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Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

1. Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

Our 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from our landing stage "Eiserner Steg". The boat leaves every hour. You have two opportunities either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. The tour starts at 11h00 downstream direction Griesheim. This trips takes you through the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbour. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums  along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. This trips takes you past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbour of the city. Just to mention a few of the sights: you can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum enbankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. The tours changes every hour upstream and downstream. All tours are accompanied with commentaries in English and German.

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Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

2. Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour through Frankfurt aboard a comfortable double-decker bus. When the weather's good, the roof of the bus stays open, letting you take in a clear view of the most beautiful buildings and parks in the city. Get to know this bustling metropolis in a whole new way as you listen to commentary in 10 languages. Hop on or off the buses as often as you like at any of the stops along the route, sprinkled throughout the city's most interesting areas. Learn about Frankfurt's main attractions while on the bus, or explore the city's beautiful sights at your own pace. Take a trip through the bustling city center (Express City Tour) or along Frankfurt's famous skyline (Skyline Tour), both available for one just one price. Stops: Paulskirche - Römer - Goethe-Haus - Main Tower - Alte Oper - Palmengarten - Senkenbergmuseum - Messe - Hauptbahnhof - Museumsufer - Eisener Steg - Alt Sachsenhausen - Untermainkai - Mainkai - Zoo Frankfurt - Hauptwache. You can get on or off at any of the 16 stops as many times as you please with the 1-day hop-on hop-off ticket.

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Frankfurt: 19th-Century Time Travel VR Experience

3. Frankfurt: 19th-Century Time Travel VR Experience

Travel back in time to the vibrant, everyday life of Frankfurt in the 19th century. Use virtual reality to adopt the role of a venerable merchant, just as if you had been there yourself. During your time-traveling experience, you will accompany the fictitious businessman, Theodor Riedel, through Frankfurt’s history at three exciting stops.  Start at the grocery store and learn about the trading city during the colonial period. Immerse yourself in the store's hustle and bustle, learn about the fragrant spices and exotic goods, and admire the shop's interior. Then, make a virtual visit to a private library. Learn about the ideas and ideals of the local citizens in the setting of a family's study.  Finally, take the virtual reality carriage ride, the highlight of your journey back in time to 1891. Board the carriage with Theodor Riedel and experience the charm of the flourishing trading city. With your VR headset, enjoy a 360° panoramic view of medieval half-timbered buildings and sublime Wilhelminian-style architecture. Along your virtual journey, you will also accompany Theodor on his own personal day of fate: find out if he can save the family’s legacy or if he will lose everything. Whether ruin or triumph, uncover the answer on your journey through time.

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Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

4. Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

Art and Culture Museums 50% Archaeological Museum Frankfurt Bible Experience Museum Anne Frank Educational Centre Dommuseum Museum of Comical Art German Architecture Museum German Film Museum Eintracht Frankfurt Museum ExperiMINTA ScienceCenter FrankfurtRheinMain Photography Forum Goethe-House and Goethe Museum Frankfurt Art Historical Museum Höchst Porcelaine Museum, Kronberger Haus Icon Museum of the City of Frankfurt Jewish Museum Junges Museum Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art Museum of Applied Arts Museum of Communication MUSEUM GIERSCH Museum Judengasse Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Shock-Haired Peter Museum at the Heinrich Hoffmann House Museum of Word Cultures Discount – reduced price on spot (discount up to €2 possible) Liebighaus Skulpturensammlung SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT Städel Museum Stages: Alte Oper (discount only on proprietary events) – 15 % Oper Frankfurt (excluding premiers) – 15 % Papageno Musiktheater am Palmengarten (discount on evening performance, excluding special events and New Year's Eve) – 20 % Schauspiel Frankfurt – 15 % The English Theater – 25 % Sightseeing: Daily walking tour Tourismus + Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main – 20 % Airport Tour “Starter Tour” (for full paying guests) – 20 % Blue Bus (ETS GmbH + Co KG) – City Tour Frankfurt – 20 % Red Bus (Frankfurt Sightseeing GmbH) – Skyline Tour - 20 % Frankfurter Personenschifffahrt Primus Linie (Skyline Tour) – 20 % Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschifffahrt GmbH (Panoramafahrten) – 20 % Segway Tour (discount for the 3-hour Tour) – 20 % Shopping: Apfelweinkontor – 10 % Hessen Shop (excluding books) – 10% KULTUROTHEK Frankfurtladen (excluding books) - 10% Tourist Information Römer und Main Central station (selected souvenirs) – 20 % Wertheim Village / The Bicester Village Shopping Collection: 10 % Discount at participating brands on presentation at the Tourist Information in Wertheim Village 50 % Discount on Shopping Express from Frankfurt main central station to Wertheim Village and in return when presented to the bus driver MyZeil ShoppingCenter: 10 % discounts on all products Bering Concept Store BioTechUSA (except sale) Elbenwald Store (except books and media) Herbacin cosmetic GmbH (welcome gift extra) Olivia Burton Teahouse Ronnefeldt Attractions: MAIN TOWER – 20 % Palmengarten Frankfurt 50 % Brentanobad - 20 % Titus Therme - 20 % Eco Kart Frankfurt / Indoor Kartbahn (Discount on Racing Licence) – 100 % Schwarzlichthelden Minigolf (Reduction on the regular entrance fee (2 for 1) Redeemable daily until 6 p.m.) – 50 % Gastronomy: Häagen-Dasz Shop Frankfurt (on all ice cream products) - 20 % Häagen-Dazs Shops Frankfurt: Große Bockenheimer Strasse 46. Mannheimer Strasse 2-4 (im Hauptbahnhof), Liebfrauenberg 39 MyZeil ShoppingCenter: 10 % El Rayyan – Fine Lebanese Food Pommes Freunde (except drinks) C fruitbar (smoothies and milkshakes)

