What to see in Frankfurt


This beautiful city will surprise you with its endless places to see and with its perfect harmony between the classic and the modern.

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Colegiata de Fráncfort del Meno


Architecture, history and good views in one place

  • It will not go unnoticed, but, anyway, I recommend paying special attention to the choir, decorated with a fine Gothic altarpiece.


  • And also to the organ, one of the largest in Germany.


  • Be sure to visit the Wahl Kapelle or Chapel of Elections; It is another iconic point of the Cathedral and has a great history behind it.


  • You cannot miss the opportunity to climb the tower, you will have spectacular views of the city.


  • Finally, I recommend you visit the Museo Sacro, located in the cloister of the Cathedral.


  • Known as the Imperial Cathedral, it was here that the German kings were elected from 1152 and their coronation took place from 1562.


  • It has a Gothic style and is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.


  • Here is the skull of the apostle, brought from Rome and shown to the faithful on Sundays, holidays and August 24.


  • Its 95-meter tower offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city.


  • The chapel of Maria contains in its interior the altar of Maria Schlaff. It is the only original altar in the Cathedral that represents the death of the Virgin Mary and was created in 1434.


  • The Cathedral has a tower that can be accessed through a door located on the street next to the Cathedral on the way to the Main River.


  • The entrance has a cost of 3 euros per person.


  • We started our trip in the city knowing the Kaiserdom St. Bartholomaus Cathedral.


  • It is one of the most historic buildings in the city and its architecture is surprising.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday from 1:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


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Römerberg


One of the most charming places in the city

  • I recommend you visit this square by day and by night, you will see two very different faces of it.


  • If you have enough time, I recommend you visit the Church of San Nicolás.


  • It was rebuilt in the 1960s as a faithful copy of the original and is one of the most charming places in the city.


  • Originally, fairs were held here and illusionists entertained visitors.


  • The most prominent building on the square is undoubtedly the Römer, made up of five medieval facades behind which the old Frankfurt City Hall is hidden.


  • Located in front of the Town Hall is the Fountain of Justice, warning the councilors to be fair to all citizens.


  • All the facades that accompany the place and the gallery of the Church of San Nicolás are other of the most characteristic points of the square.


  • There is a tourist office in the square where you can get more information about the city.


  • We stop in the heart of the old town of Frankfur to enjoy the most famous square in the city.


  • It seems incredible that this square was totally destroyed in the Second World War.


  • Today it is a square full of life and with a lot of atmosphere.


  • Free


  • 0 min - 15 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Paulskirche


See the cradle of German democracy 200 years ago

  • I recommend that you take a quick visit inside this memorial to discover part of German history.


  • Keep in mind that you have two floors to visit.


  • It is an old church desacralized.


  • It was built as a Protestant church in 1789, but became the seat of the Frankfurt Parliament between 1848 and 1849, during the German revolution.


  • In 1848 the National Assembly was formed and their sessions held in Paulskirche until 1849.


  • The importance of this building for the country is such that after World War II it was one of the first German buildings to be rebuilt.


  • The reconstruction took place next to the centenary of the famous assembly and that is why it was decided to turn the building into a memorial of the democratic meetings of 1848.


  • Its interior, now divided into two floors, is used as a center for events and exhibitions on the history of the beginning of democracy.


  • We now come to this prominent tourist spot where we will discover the history of the beginnings of Germany.


  • The elliptical shape of its building stands out on its own.


  • Surprisingly, inside we will not find anything related to religion, but an exhibition space.


  • As soon as you enter, look at the billboard where they tell you a little about the history of the Church in several languages.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Goethe House


Live like Goethe in his childhood

  • Don't lose sight of the portraits of the artist's family hanging on the walls.


  • I recommend paying attention to the sound of the wooden floor; It really looks like this house is centuries old.


  • Keep in mind that with the Frankfurt Card they give you a 50% discount on entry.


  • This is where the legendary German writer and poet was born on August 28, 1749 and lived the first years of his life.


