15 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Frankfurt

This old imperial city on the River Main – hence its full name, Frankfurt am Main – has long been an important commercial and economic center. Frankfurt’s impressive skyline, dominated by the great cluster of high-rise buildings in the banking quarter, has a distinct North American flavor, a fact that has earned the city the nicknames “Mainhattan” and “Chicago on the Main.”

Considered a global city – it frequently ranks in the top 10 best cities in which to live and do business – Frankfurt has also long been an important center for cultural and tourism activities. Its huge trade fair complex, Messe Frankfurt, hosts important events such as the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s most important publishing event.

Frankfurt is also well known for its exceptional number of fine museums covering art, science, and history. It’s also a lovely city to explore on foot. A highlight of a walking tour is crossing the Main via the Eiserner Steg, a pedestrian footbridge originally built in 1911 (and rebuilt since) that links the Sachsenhausen district to the downtown core.

To learn more about the best places to visit along the way, be sure to read our full list of the top tourist attractions in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

1. Römerberg: Frankfurt’s Old Town Center

Römerberg: Frankfurt

Römerberg: Frankfurt’s Old Town Center

Set in the heart of Frankfurt’s Old Town (Altstadt), the Römerberg is an irregularly shaped square with the Justice Fountain (Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen) at its center. Not only is it Frankfurt’s most picturesque public square, it’s the city’s busiest pedestrian zone and home to numerous tourist attractions and fun things to do, including Christmas markets and other events.

Points of interest here include its many open-fronted shops, once common throughout the old town, and the Römer. This cluster of 11 historic buildings together made up the medieval-era Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), faithfully reconstructed in 1954 from original 15th- to 18th-century floorplans. Of special note is the elegant Imperial Hall (Kaisersaal), once the scene of splendid banquets.

Other notable buildings in the Römerberg include the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) dating from 1908; the 14th-century Gothic Church of St. Leonhard; and St. Nicholas Church, with its carillon.

Also of interest here is the Historical Museum (Historisches Museum Frankfurt). Founded in 1878, its interesting collections relate to Frankfurt’s rich cultural history from medieval to modern times, and the six traditional-style buildings of the Ostzeile.

The historic Wertheim House (Haus Wertheym), the only building to have survived the 1944 air raids that destroyed much of old Frankfurt, can also still be seen and is now home to a restaurant.

Address: Römerberg 26, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2. Städel Museum

The Städel Museum

The Städel Museum

The Städel Museum (Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie), with its excellent collection of paintings from the 14th century, is the most important of the world-class museums that make up Frankfurt’s Museum District.

Of its many collections, the most important include works by old masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Goya and into the later centuries with Monet, Degas, Beckman, and Picasso. The more contemporary works include those by Bacon and Baselitz. The collection also includes prints and drawings from Durer and Cezanne to Pollock and Ernst.

English language guided tours are available, along with audio-guides for those who prefer to go it alone. For those with additional time, workshops and talks, along with a research library, are also available. A café and bookshop are also located on-site.

Address: Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

3. Museum District: Museumsufer

Museum District: Museumsufer

Museum District: Museumsufer | David Stanley / photo modified

Frankfurt’s Museum District (Museumsufer) on the south and north banks of the River Main is a first-rate collection of some 16 separate museums, many of them of international standing. In addition to the centrepiece, the Städel Art Museum, a highlight is the excellent Museum of World Cultures (Museum der Weltkulturen), regarded as one of Europe’s top ethnological museums. Founded in 1904, its collections include more than 65,000 artifacts from as far afield as Asia, Africa, and North and South America.

The Museum of Ancient Sculpture (Städtische Galerie Liebieghau) is another important museum here. Situated in the 19th-century Liebieghaus, the museum is home to a large collection of Asian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman sculptures, as well as pieces from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

Also worth visiting, the Icon Museum (Ikonen-Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main) is a rare institution housing a treasury of more than a thousand Christian Orthodox images from all over the Orthodox Diaspora.

