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Frankfurt - Leisure, Entertainment & Sports
The three most popular sports in Frankfurt are football, basketball, and ice hockey. The local football team, the Eintracht Frankfurt, regularly plays for sold out arenas, and has more than its share of enthusiastic fans. The Frankfurt Lions are the favored ice hockey team in the area, and the city's basketball team, the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, have seen recent success in the United States, inspiring a large number of local youths to take up the sport.
The Commerzbank Arena is considered one of the premier sporting facilities in Europe, and hosts a wide variety of sporting events throughout the year.
If you prefer nightlife over sporting events, you will find plenty of bars and nightclubs throughout the city. For a taste of traditional Frankfurt, try one of the apple wine bars in Sachsensehen. For a more posh environment, head for the clubs and bars of the Innenstadt (inner city), particularly in the area around Goethehaus. If you prefer the alternative bar scene, try one of the trendy bars in Bornheim or Bockenheim.
There are also a large number of techno clubs in Frankfurt, particularly along the Hanauer Landstrasse. The U60311, the Cocoon Club, and the Robert Johnson are also popular with expats and locals alike.
For an experience you won't likely find outside of Germany, try Frankfurt's lively beach club scene, where volleyball, strong drinks, and sand create an interesting environment for meeting the locals.
Of course, shopping is one of the favorite pastimes for expats and locals in Frankfurt. Few expats move to the city without experiencing the Zeil, known as the Shopping Mile, which begins at the Hauptwache and ends at the Zoo. Here, you will find upscale designer merchandise, rare antiques, and collectibles unavailable elsewhere in the city. Keep in mind, though, that the Zeil is typically flooded with tourists, making it a favorite spot for pickpocketers.
The Frankfurt Zoo is a favorite destination for couples and families, as is the Museum Riverbank, which houses numerous exhibits of art, architecture, and film.
If you are new to the city and want to learn your way around quickly, take a tour on the Ebbelwei Express, which is a colorful tram that takes passengers on an extended tour through the city.
Frankfurt is also home to many festivals, including the Museumsuferfest, which draws nearly three million visitors per year. Held each August, the festival features special museum exhibits, live music, art displays, and plenty of food and drink.
The Opern Air Festival, held in mid July, is a music festival that hosts top name bands and performers. This is not to be confused with the Opern Platz Festival, a culinary festival which is held in mid June.
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