Top 12 Things To Do In Frankfurt, Germany

View of Frankfurt, Germany with European Central Bank tower

View of Frankfurt, Germany with European Central Bank tower

Old architectural marvels like the famous Gothic Saint Bartholomeus Cathedral exist harmoniously with modern high-rise buildings in Frankfurt, Europe’s largest financial centre. It’s no wonder that the national call this 2,000-year old city “the smallest metropolis in the world.”

European Cenrral Bank, Frankfurt, Germany

European Cenrral Bank, Frankfurt, Germany

Deutsche Bank headquaters, Frankfurt, Germany

Deutsche Bank headquaters, Frankfurt, Germany

As the birthplace of the famous writer and scientist Goethe, Frankfurt shows off its culture in unique museums, 13 of which are located opposite the high-rise buildings that make up the city’s skyline.

Aerial view of Frankfurt with Deutsche Bank Towers, Germany

Aerial view of Frankfurt with Deutsche Bank Towers, Germany

Getting to Frankfurt

Frankfurt Airport (FRA), known as Frankfurt am Main Airport or Rhein-Main Flughafen to the locals, ranks continuously as one of the top 10 busiest international airports in the world. It is nine hours away from Chicago, another important worldly connection hub that is home to one of the busiest airports.

Airbus A380 aeroplane at Frankfurt Airport, Germany

Airbus A380 aeroplane at Frankfurt Airport, Germany

Additionally, most European cities are within a three-hour flight radius from Frankfurt Airport. As such, it offers direct access from many ports and plays a vital role for connecting flights.

Skyscrapers in Frankfurt, Germany

Skyscrapers in Frankfurt, Germany

Getting Around Frankfurt

This city has a well-developed public transportation system. For airport access, travellers have two main railway options: The AIRail for travel throughout the region and the S-Bahn for trips into the city. Both stop in Terminal 1.

Tram in Frankfurt, Germany

Tram in Frankfurt, Germany

Bus and rail tickets by the Rhine-Main Transport Association are available at sales outlets, card-o-mat machines and ticket machines. Short-term visitors would benefit from the Frankfurt Card, a one or two-day pass from the Tourisms Congress GMBH that allows passengers free rides on all RMV city routes (airport included).

Frankfurt Am Main in Germany

Frankfurt Am Main in Germany

In addition, Frankfurt Card holders enjoy reduced fares on Rhine and Moselle boat tours as well as discounted entry to popular attractions like the Frankfurt Zoo, Palm Garden, and museums like the German Film Museum.

Where to Stay in Frankfurt

Travellers can utilize several accommodations including hostels and hotels. Some of which are close to the airport. These accommodations are affordable which offer both comfort and luxury.

Frankfurt, Germany at night

Frankfurt, Germany at night

Attractions and Things to Do in Frankfurt

Since Frankfurt has a continental climate with distinct summers and winters, but without drastic highs or lows, even visits during slow travel months will be enjoyable. Each season has its own cultural highlights.

Skyline Plaza, Frankfurt, Germany

Skyline Plaza, Frankfurt, Germany

River main with Frankfurt Cathedral in backgorund, Germany

River main with Frankfurt Cathedral in backgorund, Germany

Festivals

For several weeks in the spring (usually end of March into April) the city hosts the Dippemess, its annual spring folk festival. Summer in Frankfurt is the season for many outdoor events, including Sommerwerft Theatre Festival.

Palmengarten, Botanical garden in Frankfurt, Germany

Palmengarten, Botanical garden in Frankfurt, Germany

Main Guard Square in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Main Guard Square in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Of course many travellers know about Oktoberfest, but autumn is also a busy time for trade shows, including the world’s largest book fair. Winter temperatures generally stay just above freezing, so it’s easy to browse the annual Frankfurt Christmas Market, one of the most popular in Germany.

Europaturm, tower in Frankfurt, Germany

Europaturm, tower in Frankfurt, Germany

Other major attractions in the city include the following:

Visit Romer

Romer is one of the oldest landmarks with an iconic medieval architectural structure with over 600 years in Frankfurt.

Römerberg,, Historical market square in Frankfurt, Germany

Römerberg, Historical market square in Frankfurt, Germany

Visit Palmengarten

Palmengarten is a must see for visitors to Frankfurt, this is a beautiful botanical gardens.

Visit the Museums

There are many museums in Frankfurt including the Stadel museum, which is an Art gallery with historical arts and artefacts. There is also the Naturmuseum Senckenberg which exhibit Natural history and is one of the largest museums in Germany.

The Museum fur Moderne Kunst or MMK is one of Frankfurt most popular museum which was founded in 1981. It has a unique design with a Triangular shape.

River Main, Frankfurt, Germany

River Main, Frankfurt, Germany

Experimenta

Experimenta is a science exhibit that allows visitors to have interactive experiences.

Boat Tours

Visitors can also enjoy Rhine and Moselle boat tours.

River boat with Dreikönigskirche church in background, Frankfurt, Germany

River boat with Dreikönigskirche church in background, Frankfurt, Germany

Visit Frankfurt Zoo

Visit the Frankfurt zoo to see a variety of animals.

Main Tower

For spectacular views don’t forget to climb the Main Tower.

Commerzbank AG tower in Mainhattan, Frankfurt, Germany

Commerzbank AG tower in Mainhattan, Frankfurt, Germany with Main Tower on the right

Other Attractions To Visit

Other 4 top points of interest include:

  • The Goethe House
  • St. Paul’s Church
  • English Theatre
  • The Chinese Garden
Eschenheimer Turm, Frankfurt, Germany

Eschenheimer Turm, Frankfurt, Germany

Since almost one-third of Frankfurt’s inhabitants aren’t of German nationality, it is easy for international travellers to communicate and to find a restaurant with cuisine that reminds them of home. Whether dining, shopping or asking for directions, visitors will find a hospitable atmosphere worthy of the city’s long-standing reputation as a trading centre.

MesseTurm, skyscraper in Frankfurt, Germany

MesseTurm, skyscraper in Frankfurt, Germany

Holbeinsteg Bridge, Frankfurt, germany

Holbeinsteg Bridge, Frankfurt, germany

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