Fun Family Outings from Frankfurt

Fun Family Outings from Frankfurt

Frankfurt, with its vibrant city life, also serves as a perfect gateway to numerous exciting day trips and excursions that are sure to delight kids. From historical castles to thrilling amusement parks and picturesque nature spots to educational museums, there’s a wealth of activities just a short drive or train ride away. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the best day trips with kids from Frankfurt.

Amusement and Theme Parks

Taunus Wunderland

Located about an hour’s drive from Frankfurt, Taunus Wunderland is a family-friendly amusement park nestled in the scenic Taunus mountains. The park features a variety of rides and attractions suitable for younger children, including carousels, roller coasters, and themed play areas. With its picturesque setting and diverse attractions, Taunus Wunderland provides a fun-filled day for kids of all ages.

Holiday Park

Situated in Haßloch, around 90 minutes from Frankfurt, Holiday Park offers thrilling rides and entertainment for the whole family. And whilst the park may not have the most original name, it is home to the famous Expedition GeForce roller coaster.  In addition to the big rides it also caters to younger audiences with attractions like the Mayaland indoor play area and water playgrounds. Shows, parades, and character meet-and-greets add to the excitement.

Europa Park

While a bit further away (approximately a two-hour drive), Europa Park in Rust is Germany’s largest and most popular theme park. Divided into themed areas representing different European countries, Europa Park offers over 100 attractions, including roller coasters, water rides, and live shows. It’s a fantastic destination for a full day of adventure and fun.

Historical and Cultural Sites

Heidelberg Castle

A visit to the historic Heidelberg Castle is a magical experience for children and adults alike. Located about an hour from Frankfurt, this stunning castle overlooks the charming town of Heidelberg and the Neckar River. Kids will enjoy exploring the castle’s ruins, learning about its history, and marvelling at the giant wine barrel in the cellar. The adjacent gardens provide a lovely spot for a picnic.

Day trips with kids from Frankfurt
Exciting Day Trips and Excursions with Kids from Frankfurt
Day trips with kids

Saalburg Roman Fort

Saalburg Roman Fort, located in the Taunus mountains, is an excellently reconstructed Roman fort that provides an immersive historical experience. Kids can explore the fort’s walls, barracks, and baths while learning about Roman military life. The fort also hosts reenactments and workshops that engage children in hands-on activities.

Good to know:
  • Sunday (November–February): 2 p.m. together for adults and children
    Sunday (March-October): 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  There are separate tours for adults and children from school age
  • However, please be aware that tours are in German unless booking a private tour

Hessenpark Open-Air Museum

Hessenpark is an open-air museum that showcases traditional rural life in Hesse. It features historical buildings, demonstrations, and interactive exhibits.

half-timbered house road
Hessenpark family activities

Nature and Outdoor Adventures

Felsenmeer in Lautertal

Felsenmeer, or “Sea of Rocks,” in the Odenwald forest is a natural playground for kids. This large boulder field offers endless opportunities for climbing and exploring. Families can hike through the scenic forest trails, have a picnic among the rocks, and learn about the area’s geological history.

Good to know:
  • It’s worth noting that the images may be slightly deceiving as the incline of the boulders appears less steep than it is in person.
  • The trails running alongside the boulders are a good option for those with very young children and less agile individuals
  • Highly recommend wearing shoes with good grip

kids day trips from frankfurt

Pinta Beach

Located just outside Frankfurt, Pinta Beach is a great destination for families seeking a fun and (fairly) relaxing day trip.  This artificial beach, situated along the picturesque shores of Raunheimer Waldsee, offers a variety of amenities designed to cater to both relaxation and active pursuits.  There is plenty to keep everyone entertained, from the aqua park, which is like a giant obstacle course, to stand-up paddle boarding and inflatable boats.  And finally, if sunbathing with a good book is your more your vibe, hire yourself a sunbed and relax while the kids tire themselves out!

Good to know:
  • Children are not allowed in the VIP section
  • Bicycles are available to rent at the southern entrance of the train station. It’s worth pointing out that they can be used free of charge for 30 minutes.  Voucher code can be found at the bottom of your booked ticket

Edersee

Edersee, one of Germany’s largest reservoirs, is located about two hours from Frankfurt and offers a plethora of outdoor activities. Kids can enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing in the lake, or explore the surrounding Kellerwald-Edersee National Park. The park’s treetop walkway provides a unique perspective of the forest canopy and is an exciting adventure for children.

Good to know:

Lorelei Rock

A visit to the iconic Lorelei Rock along the Rhine River is both scenic and educational. Families can take a boat tour along the Rhine, enjoying the beautiful river landscapes and listening to the legend of the Lorelei siren. The nearby Lorelei Visitors Center offers interactive exhibits about the region’s history and geology.

Wakeport

Wakeport, located just outside Frankfurt in Raunheim, is a premier destination for water sports enthusiasts and adventure seekers. This modern wakeboarding park offers exciting activities centred around its state-of-the-art cable systems and pristine lake. Highlights of the Wakeport experience include its various wakeboarding courses suitable for beginners to advanced riders, ensuring an inclusive environment for all skill levels. The park features multiple obstacles and jumps, adding thrill and challenge to the rides. Additionally, Wakeport provides equipment rentals and professional coaching, making it accessible even to those new to the sport.

Beyond wakeboarding, visitors can enjoy stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), e-foiling, and relaxing on the sandy shores. The park also hosts regular events and competitions, creating a vibrant community atmosphere. Complementing these activities are the on-site amenities, including a beach bar and dining options, ensuring a fun-filled and comfortable outing. Wakeport’s blend of high-energy water sports and leisure facilities makes it a standout destination for a memorable day trip from Frankfurt.

Fun Family Outings from Frankfurt

Interactive and Educational Museums

Technoseum Mannheim

A bit over an hour’s drive from Frankfurt, the Technoseum in Mannheim is an interactive science and technology museum that captivates kids and adults alike. The museum features hands-on exhibits that cover topics ranging from industrial history to modern technology. Kids can experiment with machines, participate in workshops, and enjoy the museum’s engaging displays.

Good to know:
  • With the museum’s app, you will find tours and explanations of exhibition objects in English.

Senckenberg Natural History Museum

While technically in Frankfurt, a visit to the Senckenberg Natural History Museum is a must for any family. The museum boasts one of Europe’s largest collections of dinosaurs, along with extensive exhibits on biodiversity, geology, and ancient Egyptian mummies. Kids will be fascinated by the life-sized dinosaur skeletons and interactive displays.

Mathematikum Gießen

Located about an hour from Frankfurt, the Mathematikum in Gießen is a unique museum dedicated to mathematics. Through over 150 interactive exhibits, kids can explore mathematical concepts in a hands-on and playful manner. Puzzles, experiments, and games make learning math fun and accessible for all ages.

Good to know:
  • All experiments are labelled in German and English

Scenic Railway Journeys

Rhine Valley Train Ride

A train ride along the Rhine Valley offers stunning views of castles, vineyards, and the river itself. Admittedly, there is no dedicated train for this; however, starting from Frankfurt, families can take a scenic train journey to towns like Rüdesheim or St. Goar. The picturesque landscapes and charming towns along the route provide ample opportunities for exploration and photo stops.

 

Frankfurt’s strategic location makes it an excellent base for exploring a variety of exciting destinations that cater to kids’ interests. Whether it’s thrilling amusement parks, historical sites, outdoor adventures, or educational museums, there are countless day trips and excursions that promise fun and memorable experiences for the whole family. So pack your bags, plan your route, and embark on an adventure-filled journey from Frankfurt.



Chinaski Tagesbar

Chinaski Tagesbar

“Good vibes only” is the motto on the wall, and clearly, it’s one Chinaski Tagesbar lives by! Staff greet you with a definite bounce in their step and a grin on their face! Lunchtime is always a hive of activity, with everyone from bankers to tourists popping in for a bite to eat. What’s more, find a seat at the window or outside on the curb and admire the iconic Alte Oper across the way.

Chinaski Tagesbar: The Story

We can’t deny how much we love success stories with incredible women at the helm! And we were delighted to learn that behind Chinaski Tagesbar is a passionate and successful woman, Caroline Vater.  Indeed it is her love for adventure, travel and food that inspires the cafe tagesbar we see today. In our view, she has crafted a cafe with an adventurous spirit beautifully balanced with a touch of femininity. Moreover, Chinaski Tagesbar can be heralded as one of the first ‘Instagram-able’ spots in Frankfurt, with each nook and cranny offering visitors a different and noteworthy photo op.

The Vibe

The ambience is both sophisticated and playful, inviting guests to lose themselves in its charm.  Mirrors, murals, and dreamy duck-egg blue adorn the walls. Whilst plush velvet chairs in dusty pink and blue hug marble-topped tables, and a tree adorned with bright pink flowers rises through the floor at the centre of the room.   Unquestionably, it creates a dramatic and fantastical focal point around which the entire space dances!  Hence conjuring images of Mayfair pole celebrations in the mind’s eye.