Other museums of note are the German Architecture Museum (Deutsches Architekturmuseum), focusing on architectural design and offering more than 200,000 plans, drawings, and models; the Film Museum (Deutsches Filminstitut), with exhibits relating to the Lumière brothers and the history of cinema; and the Museum of Applied Art (Museum Angewandte Kunst), or MAK for short, with its displays of more than 30,000 objects representing European and Asian decorative art.

Try to squeeze in a visit to the Frankfurt Archaeological Museum (Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt), set in a former monastery and dealing with the city’s history from its foundation to the present. Even a quick visit is time well spent.

Address: Schaumainkai, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

4. Maintower

Maintower, Frankfurt

Maintower, Frankfurt

Located in the heart of Frankfurt’s Inner City (Innenstadt) district, the 200-meter-tall Maintower should rank highly on your list of fun things to do. Completed in 1999, this impressive 56-story skyscraper is one of the largest in Germany and was built with a superb rooftop observatory that’s open to the public.

Two public viewing platforms are on its top floors, and the views from here are simply breathtaking. In addition to enjoying panoramic views over the Old Town (Altstadt) and the many other Frankfurt attractions on your must-see list, the river views alone make the fast glass-fronted elevator journey to the top worth it.

If visiting on a Friday or Saturday, you may want to time your visit for after nightfall. The viewing platforms are open later on these days, offering a unique opportunity to view the city from on high at night.

Better still, combine your visit with a meal at the popular restaurant on the building’s 53rd floor. Be sure to also check out the art installations and mosaics in the building’s lobby area, too.

Address: Neue Mainzer Str. 52-58, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

5. The Palm Garden

The Palm Garden, Frankfurt

The Palm Garden, Frankfurt

Located on Bockenheimer Landstrasse, the beautiful 54-acre Palm Garden (Palmengarten), the largest botanic garden in Germany (and one of three in Frankfurt), was an instant hit with the public upon its opening in 1871. The attraction lured some of the top performers of the time from around the world, including Buffalo Bill, who visited with his Wild West show in 1890.

Highlights of a visit today are the lovely outdoor botanical exhibits laid out according to their geographical location, along with a number of greenhouses containing subtropical and tropical plant species. The gardens also offer boating, a children’s playground, and picnic spots, and guided tours are available.

The Europaturm – a 337-meter-tall telecommunications tower also known as the “Tower of Europe” – is just a short walk away and worth visiting for its viewing platform and restaurant. Great views can also be enjoyed from the viewing platforms of the city’s Main Tower, one of its tallest skyscrapers.

Other Frankfurt parks of interest are the 72-acre Grüneburgpark and the even larger Nidda Valley People’s Park (Volkspark Niddatal) covering some 415 acres on the outskirts of the city and a pleasant place for a stroll.

Address: Siesmayerstraße 61, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

6. Senckenberg Natural History Museum

Senckenberg Natural History Museum

Senckenberg Natural History Museum | Patrick Nouhailler / photo modified

Located in Frankfurt’s Senckenberg Gardens, the Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg) is one of the most modern museums of natural history in Europe and the second largest of its kind in Germany.

Along with its numerous displays relating to our planet’s biodiversity and the evolution of organisms, the museum houses Europe’s biggest exhibition of large dinosaurs, making it particularly popular with families (a number of life-size replica dinosaurs greet guests in the museum’s forecourt).

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It’s also home to the world’s largest collection of stuffed birds, along with an extensive exhibit outlining the development of mankind. English language tours are available, and you can rent audio guides if you want to tour on your own. Educational workshops and lectures are also held regularly. A bistro and a souvenir shop are also located on premises.

Address: Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

7. Frankfurt Cathedral

Frankfurt Cathedral

Frankfurt Cathedral

The Roman Catholic Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom) – or to give its full name, St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral (Dom St. Bartholomäus) – certainly stands out for its lovely color.