  • The house was totally destroyed during World War II and only the cellars were saved.


  • The reconstruction, very well accomplished, maintains its original shape and some of the family's belongings.


  • You will get to know the house from the kitchen and dining room on the ground floor to the recreation of the room in which Goethe came into the world on the second floor.


  • During the tour you can see the library, her sister Cornelia's room and the music room.


  • It is a wonderful place that will not go unnoticed; its setting is really surprising.


  • General admission € 7. Children under 6 years free.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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Plaza Hauptwache


A must in the city

  • I recommend you get here and visit Hauptwache, one of the few buildings that remained standing after the Second World War.


  • If you have already visited the Church, I recommend you walk to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, located two minutes from the square. There you can see the symbolic sculptures of the bear and the bull.


  • Hauptwache is a baroque building built in 1730 that gives the square its name.


  • The building was originally the headquarters of the city's defense militia when it was an independent city-state.


  • The square lost its importance when the city was annexed by Prussia in 1866 and the building was converted into a prison before becoming a police station.


  • Since 1904 Hauptwache has housed a café.


  • In front of it we find the Church of Santa Catalina, the other baroque construction to this day.


  • The square is next to the Santa Catalina Church.


  • In this square we can find a contrast between the old and the modern.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Alte Oper


The great building in Frankfurt

  • Keep in mind that you can enjoy varied options such as a concert, workshops, international shows and Broadway plays for the whole family.


  • If your visit coincides with Christmas, an ice skating rink is set up in front of the opera, which you can enjoy with the opera lit in the background, I recommend it.


  • It was inaugurated in 1877 with great enthusiasm and expectation, which it fulfilled without disappointing.


  • The concert hall was inaugurated with the famous Mozart opera "Don Giovanni". The inauguration was quite an event in the city.


  • It served as the city's opera and theater until 1944, when it was burned down in World War II.


  • Today it works as a large cultural center with concerts, conferences, workshops, shows and plays.


  • The cost of admission depends on the show, but they are usually worth € 20 as a minimum.


  • It has a cafeteria located on the first floor and a restaurant located on the third floor and from which we can see the famous Frankfurt Skyline.


  • We continue on the Opernplatz square.


  • Opera is a must on your list of visits in the city; you have to see it even from the outside.


  • A perfect place to see the contrast between the historical and modern buildings and get to know the old opera of the city.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Maintower


The highest point of view in the city

  • If you want to have lunch or dinner at the restaurant located on the 53rd floor, please note that a prior reservation is necessary.


  • Keep in mind that you have a 20% discount with the Frankfurt Card.


  • It took three years to build this building.


  • It is the only skyscraper that has an observation deck 200 meters high.


  • It is the fourth tallest skyscraper in Frankfurt at its 55th and 56th floors.


  • The tower has 1,090 stairs and the elevator takes you in less than a minute from the lobby to the observation deck.


  • The observatory has telescopes similar to those of the Empire State Building in New York to see the whole city.


  • This is a site that you cannot miss on your trip, as it offers you one of the best views of Frankfurt, especially at night.


  • Its views are wonderful and in good weather you can see up to the hills of Taunus, Odenwald and Spessart.


  • In addition, it is one of the most emblematic buildings of the modern city.


  • Prices: € 7.50 Children under 6 years are free.


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Winter hours: 10 am to 7 pm (Sunday to Thursday); 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday). Summer hours: 10 am to 9 pm (Sunday to Thursday); 10 am to 11 pm (Friday and Saturday).


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Gallusanlage


Frankfurt's prominent financial area

  • I recommend you to know this area of the city, but it is an area to pass and know, not much more than that.


  • Some of the large buildings have the option of going up to their terraces.


  • This is also a good place to stay at night and see the illumination of all the skyscrapers.


  • If you want to have the best view away from the illuminated scratchboards, I recommend going to the Alte Brücke, Ignatz-Bubis-Brücke, Flößerbrücke and Osthafenbrücke bridges.


  • This financial center is nicknamed "Mainhattan" or the "skyline" of Frankfurt.