Outside, the duck egg blue theme continues with metal tables and chairs, providing the perfect setting for lunch and sundowners in the summer months!

The Menu

Mimosa or coffee? Pick your poison. Because Chinaski Tagesbar is perfect for both.  Whilst Chinaski Tagesbar is famous for its pancakes, and for good reason, we might add, it has a host of other dishes worthy of your attention!

Let’s begin with brunch!  It all boils down to the eggs (see what we did there).  And perfectly cooked eggs are NON-NEGOTIABLE.  Whether it’s an Aussie-inspired Smashed Avo brioche or French-Italian Inspired Eggs Florentine, the eggs are paramount to the success of the dish.  And for us, this means soft and oozy.  We weren’t left disappointed.

Next, Lunch!  Indulge in nourishing whole food options while dining out at Chinaski Tagesbar. Their wholesome bowls, from the Salmon Bowl to the Spicy Mexican Bowl and the Buddha Bowl which has a vegan-friendly option.  Indeed, there is something for everyone and we love that you don’t need to completely blow up your clean eating regime dining out here.  Having said that, there are plenty of options for cheat day, too!

Finally, Aperitivo! In our opinion, nothing complements a sundowner quite like a well-thought-out Charcuterie Board. Notably, there is a vegetarian option available for those who prefer to skip the cured meats.

Good to know
  • Please note that the building is undergoing outdoor restoration, and thus, outdoor seating is currently unavailable.
  • You may also like to try Hunky Dory
  • Situated in the heart of the city, the prices reflect this
  • If it’s late-night dancing you after, head across to Chinaski Club.


Address:
Bockenheimer Landstraße 1
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8am – 11pm
Saturday, 10am – 11pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Additional Info:   website | instagram | facebook

Price Guide: €€ – €€€



Best Ice Cream in Frankfurt

Best Ice Cream in Frankfurt?

Ice cream, you scream we all scream for ice cream!  But where does one find the best ice cream in Frankfurt??  And, which is the best ice cream shop??

Cone or cup?  Scoop or Soft serve?  Ice cream or Sorbet? Sprinkles or no sprinkles?  Decisions decisions!!  With so many choices, we decided to hit the streets with our esteemed panel of judges (no one a critic like two eight and one 6-year-old) and get you the inside scoop.  To think, when we were kids, it was vanilla or chocolate, and if you were lucky, you could have both!!!! 

It should be noted if you are new to Frankfurt or Germany, the Germans are passionate about Eis!!  And you will no doubt realise this when you find an ice cream shop on almost every corner!

Importantly, we wanted to give you a variety of what we think are the best ice cream shops in Frankfurt. So, without further ado, here are our top ice cream picks.

Best Ice Cream Shops in Frankfurt

Bizziice

With a number of ‘The Great Taste Awards’ to add to their name Bizziice, is definitely one not to be missed.  We think that’s a pretty good advertisement all in itself; however, being professionals, we double-checked!  Here in Frankfurt, you can choose from two different locations: one in Nordend on Koselstrasse 42 and one in Sachenhausen on Wallstrasse 26.  Also, if you’re visiting the zoo, well, they have a stand in there too!!!!

Ice Cream Notes:
  • organic certified
  • lactose-free options
  • they do frozen yoghurt and sorbet too
What our judges chose and said:
  • Yummy!
  • Two milk chocolate and one white chocolate were the flavours of choice
  • One of our little judges did wish she would have tried the lemon though.

Eissalon Firenze

When we first came to Frankfurt, our local knowledge heads recommended this little gem, Eissalon Firenze. And we are so glad they did. It’s like a little piece of Italy right here in Frankfurt. Tucked away behind the fountains on Walther-von-Cronberg-Platz 13, look out for the colourful vespers and the queue!  It’s the perfect spot to grab an ice cream and let the kids run through the water while you grab a few minutes of peace.  Also, feel free to grab a wine from the bar right beside!  Great for everyone, we say!

Ice Cream Notes:
  • Very interesting flavours and lovely flavour combinations.
  • We tried Zitrone und Mint. It was like eating a Mojito. Don’t mind if we do!
  • Served in the traditional Italian way, with a spatula, not a scoop!
What our judges chose and said:
  • YES YES YES
  • Stracciatella was a firm favourite here

Antipodean

There’s a new kid in town, and it’s delicious. Located in Bornheim, Bornheimer Landstraße 18, this little dream is just what the doctor ordered. Antipodean is Italian-style gelato with an Aussie flare! They make it fresh every day!

Ice Cream Notes:
  • Italian Gelato with Aussie Flare
  • Make their own waffle cones fresh every day
  • Use locally sourced milk products
  • Vegan and lactose-free options
  • Big focus on sustainability with machinery and energy source
  • interesting flavours
What our judges say:
  • Absolutely loved it.
  • We tried the white chocolate with bits and chocolate sorbet. Delicious!

Mint

This little gem is located at Berger Straße 36. Family owned and run for the past 10 years, they have pushed the ice cream boundaries adding gluten free, lactose free and vegan options to their menu. When they realised that both their kids had allergies they decided to develop a recipe so they could enjoy the wonders of ice cream too. No one should be left behind when it comes to experiencing the joys of ice cream.  People flock from far and wide to buy Mint’s speciality ice creams!

Ice Cream Notes:
  • gluten and lactose-free options
  • vegan options
  • Ice cream aside, with their Argentinian roots, the Alfjor is an absolute must-try!
What our judges chose and said:
  • They loved Mint.
  • Cookies and cream was the flavour of choice, and it was a definite winner!
  • The M&M’s hiding in the bottom of the cone is a stroke of genius

Brixia

Ok, ok, so technically, Brixia isn’t an ice cream shop. It’s a wonderful Italian cafe.  However, hear us out!  Aside from absolutely mouth-watering pastries and hot coffee, they have Italian Gelato perfect for those hot sunny days in Frankfurt.  Very centrally located on Bockenheimer Landstrasse they are well worth a visit.

Ice Cream Notes:
  • nice variety of flavours

To summarise, ice cream is a big deal in Germany and is eaten throughout the year.  So, whilst we have given you our picks for the best ice cream shops in Frankfurt, there are plenty more to find in our fair city!  If you find one that you think should definitely make this list, be sure to let us know!



Tokygon Frankfurt Japanese and Vietnamese Fusion

Tokygon Frankfurt Japanese and Vietnamese Fusion

Frankfurt’s culinary scene just got a whole lot more exciting with the grand opening of Tokygon Frankfurt, a vibrant new restaurant that perfectly blends Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine. Importantly, too, Tokygon is no stranger to the gastronomy world, with an already successful flagship location in Wiesbaden. Tokygon brings its innovative menu and enchanting atmosphere to a city eager for fresh gastronomic experiences.  Located on the border between Bahnhofsviertel and the Innenstadt, Tokygon promises an exciting dining experience, with its grand opening event generating plenty of buzz.

Tokygon Frankfurt
Tokygon Frankfurt

A Thoughtful Fusion of Seating and Spaces

In our opinion, one of the Tokygon Frankfurt’s standout features is its very clever subdivision of space!  Each area is thoughtfully designed to highlight different aspects of Vietnamese and Japanese traditions, marrying together the traditional elements from each culture with a contemporary, urban twist.  What’s more, whilst each space is distinctly its own, the design is such that each space ‘fuses’ beautifully into the next, creating a feeling of continuous flow!

Outside is a large outdoor terrace with dark wood tables and chairs; lanterns are strung overhead, creating a warm glow as the sun slowly settles behind the high-rise buildings.  Moving inside, there are a variety of seating options.  From the slightly elevated and intimate traditional Japanese floor-style seating, where guests can dine at low tables while seated on cushions, to ‘Saigon Gon’, where pretty ornate tiles line the floor, brushed concrete, the walls and simple wooden tables and chairs.  Around the corner, settle into a relaxed living room scene complete with an old-school television that would never hang on a wall!

To complete the feel, soft, ambient lighting enhances the dining experience, with lanterns reminiscent of those found in Hoi An and Kyoto casting a gentle glow over the tables. The colour palette—rich earth tones mixed with vibrant pops of red and gold—adds to the restaurant’s inviting aura.

Japanese and Vietnamese Fusion
Japanese and Vietnamese Fusion

Tokygon Frankfurt Grand Opening: A Night to Remember

The grand opening event was nothing short of hospitality at its best. Guests were treated to an evening of culinary delights, drinks, live music, and traditional performances. And let us tell you, Tokygon Frankfurt buzzed with excitement and energy. With free-flowing drinks and a crowd that lapped not only them up but the entertained on hand, the restaurant in Frankfurt has started with a bang!

Tokygon’s chefs, known for their expertise from their successful first location in Wiesbaden, outdid themselves with a special tasting menu that highlighted the best of Vietnamese and Japanese flavours. Also, a shout-out to all the staff: opening nights are never easy, and the one or two hiccups that are true to any event were handled with absolute professionalism and a smile.