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Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

5. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Enjoy a morning tour to the romantic city of Heidelberg situated on the River Neckar, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It's simply magical. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a stunning combination of architectural styles stretching from the Gothic period to the Renaissance. Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the imposing terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. You then wander through the medieval town center. Here you will see the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade and discover the old narrow lanes with their half-timbered houses. Heidelberg is also home to Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories. And if you still have some time to spare, you can philosophize on Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or discover the excellent regional wines – the two go together quite nicely.

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Frankfurt: Old Town Wonders Exploration Game and Tour

6. Frankfurt: Old Town Wonders Exploration Game and Tour

Discover Frankfurt’s fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around the Old Town. Explore this beautiful German city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Embark on an adventure where each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Book the quest and receive your access code by email that can be used in the app. The tour will take you up to two hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

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Europe: eSim Unlimited Mobile Data

7. Europe: eSim Unlimited Mobile Data

Enjoy a high-speed data pack to stay connected with your friends and family as you travel anywhere in Europe (EU countries). Choose from packages that last for 3, 7, 15, or 30 days and top-up or extend your service with no hassle. Use your eSim starting day of departure and easily change start dates and package lengths by following instructions sent through email. Ensure eSim compatibility by using iPhone XS or newer, Pixel 4 or newer, Samsung S20/S21/Fold, and Huawei P40. Purchase a physical Sim if your device is different from the above mentioned, and stay connected while you travel. Enjoy a small amount of minutes for outgoing calls, but keep in mind that the Sim doesn't come with a phone number.

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Frankfurt: Urban Adventure Game

8. Frankfurt: Urban Adventure Game

Discover the city of Frankfurt with a fun and interactive game. The tour starts from a central square in the city center and will lead you past important monuments and interesting sights. All throughout the route, clues are waiting for you — puzzles, hints, and riddles.  All you need is a clever team of 2 to 6 people, a charged smartphone or tablet with approximately 100 MB of mobile internet, a pen, and the game map. This is a self-guided experience so you can start to play whenever you like. Complete the game in 2-3 hours, or take breaks for coffee, lunch, or shopping.

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Welcome to Frankfurt: Private Tour with a Local

9. Welcome to Frankfurt: Private Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Frankfurt from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or Airbnb accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn all the insider tips, such as the best places to eat and buy groceries. Find out the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour (minimum 2 hours). Upon booking, a guide will get in touch to confirm all the details, such as meeting place and time. They will also ask you some questions to get to know you better so that the tour can be completely customized for you. Benefit from the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around (at your expense) at any point during your tour. Put yourself in the capable hands of a local expert, and learn about the top things to see and do during your time in the city. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating on your own, and confident that you have all the information you need.

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From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

10. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows. In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,416 reviews

on 8th December we were only 3 ppl taking the tour and it was so great, almost like a private one. Our guide was really funny and talkative and he knew every single detail we asked him. He was also explaining things through out the way. Very nice guy.

An excellent purchase if it was just used for use on the public transport network but add in the discounts available and it becomes a must buy!

I just loved the Strasbourg part of it. That only made it worthy! You can do it by train yourself instead of paying that much money.

El tour nos ha gustado mucho, Fede ha contado muchas cosas interesantes. Totally recommendable.

Yes it was such a lovely trip and worth all the money.