‘Boring’ Frankfurt gets the party started … finally

The Bahnhofsviertel area is combining street parties, art and food with its traditional edginess and helping Germany’s business capital overcome its reputation as being full of bankers

Next Thursday, locals and tourists alike will flock to an annual street party held in Frankfurt’s station quarter (8 September from 7pm). Bahnhorsviertelnacht will see streets closed to traffic, and bars and restaurants becoming live music venues. Some brothels and strip clubs will even operate an open door policy, allowing people inside to nose around. It certainly doesn’t reinforce the popular notion that Frankfurt is boring.

Railway stations and their seedy surroundings are rarely worth hanging about in for long. But these days, the area once known solely for its red light district is attracting crowds year-round, as it cements its reputation as one of the city’s most interesting areas, with a string of new restaurants, galleries and clubs. And with the city council committed to keeping the red light district here, the blend of rough edges and cultural hotspots produces an environment that is vibrant, varied and irreverent.

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