A Culinary Journey

Tokygon’s menu pays homage to the rich culinary traditions of Vietnam and Japan while simultaneously infusing its dishes with a pinch of “German”.  Featuring dishes that are both familiar and adventurous. Signature items include:

  • Pho Love: Vietnam’s beloved noodle soup served with either entrecôte beef or chicken (there is also a vegan option).
  • Sushi Aburaki: Fresh baby asparagus with Salmon or unagi.
  • Surf and Turf: Perfectly cooked entrecôte and grilled prawns with a BBQ Redwine sauce finished with a healthy portion of veggies

Tokygon caters to all tastes and preferences, offering a range of innovative dishes and traditional favourites. Whether you’re a fan of adventurous fusion cuisine or prefer to stick to traditional dishes, there is something for everyone at Tokygon Frankfurt.

Tokygon Frankfurt
Tokygon Frankfurt
Tokygon Frankfurt

As Tokygon embarks on this new chapter, it invites everyone to join in the celebration of culture, flavour, and community. So, gather your friends, make a reservation, and prepare to be enchanted by the vibrant world of Tokygon.



Kids Podcasts Screen time for kids

Kids Podcasts: limit screen time not your sanity

Limiting kids screen time. Sigh! Oh the negotiation, the fighting, the whining that lies in my future.  The thought literally gives me indigestion and makes me want to check the wine fridge is stocked!  Now before you panic, we do have a solution!  Below, we breakdown some of the best kids podcasts to make the screen time discussion a little easier!

If you new to podcasts, it is an absolutely wonderful way to entertain your kids and allow them to immerse themselves in their imaginations!  From history to science to the latest current affairs we have you covered.   Let us know what your kids think!

If your kids are into history this is hands down amazing!  Sophie, Ellie and their dad recite history stories from all around the globe in the most entertaining way!

“Henry VIII, the Tudors, Romans, World War 2, George Washington, Columbus and more. Even amazing stories of animals in history like elephants, dogs, cats and pigeons. Stirring stories of love and betrayal. Strong women and how they changed history. Real life narrative history as it should be told.“

An absolutely wonderful way to introduce your kids to Greek Mythology!  Thoroughly entertaining, so much so that I may have heard each episode a billion times!  But let me tell you, it beats me having to hear that they bored a billion times!

It tells stories of gods and goddesses, monsters, and heroes! Enjoy this kid-friendly retelling of classic ancient Greek myths for the whole family.

Wow in the World

Guy Raz and Mindy take kids on a journey in every episode.  Teaching them all about science whilst keeping them thoroughly entertained and wanting more!  Science never seemed so easy!

Story Pirates

The Story Pirates take real stories written by real kids and turn them into the most entertaining podcast this side of the equator!

Winner of the 2020 iHeartRadio award for Best Kids and Family Podcast, The Story Pirates Podcast is one of the top three kids and family podcasts in the world.

Brains On

Another great kids science podcast.  They have a more conventional approach to their podcast than ‘Wow in World’ but still a great way of educating kids through their imaginations

Kids Nuz

Why should it only the adults who stay up to date on current events?!  Here’s a news round up for kids (episodes tend to not be much longer than 5/6 minutes)

The Two Princes

The only fantasy podcast currently featured but my boys were spellbound and calm for hours while listening to season one of this adventure.

Season 2 and Season 3 go on to deal with topics of same sex marriage and love which in todays society needs to be discussed and normalised.

Becoming Mother Nature

When Chloe is sent off to live with her mysterious and eccentric grandmother, she learns an unbelievable secret. Grandma Ivy is none other than Mother Nature herself! And Chloe is next in line to assume the power and responsibility of the job.

Can a 12-year-old learn to balance the entire world’s ecosystem while just trying to fit in at her new school? Only Mother Nature knows. Becoming Mother Nature: the first show in the Natureverse Series.

Be Calm on Awhay Island

I use this for my kids to relax and fall asleep in the evening.  A fantastic introduction to meditation for the next generation.

So whilst you may be stuck at home for now, don’t despair!  In our quest to keep our own kids entertained whilst limiting their screen we will continue to look for great kids podcasts  So, leave the research stuff to us and we will find ways to make life and entertaining your kids easier for you.

Stay Tuned for more ideas!



Havens Living Frankfurt

HAVENS LIVING FRANKFURT: Coliving Residential Letting

If you are moving to Frankfurt and need a nice soft landing when you arrive, we have just the place for you!  Because, as we all know, finding suitable accommodation can be daunting, especially for those in transition or relocating. Enter HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt, a well-thought-out expat and international-friendly urban housing concept located in Bockenheim, designed to meet the diverse needs of modern city dwellers. Inspired by global trends in coliving, coworking, and urban housing, HAVENS LIVING provides a seamless solution for those seeking midterm accommodation.

HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt The Concept

HAVENS LIVING stands out in Frankfurt’s housing market with its innovative approach. Drawing inspiration from successful coliving and coworking spaces worldwide, it offers more than just a place to stay. It provides a community-centric environment where residents can thrive both personally and professionally. Whether you’re an expat adjusting to a new city, a professional on a project, or someone in between permanent homes, HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt has designed its spaces with you in mind.

Accommodation Options

With 154 beautifully furnished, move-in-ready apartments, HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt caters to various needs and preferences. These apartments are divided into three categories and three design styles, ensuring there’s a perfect fit for everyone. Also, each apartment is equipped with modern amenities and stylish interiors, creating a comfortable and inviting home away from home.

Apartment Size

The Spacious:
  • 1-4 persons
  • 44-104 sqm
  • Bed 160 – 200 cm
The Standard:
  • 1-2 persons
  • 29-33 sqm
  • Bed 160 – 180 cm
The Cosy:
  • 1 person
  • 21-27 sqm
  • Bed 160 cm

Design Style

Zen:
  • Muted colour palette
Tech:
  • Modern and sleek
Artist:
  • Warm colour palette accents

In short, pick your size and choose your style. Furthermore, you can request the floor on which you would ideally like to live, namely first, second, third, and so on.  Of course, this is all subject to availability.

Community Areas

One of the standout features of HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt is it’s extensive and well-thought-out community areas. These spaces are designed to foster social interaction and community building. Residents can take advantage of a variety of amenities, including:

  • Cookery: A communal kitchen space where residents can cook, share meals, and connect over food.
  • Gym: A well-equipped fitness area for those looking to maintain their health and wellness routines.
  • Bar: A relaxed social space perfect for unwinding and meeting fellow residents.
  • Chill-Out Areas: Comfortable lounges where residents can relax, read, or enjoy some downtime.

The Rooftop Terrace

Another highlight of HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt is its stunning rooftop terrace. Offering wonderful views of Frankfurt’s iconic skyline, this space is perfect for social gatherings, quiet reflection, or simply soaking in the city’s beauty. It’s a unique feature that adds a touch of luxury to the living experience.

The HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt Experience

In conclusion, HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt isn’t just about providing a place to stay; it’s about creating a community. The thoughtfully designed spaces and the vibrant social atmosphere ensure that residents feel at home from the moment they move in. The concept embraces the modern nomadic lifestyle, providing flexibility and convenience without compromising on comfort or quality.

For those in transition, commuting, or simply looking for a midterm home in Frankfurt, HAVENS LIVING offers an unparalleled living experience. It’s more than just accommodation—it’s a place where you can live, work, and connect, all within the heart of one of Europe’s most dynamic cities.

Good to know

  • The Gym Facilities are included in the monthly rent
  • There are underground parking facilities. However, this is charged separately
  • Community events are important at HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt, with events happening at least once a month.  What’s more, it’s all included in your monthly rent
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks and some wine and beer included in your monthly rent


Address:
Voltastraße 81
60486 Frankfurt am Main

Additional Info:    website | instagram


We invite you to discover the HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt lifestyle today and find your perfect urban sanctuary in Frankfurt.


preeti dhillon

Preeti Dhillon

Preeti Dhillon has many strings to her bow, to name but a few: author, researcher, and avid traveller.  After living on multiple continents, she now finds herself back in Europe and, to our absolute delight, in Frankfurt.  Read more about Preeti below and some of her exciting adventures!

About Preeti Dhillon

Born and raised in the UK, she has lived in six countries and travelled to over 50. We told you she is the adventurous type! When she is not travelling, she is a researcher and writer. Her first book, The Shoulders We Stand On: How Black and Brown People Fought for Change in the UK (Dialogue), was published in 2023.

South America Adventures

Preeti spent much of her twenties in South America, living in Ecuador and El Salvador and travelling extensively across the continent. Initially drawn there by love, she discovered a part of herself she hadn’t known was missing. She learned Spanish, tried her hand at salsa dancing, hiked in Patagonia, got lost in the Amazon, and even got married. South America left an indelible mark on her life.

