“Dashing and daring, Courageous and caring,Faithful and friendly,With stories to share.
All through the forest,They sing out in chorus,Marching along.As their song fills the air.
Bouncing here and there and everywhere. High adventure that’s beyond compare. They are the Gummi Bears!”
Do you remember this theme song from Disney’s adventures of the Gummi Bears? Well, Andy recently went on a similar adventure, exploring the urban jungle in Frankfurt, Germany, being as brave, courageous and caring as the famous Gummi Bears.
You don’t believe me? See for yourself, when it all started out with this delicious gummy bear martini, served by barkeeper Miguel at Drinx – of course, shaken, not stirred. This chic and fun bar is located on lobby level at the new Capri by Fraser in Frankfurt and is currently THE place to be and to be seen – just perfect for after-work drinks with friends or colleagues.
As soon as Andy took a sip from this crazy gummy bear cocktail, the magic began. It was almost like this gummiberry juice from the cartoon – a magical liquid concoction using Gummi berries. Nope, he did not suddenly become as tall as a giant and started bouncing up and down like the original Gummi Bears, but was ready to discover the hidden beautiful spots in Frankfurt and was brave enough to explore even the “darkest paths” of the “animal kingdom”.
Urban Jungle Frankfurt
Frankfurt may be best known as the business and finance capital of Germany, but it is far more than that. It is a city of great diversity: banks and big business, trade shows and shopping on the one side, culture, cosiness and traditions on the other. One thing is certain: The Main metropolis has something for everyone. These are some tourist highlights that I put together for you.
Famous City Hall
The city’s first town hall was soon too small to accommodate the needs of this flourishing city. It was torn down in 1415 prior to commencement of construction on the cathedral tower. The city council was initially accorded the right to build a new town hall in 1329. Finally, in 1405, the council decided to buy two existing houses instead. These two houses, named “Römer” and “Goldener Schwan”, have served as the home of Frankfurt’s town hall ever since. Large halls were constructed on the ground level and made available for lease during trade fairs. The Kaisersaal, or “Emperor’s Hall”, was built around 1612. The town hall complex formerly comprised 13 buildings. There are equally many hypotheses as regards to the origin of the name. One of them states that the merchant who lived there until the building was purchased by the city transacted the majority of his business with Italy, and in particular, Rome.
One of the largest stock exchange in the world
The Frankfurter Börse – Frankfurt Stock Exchange – was built in 1843 and is listed as the tenth largest stock exchange in the world. Two bronze status of a bull and a bear stand outside, symbolising the ups and downs of the stock market.
Museum Embankment Festival
Both sides of the Main river are lined with an array of top museum; the southern bank is home to nine museums. One highlight at the end of August is the Museum Embankment Festival – Europe’s largest cultural festival features countless arts and crafts stalls, live music, culinary highlights from around the world and Frankfurt’s fabulous museum row. A special festival button offers visitors low-price admission to participating museums.
Largest botanical garden in Germany
The Palmengarten (22 hectares) is one of two botanical gardens in Frankfurt am Main and the largest garden of its kind in Germany. It is located in the Westend-Süd district. Like many public sites in Frankfurt, it was privately financed and implemented by the architect Heinrich Siesmayer. Work was completed in 1871 and opened to the public. One colorful visit was from the American entertainer Buffalo Bill who brought his Western show in 1890. In 1931, it was taken over by the city of Frankfurt but was later transferred to the American occupation authorities after World War II. When the Palmengarten was returned to the city’s hands in the sixties, a major reconstruction effort was begun. Halls destroyed in the war were redeveloped and expanded. In 1992 the reconstruction finished completely and the Palmengarten shined in its new form.
For those of you who are a little more adventurous, I can recommend the Urban Jungle Safari – a two hour adventure where you follow the tracks of creatures great and small and discover some truly interesting aspects of Frankfurt history. Eagles, oxen, deer, bears and golden bulls are just some of the birds and beasts you’ll discover on this adventurous tour of Frankfurt’s urban jungle. Frankfurt history is replete with countless animal representations, taking the form of images, street names, mascots, legends, symbols, wordplay and more. Find out more about the past and present of Frankfurt through this entertaining tour. A great adventure for both, young and old, for two hours.
Accomodation – Capri by Fraser Frankfurt
If you are up for an urban luxurious adventure, this is your place to stay. Capri by Fraser Frankfurt is all about social interaction, urban-inspired and designed around today’s on-the-go-lifestyle; comparable to the standards of luxury 4-star hotels. It is ideally located in the Europaviertel, a new urban district located in the centre of Frankfurt, and the city centre is easily within walking distance. Andy told me he immediately felt at home – it’s just this kind of hotel that feels more like a home away from home rather than a hotel. Simply awesome!
The hotel offers brightly decorated apartments as well as studios and each room comes with an elegant, chic design featuring a desk as well as a flat screen TV. The private bathroom in each includes free toiletries and a hairdryer.
I am not sure whether it was the gummy bear martini or the atmosphere in general, but Andy immediately fell in love with his huge one bedroom deluxe apartment. Large rooms are something that Capri by Fraser Frankfurt prides itself on, with every room in the hotel (153 in total) being between 32 and 47 square metres, definitely much larger than your standard hotel room size.
It was more like a residence, inspired by a modern minimalistic design. To make guests feel more at home, every room at Capri by Fraser Frankfurt has been fitted with a kitchenette complete with stove top, microwave, refrigerator, pots and pans and tea and coffee making facilities, with Nespresso machines a standard in all one bedroom apartments.
But it’s not just the amenities that speak for themselves, the staff is extremely polite and accomodating, the service excellent and guests are invited to relax in the trendy bar in the evenings or check out the free gym on site. If you decide to hang at the bar, make sure to ask Miguel for this yummy gummy bear martini – it makes you smile all night long. :-)
Even a modern gourmet won’t be disappointed when choosing from the á la carte menu at the restaurant Caprilicious. It is an All-Day-Dining restaurant located on the lobby level of the hotel, set in a contemporary and chic ambiance offering buffet options, international a la carte and all-time favourite Western and Asian delights. Perfect for a business lunch or social get together after work and weekends. And as the name already indicates, their food is DELICIOUS.
So, if you are planning a short trip to Frankfurt and are looking for a comfortable luxurious stay, directly in the city center, this is your place to be. It’s more than just a hotel, it’s your home away from home – offering the highest quality. Our whole editorial staff can recommend the new Capri by Fraser Frankfurt!
Thank you for hosting Andy!
Also check out Romy’s hotel review for more insights. <3
photo credentials: V’s World (Andy Fessenmayer), travel blogger Romy Mlinzk from snoopsmaus, Capri by Fraser Frankfurt