There could be no better choice of city for the staging of IMEX than Frankfurt. Apart from being the most international city in Germany, it has one of the biggest airports in the world. So it is easy to reach Frankfurt from virtually everywhere.
Once there, Frankfurt offers an unrivalled range of restaurants in which to relax and enjoy. And if you choose to extend your visit, there is an excellent choice of fascinating places for pre and post event tours.
Yet Frankfurt is very international and tolerant. It is often described as the smallest metropolis with a unique sense of character and liveliness. Every part of the city is within walking distance although there is also an excellent network of trams, trains and taxis.
Bockenheim is likely to be the main area for gourmets at the end of an IMEX day. It's a laid back area forming a hive of cafes, bars, quirky shops and restaurants. The main street, the quaint cobblestone Leipziger Strasse, captures the lively atmosphere of this area.
The Gothic Bockenheimer Warte is one of four watchtowers in Frankfurt, erected in the 15th century to guard the city. Nearby is the Bockenheimer Depot, a renowned centre for the performing arts. The Bockenheimer Weinkontor has a wine list that is impressive enough to satisfy the most demanding connoisseur.
Bornheim is regarded as the bohemian area of Frankfurt. The Berger Strasse runs through this district and is place for nice cafés, restaurants, bars and individual boutiques for fashion lovers.
Those who choose to extend their visit to Frankfurt beyond IMEX will find that the city offers a rich variety of historical and cultural experiences. Goethe-Haus, the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, is the house where the most famous german poet grew up. It is a wonderful example of how wealthy people lived in Frankfurt during the 18th century. Goethe was a fascinating character, probably best known as the author of his masterpiece Faust but was, in fact, a polymath and one of the great figures of German culture.
The Museum für Moderne Kunst (The Museum of Modern Art) occupies an idiosyncratic building designed by the Austrian architect Hans Hollein which can be compared with a slice of cake. The collection of contemporary art pieces features artists like Joseph Beuys, Franz West, Jürgen Teller and many more.
The Naturmuseum Senckenberg is Frankfurt's busiest museum. The biggest attraction is the display of dinosaur bones, standing 10 or 20 times higher than the visitors staring up at them. The development of this museum is credited to forward-thinking Frankfurt academic and medical doctor Johann Christian Senckenberg.
The neighbourhood of Nordend is not an easy district of the city to navigate. But that just makes it more exciting when discovering its hidden treasures including Holzhausenpark and its moated baroque castle, Holzhausenschlösschen. The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and the Günthersburgpark is also worth visiting.
As a travel destination Frankfurt is difficult to beat. As the venue for IMEX or congress destination, it is outstanding.
View the IMEX Frankfurt Walking Map, with links to city-centre hotels.
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|The City of Frankfurt|
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