BahnhofsviertelFrankfurt

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Frankfurt’s train station district is experiencing a rejuvenation and today is one of the city’s up-and-coming neighborhoods.

For many visitors to Frankfurt, this small district of the city center will be your first port of call. That’s because its name translates to train station quarter, as it lays adjacent to Frankfurt’s busy central station. Bahnhofsviertel has long had a reputation that was hard to shake, known more for its red-light district and slew of bars than its cultural offerings. However, recent years have seen a transformation and the grittiness has been offered a new light. Visit the Bahnhofsviertel for student bars, affordable restaurants and some of the city’s best nightlife.

Low rents and a central location are largely responsible for Bahnhofsviertel’s rejuvenation, with large numbers of students and artists occupying the previously undesirable apartments that line the streets. Many of the buildings on Kaiserstrasse and Münchener Strasse, two of the streets that lead towards Willy-Brandt-Platz from the station, pre-date World War II so there is plenty of fascinating architecture to take in.

Wander from the station by day to experience the eclectic blend of cultures and characters in the area. Stop for cheap food at a kebab store or a hip café before continuing to explore the area. By night a number of the city’s coolest bars become crowded and lively.

Spend an afternoon relaxing on the Main Riverbank. Located at the southern edge of Bahnhofsviertel, the grassy area is a meeting place for Frankfurt’s locals and in summer is a popular destination. People-watch or read a book as you mix with the locals.

While the region is far safer than it used to be, parts of Bahnhofsviertel remain places to avoid at night. Frankfurt’s red-light district is largely confined to Taunusstrasse and the streets that join it and photography is not appreciated in these areas.

Bahnhofsviertel is serviced by Frankfurt’s central station but can also be reached from the Willy-Brandt-Platz underground station.

Top Hotels in Bahnhofsviertel

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt City Centre
Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt City Centre
4 out of 5
Weserstrasse 43, Frankfurt, HE
CA $114
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in Bahnhofsviertel, this hotel is steps away from Kaiserstrasse and Financial District. Alte Oper and Maintower are also within 10 minutes. Taunusanlage ...

4.3/5Excellent! (332 reviews)

"Good position close to the financial, even tough very close to the red light district. The room was modern and comfortable. Good also the breakfast, even tough the coffee was only from the automated machines."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt City Centre
Ramada by Wyndham Frankfurt City Centre
Ramada by Wyndham Frankfurt City Centre
4 out of 5
Weserstrasse 17, Frankfurt, HE
CA $74
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Bahnhofsviertel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maintower, Staedel Museum and Römer. Alte Oper and Zeilgalerie are also within 15 minutes. ...

3.4/5Good! (1,137 reviews)

"Close to everything but the location has a lot of homeless people and meth addicts around as well. On my morning out, someone had vomited in the elevator and I told the front desk. They didn't care too much. It was the only elevator available to get my luggage down."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham Frankfurt City Centre
Adina Apartment Hotel Frankfurt Neue Oper
Adina Apartment Hotel Frankfurt Neue Oper
4.5 out of 5
Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str. 6, Frankfurt, HE
CA $137
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Located in Bahnhofsviertel, this luxury hotel is steps away from Museumsufer and Financial District. Staedel Museum and Maintower are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,522 reviews)

"In general it was fine. I don’t want to nit pick the place to death as I did last night."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

Adina Apartment Hotel Frankfurt Neue Oper
AMERON Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique
AMERON Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique
4 out of 5
Neckarstrasse 7-13, Frankfurt
CA $148
per night
Mar 27 - Mar 28

Located in Bahnhofsviertel, this hotel is steps away from Kaiserstrasse and Financial District. Alte Oper and Maintower are also within 10 minutes. Willy Brandt ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)

"This hotel was an excellent find. i would definitely stay there again when i am next in Frankfurt."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2020

AMERON Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique
Scandic Frankfurt Museumsufer
Scandic Frankfurt Museumsufer
4 out of 5
Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 44, Frankfurt, HE
CA $88
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Bahnhofsviertel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Frankfurt Opera House, Staedel Museum and Liebieghaus. Römer and Frankfurt Cathedral are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,286 reviews)

"Hotel is modern, environmental friendly , helpful staffs."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2020

Scandic Frankfurt Museumsufer
Grand Hotel Downtown
Grand Hotel Downtown
4 out of 5
Taunusstrasse 48- 50, Frankfurt, HE
CA $60
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

Located in Bahnhofsviertel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaiserstrasse, English Theatre and Deutsche Bank Twin Towers. Maintower and European Central ...

3.6/5Good! (827 reviews)

"Decor is unusual but nice, rooms are modern and have all you need including a kettle and fridge"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019

Grand Hotel Downtown

Popular things to do in Bahnhofsviertel

Alte Oper
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Alte Oper

4/5(39 reviews)

Once the city’s opera house, this building is now a concert hall that hosts some of the world’s greatest classical music ensembles.

Commerzbank-Arena
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Commerzbank-Arena

4/5(20 reviews)

Experience the excitement of a sporting event or concert at this iconic stadium, which has hosted World Cup and Confederations Cup games. 

Romerberg
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Romerberg

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Admire the medieval architecture and experience the charm of a magical Christmas market at this pretty square, which marks the center of the Old Town.

Top activities in Bahnhofsviertel

Frankfurt Card
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Frankfurt Card

72% of travellers recommend
CA $7
Per adult
Heidelberg Tour incl. Castle entrance & Wine barrel
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Heidelberg Tour incl. Castle entrance & Wine barrel

82% of travellers recommend
CA $114
Per adult
Upper Middle Rhine Valley Tour with Wine Tasting & Lunch
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Upper Middle Rhine Valley Tour with Wine Tasting & Lunch

84% of travellers recommend
CA $143
Per adult
Wertheim Village Shopping Express from Frankfurt w/Gift Card
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Wertheim Village Shopping Express from Frankfurt w/Gift Card

80% of travellers recommend
CA $63
Per adult
Private Transfer from Frankfurt to Prague by Business Car or Luxury Van
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Private Transfer from Frankfurt to Prague by Business Car or Luxury Van

CA $206
Per adult
Tigerpalast Varieté Theater Show
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Tigerpalast Varieté Theater Show

98% of travellers recommend
CA $88
Per adult

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