Touristy Frankfurt – What to See

It is quite often that we touchdown at Frankfurt only to take-off to another destinations. Frankfurt is perhaps in the middle of the world and offers connectivity to many other parts of the world. It is so much a hub of air travel that I often say jokingly that if you lose your luggage anywhere in the world on an international flight, it will somehow find its way to Frankfurt!

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Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, the main railway station

We had heard many a people say “There are no things to do in Frankfurt” and move on to other places of our blue planet. Our travelling souls would not take that for an answer. There are always some hidden gems and stories to a place. So on our 100+ days epic journey through Europe, nick named #NiVaEuro, we decided to give ourselves a few days in this megacity known for its financial institutions and which is often called “Bankfurt”.
The sights and attraction which we visited were definitely not to be missed. Here, we have charted out an itinerary for you.

Day 1 – Altstadt – Old Town

Romans were here before us! Römerberg

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Römerberg square. The distinctive building in the middle is the medieval Old St Nicholas Church

It is almost like a pilgrimage. One thing everyone wants to visit is Römerberg in Altstadt (old town) and, of course, Römer and guess what? We did too.. :). Loosely translated as the Roman Mountain, Römerberg is the plaza around which is a cluster of old half-timber houses bearing the distinct architecture of that era. The designs on the walls and windows made of wood were so attractive, something we had not seen anywhere else, yet.

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The iconic Römer, one of the oldest town halls in Germany.


The first Roman settlers in
the first century built their houses and stayed here. Just standing there and thinking about how the residents and the merchants walked the very path we were standing on, is a marvelous sensation. As we imbibed the atmosphere, we saw that the center was a fenced off space which looked like it may have contained a fountain before but nothing there now. On enquiry we found that the fountain of justice was under renovation and would be installed soon.

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What is incredible is that Römer, one of the oldest buildings around Römerberg, has been the town hall of Frankfurt ever since it was sold to the city in the year 1405CE. Even now one could get married in one of the many well decorated rooms and the Mayor of the city has his office here too. Do not miss the Emperor’s hall where coronation banquets used to be held and which could probably be hired for private banquets.

We were told that during Christmas this plaza converts into a Christmas market, something we would love to visit.

Open time: Römer being an office, keeps to office times of 10:00AM to 1:00PM and 2:00PM to 5:00PM.

Ticket : None

How to reach: Nearest U-Bahn station Dom/Römer by U4 and U5.

A view from the top: Bartholomew Cathedral

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Main River and North Side Buildings. The big tower on the right belongs to Frankfurt Cathedral
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Dom Romer, Frankfurt

We were awestruck on seeing the imposing 90 meter tower of the cathedral which has its origin in the 7th century. Frankfurt cathedral, as it is also called, is one of the most important religious places of Frankfurt. The importance is firstly because this used to be the coronation cathedral for the Holy Roman Emperors for 230 years during the renaissance period. This event used to take place at the skull altar. Secondly the pieces of skull of the Apostle Bartholomew is rumored to be kept here. The Cathedral was destroyed and rebuilt a few times during its life. However, during WW2 it was lucky not be destroyed completely and it was reconstructed in a few years.

For us an equally interesting part was to climb the 300+ steps to the observation gallery, at a height of 66 meters and have a spectacular aerial view of Frankfurt city and its river. Be warned of the bells that, when they toll, are very loud inside the tower! It was a great idea to have a bird’s eye view of the town before we embarked on exploring it further.

If you are lucky, you may even catch an organ concert at the cathedral!

Open time : The tower is open only during summer from 09:00AM to 6:00PM.

Ticket : 3.5 Euros for the tower

How to reach: Nearest U-Bahn station – Dom/Römer by U4 and U5.

St Paul Church

When we first saw the round part of the building we were curious to find out what it was. More than 200 years old, this roundish church was the venue of the first parliament of Frankfurt, when the citizens elected their legislative members 1848.

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St Paul church, Paulskirche in German

We could see that the round shape of the hall rendered it the most appropriate place for a parliament, a place where all the people can hear the speaker. It is not an active church anymore.

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This is a World War 2 memorial for all the victims of holocaust. The names of all the concentration camps are engraved below the statue.

