Adult entertainment is big business in Frankfurt, unsurprising given the mix of large numbers of lonely business travellers and legal prostitution. The area known as Bahnhofsviertel, the block directly opposite Hauptbahnhof, is one of the largest red light districts in the world. Here are a number of Eros Centres, strip clubs, sex shops and chat-up bars (where women will talk to you while sipping the €50 glass of water that you’re paying). Beware of unscrupulous people hanging around this area, and be careful when entering an Eros Centre, bar or strip club. Always make sure you know the cost of anything you purchase before doing so, and employ as much common sense as you have left. Obey those rules and all will be fine; Frankfurt’s red light district is as safe, professional and organised as the sex industry gets.
Eros Centres are licenced brothels, without a Madame, where the working girls rent small rooms for the day, or just a few hours, and charge visitors upwards of €30 for twenty minutes of, well, whatever it is they want to do. A closed door means the young lady is busy, while an open door means you can go in and negotiate a price. As a rule Eros Centres are situated on four or five floors, and we are told that the price tends to get lower the higher you go (so it’s a pity there are no Eros Centres in any of the skyscrapers). Though you should keep an eye on your wallet, the sheer number of people coming and going make these places as safe as pop’s front porch. It is also, of course, in the girls’ interest to make sure that customers leave well pleased.
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