  • The construction of the skyscrapers began in the late 1960s and today there are twelve buildings over 150 meters high and several more that exceed 100 meters.


  • Here you find the sculpture of the euro, 15 meters high and its yellow stars. It marks the beginning of the euro era on 01/01/2001 and is the typical photo that you cannot miss on your trip to Frankfurt.


  • The most prominent buildings are: Main Tower, Europaturm, Commerzbank Tower and Messeturm among others.


  • We continue traveling this area where you can see the most modern buildings in the city.


  • Frankfurt is one of the most important financial centers in Europe and many international banks have their headquarters here.


  • Towering skyscrapers will surprise you by forming a special and very characteristic landscape of this city.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Museo Städel


The most important museum on the riverside of museums

  • If you leave the museum at dusk, don't miss the views of the river with the city illuminated behind it.


  • Keep in mind that the museum has a bookstore and a cafeteria inside.


  • On their website you can find different ticket options, prices and information about other activities.


  • It was opened in 1815 and is considered the oldest and most renowned museum in Germany.


  • Its tour gives you an almost complete overview over 700 years of European art history - from the early 14th century through the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical Modernism to contemporary art.


  • It is divided into four floors.


  • On the first floor you can see masterpieces by Cézanne, Munch and Renoir, Degás or Monet.


  • A sculpture by Rodin and the famous portrait of Goethe in the Roman countryside are featured in the museum.


  • On the top floor, on walls of intense red, blue and green colors, works by Vermeer, Jan van Eyck or Tiepolo hang together with paintings by Velázquez, Murillo or Ribera.


  • We are going to visit this museum, another of the visits that you cannot miss during your stay in Frankfurt.


  • An interesting museum with one of the most complete samples of paintings on the continent.


  • Tuesday to Friday € 16. Saturday, Sunday and holidays € 18. Children under 12 years free.


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Monday.


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Holbeinsteg


The riverside of museums

  • You cannot stop contemplating from here the Frankfurt skyline and the Frankfurt Collegiate Church.


  • Keep in mind that with the Frankfurt Card you have a 50% discount on admission to the most important museums on Museumsurfer.


  • At the end of August the Museumsuferfest is celebrated, a festival considered one of the most important cultural activities in the city, a highly recommended plan if the dates coincide with your visit.


  • The riverbank stands out on both sides of the Main River and its name, Museumsufer, is due to the number of museums found there.


  • It is one of the most important cultural areas in Germany and Europe.


  • Many of the museums are in old villas and there are something for all tastes.


  • In addition to the Städel and Leibieghaus Museum, we can find, among others, the Museum of Communication. Objects related to the history of postal and telephone services are exhibited there.


  • You can also visit the German Museum of Architecture, where they hold exhibitions dedicated exclusively to the theme of architecture.


  • Another essential route is the riverside of the Museums of Frankfurt.


  • This area is perfect for those who want to learn a little more about German culture, history and art.


  • It is also an area that stands out for its beautiful scenery on the Main River and the views it offers.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Puente de Hierro


The best views of the city on the Main

  • Keep in mind that you can access by stairs, ramps and even by elevator.


  • The views from here towards the city and the river are worth it.


  • If you can, the ideal would be to visit it day and night, when it is illuminated by the lights of the city.


  • It was built in 1868 and then replaced in 1912 by a larger construction, which was destroyed during the last days of World War II.


  • Its passage connects the Römerberg square with the Sachsenhausen district, one of the most picturesque and traditional neighborhoods in the city.


  • It is the most famous bridge of all those that cross the Main River.


  • The Greek motto that appears on the structure is a quote from Homer's Odyssey.


  • The characteristic of this bridge are the padlocks that travelers leave as a souvenir of their love.


  • Visiting this site cannot be missed on your trip. You can't stop crossing this iron pedestrian bridge over the Main river.


