Nicknamed "The Smallest Metropolis in the World," Frankfurt am Main is the financial center of both Germany and Europe. It may be a small city compared to New York or London, but it boasts a rich history and a very active contemporary cultural scene that you can easily see when you have get a rental car in Frankfurt. One of the highlights of Frankfurt's cultural calendar is the Museumsuferfest (Museum Embankment Festival) in late summer. This major European cultural festival is held along the banks of the Main River, and it boasts stages set up on the grass for musical performances, stalls offering international foods and drink, and entertainment of all kinds.
The Museumsuferfest also celebrates Frankfurt's unique cultural scene with substantial discounts on tickets to selected museums along the Museumsufer (Museum Embankment); you pay a mere seven Euros to be able to visit all of the 22 participating museums, so you can save money here and treat yourself to something else, like a luxury car rental in Frankfurt. The museums are conveniently lined up along the river, and you can wander from one to the next based on your interests. This selection of Frankfurt's best museums includes the Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art), which houses over 5000 works of contemporary art from all over the world; the Historical Museum of Frankfurt, which boasts Roman ruins in its foundations and a rich collection of art and artifacts donated by various collectors; and the Goethe House, the family home of the famous German author Johann Wolfgang Goethe. In addition, you can check out the Jewish Museum, the World Culture Museum, the German Architectural Museum, and the Caricatura Museum.
In addition to extended museum hours and easy access to immense collections of art, there is an outdoor program with stalls and stages covering a large area of the Main River embankment. Themed stalls offer a stunning array of food and beverages from around Europe and the rest of the world, and you can catch complementary performances of traditional music and dancing. There is an astonishing amount of things to see and do over the three days of the festival (August 28-30, 2015), and the general festive atmosphere culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the river on the evening of the last day of the event.
Frankfurt has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife, restaurants, and cultural activities. In addition to an impressive variety of world-class museums, there is the Zeil shopping street, which features major European luxury brands, the Old Opera, the English Theatre, and many other cultural hotspots just waiting to be discovered. Visit Konstablerwache Square on a Thursday or Saturday for the bi-weekly farmers' market, and grab a bratwurst and a glass of Frankfurt's beloved Apfelwein, a kind of apple cider that is the city's signature drink. The locals order Apfelwein in a Bembel, or ceramic jug, and mix it with sparkling water for a refreshing summer tonic. If you're still hungry after the festival, don't worry; Frankfurt has fabulous restaurants sure to please every palate. Römerplatz is the heart of Frankfurt's Altstadt (Old Town), and it gives visitors an idea of what the city looked like before it was mostly demolished during WWII. The half-timbered houses and cobbled streets stand in stark contrast to the modern city skyline dotted with skyscrapers, giving Frankfurt the unique character of a small, intimate city with big aspirations.