Things to do in Frankfurt
One of the really cool things about exploring Frankfurt is you can do it on foot. Or bike if you fancy. Many of the city’s attractions are close together, so you can go from oooh to ahh in moments. For things a little out of the city centre like the zoo and Palm Garden, you can easily jump on a train, tram or bus to get there.
A fun way to see the city is to take a tour on the nostalgic tram, the Ebbelwei Express. You could start with that tour to get your bearings then go on to explore the city’s many museums, historic delights and gardens. The gardens in Frankfurt are pretty amazing and diverse. There’s a Chinese Garden, a southern European garden and Baroque-style garden, the Bolongaro. And the best thing? Entry is free!
You can learn more about Frankfurt’s history by touring its many buildings and world-famous landmarks. Check out St Paul’s Church, Römer, the Old Opera and the Imperial Cathedral. You should also definitely stop by the house where German poet, writer, philosopher and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in 1749, now known as Goethe-Haus. This reconstructed house was rebuilt after World War II and attracts more than 130,000 visitors every year.
Want to see more of the modern side of Mainhattan? Head to Main Tower for an overview of the city from 200 metres up and to check out its sophisticated skyscrapers. Keen to spend some Euros? The Zeil is Frankfurt’s most popular pedestrian shopping precinct or head to nearby Goethestrasse for high-end retail therapy. For more of our fave things to do in Frankfurt, read on.
The 200 metre-high, 56-storey Main Tower should definitely feature on your Frankfurt things-to-do list. Completed in 1999, Main Tower is an impressive building featuring a façade made entirely of glass – the first of its kind in Europe.
For over 6 centuries, the patrician houses of the Römerberg dictated Frankfurt’s future. The main building in the area, the Römer, is where the city’s councillors meet and many of their offices are here too. It’s also home to the municipal leader.
If you love museums, you should probably just set up camp at Museumsufer because there’s 12 museums packed into one awesome location on the embankment south of the Main River. Possibly the most famous of these museums is the Städel.
It’s not often that the architecture is more significant than the shops inside a shopping centre, but at MyZeil that is the case. That’s not to say the shopping isn’t spectacular, but quite simply, the architecture is mind blowing.
Take a look into Germany’s past at this incredible open-air museum where you can see more than 100 buildings spanning 400 years. See the North Hessian estate, Central Hessian day labourer house and the South Hessian Tavern.