  • Today it is known as 'the bridge of locks', although personally I think it should be known for having one of the most beautiful views of the city.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Sachsenhausen


Picturesque and traditional neighborhood on the banks of the

  • I recommend you wear comfortable shoes and explore this neighborhood on foot.


  • You cannot miss its cobbled streets and the typical half-timbered houses on the facades.


  • If you visit this site on a Saturday, keep in mind that the largest open-air market in the city is held here from 9:00 to 14:00. Its location alternates. Sometimes it is organized on Schaumainkai Street and other times on Lindleystrasse Street.


  • This area is well known for its apple wine, "Apfelwein", which you can find in all the taverns in the area.


  • It is the traditional drink of the region and is served in stone jugs and glasses with carvings that prevent them from slipping from the hands.


  • It was the traditional neighborhood of fishermen and tanners that was established across the Main in the 12th century.


  • Today it is known for its great nightlife and for having more than two dozen bars and restaurants in the old town on the southern part.


  • Its flagship street is Schweizer Straße, a very cosmopolitan street.


  • It is the area of the city where the most working fountains are found. Every summer, the neighbors organize a festival in which they choose the "Queen of the fountains".


  • The most famous is the Frau Rauscher fountain on Klappergasse.


  • We continue visiting one of the most picturesque and traditional neighborhoods.


  • You cannot say that you have visited Frankfurt if you have not crossed the Eiserner Steg and toured Sachsenhausen.


  • Free


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Museo de Senckenberg


One of the largest collections of dinosaurs in Germany

  • I recommend you visit this museum especially if you go with children, since it is very well prepared for them.


  • Keep in mind that you can visit their website and obtain information about the temporary exhibitions and also purchase advance tickets.


  • The Senckenberg Museum shows us through its collections and exhibitions the evolution of the different species that were found on Earth millions of years ago.


  • The great collection of fossils of dinosaurs and stuffed birds, as well as hominids and other animals from ancient times, stands out.


  • The exhibitions are varied and has more than 10 types.


  • In addition to these permanent exhibits, there are two virtual reality exhibits that you can experience every day from 11:00 to 16:00 at a cost of 2 euros.


  • You have to take advantage of your visit to the city to get to know this great place.


  • It is one of the most prominent museums in all of Germany.


  • Adult ticket (from 16 to 65 years old) € 10.00. Children and adolescents (from 6 to 15 years old) € 5. Children under 6 years old, free. Good night ticket (Wednesday from 5:00 p.m., visitors 16 years old) € 6.


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Palmengarten


A botanical collection without equal

  • During the summer concerts are organized in the gardens and you can even rent boats to row for a while in the pond.


  • On their website you will find information on extra activities and their dates.


  • It is the largest botanical garden in Frankfurt.


  • Palmergarten is divided into sectors, each dedicated to a special type of plant.


  • In the Rose Garden, with stone paths and fountains, there are around 50 varieties of roses.


  • Palmenhaus contains an impressive collection of subtropical palm trees and other large species.


  • Large Pond has fish and aquatic plants. Along the path that borders the pond, you come to a waterfall and a grotto. In summer you can rent boats to row around the lake.


  • Other attractions of the Palmergarten are the Rock Garden, the tropicarium, the bamboo gardens, Mediterranean plants, flower buds, succulents, perennials and subantarctic plants from Argentine Patagonia and New Zealand.


  • We continue our walking tour to this botanical garden that is a different highlight of the city.


  • A huge and beautiful park with greenhouses and great paths to travel, visited by locals and tourists without distinction.


  • Adults € 7. Children up to 13 years old, € 2.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: February to October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from November to January from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



3 Ratings

taconesaltos

taconesaltos

Una ciudad muy alemana y típica pese a su gran desarrollo siempre se encuentra recorriendo aires de tiempos pasados. Muy buena guía.

13/08/2020

viajandovoy

viajandovoy

Me gusta viajar a Frankfurt cada año a visitar familia. Y siempre encuentras algo nuevo. Esta guia es ideal.

07/08/2020

lauravidal

lauravidal

Excelente guía para conocer la ciudad.

19/07/2020