Return to Europe

As time passed, the distance from family and friends in Europe grew more significant. After a brief stint in London, Preeti and her husband moved to Switzerland, drawn by its mountainous beauty and chocolate—a delightful coincidence after Ecuador. Moving during the Covid pandemic was unusual, often leaving them as the only tourists at hotspots like Zermatt and Interlaken. Switzerland became even more special with the birth of their daughter.

Settling in Frankfurt

Germany, particularly Frankfurt, wasn’t on Preeti’s radar. The decision to move came swiftly, with no one in their circle having experience with the city. Her German husband, despite his heritage, had never visited Frankfurt. A quick day trip from Geneva, while Preeti stayed home with their three-week-old baby, convinced them it was worth the risk.

Preeti is thrilled with their choice. Frankfurt offers diverse cuisine, a family-friendly environment, and ample green spaces. She is thriving in the city and is excited to join our team to help others thrive as well.


Additional Info:   

website | instagram | twitter



Major Events in Frankfurt Summer 2024

Major Events in Frankfurt Summer 2024

Flowers aren’t the only things that blossom during spring and summer; Frankfurt and the surrounding towns do, too!  Honestly, the city transforms during the summer, becoming a hive of activity, offering up a vibrant energy and cultural richness.  After a long, hard winter, no one’s passing up the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and all the warmth has to offer.  From music festivals to outdoor markets and cultural celebrations, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Here are some of the top activities and major events in Frankfurt summer 2024 and why you shouldn’t miss them:

Frankfurt Summer 2024 Major Events and Festivals

CULTURAL

Palmengarten Open-air Theatre in English

For the whole month of June and the first week of July, escape the city and immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare!!  Spend an evening in the lush green oasis of the Palmengarten, experiencing one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays, Much Ado About Nothing.

Museumsuferfest Frankfurt:  23 – 25 August 2024

Kicking off the summer season in style, Museumsuferfest celebrates the city’s cultural diversity along the banks of the Main River. With art exhibitions, live music, dance performances, and culinary delights from around the world, this festival offers a unique opportunity to experience Frankfurt’s vibrant cultural scene. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a music lover, or simply looking for a fun day out with family and friends, Museumsuferfest has something for everyone.

Christopher Street Day (CSD) Frankfurt:  8 – 11 August 2024

Dedicated to promoting LGBTQ+ rights and equality, Christopher Street Day is a colourful and inclusive celebration that attracts thousands of participants and spectators from across Germany and beyond. The event’s highlight is the colourful parade through the streets of Frankfurt, where people of all backgrounds come together to celebrate diversity and inclusivity. With live music, performances, and parties throughout the city, CSD Frankfurt is a must-visit event for anyone who believes in equality and love for all.

Oktoberfest in Frankfurt:  18 September – 13 October 2024

Who says you need to go to Munich for a little Oktoberfest fun?  Contrary to what you might know, you can enjoy a little ‘light’ beer drinking right here on your doorstep.

Major Trade Fairs

Each year, Frankfurt Plays host to several Trade Fairs drawing visitors from near and far.  For a breakdown of many of the trade fairs read more here.

 

STREET FESTIVALS

Grüne Soße Festival:  11 – 18 May

If you want a real ‘taste of Hessen’ this is your chance!  Grüne Soße or Green sauce is a regional and much loved speciality!  Held annually, this lively event showcases the traditional herb-based sauce, which features seven specific herbs, alongside various cultural and entertainment activities. The festival transforms the city into a hub of gastronomic delight, offering visitors the chance to taste different variations of the sauce prepared by local chefs. Beyond its culinary focus, the festival includes live music, performances, and family-friendly activities, creating a festive atmosphere that highlights Frankfurt’s rich cultural heritage.

Berger Straßenfest: 25 – 26 May

On any given day Berger Straße is a hive of activity, so gear up when you head out for this festival!  Unsurprisingly this street fest is particularly well known for its vibrant atmosphere, with its mix of live music, street performances, culinary delights, and local crafts. Stretching the length and breath of Frankfurt’S longest and most beloved streets, the event draws locals and tourists alike.  Visitors can indulge in a wide variety of food and drinks from local vendors, explore unique stalls offering handmade goods, and enjoy a diverse range of entertainment options including family friendly one.

Freßgass Festival:  22 – 31 May

Myth has it that residents believe Spring has truly sprung when Freßgass Festival kicks off.  However, as we all know, the weather is a temperamental beast these days!  As one of the initial street festivals during the spring/summer season, there is a definite excitement in the air as locals dust off their sandals and tidy away their winter coats.  Each year, the celebration draws thousands of visitors to “Große Bockenheimer Straße” between Börsenstraße and Opernplatz.  Plenty of wine tasting and plenty of cheer!

Main Festival:  02 – 05 August 2024

The Main Festival in Frankfurt is a family-friendly festival that comes to life every summer along the picturesque banks of the Main River.  From traditional rides and unusual historical activities to fireworks lighting up the skies, there is plenty to see and do.  For example, one of the standout highlights is the traditional fisherman’s joust (expected to occur on Sunday, the 4th, from 4 pm). In this captivating contest, brave participants don historical costumes and face off on boats armed with long spears in a thrilling test of skill and balance.  Another unique attraction is “Wine from the Fountain of Justice”; here, wine instead of water flows from one of the city’s historic fountains.

Sommerwerft Street Art Festival:  26 July – 11 August, 2024

In their own words, ” 17 DAYS OF THEATRE, DANCE, MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE“. Visitors can explore the urban landscape at Weseler Werft while experiencing the creative art scene that Sommerwerft has on offer.

MUSIC AND DANCE

Fête de la Musique:  21 June 2024

This music festival dates back to 1982, when Jack Lang, the French Minister of Culture, envisioned a vibrant musical celebration in Paris. Armed with a few powerful connections and a hefty dose of musical idealism, this vision blossomed into the global phenomenon we see today. Every year on June 21st, the world now celebrates Fête de la Musique, also known as European and Worldwide Music Day. This special event unites people in over 340 cities worldwide, including 60 in Europe and 20 in Germany.  Join the global celebration of music at the Fête de la Musique, which will this year be hosted at Villa Manskopf in Frankfurt.  The festival is free and open to the public, with musicians generously waiving their fees. Performances are of all styles and typically occur outdoors, adding to the festive atmosphere.

World Club Dome:  6 to 8 September 2024

World Club Dome has steadily risen to become one of Europe’s premier EDM and electronic music festivals. It is held at Deutsche Bank Park (formerly Commerzbank Arena) in Frankfurt am Main.  Choose between World Club Dome Future Edition and  World Club Dome Pool session, which is held at Stadion Bad Frankfurt.

Mama Geht Tanzen:  13 July 2024 and 16 August 2024

If you are after an insanely fun girls’ night out dancing, this is your JAM.  Join Mama Geht Tanzen’s upcoming open-air events at Zapato Club and Gateway Gardens Ocean Club!  Be sure to book tickets quickly; they sell out at a rapid rate!

Mama geht tanzen in Frankfurt
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SPORT AND FITNESS

UEFA EURO Football

Absolutely, UEFA Euro 2024 in Frankfurt promises thrilling matches with top European teams, creating an electric atmosphere for fans worldwide. The event kicks off in Munich on Friday, June 14, and ends with the final in Berlin on Sunday, July 14. It allows Frankfurt to show off its rich heritage and vibrant summer culture while offering an unforgettable experience both on and off the pitch. Join the celebration to witness history in the making and enjoy the action, passion, and camaraderie of Euro 2024.

Ironman Frankfurt:  18 August 2024

Undoutedly,Ironman Frankfurt is one of the ultimate tests of endurance and athleticism for fitness enthusiasts and sports fans. Athletes from around the world gather to swim, bike, and run through the scenic landscapes of Frankfurt and its surrounding areas.  However, if, like me, you prefer more of a spectator role, grab your picnic blanket, take a seat along the main and cheer loudly for all those who I can only imagine are ‘in hell’.

Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, witnessing the determination and dedication of Ironman athletes is an inspiring experience that will leave you in awe.

Outside Frankfurt Summer 2024 Major Events and Festivals

Rheingau Musik Festival:  22 June – 7 September 2024

Held in various venues across the Rheingau region, this renowned music festival features world-class performances by orchestras, ensembles, and soloists. Visitors can enjoy concerts in historic castles, churches, and vineyards, surrounded by stunning scenery.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of classical music at the Rheingau Musik Festival. Set against the backdrop of historic castles, vineyards, and churches, this renowned festival showcases world-class performances by orchestras, ensembles, and soloists. Whether you’re a seasoned classical music aficionado or a newcomer to the genre, the Rheingau Musik Festival promises an unforgettable musical experience in some of the most picturesque settings in Germany.  Opening concert will take place at Kloster Eberbach on the 22nd of July

Fête de la Musique Schwetzingen city: 21 June 2024

This international music festival takes place in various locations across Schwetzingen city. Free concerts and performances showcase a diverse range of musical genres and styles. Visitors can enjoy live music in parks, squares, and streets throughout the city.

Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele:  9 June –28 July 2024

The Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele, or Heidelberg Castle Festival, is a magical annual event that transforms the historic Heidelberg Castle into a breathtaking stage for the arts. This enchanting festival features a diverse lineup of theatrical performances, operas, concerts, and dance shows, all set against the stunning backdrop of one of Germany’s most iconic castles.

Best Wine Tour

In conclusion, Frankfurt offers a dynamic and diverse array of activities and events to enjoy during the summer of 2024. Whether exploring the city’s cultural heritage, indulging in culinary delights, or immersing yourself in the arts, there’s no shortage of experiences to delight and inspire visitors of all ages and interests. So come and discover the vibrant summer scene in Frankfurt.  Without a doubt, you won’t be disappointed!



MAMA GEHT TANZEN

Mama Geht Tanzen: Girls Night Out in Frankfurt

“Wanna Go Clubbing?”  Had you asked me this question a little over a month ago, I would have looked at you and wondered whether you had completely LOST YOUR MIND.  I have two kids and like to be asleep well before midnight!  OMG, I hate that I just said that; I used to be fun!  However, there is hope, for me and anyone else who values their sleep!!  Calling all the mamas (but honestly, you don’t have to have kids to join) who want a great girl’s night out in Frankfurt dancing.  But here’s the kicker: I want to start at 8 pm, not midnight!  Ladies, MAMA GEHT TANZEN has your name written all over it!

What is MAMA GEHT TANZEN

Honestly, now that I think about it, I can’t believe this wasn’t done earlier!  It’s a GENIUS idea.  But let me give the credit where the credit is due!  And this credit begins with Andrea and Anna, two moms from Wuppertal!  The idea was simple: they were mums with kids, but, and this may come as a surprise to some, they were still individuals and wanted a night out!  Crazy, I know!   But they weren’t completely nuts and realised going out after 11 pm was never going to work; you can’t mute kids at 6 am like your alarm.  So what’s a girl to do?  DO IT YOURSELF!  As a result, in January 2023, the first Mama Geht Tanzen party rocked out!

Since the original launch of the first Party in Wuppertal, the parties have set the mama world in Germany alight!  Meaning that you can now find a party near you almost all across the country, as well as in Austria and Switzerland.  And whilst the team has significantly grown in size, their essence hasn’t.  They are all mums doing it for themselves and other mums!

Girls night out in Frankfurt
Mama Geht Tanzen

MAMA GEHT TANZEN in Frankfurt

As previously mentioned, Mama Geht Tanzen fever has spread nationwide!  And Frankfurt, or rather Hessen Rhein-Main, is no different!

Enter centre stage: Marit Pahl, Pilot and mother of two!  A big fan of the Mama Geht Tanzen concept right from the get-go, she couldn’t wait for the parties to reach Frankfurt!  Unfortunately, or fortunately for her, the parties didn’t seem to be reaching Frankfurt fast enough; thus, she took it upon herself to bring them to our fair city!  And in November 2023, the first Mama Geht Tanzen, raised the roof at Fortuna Irgendwas.  With tickets selling out within a minute, it was clear that mums were desperate for a girl’s night out in Frankfurt.  Since then, there has been at least one party per month, with each selling out in minutes!

Marit Pahl Frankfurt Founder

What to expect on this Girl’s Night Out in Frankfurt

To tell you the truth, I dragged a friend along, and we weren’t entirely sure what to expect.  Would it be weird with mostly women?  Would the music be good?

Well, let me tell you, we haven’t had that much fun in a long time!  We danced and danced and danced!!  The music was banging from the moment we arrived, and people were on the dancefloor!  No, let’s hug the bar for the first hour and a half and then mosey onto the dancefloor.   Nope, from 8 pm until 11 pm, the dance floor is heaving, but not in an awful you can’t move kind of way!

Currently, Mama Geht Tanzen has 5 “resident’ DJs.  Meaning, that whilst you know you will always have a mix of music genres, you can rest assured that each DJ will bring their own flavour.  Comforting for those of us who will go on multiple occasions!

In short, it’s a carefree, fun night out!  And as Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin sang here, Sisters are doin it for themselves.”

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Girls night out in Frankfurt

Mama Geht Tanzen in Hessen Rhein-Main

Marit understands that it’s not only the mums in Frankfurt who might need a night out but mums all across the region!  Currently, there are parties in Mainz at Roxy and in Aschaffenburg at Cloud Seven.  Find all current MGT parties happening around Hessen Rhein-Main


Good to know:
  • Whilst men or, more specifically, partners are welcome to join, not many do, so it’s primarily women.
  • Mama Geht Tanzen parties are currently hosted at Fortuna Irgendwo
  • It should be noted that whilst there are around 600/650 tickets in Frankfurt, they tend to sell out fast, so you need to be quick
  • There is no dress code, so you can wear what makes you feel most comfortable. Dancing free and without inhibition!
  • The party offers a wide range of Music, from hip-hop to pop, 90s to indie and grunge. Importantly, in our opinion, they do not play only one genre.
  • In short, it’s 180 minutes of partying and unadulterated freedom!
  • On July 13th, they are taking it outside for an open-air event at Zapato Club!  Book tickets fast to avoid disappointment
  • And on August 16th, another open-air event, but this time at Gateway Gardens Oceans Club



Ennemme jewellery design

Ennemme Jewellery Design: Reviving Legacy

In a world where family heirlooms can often fade into obscurity or lay forgotten in a draw, Ennemme Jewellery Design emerges as an unexpected saviour.  In fact, Ennemme gives everyone the opportunity to breathe new life into old treasures.  Having said that, however, Ennemme isn’t only about reinvention but also very much about creation!  And this artisanal approach allows customers the unique opportunity to create jewellery that only they might have seen in their imagination.

The Woman Behind the Name

Nicoletta Marinucci is the woman who stands behind the Ennemme Brand.  If you are not quite sure how to pronounce the brand name, quietly say her initials to yourself: “NM”.  Nicoletta’s path to becoming a jewellery designer is a beautiful and serendipitous one.  Originally from Rome, it was on its bustling streets and inside its jewellery stores that this journey began, or didn’t, depending on how you look at it.  Regardless of how many stores she visited, she found herself in the same predicament as Goldilocks!  Nothing was quite right!  So, what a girl to do?   Tinker and tinker and make it herself!

Initially, Nicoletta’s jewellery making was a hobby, a refuge, a place where she would retreat to lose herself in the process of imagination and creation. Years later, as a mother of three lively boys and a 9-to-5 corporate job, she yearned for a way to balance her professional aspirations with the joys of motherhood.  And so it was in this grappling with “how to balance her life” that she realised she had come full circle.  Finally, she understood the answer had been there all along!  The art of handcrafting original jewellery, her true passion.

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Jewellery Design

Ennemme Jewellery Design: Style

One thing is clear when you sit down and talk to Nicoletta: her PASSION and that’s not just the Italian in her!  Moreover, it’s not only passion but her belief in what she is doing!  Too big, too small, too tacky, not the right metal, not the right gemstone!  Tired of being a Goldilocks, who never found baby bear’s porridge; she wanted something ‘just right’.  Ultimately, Nicoletta’s self-described style is minimalistic, working primarily with silver and gold with her favourite ‘accent’ being the pearl.

Ennemme Jewellery Design: Approach

What truly distinguishes Nicoletta is not just her craftsmanship but her deep respect for the stories behind each piece she works on. She understands the emotional value that these heirlooms hold for their owners and approaches her craft with the utmost care and reverence. To her, each piece is not just an accessory but a vessel of memories and emotions waiting to be reimagined.  Unquestionably, a sentiment that resonates deeply with her audience.  But her artistry goes beyond mere restoration. Nicoletta’s unique approach infuses each piece with a fresh, contemporary twist perfectly suited to whomever she works with.

Every creation that emerges from Nicoletta’s studio is a testament to her dedication to her craft. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted, ensuring that no two creations are alike. From intricate designs to personalised touches, her jewellery resonates with a sense of authenticity and individuality that is truly rare in today’s mass-produced world.

The Designer Customer Relationship

Above all, working with Nicoletta is a deeply collaborative designer-client relationship.  Now, whether you are reinventing and restoring a family heirloom or creating something brand new, this collaborative process never changes.

Nicoletta’s approach is distinct. Never one to impose her own vision, she takes the time to understand each client’s distinct needs and preferences.  Ultimately fostering a sense of trust and partnership that transcends the workshop and ensures that the final piece is a true reflection of the client’s style and personality. Together, they embark on a creative journey, co-creating a piece that not only mirrors the client’s style but speaks to who they are.

The Story About a Ring That Blossomed into a Pair of Earrings

In the images below, you will see the heartwarming story of a ring that blossomed into a beautiful pair of earrings!  And, what makes this truly wonderful, in our opinion, is the preservation of the original engraving on the ring in the new earrings.  We do not need to lose everything from the past when we embrace the future!