Built of red sandstone in Gothic style between the 13th and 15th centuries, with a 95-meter-tall tower, the cathedral still manages to stand out in this city of skyscrapers. It’s one of only a handful of churches in Germany to be designated as an Imperial Cathedral, and it was here from 1562 to 1792 that the coronation of Emperors took place in the Election Chapel.

Beneath the tower is the magnificent Crucifixion by Hans Backoffen, sculpted in 1509, while in the Marienkapelle is the Maria-Schlaf-Altar from 1434. Other highlights include the grave-slab of King Günther von Schwarzburg, who died in Frankfurt in 1349, as well as numerous carved side altars dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.

The cathedral’s most important relic is the skullcap of St. Bartholomew, kept in the Late Romanesque Bartholomew’s Choir. Many of the cathedral’s most important artifacts can be viewed in Dommuseum Frankfurt.

Address: Domplatz 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

8. Kleinmarkthalle

Fruit for sale

Fruit for sale

Markets are always a good place to get a feel for a city, and Frankfurt’s Kleinmarkthalle, where many locals shop daily, is no exception. The present hall dates from 1954, and its 1,500 square meters house 150 market stalls selling some of the finest foods in Germany.

This is a good place to try out the famous Frankfurt “Green Sauce” (Frankfurter Grüne Soße), a traditional condiment made of seven herbs, sour cream, and egg. You can also savor local specialties like sausages, cheeses, and pastries.

Address: Hasengasse 5-7, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

9. Goethe House and Museum

Goethe House and Museum

Goethe House and Museum | Susanne Tofern / photo modified

Frankfurt was the birthplace of Germany’s greatest writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. His family home, Goethe House – where Goethe was born on August 28, 1749, and lived until 1765 – shows how the well-to-do family and their staff would have lived. You can see everything from the sumptuously decorated dining room on the main floor to Goethe’s writing room on the top floor, where he penned many of his early works and where he played as a child with his puppet theater.

Next door is the Goethe Museum, a 14-room gallery showcasing artworks from the writer’s time, including masterpieces of the Late Baroque and Romantic periods. Family guided tours of both properties are available.

Goethestrasse, a high-end shopping area with many fine boutiques, art galleries, and cafés, is another Frankfurt attraction that testifies to the writer’s fame and importance.

Address: Großer Hirschgraben 23-25, D-60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

10. The Hauptwache

The Hauptwache

The Hauptwache

Situated in the middle of the city and one of Frankfurt’s busiest pedestrian areas, the Hauptwache – literally translated as the “Main Guard” – is famous for its mix of fine historic buildings and modern structures. The most notable building here is the old Baroque Guard House after which the square is named. Built in 1730, it once housed the city’s militia, a prison, and later, a police station (it now serves as a café).

The square itself is one of Frankfurt’s main shopping areas, complete with a large underground mall. It’s also the point from which the city’s main shopping and commercial streets radiate. Pedestrian-friendly Zeil heads east, and Kaiserstrasse, with its many places of entertainment in its side streets, runs southwest past the Rossmarkt and Kaiserplatz to the Hauptbahnhof. This is the city’s main train station, built in 1888 and one of the largest train terminals in Europe.

Address: An der Hauptwache 15, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

11. Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art | Rupert Ganzer / photo modified

The Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art (MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt) is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most important galleries of contemporary art. Opened in 1991 in a stunning postmodern building in the heart of the city, the museum includes in its vast collection some 5,000 fine examples from more than 450 leading artists. Spanning from the 1960s to the present, works are by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Francis Bacon.

The museum also operates MMK Zollamt, a satellite exhibition space featuring works by younger and as yet unknown artists; the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Art (Museum für angewandte Kunst), with more than 30,000 items of European and Asian applied art, including furniture, tapestries, glass, ceramics and books; and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, showing both modern and contemporary art.

Also of interest is the Caricatura Museum, notable for its exhibits and displays relating to comic art.