Outside on Berlin Street (Berliner Strasse) there was an odd looking statue. The looks and the action was so horrible that we thought it was the devil himself and were thinking what an odd place for such a statue. A closer look told that it was not the devil but that of the victim of the devil of the twentieth century. The hands were tied, the sunken eyes told stories of dreadful atrocities. This was a memorial for all the victims of concentration camps that existed in Europe before and during WW2.

Open time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Ticket: None

How to reach: Nearest U-Bahn station Dom/Römer by U4 and U5 or U-Bahn station Hauptwache U1, U2, U3, U6, U8

Goethehaus

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived here

Talking of the devil, a few minutes-walk took us to the house of the playwright who wrote the play Faust. The play, many of us will remember, is about Faust who makes a deal with the devil and so on and so forth. The movie Devil’s Advocate is loosely based on this.

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Goethehaus, Frankfurt

The Goethehaus was the place where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. The street was quite narrow and for us to imagine rich people stayed here was a testimony that the value systems have changed drastically. This house changed hands many times until its last owner, the citizens’ foundation, converted it into a tribute to the son of the soil. This house was rebuilt after WW2 bombings. This and another modern building next door constitutes the Goethe House and Museum which contains rare paintings from his time and also, what we enjoyed most, artifacts owned or used by Goethe.

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Vasu, Nisha and Goethe who is just a shadow of his esteemed self!

If you speak German then you are in luck. In the afternoon there is guided tour in German.

Open time: 10:00AM to 6:00PM Mon-Sat,
10:00AM to 6:00PM on Sun

Ticket: 7 Euros

How to reach: Nearest S-Bahn /U-Bahn station Hauptwache S1, S2, S3, S4. S5, S6, S8, U1, U2, U3, U6, U7, U8

Rathenauplatz

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Open air exhibition of the Jewish sports persons persecuted by the Nazi at Rathenauplatz

Goethe’s statue is located on the south side of this square. The square is otherwise empty. However, on several occasions there may be an open air exhibition on various themes.

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Helene Mayer, the jewish fencing champion, moved to the States during the Nazi period

We were lucky to catch the exhibition of Jewish Sports people who had represented Germany until 1933 and later persecuted by the Nazis. These larger than life sports heroes in action are made of Plexiglas is quite tough to bear the vagaries of weather.

Open time: 24-by-7 outdoor exhibition

Ticket: free

How to reach: Nearest S-Bahn /U-Bahn station Hauptwache S1, S2, S3, S4. S5, S6, S8, U1, U2, U3, U6, U7, U8

Alte Oper at Opernplatz

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Alte Oper, Old Opera building

The old opera house of Frankfurt is situated at the Opera Square or Opernplatz. This striking building was constructed in 1880 and was completely destroyed during WW2. Due to popular demand this was built again in 1981 to host important concerts.

We could see Goethe and Mozart adorning the façade. It is not permitted to enter the Opera House unless you have the tickets for the performance.

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Apfelwein festival at Opera Square with the majestic old opera building in the background

We were quite lucky to catch the surprise event outside on the square. This was the Opernplatz festival but we like to call it the Apfelwein festival. It looked as if they were waiting as this “feast for the palate” started on the day we arrived. 🙂 We got to taste so many varieties of Apfelwein or Apple cider, occasionally mixed with other fruits, and were really top of the world (so we thought). To accompany the drinks there were many snacks to explore and there was also a live band belting songs in German and English.

This was not even a weekend and we could see a crowds of people were in their formals, probably coming here straight from office. Wow! German’s know how to live it up!

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Alte Oper, Old Opera in the evening

How to reach: Nearest S-Bahn station Taunusanlage S1, S2, S3, S4. S5, S6, S8, S9 and Nearest U-Bahn station Alte-Oper U6, U7.

Main Tower

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The 200M high Main tower is home to top companies of the world. Photo credit : #Visitfrankfurt

It was a fitting end to the day when we climbed the Main tower observation deck at 200Meters to look down at the Frankfurt we’d just visited. It was great fun trying to identify the structures and places we had visited during the day.