Ennemme Jewellery Design
Ennemme Jewellery Design

How To Own Your Very Own Original Piece

To own your very own piece of Ennemme jewellery, reach out to Nicoletta Marinucci through Instagram, her website, or email (find all details below). Whether you’ve been dreaming of a specific design that you can’t seem to find or want to breathe new life into forgotten pieces in your draw.  Or you may want a truly unique piece to commemorate a special occasion!  Whatever your desires, Nicoletta would be delighted to collaborate and discuss.  It couldn’t be simpler!

Unquestionably, in an age of mass production and fleeting trends, Nicoletta’s dedication to handcraftsmanship and bespoke design is a refreshing departure from the norm. To sum it up, each piece that emerges from her studio is a testament to her unwavering commitment to quality and authenticity.   Showcasing the timeless allure of artisanal craftsmanship in a world that often values quantity over quality.


Additional Info:     ENNEMME website | instagram



Oktoberfest in Frankfurt

Oktoberfest in Frankfurt

Have you perhaps wanted to experience the Oktoberfest but have yet to find the time to get to Munich?  Well, good news!! Now, you can do it without even heading to Munich.  Word has it that the Oktoberfest in Frankfurt has all the authentic aspects of the beer fest in Munich: traditional games, music and beer.  However, it’s a fraction of the size and perhaps slightly less debauchery (if this is what you’re after, I’m confident you can achieve it independently)

How and When did the Oktoberfest in Frankfurt Start?

Coming up close to 15 years ago now, the first Oktoberfest was held in 2007.  A joint venture between Kai Mann and Eddie Hausman saw the inaugural event to be a great success, and since then, have gone from strength to strength!

Where is it held, and how big is the event?

The event has 60,000 attendees over a duration of just under four weeks.

This year:18 September – 13 October 2024

Location: Deutsche Bank Park

Timing:  5.30pm – 12am

The location is easily accessible by public transport and should you choose to drive there are 2 parking lots.

Oktoberfest in Frankfurt

What to expect at the Oktoberfest in Frankfurt?

Undoubtedly an enormous party albeit a far more intimate experience than you might find in Munich.  Predominantly, the arena is filled with a multitude of long wooden tables, each seating 12.  However, for those wanting a more ‘private party’ there are six boxes available that each cater for 40 guests.  The boxes are set slightly higher than the stages and offer an unobstructed view.

Each day will see the traditional Bayern game of Beer glass lifting takes place, which will culminate in the winners from each day competing on the final day for some incredible prizes.  For example, one-week skiing in Obertown or a holiday with Condor to the Dominican Republic.

Furthermore, you can expect to have live music each day with the in-house The Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band playing traditional music.  Also, the incredibly popular band Jimi and the Weather Girls will be there to entertain like they always do.

Lastly, if you find yourself at a loose end in between pints, check out our Frankfurt Weekend Guide for other activities while you are here!

How to Book tickets?

Head over to the Frankfurter Oktoberfest website for more information for 2024 at beer fest tickets info.   

Finally, Frankfurt has plenty of amazing events happening year-round; you just have to find them!



Paul and tim coffee in Europaviertel

Paul and Tim: Coffee in Europaviertel

Amidst Europaviertel’s bustling streets and modern architecture, a delightful new coffee shop has emerged. And, it promises to be the go-to destination for coffee aficionados, casual caffeine seekers, and those looking for a little community feel. Tim Pauland is the owner and operator of this coffee shop, aptly named “Paul and Tim” as a clever reference to the founder’s name.

The Story Behind Paul and Tim

Every great coffee shop has a story, and Paul and Tim is no exception. Tim Pauland is a passionate coffee enthusiast who always dreamed of running his own coffee shop!  After years of working in the retail sector, learning all he could about what it takes to run a successful and profitable business, he took a leap of faith in October last year!  Taking inspiration from his own name, “Paul and Tim” was born, and Tim’s quintessential coffee experience came to life.  In short, Tim’s quintessential coffee experience is about more than a place or location, it’s about creating a community, a hub, a feeling.

Beyond Coffee: Community and Connection

Above everything, Paul and Tim’s goal is to be a hub for fostering community and connection.  From grabbing your morning caffeine fix “Italian Style” to catching up with friends, holding casual business meetings, or simply unwinding with a good book, this space is for EVERYONE.

And, in keeping with their commitment to fostering community, Paul and Tim’s also plays host to a variety of events and activities. These range from live music nights featuring local talent to interactive coffee, wine, and whiskey-tasting workshops led by our knowledgeable staff. It’s a place where strangers become friends, and every visit is an opportunity to forge new connections.

Coffee the Italian Way

Ever had coffee the Italian way?  To clarify, we mean a quick espresso, which you drink standing at the coffee bar.  Not only is it no mess, no fuss, but a total bargain at 1.50; sure, you might have to have a chat with Tim, but he’s good value too, we promise!

Wine and Whiskey

In addition to coffee, you will find a small selection of wine, beer and spirits to enjoy.  So, as the summer approaches and the sidewalks come alive, stop by for an aperitif.  Best part?  You don’t need to head into the city to have a few drinks with friends.  Also, check out the wine and whiskey tastings at the link below.

Good to know


Address:
Europa-Allee 147,
60486 Frankfurt am Main

Hours:
Monday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Tuesday:  closed
Wed-Thursday:  8:30 am – 5 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 7 pm
Sat\Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

Additional Info:    website | instagram | facebook



lohrpark cherry trees in Frankfurt

Lohrpark; Cherry Blossoms in Frankfurt

Perched where the Frankfurts Horizon almost touches the beginnings of the Taunus is Lohrpark.  Touted as Frankfurt’s highest park, it provides a unique view of the city Skyline, looking down (or more specifically across) as opposed to up.  Not only does this park offer wonderful views of the city however, it’s also an absolute delight in the Spring for Cherry Blossoms in Frankfurt.

Picnic or Barbeque in Lohrpark

Lohrpark boasts stunning views of the Frankfurt Skyline and vast green spaces, making it the ideal spot for a family picnic or BBQ. However, please keep in mind that there are designated areas for barbecuing (Lohrpark BBQ map location).

Cherry Blossoms in Frankfurt

Undoubtedly, Lohrpark is one of the most tranquil and gorgeous places to experience the Cherry Blossoms in Frankfurt.  So as winter begins to fade and the smell of Spring begins to ride on the breeze, the magnificent Cherry Blossom takes centre stage, erupting in a symphony of colour in Lohrpark.  Like Cotton Candy on a stick, the trees line the park’s entrance, delicate petals of pink and white falling from the heavens like confetti.  Fading as quickly as they bloom, their brief existence inspires awe and wonder, signalling summer’s imminent arrival.

Wine

Viticulture has been practiced on Lohrberg’s sun-drenched slope for centuries and today, it is the last wine-growing area in Frankfurt with an area of 1.3 hectares.

Good to know:
  • Lohrpark has magnificent views of the Frankfurt Skyline
  • Easy parking, though on hot sunny days, it fills up quickly, so be early.  To clarify, the parking lot can be found at the Berger Weg park entrance.
  • Bus line 43, stop “Budge-Altenheim”, then about 10 minutes walk (uphill)
    Bus lines 30 and 69, stop “Heiligenstock”, then about 10 minutes walk (flat route)
  • There’s a great traditional German restaurant overlooking the park if you are not in the mood to cook called Lohrberg-Schänke
  • Finally, there is a kid’s playground in the direction of Klingenweg


Address:

Lohrpark
60389 Frankfurt

Hours:

Open 24 hours



HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt

HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt: Your Ultimate Furnished Residential Let

Are you an expat, traveller or professional currently in flux seeking a chic temporary home in the vibrant city of Frankfurt?  Look no further!  HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt is gearing up to redefine your temporary accommodation experience in the heart of Bockenheim.

Who is HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt

At the heart of HAVENS LIVING lies community!  In today’s fast-paced and transient world, finding a safe space, a community and somewhere to call home, even if only for a moment, can be a challenge.  HAVENS LIVING understands this and hopes to be the ‘haven’ that so many seek.

HAVENS LIVING, a brand incorporated under the International Campus Group umbrella, is not just another coliving space. It is a direct response to the growing demographic of ‘Unsettled Professionals’.  Often, this demographic of individuals lies either on the cusp of establishing permanent family structures or, as singles, wish to maintain a nomadic lifestyle.  Moreover, both groups seek a distinctive living experience that combines modern comforts with a sense of belonging.  HAVENS LIVING aims to fulfil this need by offering short to medium-term contracts that come with all necessary amenities and lifestyle comforts. Simultaneously, their goal is to foster a sense of community and belonging among their residents.

With one highly successful location already established in Hamburg and another two scheduled to open after Frankfurt, the HAVENS LIVING revolution is well underway. As evidenced by their thriving Hamburg location, the HAVENS team is fully aware of what it takes to create a successful coliving experience.

