Living in Sachsenhausen – the perfect location on the south side of the river
Sachsenhausen is especially popular for its river banks with its many cafés and also museums. Living in Sachsenhausen, especially in the north, means easy access to sunny coffees, socializing apple wine and the traditional and delicious green sauce with Schnitzel. The neighborhood has a lot of expatriates and a couple of international schools..
Comprised of two of the largest districts in Frankfurt, Sachsenhausen North and South offer something for everyone. You’ll find an array of apartments with varying prices accommodating singles and large families alike.
The main street running through the heart of Sachsenhausen meeting the river is Schweizer Strasse (Swiss Street), along this road you find a thriving hub of coffee shops, a traditionally styled French bakery, takeaway fast-food, banks and schools for all ages from Kindergarten upwards. Every Tuesday and Friday, a local farmers market is also hosted by Sudbahnhof giving you a very local connection to the area.
On the river itself, you will find multiple museums which host yearly events including the ever popular Museumsuferfest, allowing you to enjoy each museum at a heavily discounted price for three nights. Should you decide to living in Sachsenhausen, you will be able to enjoy the free live music performances, or you can also taste the ever expanding array of food on offer from local businesses. By far the most popular event in the Frankfurt calendar, the event hosts around 2.5 million people over the course of three days.
Every two weeks, the Mainkai hosts a Flohmarkt (Flea Market) where you can find vendors offering bric-a-brac deals and high end wares at reasonable prices – overall a great place to pick up a bargain!
Down in Alt-Sachs (Old-Sachsenhausen), you’ll be greeted with traditional German style drinking spots, an Irish Bar, a Hooters, Italian restaurants, Argentinean Steakhouses as well as younger clientele focused night clubs. If you ever find yourself wandering around these streets during the day or night, you’ll be transported back in time as the frame houses set the scene between small cobbled streets. Accommodation for travelers can also be found in various hotels throughout Sachsenhausen, as well as a popular youth hostel.
Living in and travelling throughout Sachsenhausen is convenient and maintains long and short distance options. Just down from the river itself, is Sudbahnhof (South Train Station) which enables travelers the option of Bus, Tram or Train to everywhere in Frankfurt or further afield via the S-Bahn or U-Bahn.
By far, one of the most attractive aspects of living in Sachsenhausen for families are the amount of play parks for children, it’s locality to everything they need on a daily basis and the amount of childcare options although finding a place in Sachsenhausen for your little ones can take some time as spaces are limited for this family oriented part of Frankfurt so you would do best to contact Kitas and Kindergartens before you arrive to arrange this. A large Post Office is also located a minute’s walk from the Sudbahnhof train station.
To the west of Sachsenhausen, you will find the Universitätsklinikum offering emergency services as well as kinder clinics and operational areas. Being a teaching hospital, there are plenty of student doctors and nurses which assist the overall running of this riverside care center. It can be easily reached via Tram, Taxi or Car and is well known throughout the city.
Expect to pay around €15 per meter of space in Sachsenhausen, small apartments can be found for single occupants as well as larger more spacious apartments being available for families. Being closer to the river will cost you a bit more, but what you spend for more room, you’ll often recoup this by being closer to the river, shops and amenities.
If you are looking for a family centered affordable location that is close to the river, then you should definitely consider Sachsenhausen as an option to make Frankfurt your home for the foreseeable future.
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