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Aerial view of Frankfurt. Photo credit : #Visitfrankfurt

There are also options of watching the city while having food in the restaurant or even exercising in their fitness club on 53rd and 54th floor.

For those interested in art, there is an art exhibition at the foyer level, which we gave a miss.

Open time :
Summer – 10:00AM to 9:00PM Sun-Thu, 10:00AM to 11:00PM Fri-Sat
Winter – 10:00AM to 7:00PM Sun-Thu, 10:00AM to 9:00PM Fri-Sat

Ticket : 7.5 Euros (20% discount with Frankfurt Card)

How to reach: Nearest S-Bahn station Taunusanlage S1, S2, S3, S4. S5, S6, S8, S9 and Nearest U-Bahn station Willy Brandt Platz U1, U2, U3, U4, U5, U8

Day 2 onwards

Palmengarten, the botanical garden with a difference

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The almost 150 years old Palmengarten is botanical garden, picnic place and public entertainment place rolled into one. Photo credit : #Visitfrankfurt

Translating to Garden of Palm trees, Palmengarten is one of the biggest botanical garden of Germany. It started as a private garden with shows from US and other parts being held here till Frankfurt took it over in 1931.
The version we were visiting was the brand new Palmengarten, rebuilt after being ravaged in WW2.

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climatized enclosures for tropical plants in Palmengarten. Photo credit : #Visitfrankfurt

It is situated opposite to another huge Botanical Garden of Goethe University. We could see that it was a big hit with families with children spending warm days here picnicking, boating and generally playing. There were also climatized areas for tropical plants and trees proving the right ambience for their health.

Open time:
Feb to Oct – 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Nov to Jan – 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Ticket: 7 Euros

How to reach: Nearest U-Bahn station Westend U6, U7

Main River, Eiserner Steg and Waterfront jaunts

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Eiserner Steg, Frankfurt

Frankfurt’s full name is Frankfurt am Main meaning Frankfurt on the river Main. So no visit to the city is complete without a stroll at the waterfront. The river was not very wide but the flow was quite fast. While walking along the waterfront, we reached a bridge called, very aptly, the Iron Bridge or the Eiserner Steg.

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Love Locks galore on the Iron Bridge or Eiserner Steg, Frankfurt

It looks like an ordinary iron bridge but once you are onto it, you see lovers have converted this into a love-lock bridge. Locks of various shapes, sizes and colors could be found here, in line with the romantic tradition of Europe. Write or scratch the names on the lock and lock it and throw the key into the river. We were, naturally reminded of the fate of the Love-lock Bridge or Pont des Arts in Paris.

If the weather is good then one could choose from various cruise options by Primus-Linie. However when we went it was raining and quite cold and windy.

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Mainhattan , a cluster of high rise buildings.

From the other side (South side) of the bridge one could see Manhattan …ooops Mainhattan! The high rise building cluster is clearly visible exhibiting the modernity surrounded by the various parts of the old city.

Open time: 24-by-7 – outdoor

Ticket: Free

How to reach: Nearest U-Bahn station Dom/Römer by U4 and U5.

Museumsufer, cluster of museums

Do you love museums? Worry not, Frankfurt has many of them! The so called museum embankment is located on the South bank of Main River.

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German Architecture Museum , Frankfurt . Photo credit : #Visitfrankfurt

The museum district, has about twelve museums within few hundred meters! So for those die-hard museum fans this place would be the perfect landing place to spend a day or two. From Art, history, cultural, architecture to ancient sculpture the district covers a wide variety of themes.

Every year there is a Museum Embankment Cultural festival held at this very place. We missed the 2017 version as we had already left Frankfurt by then. In 2018 the dates are 24th to 26th August.

Opening times

German Architecture Museum: 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Museum of World Culture: 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Museum of applied arts: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
European Icons Museum: 11:00AM to 5:00PM
German Film Museum: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Staedtl Museum: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
LieBieghaus Sculpture Museum: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Portikus: 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Museum Giersch: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Jewish Museum: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Museum of History: 11:00AM to 7:00PM

*The above museums themselves are expected to take 3 to 4 days or even more if you visit each one of them.

