Popular neighbourhoods in Frankfurt

Frankfurt neighbourhood
Updated 2019-10-09 13:49

Frankfurt is an international city and an important European centre. Compared to large financial hubs like London or New York; it is much smaller, cheaper and has less identification with specific neighbourhoods. Nevertheless, the energy of the city, the modern towers and skyscrapers, and the culture make it an attractive metropolis. As a financial centre, the city has a unique spirit that feels more welcoming for international people, than the other parts of Germany.

Using public transportation or biking makes it easy to see the city and to reach all its most beautiful neighbourhoods. Frankfurt has a lot to offer, and while some areas are better avoided, the central streets provide greenery and fun activities.

Frankfurt's most popular neighbourhoods

The best neighbourhoods of Frankfurt are Westend, Nordend, Innenstadt, Bockenheim, Sachsenhausen, Ostend, Bornheim and Gallus and Europaviertel. All of them are less than 30 minutes away from each other, are safe, and offer options for every taste.


Westend is located close to the city's financial institutions and is one of the wealthiest districts. It is mostly famous among bankers, wealthy families, and expats who want (and can afford) living close to the financial offices. This area has beautiful parks and greenery, especially in the northern part of the district. Places like the Grüneburgpark, as well as the nice restaurants and bars, are great for meeting with friends or relaxing with the family.


Nordend is located east of Westend and is a very local picturesque corner of the city. It offers tradition, green streets, colourful facades and has been a popular area with artists and activists. Today, Nordend is very diverse and offers plenty of fun places like restaurants, wine bars, and pizzerias. It has excellent schools and is perfect for families with children.


Innenstand is the real city centre and the financial bull's eye for all the banks and institutions. This part of the city has the Zeil Street, which is the largest shopping street in Germany, offering many haute couture boutiques. Innenstand is home to many bars, cafés and restaurants, as well as wine vendors and food stands on the weekends and holidays. This neighbourhood is hosting the elegant society of Frankfurt. However, it is almost impossible to find a reasonably priced rent.


Bockenheim is one of the most populated districts in Frankfurt and is ideal for students, and those living on a budget. The area is perfectly connected to all the other parts of the city. The main street is Leipziger Strasse, which offers many avant-garde pubs and bars. Besides, this locality is connected with many parks, and also some traditional bohemian houses.


Sachsenhausen is divided into two parts, Sachsenhausen Nord and Sud. Sachsenhausen Nord is, in turn, divided into two main areas, a modern one and the old historical part. The modern one is the side of the Schweizer Straße, which is generally quiet, offers many boutiques, and a beautiful view. The old historical part (Alt Sachsenhausen) is home to many epochal buildings, bars, and pubs. Sachsenhausen is one of the most attractive rental destinations, especially for students, but also has some of the most expensive apartments in Frankfurt.


Ostend is a nice neighbourhood that has gone through some drastic changes in the past two decades. From an industrial area, it became what is today the modern and comfortable part of the city. Also, it still maintains relatively lower rents compared to other parts of Frankfurt. Ostend is quiet, with classy houses, and comfortable restaurants and bars that are not too expensive for a relaxed night out. For those who like fun, the proximity with the Schweldersee Pond and the Frankfurt Zoo can bring liveliness.


Bornheim is located close to Nordend, and is the liveliest district of all, with plenty of places to visit. It also hosts markets on the weekends, with typical artisanal products. This quarter has the largest concentration of bars in the city and, therefore, it allows a lot of partying, but also relaxing with friends or family. Bornheim is the absolute favourite among young people who like to enjoy the fun in the city.


Gallus is the surrounding area of the main railway station, which has become famous for the new quarter called Europaviertel. This building project, expected to be finished by 2024, will be offering new and modern buildings, close to the financial area. This locality is famous for corporations, offices, and hotels. It is modern and relatively cheap compared to the other favourite neighbourhoods. Even though it is a business area, it is affordable and convenient for short term residents, who need proximity to the financial area.

Other than the central areas, Frankfurt offers plenty of other options, which are further from the city. Some of these places offer the comfort of having cheaper rent, and good public transportation to reach every area. This is what makes Frankfurt is a city for all tastes.

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