Guten Tag Kaptain Kenny readers,
So why do I always feel like I’m always defending poor ol’ Frankfurt? (And no, I’m not talking about Frankfurt Oder.) After having lived in Frankfurt am Main for nearly 5 years, I can honestly say that no German has ever said to me: “I bet you love living here in Frankfurt!” Rather they tend to say: “You left AUSTRALIA for Frankfurt!?”
Okay fine… This is partly due to Frankfurt’s slimy reputation for drugs and crime and fine, I can’t deny that that’s indeed there in parts but there’s also so so so much more to Frankfurt too.
In this post I hope to reveal some of the nicer aspects of life here in good old FFM! Here are some positive points about life in Frankers which you may not find online.
- It has the feeling of a city but it’s small enough to walk or bike through.
- The skyscrapers remind me of being back home in Brisbane but the river gives me a place to escape to on a hot and sunny day.
- There are plenty of options for places to eat and drink at. This list seems to be growing by the second. See this blog for some options in the Bahnhofsviertel.
- It’s extremely international. Walking down the street, you’ll often hear 10 languages. It’s not super German so you may not have chosen the best city if you want to improve your German.
- Most people are expats or from other German cities which means you’ll be able to make new friends a lot easier here than anywhere else. Because people are often ‘new to town’ themselves, they will be more up for a chat!
- The winter here is grey and bleak yes….. but it’s extremely mild compared to other German cities.
- The Frankfurt Airport is the second busiest in Europe after Heathrow. There are ALWAYS flights available from FFM and usually at a good price. Just check my blog posts to see how easy it is to travel in and out of Frankfurt!
- I’ve been to Stuttgart, Berlin, Hamburg, Marburg, Munich, Cologne, Bonn and many other smaller towns and cities and I can tell you that Frankfurt has MANY underground/hipster/undiscovered bars, clubs and cafes which other more conservative German cities don’t offer.