How to reach: Nearest U-Bahn station Scweizerplatz by U1, U2, U3 and U8

Schaumainkai Flohmarkt (Flea Market)

Not to be missed is also Frankfurt’s biggest flea market that springs up along the river on the very street where these museums are located. It is held on every Saturday except if it falls on a holiday. Sometimes you may find that particular article or antique you have always been wanting to buy is waiting for you. There are also snack stalls should you be hungry after all that shopping.

Open time: 9:00AM to 2:00PM

How to reach: Nearest U-Bahn station Scweizerplatz by U1, U2, U3 and U8

Where to stay

Frankfurt, being a financial hub, has a plethora of hotels to choose from. From basic hostels to 5 star hotels, from boutique hotels to business hotels, catering to all budgets.
We stayed in Aparthotel Adagio, part of Accor group of hotels. The reason was simple. It was an apartment and breakfast was included. We could do some basic cooking when we felt like. There was enough space to spread our things as we were staying there for a few days.
Also, quite importantly, the tram stop was just 50 metres away and we were only 3 stops away from the main station, Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (HBF).

How to travel – Frankfurt Card

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Frankfurt card valid for 2 days

The best way to travel from place to place within the city is to buy a 1-day or 2-day Frankfurt Card. The start date to be endorsed on the reverse. The benefits far outweigh the cost of the card. Even more so if you are group of up to 5 adults. You can get a group card for the price of 2 adult Frankfurt cards !

Prices:
1 day Frankfurt card – 10.50 Euros 2 days card – 15.50 Euros
1 day group card – 20.50 Euros 2 days group card – 30.50 Euros
*The group card is valid for 5 persons travelling together.

Benefits:
* Unlimited travel by public transport by buses, trams, S-Bahn and U-Bahn within the city districts and also to Frankfurt Airport.
* 10% to 50% discounts on the ticket prices of various attractions, discounts at participating restaurants and stores. For details click https://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Information-Planning/Frankfurt-Card

There are so many things to see and do in Frankfurt that we could have filled a few more days very easily.

There are also a lot of things once could do around Frankfurt, which we will write about later.

Have you been to Frankfurt? What was your experience?

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64 thoughts on “Touristy Frankfurt – What to See

  1. Thanks for putting together a list of places to see in Frankfurt, it is true that people say there really isn’t much to see or do there. But from your pictures, I can definitely think of spending 1-2 days (not more than that though) to explore the city. I love the Old Town, I could walk around those streets for hours!

    1. Thanks Medha. I can quite understand that you don’t want to spend more days. We are always short on time and trying to squeeze in more. I am sure you will enjoy Frankfurt. 🙂

  2. Well, whoever said that there’s nothing to do in Frankfurt is definitely mistaken! 😉 Love that you were able to explore it and share your must-see places with us.. Römerberg alone is a great place to explore. The building on your photo looked like something from a pixel game that I actually had to look twice! All-in-all, Frankfurt’s architecture looks simply stunning, including the Iron Bridge and the museum. I also enjoyed reading about the Botanical Garden. I’m sure my in-laws would’ve liked to explore this too as they love plants and have been growing their own garden for years! Would be awesome to have a picnic here. 🙂

    1. Ha Ha ..Thanks Marvi. It does give an illusion of being artificial , isn’t it. During our #NiVaEuro trip, we came across similar fachwerk buildings in a few other places too. However the first time is always awe inspiring.

  3. I love old architecture as well, those buildings are fantastic. Any old town in Europe is so great. We have not yet made it to Frankfurt (even to the airport) yet, but you have given us some good reasons to make a stop there and not just pass through and there are some good tips here.

  4. Guilty! I must admit I have used Frankfurt only as a hub to transit. Even 2 weeks back, we decided to go via Amsterdam to Berlin, and not Fft. But this post has been an eye-opener. There is indeed enough to do in Frankfurt for couple of days. And Romerberg is lovely! But can I still admit that Berlin stole my heart!

    1. Thanks Shweta. All of us have been guilty on that count sometime or the other 🙂 Many times our busy schedules and the airlines we travel by limits opportunities. Good luck!