Address: Domstraße 10, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

12. Frankfurt Zoo

Chimpanzee at the Frankfurt Zoo

Chimpanzee at the Frankfurt Zoo

Home to more than 4,500 animals representing at least 510 different species, Frankfurt Zoo covers 32 acres near the city’s old Friedberger Tor. Founded in 1858, it’s Germany’s second oldest zoo and is noted for its excellent animal houses, including the unique Grzimek House with displays of Madagascar’s diverse fauna.

Also of interest is the Exotarium, with animals from different climatic regions, including marine life, reptiles, and crocodiles. The Borgori Forest has a superb ape house in an authentic jungle setting.

Other highlights include the Nocturnal Animals House and the Bird Hall. A variety of events and programs are offered, including family festivals, exhibits, and themed tours.

Address: Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, 60316 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

13. The Old Opera House

The Old Opera House

The Old Opera House

Situated in the heart of Frankfurt’s Opera Square (Opernplatz), the Old Opera House (Alte Oper) was constructed in 1880 in the style of the Italian High Renaissance. Destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1981 as one of the city’s most important concert venues.

The city’s new opera house, Oper Frankfurt, and the drama theater, Schauspiel Frankfurt, share a contemporary, state-of-the-art venue known as Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt.

Address: Opernplatz, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

14. Eschenheim Tower

Eschenheim Tower

Eschenheim Tower

The Eschenheim Tower (Eschenheimer Turm) was built in the early 1400s and remains the finest relic from Frankfurt’s old town walls. Standing 47 meters high, it still impresses with its dimensions and dominates the Eschenheimer Gate district.

Today, the tower houses a café and meeting rooms used by local historical societies. Also of interest is the nearby Stock Exchange, built in 1879 and the largest in the country.

Address: Börsenplatz, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

15. Jewish Museum Frankfurt

Jewish Museum Frankfurt

Jewish Museum Frankfurt | Infinite Ache / photo modified

Opened in 1988 on the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a pivotal point in the persecution of Germany’s Jews in the 1930s, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt is well worth a visit. It’s spread across two venues.

Displays in the main collection in the Rothschild Palace location focus on the more than 900-year history of Jewish life and culture in Frankfurt. Highlights include an exhibit relating to Anne Frank in the Frank Family Center, as well as a state-of-the-art research library.

The second location – Museum Judengasse – is also worth seeing. Of greatest interest here are the foundations of 19 houses dating back to the foundation of Europe’s first Jewish ghetto in the 1400s. Artifacts and interesting exhibits relating from this period provide a fascinating glimpse into Jewish culture during this period of European history.

Address: Untermainkai 14-15, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Where to Stay in Frankfurt for Sightseeing

If you want to sightsee in Frankfurt, one of the most convenient places to stay is the city center. Many of the top tourist attractions are found here, including the Frankfurt museum embankment (Museumsufer), historic churches, quaint shops, and the Old Town (Aldstadt) with its lovely half-timbered buildings and picturesque town square (the Römerberg). Below are some highly rated hotels in the city center:

Luxury Hotels:

