“Bahnhofsviertel” is the Station Quarter and has what many would call a colourful history. It is between Frankfurt’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), the European Central Bank (ECB) Eurotower, and Westend.
The Station Quarter is home to diverse tastes from the world and a piece of adult German culture.
The Bahnhofsviertel scene is most vibrant as the weekend approaches and it’s mostly safe when sightseeing with the crowds. There are many cool clubs and groovy bars, and the obligatory Irish Pub (every city has one).
East of the Main Station are some of the city's best ethnic restaurants, including Indian and Iranian. There are also Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and other spicy restaurants in the area.
Bahnhofviertel has nearly everything, including book shops, fruit and vegetable shops, and has many small travel businesses, foreign airlines (book your next trip somewhere different) being so close the Haupbahnhof.
There are also many hotels in the Bahnhofsviertel, catering to tour group, tourists, business travellers and fair visitors. Price vary and it is important to make a hotel booking in Frankfurt as early as possible.
If all else fails, there are cheaper hotels and backpacker accommodation.
Unmistakably in the Station Quarter is the famous red light district, where there are of course a large concentration of sex workers and many of Frankfurt's brothels; multi level licensed and well run. There are also strip bars, sex shops, and other attractions, like pornographic cinemas.
As with most areas near the central station, there are of course, colourful characters of all sizes, races and temperaments. Some will try to sell you good times, some will try to sell you drugs, or seduction or sex. Some may even try to steal your wallet! Watch out for drug addicts, and if you stumble on a whole gang of them, don’t worry you’ve probably walked past a methadone clinic.