and historic buildings. The Römer itself, opposite the Old St. Nicholas church, is the key attraction and has been the city hall of Frankfurt for over 600 years. This square is a perfect retreat from the Messe, and although busy, will offer several cafes, bars and restaurants surrounding the Renaissance Fountain of Justice in the centre.
Okay, so you might be looking to really get away from the people and the noise or perhaps looking to start the day in peace and quiet? If the weather is good, then maybe a visit to the Palmengarten is calling. Opened in 1871, Frankfurt’s botanical garden sweeps across 22 hectares, where plant species from all parts of the globe are displayed in greenhouses or the open-air. Take your time to wander the grounds or relax in the garden's beauty to catch up with your emails and schedule for the day. Palmengarten is located north of the Messe, again a 30-minute walk from the event or a short taxi ride.
5. BERGER STRASSE/OLD SACHSENHAUSEN
As previously touched upon in our 5 things to do at CPhI 2019 post, social evenings and gatherings are essential. You will find plenty of places to eat and drink around the centre. But if you are looking to sample some independent German bars and restaurants, head to Berger Straße. You will need to take a taxi to the east side of the city and away from the commercialised centre. The lower part of the street, closest to Frankfurt’s centre, consists of family-owned shops, bistros and boutique places to eat and drink, and is considered one of the best neighbourhoods in Frankfurt for nightlife and culture.
Alternatively, Old Sachsenhausen (south of the Main and behind the region of the Museumsufer) offers equally good places to dine out should you wish to stay closer to the city centre and is a favourite for many travelling to Frankfurt for CPhI.
6. ESCHENHEIMER TURM
Back into the centre, and a 10-minute walk from the Main Tower, you will discover the ten-storey Eschenheimer Turm. The tower was built at the start of the 15th century and was part of the city's huge medieval wall, guarding its northern region. It is the oldest and unchanged landmark in the city that has survived many centuries of war. The tower now plays host to a restaurant and cannot be accessed without a table booking. This said, if you are in visiting other attractions on this list you will be able to walk/drive by the tower to appreciate its unique design - you will not see anything else like it in Frankfurt.
Back to the region of the Messe Frankfurt and just a few minutes from the exhibition hall itself is the Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage. This is a small park located between two major roads within the city and you will enter the Messe Frankfurt hall (City Entrance) via the Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage, certainly if you will be travelling to the exhibition via the subway. The central feature of the area is a pond and fountain and the Merkur-Brunnen sculpture, which is surrounded by paths and lawns and benches. The Hammering Man sculpture is also just off the park, and all provide the opportunity to get away from the exhibition and back within a few minutes.
If you are attending as a visitor or are an exhibiting team member, Chris, Gareth and the team would love to hear from you. To set up a quick chat over a coffee at CPhI in Frankfurt follow this link to organise a meeting.