  5. I haven’t really heard about Frankfurt until I get to read this.
    The pilgrimage is really something interesting to do in Old Town, the architecture of the place were really remarkable too I guess 🙂
    i soooo love all the facade of each buildings were really stunning, I wonder what it looks like inside it?
    You were also lucky for getting into so many surprise activities which added to the fun of your stay 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the the time of the museums schedules as well. This is really helpful for future reference.

  6. Ha that is true. I’ve been through Frankfurt a few times but I’ve never actually visited the city. I’ve visited a few other cities in Germany as well but I’ve never visited Frankfurt. This post really makes me feel bad for not leaving the airport and exploring when I had the chance. This city is beautiful. I’ve seen some of that architecture before in other German cities. I really love the Alte Oper at Opernplatz what a stunning building. This is a fantastic list. Then next time I need to pass through Frankfurt I’m gonna leave the airport!!

    1. Thanks Christopher. We have all been guilty of this one time or the other. One of the things the town planners have done is to ensure the high rises are all together.

  7. Thanks for this post – I’ll admit to ebing one of those people who has touched down in Frankfurt many a times only to never leave the airport. Will plan for a layover the next time round though! Römerberg square looks gorgeous – I love medieval architecture – takes me back to a different time just being there. I agree that when you’re in such a historic place, one of the most interesting things is to think about the many souls who would have walked in the same place centuries before you!

    Amazing that Römer has such a long standing history!! I would love to take in the Christmas market – maybe I’ll bump into you both on an upcoming trip if you make it back too!

    1. Thanks Megan. All these years we had done the same thing. Just hang around inside the airport and move on to the next destination. This time we actually planned it and we think it was well worth it.
      How nice it would to bump into you one of these days in one of these or any other places on earth!

  8. Yes, Frankfurt is a huge city and as it often happens with such cities, we tend to get away from them, looking for less crowded and peaceful places. However, I am really glad that you explored the city. For me, the most poignant moment was the Holocaust statue. Even the photograph was so moving that I am not sure if I would want to see it in real life!

  9. I’m pretty sure after this post, more people would consider giving Frankfurt a second look, especially for people who love taking photos. Römerberg square alone looks like a place worthy of a visit. Considering how all the areas are accessible by public transport makes it all the more enticing to visit!

    1. Thanks Glorie. Romerberg is really the place one should start the trip. In most European cities public transport, is reasonably well established and is never a problem to travel from place to place.

  10. Hey Nisha!
    Loved the article giving a full itinerary of things to do when we visit Frankfurt! The pictures just make it all the more luring. 🙂 Looking forward to more articles from your Euro Trip.

  11. I love doing the touristy things in each city before digging deep and exploring unknown spots! Römer seriously looks like a gingerbread house! Frankfurt is now on our radar after your great write up and photos! The architecture for sure got my attention, such a picturesque place!

  12. I’ve only ever had flights through Frankfurt, but I’ve really been missing out! Old Town looks so quintessential German cozy town. I would love to visit the Botanical Gardens. I always love visiting those. Great tip on getting the Frankfurt card. Those things always help out if you’re planning to tackle a lot of the tourist hotspots.

    1. We were doing that for years till we decided to take the opportunity during our Europe trip #NiVaEuro. Yes , I agree. Frankfurt card gives you that additional flexibility to visit places.

  13. So glad to see this article as I too thought Frankfurt was just a big city with little to see. Your post proves me wrong, the old town is stunning

  14. I so so envy you guys for having done this. Have been following your journey on the social channels and have loved every bit of it. Loved the churches you have covered in your Day One and the Gardens on Day Two. Fantastic pictures of all of them and very very useful tips you have there. Cheers

  15. Okay, you absolutely proved a point in saying that Frankfurt deserves more attention than a mere pitstop. I can’t believe how many things you were able to pack in two days. I love the facades of Romerberg square, with their perfect geometrical symmetry and all the quaintness of the city. However, the treat for me would have been stumbling into an apfelwein festival like yourselves! Apfelwein is my favorite type of wine!

    1. Thanks. You are right. It was packed and we could hardly do justice to the museums and so many other places. However we could do a couple of day trips about which we will write soon.