HAVENS LIVING FRANKFURT
HAVENS LIVING FRANKFURT

Luxurious Living Spaces

HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt isn’t just about where you sleep – it’s about where you thrive. Step into a world where comfort meets sophistication. The apartments offer a range of meticulously designed living spaces, providing professionals with a haven that balances style and functionality. The temporary accommodation options come in a variety of sizes, ranging from cosy studios to spacious apartments.  Because HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt understands that each individual is different and that where and how we live impacts our interactions with others.  They offer the opportunity to choose a mood or, rather, colour palette and interior design to suit each individual best.  Namely, Artist, Zen and Tech.

Prime Location in Bockenheim

HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt is situated in Bockenheim, a true melting pot of cultures and people coming together.  Additionally, Bockenheim allows quick and easy access to Frankfurt’s business hubs, cultural attractions, and recreational spots. Enjoy the perfect blend of convenience and charm, making your stay both productive and delightful.

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Havens Living Frankfurt
Havens Living Frankfurt

State-of-the-Art Amenities

At HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt, we understand the importance of a seamless living experience. Our temporary accommodation comes equipped with modern amenities to make your stay enjoyable and stress-free. High-speed Wi-Fi, fully-equipped kitchens with dishwashers and coffee machines, along with contemporary furnishings throughout the apartments.  Furthermore, you can expect to find Bose speakers, a Smart TV, a laptop-friendly workspace and central heating.  Finally, you can furthermore customise your apartment with additional add ons should you wish!

Tailored for People on the Move

HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt recognises the unique needs of travellers and professionals on short to medium-term assignments. As a result, the space is designed to provide a haven that fosters productivity and relaxation. Whether you’re a traveller, consultant, or on a short-term project, our accommodations are tailored to meet the demands of your dynamic lifestyle.  The communal space features a coffee lounge, gym, cookery,  co-working areas, and a roof terrace. Unquestionably saving you time and effort and allowing you to focus on what’s important.

HAVENS LIVING Frankfurt: OFFICIAL OPENING MAY 2024

Good to know:
  • This temporary accommodation is best suited for individuals and couples
  • Letting terms are  3 – 12 months
  • Whilst the official opening date is May 2024, it is possible to organise viewings from April
  • Find out more about HLF here



Easter in Germany

Easter in Germany, Traditions Eplained

Now, whilst one might be inclined to think, “Easter is Easter” anywhere you go.  To some extent it is, but, each country and indeed city has particular traditions that play a significant role in celebrations.  So, what exactly can you expect when celebrating Easter in Germany?

Typical Traditions for Easter in Germany

Bunte Eier, Painted eggs

The tradition of dyeing and hand-painting hard-boiled eggs in Germany dates back to the 4th century, with the oldest surviving decorated egg dating from that time. If you want to try your hand at egg painting, you can explore various kits that provide dyes, egg-friendly paints, and decorative, shrinkable egg wrappers. People use these painted eggs as decorations, gifts, or even in sandwiches! Additionally, these colourful eggs are often used in games, with egg tapping and rolling being popular favourites.

Good know:

If you are not a fan of painting, you will find plenty of colourful eggs in a supermarket near you!

Ostereierbaum, Easter Egg Tree

If you are under the impression that trees are only decorated at Christmas, you’d be wrong!  In Germany, trees are just as worthy of decoration at Easter Time!  German families often cook and dye boiled eggs, known as Bunte Eier or Osteier, before hanging them from the branches of trees.  In fact, this has now become a popular tradition all across Europe.

Easter in Germany

Osterfeuer

The tradition of Easter Fires, predating Christian practices, finds its roots in the pagan ritual of lighting fires to welcome spring and dispel winter spirits. Today, these bonfires play a significant role in liturgical and Christian cultural celebrations, serving as a reminder of a rich historical heritage and the resilience of traditions. However, the timing of these fires varies by region. Some communities light them on Holy Saturday, while others do so on the evening of Easter Sunday or even on the morning of Easter Monday. Presently, Easter fires offer a cosy and communal experience, with families and friends gathering to enjoy the warmth of the flames and indulge in Easter treats.

If you’re eager to witness the magic of the Easter Fires firsthand this year, we’ve found two events in and around Frankfurt. These bonfires, steeped in history and tradition, promise to be a unique and unforgettable experience, offering a glimpse into the heart of Easter in Germany.

Wiesbadener Osterfeuer-Fest

When: Saturday, 30.03.2024 at 6 pm
Where:  Schlachthof Wiesbaden, Murnaustraße 1, 65189 Wiesbaden
Price: Free Entry

Osterfeuer IG Riedberg

When: Saturday, 30.03.2024, 6 pm – 10:30 pm
Where:  Alte Riedbergstrasse, next to the IG club grounds

 

The Easter Bunny

When I researched Easter Traditions for this article, I hadn’t considered why a rabbit was chosen to deliver the chocolate eggs to overly excited little humans. However, it has since become very clear. In short, Easter celebrates spring and new life, with eggs and flowers serving as obvious symbols of female fertility. However, if you’ve ever owned rabbits, especially a male and a female, you’ll understand where I’m going with this! It doesn’t take long before you fully appreciate the reproductive potential of soft-eared, fluffy creatures. Before you know it, you are inundated with more rabbits than you can count!

Grüne Soße on Gründonnerstag for Easter in Germany

Maundy Thursday is a Christian feast or holy day commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. In Germany, it is known as “Gründonnerstag” (Green Thursday). Although the name comes from the old German word “greinen” (to mourn), nowadays, it is far more literal: eat something green. Of course, that can mean only one thing in Hessen: Grüne Soße!

Osterbrot (Easter Bread)

Germans’ love for bread is no secret, so it comes as no surprise that Easter celebrations have their unique version, Osterbrot. However, unlike the typical dark variety of bread eaten year-round, this decorative and sweet bread is crafted from butter, milk, eggs, raisins, and candied peel. Often, bakers divide the dough into three and then braid it into either a loaf or shape it into a wreath.

Another delightful sweet treat baked during this festive time is the Easter Lamb Cake (Osterlammkuchen). This simple sponge cake takes the shape of a lamb, baked in a specially designed cake form. It serves as the centrepiece for the afternoon “coffee and cake” table.

If I’m honest, there’s a little too much baking involved.  And for someone who can’t follow a recipe, this is an absolute disaster waiting to happen!

Terms and Phrases to know

Karwoche – Holy Week

Palmensonntag – Palm Sunday
Gründonnerstag – Maudy Thursday/Holy Thursday
Karfreitag – Good Friday
Karsamstag – Holy Saturday
Ostersonntag – Easter Sunday

Frohe Ostern – Happy Easter

So there you have it!  If you are planning on celebrating Easter in Germany, these are some of the traditions you can expect to see and experience.




Frankfurt 101

Frankfurt 101: A Language and Cultural Guide

Without a doubt, a little goes a long way when visiting or permanently moving to a new city.  Particularly when it comes to language and cultural ‘cues’.  Not only does it endear you to the locals when you need help (well, sometimes), but it may help you avoid being accosted for Jaywalking, because it is very much frowned upon!   In short, Frankfurt 101 is our attempt to give you a quick cheat sheet for navigating Frankfurt or, indeed, Germany as a whole.  So, without further ado, Willkommen in Frankfurt! (Welcome to Frankfurt!)

Frankfurt 101:  Basic German Phrases

Greetings and Politeness:
  1. Hello – Hallo
  2. Good morning – Guten Morgen
  3. Good evening – Guten Abend
  4. Goodbye – Auf Wiedersehen
  5. Please – Bitte
  6. Thank you – Danke
  7. Excuse me – Entschuldigung
Navigating the City:
  1. Where is…? – Wo ist…?
  2. How much is this? – Wie viel kostet das?
  3. I would like… – Ich hätte gerne…
  4. Can you help me? – Können Sie mir helfen?
Dining Out:
  1. Water – Wasser
  2. Menu – Speisekarte
  3. Delicious – Lecker
  4. Bill, please – Die Rechnung, bitte

Frankfurt recycling and waste separation
frankfurt 101
frankfurt 101

Cultural Norms

Punctuality:

Germans value punctuality. In other words, arrive on time for appointments and events to show respect for others’ time.  When running late for social or work events, let the host know.

Cash is King:

While credit cards are widely accepted, having some cash on hand is advisable, especially in smaller shops and cafes.

Recycling Matters:

Germany is known for its commitment to recycling. Familiarise yourself with the recycling bins for plastics, paper, and glass.

Quiet Sundays:

Sundays are generally quiet in Germany. Many shops and businesses are closed, and there are restrictions on noisy activities.  For example, mowing your lawn or doing loud DIY.

Personal Space:

Germans appreciate personal space. Maintain a comfortable distance during conversations and respect queues in public spaces.

Etiquette Tips

Formal Greetings:

Initial greetings tend to be formal. Use titles such as Herr (Mr.) or Frau (Mrs.) unless invited to use first names.

“Popping Round”:

It may go without saying, but it is not common practice to drop in on someone in Germany.  Absolutely call beforehand.

Tipping Customs:

Tipping is common in restaurants. Typically, rounding up the bill or leaving 10-15% is customary.  Also, be sure to give it to your waiter or waitress don’t leave it on the table.