  • In a great location near the shops of Zeil Street and a short stroll from the Römerberg, Jumeirah Frankfurt offers modern luxury in the heart of the city. Rooms come in a variety of sizes, and many offer excellent views of the city and River Main. There are also suites with separate living space and pullout sofas should you be traveling with the kids. Some suites even have kitchens. Amenities here include an indoor swimming pool, a spa, and a Lebanese restaurant.
  • As its names suggests, the five-star Sofitel Frankfurt Opera is within walking distance of Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, which dates back to the 1800s. The hotel is set inside a stylish villa in the heart of Old Town Frankfurt. The rooms and suites are contemporary and plush. They are done up in warm hues and feature designer toiletries and Bose sound systems. On-site amenities include a French restaurant, an indoor pool, a spa with a sauna, and a fitness center.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • If you just want a good-value hotel and don’t mind a chain brand property then check out the shiny, new Premier Inn Frankfurt Messe Hotel . Just a short bus ride from Frankfurt’s main attractions, it features amenities like Hypnos beds in the contemporary rooms, which are big enough to sprawl out in. The restaurant serves three meals a day including a breakfast buffet.
  • Located in the center of Frankfurt’s creative east end, 25hours Hotel The Goldman is an excellent mid-range choice. The property features bright and colorful rooms decorated with historic themed art and unique wooden headboards on comfy beds. There is a restaurant on-site, and you can rent a bike to explore the city.
  • Just across the street from Frankfurt’s Central Train Station, the trendy Hotel Hamburger Hof has an energetic city center vibe. The rooms here are colorful and comfortable. If you are traveling with the family, consider a suite with a separate living room for the kids to sleep in. There is a free breakfast buffet each morning. is an excellent value mid-range choice that is just outside the city center in Frankfurt’s elegant Westend banking district. The three-star hotel is inside a century-old villa and has an Italian design theme throughout. Families will appreciate that kids under 12 stay free.
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Budget Hotels:

  • Within walking distance of the main train station in the city center, Ibis Frankfurt Centrum overlooks the River Main and is a great option if you’re watching your wallet. The rooms are contemporary and clean, and business travelers will appreciate in-room work desks, as well as free Wi-Fi and breakfast.
  • About a 10-minute walk from the Römerberg, EXPO Hotel is another popular budget property, near shops, art galleries, and restaurants. This boutique property features tidy rooms with wood furnishings and pops of color in the form of bed covers and matching drapes. If you’re traveling with a small family, some rooms can sleep up to three people. Wi-Fi and parking are also free here.

Tips and Tours: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to Frankfurt

  • Sightseeing: The most convenient, single-day sightseeing tour is the double decker, open-air Frankfurt City Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour . This tour allows you to get off at any of the 14 stops to explore some of the top attractions or stay on the bus and listen to the audio commentary and get acquainted with the city and sites.
  • Day Trips: If you have time to explore the countryside, there are some wonderful day trips from Frankfurt. One of the most popular is the Rhine Valley Trip including a Rhine River Cruise , with full-day and half-day options available. This is a coach tour through the scenic Rhine Valley and a steamboat cruise along the Rhine River, complete with a guide and lunch. Another good option is a Half-Day Trip to Heidelberg , with coach transportation, plenty of free time to explore this medieval city, and free entrance to the Heidelberg Castle. Combining two popular tours and visiting one of Germany’s most famous castles, the Frankfurt Super Saver: Neuschwanstein Castle and Rothenburg Day Trip is a great option. This tour includes skip-the-line admission to the Neuschwanstein Castle and a guided tour of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, as well as time to explore the medieval streets on your own.

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Germany Vacation Ideas: In addition to the great tours mentioned above, there are so many other great things to do in Germany. Those interested in seeing more world-class attractions should visit the country’s capital Berlin, where they can spend time exploring the wonderful galleries and museums of Museum Island. The historic city of Potsdam, just a short journey away from Berlin, is another must-see destination. Some of the best places to visit – including fine old palaces and art galleries – are located in the grounds of Sanssouci Park.

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The Top 12 Attractions in Frankfurt, Germany

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Romerberg square, the Zum Standesamtchen restaurant and the Romer, with the Commerzbank Tower in the background, Frankfurt, Germany

Often relegated to “the gateway to Europe,” Frankfurt has more to see than just the Frankfurt International Airport. Frankfurt is the financial capital of Germany and thanks to its skyscrapers and the river Main, Frankfurt’s playful reputation as “Mainhattan” makes it unique within Germany.