  16. You are absolutely right…Frankfurt is often the transit point for many of us (including me) and we never quite see the city as a travel destination in itself. Next time my Germany visit will include it in the itinerary. My fav is certainly Altstadt – I love everything old 🙂

    1. Thanks Sid. I agree. The old town has its own charm. Even if you are just transiting if you have a 4 or 5 hours layover and a Schengen visa you could take the train to Roemerberg easily.

  17. Thank for this very detailed guide to Frankfurt. I love architecture and think the old opera house of Frankfurt is gorgeous and would love to catch a performance there. It’s very lucky that the Opernplatz festival was going on and you got to sampling all different kinds of apple cider and snacks. Looks like a lot of fun!

    1. Thanks Jenn. Yes bumping into the festival of Apfelwein was indeed lucky. We could not believe that on a week day people would congregate to enjoy cider and snacks.

  18. I had no idea Frankfurt was so beautiful, or that the Romans originally built there. I’d love to take a walk along the Eiserner Steg and see the botanical gardens. There’s something about these German cities that makes me feel like they’re just right out of a fairy tale. I’ll be sure to check out the Frankfurt Card when I go.

    1. Thanks Skye. I guess it would be difficult to find a place where the Romans were not there in Europe. Frankfurt card is truly useful if you are here for a couple of days and would like to travel to various places within the city.

  19. Wow! I have had connecting flights through Frankfurt more times than I can count and have never left the airport. Sounds like next time I need to make an official stop-over. Thank you for the list!

  20. Definitely looks like there was plenty to do in Frankfurt! I’d love to visit if only to enjoy the architecture! The overall city looked very picturesque, but the Frankfurt cathedral and Eiserner Steg looked especially nice! Even if I didn’t do any of the “activities”, I’d still want to visit if only to enjoy the atmosphere of the city!

  21. It’s so true! I also feel guilty of assuming Frankfurt to be a transit city. Didn’t know it had so much history to show us.
    Thanks for sharing this, I am bookmarking.

  22. I didn’t know there’s so much you can do in Frankfurt, like others, I just associated it with the airport. I love the town hall and its gabled style. It’s very picturesque. The fact that it dates back to the Roman times make it so much more beautiful. I would definitely love to check out their Christmas Market! Thanks for recommending also the Frankfurt card. You will really save a lot on transpo if you buy it.

    1. Roemersberg along with Roemer are perhaps the most photographed places in Frankfurt. The Frankfurt card is quite useful and more so if you are in a group of 3 upto 5.

  23. Sometimes I wonder why we make assumptions about places we have never been to. Whether good or bad, assumptions are often proven wrong. I see now why its wrong to brush Frankfurt away as a layover. Its as lovely as the rest of the German cites.

  24. Thank you for the great tips and itinerary. Like many others, I flew through Frankfurt on many cations, but still didn’t have a chance to actually see the city. Perhaps, one day I could put your advice to good use. The old opera building looks fantastic. Wow, it is even more impressive that it was completely rebuilt in 1981.

    1. Thanks Elena. 🙂 I can very well understand that and you are not the only one. After seeing Frnkfurt , I have decided not to ignore a place on hearsay. Yes, the old opera house is one of my favorites too.

  25. My initial thought about Frankfurt is that it is an expensive city. But after reading your blog I can see that it is an affordable city. I wonder how much useful is the Frankfurt City Passes. If you can share some information it will be very helpful.

  26. I am German and I am ashamed to admit that I have never been to Frankfurt myself. I have a faint childhood memory of looking onto Mainhatten but I am not sure if that’s something that’s really happened. Back in the 80’s it was quite a thing because in Germany we usually don’t build very tall buildings in our city centres (it has changed a bit, but in the 80s Frankfurt was a big exception thanks to the international banks and the stock exchange). All the sights you propose are probably the best things you could do in the city. A great guide for any first-time visitor.

  27. The Altstadt is my favourite part of Frankfurt, beautifully rebuilt after the city was bombed during the Second World War. Very in depth post with lots of advice here. Reading this sure did bring back some memories 🙂

  28. I love Mainhatten! The last time I visited Frankfurt it was to sing at the Cathedral, which really is quite splendid. And, I didn’t really see much else. So, this is a great set of information for me. I definitely need to return

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