The Best of Europe - Summer Experiences in Frankfurt
Frankfurt is a city of contrast and surprise: home to Germany’s largest inner-city forest and once a site for the election of emperors and kings. When you stay at the historic Villa Kennedy, located in leafy Sachsenhausen and overlooking the city’s verdant south bank, we will help you unearth the essence of Frankfurt - from visits to local vineyard to walks in beautiful parks, walking tours in Goethe’s footsteps and itineraries taking you through Frankfurt’s eventful history. With our insight and experience, Villa Kennedy is an excellent base from which to explore this fascinating region.
SECRETS OF RHEINGAU: VINEYARD EXPERIENCE
Discovering Frankfurt’s diverse viticultural scene through a Villa Kennedy-organised private tour and wine tasting is a must for wine aficionados. Frankfurt’s Lohrberger Hang vineyard, part of the famous Rheingau region, is so steep that everything must be done by hand, and the winery produces 10,000 bottles of Riesling from each year’s harvest. Rheingau’s landscape is dotted with ancient Roman castles, monasteries and plenty of vineyards, with one of the region’s best wine-producing spots being a church — the Eberbach Abbey. It is also worth venturing out to Germany’s largest wine region, the scenic Rheinhessen – a land of rolling hills, famous for its Liebfraumilch made from the Dornfelder grape.
TRACING FRANKFURT’S HISTORY
Frankfurt am Main has been Germany’s financial centre for centuries and became home to the European Central Bank in 1998. Peel back the centuries on one of our premium guided tours, and you will discover that it was an important centre of power during the Roman Empire, selected as a site for the election of emperors and kings. The city came into being as a good place for fording the Main river, with the name Frankfurt probably coming from ‘the ford of the Franks’. On our guided tour, you will learn how Frankfurt emerged as a modern city in the nineteenth century and how it later emerged as a global hub for commerce and culture.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GOETHE
The writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt and is best known for his epic poem Faust. Published in 1808, it is one of Germany's greatest pieces of literature and tells the story of a man who sold his soul to the Devil in return for knowledge and pleasure. A Renaissance man, Goethe was also a playwright, poet, geologist, art critic and historian, and his work has been reinterpreted innumerable times. Get to know the city through his eyes by visiting the Goethe Museum – where there are 800 original artefacts on permanent display, including manuscripts of drafts and final copies of his works – and the Goethe House, where he was born and grew up.
Frankfurt is well known for being a financial metropolis, but less so for its natural charms. The city is enclosed by an 8,000 hectare protected green belt, and is home to many urban parks and gardens including Palmengarten and the city’s Botanischer Garten Frankfurt. Bethmannpark is a colourful oasis in the city centre, featuring a Chinese garden with a pond, pagodas and bridges designed following the principles of feng-shui. Adolph-von-Holzhausen Park, sold to the City of Frankfurt in 1910 by the Holzhauzen family, is small but beautifully formed and home to towering trees and a small castle, and Rothschildpark, right in the heart of the financial district, features an English-style landscape garden with a neo-Gothic tower.