Top attractions in Frankfurt
Situated on Germany's scenic River Main, Frankfurt's soaring skyline has earned it the nickame "Mainhattan." But beneath the sleek skyscrapers lies a trove of historic and cultural treasures. Here are ten of the "Main" attractions! (No more puns, we promise!)
Located in the city's historic center, the Schirn hosts only temporary exhibitions, making it a favorite attraction for Frankfurt's returning visitors, as well as new ones!
Go for the extensive fossil and geological exhibits if you like, but the attractive dioramas and imposing dinosaur skeletons make it one of the best places to visit with kids!
The cylindrical Main Tower is an icon of the Frankfurt cityscape. Reserve a table at its 53rd-storey restaurant to admire the views over dinner and cocktails.
Massimiliano Fuksas' spectacular glass architecture makes Frankfurt's premier shopping mall as much a sightseeing attraction as a mecca for great deals and leading brands.
Once the largest domed building in Europe, the entertainment venue and convention center continues to impress sightseers today. Check the program for upcoming concerts and events!
Built in 1880, the city's old opera house was an architectural and acoustic triumph! It was partly destroyed in World War II, but extensive restorations saw it reopen in 1981.
Frankfurt's cultural prominence is at least partly down to its outstanding modern opera house. It's one of the best in Europe, so book early for the best value seats!
The former Forest Stadium is home to the city's biggest sporting events and concerts. It's hosted talents from the Brazilian football team to Bruce Springsteen! Who will you see?
Plan a picnic at one of Europe's most spectacular botanical gardens. Don't panic if it rains – just head to the impressive tropicarium and you'll soon forget about it!
Frankfurt's historic zoo remains one of the world's most important, with 500 species roaming the various enclosures. If you leave wanting more, check out the city's Opel Zoo, too!
Frankfurt is perfect for sightseeing over 2 or 3 days, but it's worth checking what's on offer at its many cultural institutions. You may want to stay a little longer for its stage performances and museums!
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- Frankfurt is pleasant year-round, just make sure you don't visit when there's already a major trade fair planned!
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What people are saying about Frankfurt
This tour was so great. Honestly, Willy was the best tour guide ever. He was funny and charismatic, and knew like everything about German history, current German culture, and the history of the town we went to. He was so engaging. We went by bus to Heidelberg, and walked around the town and then he brought us up to the castle. He was so good my friend and I were sold on going on the tour they had that evening, to a wine tasting and cruise on the Rhine. The weather was terrible, but I'm glad we went, and he was our guide again for that tour. When I come back, which is hopefully soon, I will absolutely do a tour with them again, and hopefully we will get him as a tour guide. ~Kristen B.
The tour I attended was part of a small group (there were 4 of us total, including our guide Patricia). This style of tour is one I prefer, as you are not part of a massive group like the other touring companies we encountered at Schloss Heidelberg. We had a chance to walk around the town centre as well as by the old bridge, and briefly listened to the organ being played during mass at the Protestant church.
The guide was funny and kept us informed and yet allowed for quiet time as well. I would have loved more time of the boat sailing along the Rhine river and not the shopping time at the end of the day. But I loved the day out in the sunshine and I would definitely recommend this trip for those wanting to get out of busy Frankfurt and along the famous and beautiful Rhine River.
Best tour guide who is passionate and knowledgeable. The only comment I have is that I think we needed more time to explore the Rothenburg old town. Three hours including lunch hour is a little too tight. I would suggest extending it for half an hour to an hour so that there is at least 3 solid hours exploring the town plus an hour lunch.
It's a long day but worth it. Travel by bus for 100mins along the Rhine and then board the cruise for lovely views and scenery ... it was all over fast but we got 1 hour 35 mins on board. The meal was in a traditional rhine Valley restaurant and wine tasting was fun. Got bsck to frankfurt at 10.10pm but glad I did it.