Germany’s business and financial center, Frankfurt has strong European ties and hosts some of the biggest fairs in Germany. But it is also a relaxing city with flowery parks, river activities and laid back restaurants and cafés.
Although Germany is very safe, Frankfurt is one of the less safe cities in the country because of its infamous red-light district – but other than that it is still very safe compared to other countries.
SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice on Frankfurt.
The historical centre of Frankfurt (Altstadt means old city), is centered on the Romerberg, a touristic medieval square. Pickpockets are an issue in the old city on busy days, especially on the Romer area.
This is the financial heart of Germany, as well as a commercial and leisure area on the shores of the Main river.
The area around the main train station is Germany’s most famous red light district. On the contrary to Amsterdam, it is a dangerous and drug-laden area : tourists should avoid it. Use common sense and don’t bother drunk and weird looking people at night.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERAL RISK: MEDIUM
Frankfurt is an overall safe city. With a rating of 86% Germany, is ranked 14th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in Frankfurt. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: MEDIUM
Frankfurt is an averagely safe city regarding the chances of being mugged. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
There are virtually no scammers in Frankfurt. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Frankfurt.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW
There are no natural hazards in Frankfurt.
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
Frankfurt has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Frankfurt is generally very safe for women travelers.
Avoid Being A Victim! 10 Tips for Your Personal Safety
It is best to carry a small bag across your shoulder or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Thieves commonly work near tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations, airports, subways and target vehicles with non-local license plates.
Most but not all of pickpockets work in groups, often as teenagers
The currency in Germany and most of Europe is the Euro. Germany is cheaper than other European countries, but the costs can add up in the main cities. Allow a budget of at least 60€ per day including accommodation.
The weather in Germany is colder than France and Spain, especially around Berlin. The best time to visit is around summer (June-September), although major cities can be visited year-long (days can be short in the middle of winter in Berlin).