Sachsenhausen is an area of Frankfurt but rich with its own style and charm, a mix of historical, the contemporary, and fun.
Sachsenhausen, according to folk lore, was home to the Saxons (yes, the Saxon tribe) while the north side across the river was where the French (hence Frank as in Frankfurt) lived.
Sachsenhausen is set between the River Main (southern side) and the State Forest. It is accessible by U-Bahns, S-Bahns, Trams and Buses, but you can easily cross the river on foot to get there.
There is a popular walkway by the river, offering views of the Frankfurt skyline and the Main river. On the “Museum Shore” (Museumsufer on Schaumainkai ) are thirteen museums, in single file, creating an impressionable and grand sight.
On most Saturday mornings at the riverside park is a large flea market (floh markt), ideal for European souvenir hunters, antiques, and other assorted things for sale.
Eight bridges cross the river, including two pedestrian bridges, the Eiserner Steg and Holbein Steg.
Back from the river are shops, trendy cafés, bars and restaurants, including local taverns. Here you’ll find Sachsenhausen locals going about their business; shpping, eating, enjoying themselves.
The entertainment heart of Sachsenhausen is of course where the Apple Wine, Beer, Wine and anything else liquid and refreshing can be found. Just look for the Apple Wine Taverns lining Old Sachsenhausen’s narrow, cobbled pedestrian streets: Grosse Rittergasse, Kleine Rittergasse, Paradiesgasse, and Affentorplatz.
The locals refer to Apple Wine as Ebblewoi, which if you can adjust your ears to the dialect and rough translation, really does mean Apfelwein in German, Apple Wine in English.
If Apple Wine isn’t to your liking, there enough types of German Beers and even two Irish Pubs serving Guiness, to moisten your parched throat.