Frankfurt am Main is a major world finance centre and one of Germany's biggest cities. Despite its contemporary aura, it is actually a pleasing fusion of old and new with gleaming office buildings sitting alongside ornate medieval structures. The Romer is the most famous medieval building in Germany. Frankfurt is in Hesse and a motorhome is ideal for travelling at will in the state.
Wurzburg, an easy 90-minute drive from Frankfurt, is the north end of the so-called Romantic Road. This 350km-long route links some of the nation's most fabulous sights and historic castles. Iconic Schloss Heidelberg and the university town can be covered in a daytrip, but spending the night under the stars in a motorhome park in the locality is much more exciting. At Trier, Constantine the Great's third century cathedral is one of several historic delights.
The nine adjoining buildings which comprise the Romer have functioned as the city hall for more than six centuries. The building overlooks Romerberg. This square has al fresco cafe terraces which are ideal for chilling out at on summer days. The timbered Wertheim House is nearby and the only one of its kind which emerged unscathed from WWII bombing.
St Paul's Church and St Bartholomew's Cathedral are cultural sights in the centre. Frankfurt has 30 museums. Ten of these are clustered together on Schaumainkai, a street running parallel to the opposite bank of the River Main. The German Architecture Museum is on Schaumainkai and houses a vast collection of blueprints and drawings as well as 600 scale models.
Schaumainkai is the venue for a flea market on Saturdays. Zeil is a pedestrian precinct lined with a diverse of assortment of upmarket shops. Wiesbaden is an interesting excursion and offers curative spas, casinos, wonderful architecture and the chance of riding the cable-car up Neroberg Mountain. Nature buffs will appreciate the lovely vistas of the Taunus Mountains north of Frankfurt.
Campingplatz Niederwaldsee is south of Russelshiem and offers convenient access to both Frankfurt and roads to Heidelberg and Bavaria. Great washing and toilet facilities as well as a picturesque beer garden are the highlights here.
Campingplatz Mainkur is on the edge of Frankfurt and enjoys a pleasant site on the banks of the River Main with old trees providing shade. Amenities include a children's playground, a guests' lounge and a small food shop.
City Camp Frankfurt is close to Heddernheim and Sandelmuhle U-Bahn stations. A prime spot beside the River Nidda and a gourmet restaurant next to the camp make this a great option. Modern washrooms are adequate for the number of pitches at the campground.
Frankfurt has a good road system, but large sections of the city centre are either one-way systems or pedestrian-only so it is better to park your motorhome in a suburban car park. Roads and motorways in Hesse are not badly congested. Driving in Germany is on the right side of the road. The maximum alcohol limit for motorists is 0.05 per cent.