No JayWalking:

Jaywalking is frowned upon particularly if you are with children. Cross streets only at designated pedestrian crossings, even if the streets seem empty.

Visiting a German Home:

Definitely bring flowers if you’re invited to a German home for a social occasion. Also, if the flowers are wrapped in paper, remember to take off the wrapping just before you enter the home.  Additionally, a bottle of wine or “Sekt” (German Sparkling wine) is acceptable.

Taking Photographs:

Ask a German’s permission before taking a picture or video of them.

Of course, this Frankfurt 101 Language and Cultural Guide is but scratching the surface.  However, by embracing these language phrases and cultural insights, you’ll hopefully have a start at navigating Frankfurt and Germany. Enjoy your time in this vibrant and culturally rich city!



The Top Trade Fairs at Messe Frankfurt

The Top Trade Fairs at Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is a world-renowned trade fair organiser that hosts around 250 events each year. Its expansive exhibition grounds serve as the backdrop for a multitude of trade fairs, conferences, exhibitions, and concerts. These events attract a large number of participants from around the world, making Messe Frankfurt an international beacon for trade, innovation, and collaboration. Spanning diverse sectors such as literature, automotive, technology, textiles, and more, we break down the top trade fairs at Messe Frankfurt.

1.  Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest trade fair for books, with a rich history dating back centuries. It serves as a meeting place for publishers, authors, and literary enthusiasts, offering much more than a marketplace for literature. The fair provides a platform for cultural exchange, networking, and exploration of the latest literary trends. Attending the Frankfurt Book Fair is a must for anyone seeking to experience the dynamic world of publishing.

2.  Automechanika Frankfurt

Driving Innovation in Auto Services: Automechanika Frankfurt reigns as the world’s leading trade fair for the automotive service industry. This event is a haven for professionals looking to stay abreast of the latest spare parts, accessories, and repair technologies trends. Automechanika is committed to sustainability and technological advancements, making it an indispensable gathering for automotive industry leaders and enthusiasts.

3.  Light + Building

Shaping the Future of Lighting and Building Services: Light + Building is a biennial trade fair that serves as a global stage for lighting and building services technology. Architects, planners, and industry leaders converge to explore the latest lighting, electrical engineering, and home automation trends. The fair’s unique selling point is its emphasis on sustainable and energy-efficient solutions, providing a comprehensive overview of innovations that shape the intelligent building systems of tomorrow.

4.  ISH Frankfurt

Holistic Solutions for Modern Living: ISH Frankfurt is the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water, showcasing advancements in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and sanitation. Undoubtedly, what sets ISH apart is its comprehensive approach, addressing every aspect of modern living. Building services and energy technology professionals find ISH Frankfurt an indispensable platform for exploring sustainable and energy-conscious solutions.

5.  Techtextil

Textile Innovation Unleashed: Techtextil stands as the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. Its unique selling proposition lies in its interdisciplinary nature, serving industries as diverse as automotive, medicine, and fashion. Attendees witness the latest in textile technology, from smart fabrics to eco-friendly materials, making Techtextil a crucial event for those pushing the boundaries of innovation in the textile sector.

Top trade fairs in Frankfurt
Top trade fairs in Frankfurt

6.  IFFA – The Global Meat Industry Meeting Place

Revolutionising the Meat Industry.   In short, IFFA is the leading international trade fair for the meat industry, offering a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in processing, packaging, and sales of meat products. The fair’s USP lies in providing a platform for professionals to explore technological advancements and sustainable practices in the meat industry, making it a key event for stakeholders across the entire value chain.

7.  Creativeworld

Navigating the World of Hobby and Craft: This international trade fair stands at the forefront of the creative arts and hobby industry.  Bringing together artists, designers, and manufacturers from around the world. Moreover, Creativeworld showcases an extensive range of innovative products and trends in fine arts, hobby and crafts, graphic and artists’ supplies, and creative materials.

8.  Ambiente:

Exploring the World of Consumer Goods: Ambiente stands as the leading international trade fair for consumer goods, bringing together exhibitors and buyers in the fields of dining, living, and giving. Furthermore, its unique selling proposition is its diverse product range, from kitchenware to home décor and gifts. Ambiente is a trendsetting event that offers insights into the latest innovations and designs in the world of consumer goods.

In conclusion, Messe Frankfurt’s top trade fairs are not just events; they are dynamic experiences that offer a deep dive into the forefront of various industries. These fairs serve as platforms for innovation, collaboration, and networking, making them indispensable for professionals eager to stay ahead in their respective fields. Whether you are in literature, automotive, lighting, building services, textiles, meat processing, stationery, fashion, consumer goods, or industrial production, Messe Frankfurt has a trade fair tailored to meet your professional aspirations and fuel your industry expertise.

Good to know:
  • Now, whilst you may be in town for business, that’s no excuse not to have a little fun.  Check out Frankfurt’s top rooftop bars and where to eat
  • Also, our hotel section can give you some insight on places to stay



Half-Timbered House Road German fachwerkstrasse

The Half-Timbered House Road: German Fachwerkstrasse

Without a doubt, two of the things I love most about moving and living in a new country is that there is ALWAYS something new to learn!  And there is always somewhere new to explore!  Case in point: I only just recently learned about German Fachwerkstrasse, aka the Half-Timbered House Road.  Also, I stumbled upon it completely by accident!  What is more, there are a couple of gorgeous daytrip destinations from this iconic route, right on our doorstep here in Frankfurt.

What is the Half-Timbered House Road (German Fachwerkstrasse)

In short, it is A MORE THAN 3000 KILOMETER LONG ROUTE which stretches from the river Elbe to the Black Forest through eight federal states (Saxony, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Hesse, Rheinland-Pfalz, Thuringia, Bavaria and Baden Wuerttemberg).  Subsequently, it is further divided into eight regional routes.  More to the point, this route seeks to showcase and preserve this much-loved and iconic German architectural style.

The German Half-Timbered House Road was founded in 1990 to unite over one hundred charming historic old towns under the umbrella of “Half-timbering connects”.  A celebration of not only the idyllic half-timbered towns, stunning scenery, historic sites and carefully restored monuments but also the people who live and work there.

As a result of the sheer magnitude of the route we cannot possibly cover it all in this article.  Thus, we have chosen to cover only a few of its charming towns, specifically those that fall on our doorstep here in Frankfurt.

Idstein

Idstein is a town that perfectly encapsulates the charm of the Fachwerkstrasse. Stroll through the historic market square, where colourful half-timbered houses create a postcard-worthy scene. The well-preserved Altstadt (Old Town) of Idstein is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, with buildings dating back several centuries.

Highlights of Idstein

The Hexenturm (Witch’s Tower): Standing tall and proud, this medieval tower offers panoramic views of Idstein and its surrounding landscapes. Despite its name, this medieval tower has nothing to do with witches but is rather a charming relic of the past.

Killingerhaus:  Definitely one of the most magnificent examples of the half-timbered structure I have seen. So take a minute to admire its intricately carved wooden façade and step inside the now Tourist-Office and Municipal Museum to discover the rich history of the town within its walls.

Unionskirche (Union Church): A rather unassuming-looking church from the outside. However, the church’s interior has impressive vaulted ceilings featuring 38 canvas paintings of biblical scenes in the Rubens school style.

Das Schiefe Haus (The Crooked House):  Literally a crooked house and fun to see.

Wander the Streets: Wander through the town’s streets and alleys, letting the allure of half-timbered houses capture your imagination. Snap photos of the charming homes, each telling a unique story of the families that once called them home.  Streets and squares to visit in particular are König-Adolf-Platz, Kreuzgasse, Markplatz and Obergasse

Half-Timbered House Road German fachwerkstrasse

Hessenpark in Neu-Anspach

Hessenpark, located in Neu-Anspach, Germany, is an open-air museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the cultural heritage of the Hessen region. Spanning over 160 acres, this unique museum transports visitors back in time, offering a glimpse into rural life and architecture from the 16th to the 20th century.  Not only is it an educational experience, but it doubles as a great family day out with plenty of space for children to run around!

half-timbered house road
half-timbered house road

Höchst Frankfurt am Main

Höchst is a historic district located in the western part of Frankfurt, Germany. Once an independent town, Höchst became a part of Frankfurt in 1928. It boasts a rich history, evident in its well-preserved medieval architecture and charming cobblestone streets. The Alt-Höchst (Old Höchst) area is particularly notable for its half-timbered houses, the Höchst Castle, and the Saint Justin’s Church (the oldest building in Frankfurt).  During the summer months, the Höchst Mainufer becomes a hive of activity, and the SMS beer garden is an absolute treat.

Explore the German Fachwerkstrasse, also known as the German Half-Timbered House Road, for a unique travel experience. Witness the beauty and craftsmanship of medieval German architecture and the ongoing efforts to preserve this rich cultural heritage. It’s an unforgettable adventure for architecture enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone seeking a charming journey through time.