Even though it only has 700,000 residents, Frankfurt is a remarkably diverse city —more than half of its residents are non-German and more than 100 different languages are spoken. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Frankfurt has many great things to offer, from the arts, ​outdoors, and shopping, to historic buildings and high-rises. Here are the 12 best Frankfurt attractions you don’t want to miss.​​

Stroll Through Historic Römerberg

People walking around the main square of Romerberg

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The Römerberg (“Roman Mountain”) is the historic heart of Frankfurt. It is the only part of the modern city that was recreated to look like all of Frankfurt once did.

It is home to its Rathaus (City Hall) which dates back to 1405 and is flanked by half-timbered houses. This historic square used to be the place for Frankfurt’s first trade fairs in the 13th century. Today it still hosts its historic Christmas market.

Head Up to the Main Tower

Wide shot of looking up at the Main Tower

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There is no better way to see Frankfurt than from the top of the Main Tower, the city’s only high-rise open to the public. The building is named after the German river Main, which runs through Frankfurt’s city center.

Take the elevator up to the 650-feet high platform to enjoy sweeping views of Frankfurt’s skyline. Here you can enjoy a cocktail and meal at the Main Tower Restaurant & Lounge, located on the upper floor of the tower. The restaurant offers international cuisine and 26-foot panoramic windows.

Tour the Goethe House

Exterior of the Goethe House

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Frankfurt is the birthplace of Germany’s most important writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born in 1749.

Although Goethe’s house was destroyed in World War II, it was fully restored with the original furniture, paintings, and books belonging to the family. Take inspiration from the writing desk, where Goethe wrote “The Sorrows of Young Werther.”

The house is located at Grosser Hirschgraben 23-25, near Römerberg.

See Europe’s Largest Dinosaur Skeleton

Dinosaur skeletons at the Senckenberg Museum

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The world-renowned Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt is one of the largest museums of natural history in Germany. Popular with children and adults alike, it showcases thousands of exhibits ranging from fossils to Egyptian mummies to the museum’s most famous attraction: the largest dinosaur skeleton in Europe.

Sip Cider in Sachsenhausen

People drinking inside a Cider Tavern

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The signature drink of Frankfurt is apfelwein or ebbelwoi as the Frankfurters say. It is a crisp and alcoholic apple cider that is locally produced in the regions around Frankfurt.

You can find some of the best and oldest apple cider taverns in the cobblestone streets of Frankfurt’s historic Sachsenhausen district, south of the Old Town. Or combine a tour of the city with its favored drink on the Ebbelwei Express, a landmark tram that drives through the town to the tunes of traditional schlager music.

Visit Paulskirche

Aerial view of Church of St Paul

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St. Paul’s Church was built between 1789 and 1833 and is the cradle of German democracy: The church was used for political meetings and became the seat of the first freely-elected German parliament in 1848.

Today, Paulskirche is no longer a church and serves as an exhibition space for events like the annual awarding of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade during the Frankfurt Book Fair. It’s located in Römerberg.

Spend an Afternoon Admiring Fine Art

A courtyard with environmental art at Stadel Museum

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Take a walk along the river Main through Frankfurt’s Museumsufer, a corridor of some of the best museums in the country. Among them is the superb German Film Museum and the world-famous Städel Museum, which focuses on the fine art of the old masters.

On Saturdays, the area comes alive with other kinds of old things in the form of Frankfurt’s largest flea market.

Take in the Flora at Palmengarten

Plants a pond inside the Palmengarten

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Founded in 1868 by a group of Frankfurt citizens, the Botanical Garden takes you on a horticultural journey from the African savanna and the exotic plants of the rain forests, to the blooming flower gardens in Europe. Spread across 50 open acres and various greenhouses, you can see more than 6,000 different botanical species from all around the world.

Shop on the “Fifth Avenue of Germany”

People walking through a pedestrian area of Zeil

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The premier place to shop in Frankfurt is the bustling pedestrian zone called Zeil. Also known as “The Fifth Avenue of Germany,” this shopping street offers everything from chic boutiques to international department chains to a modern 10-floor shopping center, the “Zeil Galerie.”

Admire Modern Architecture and Art

Exterior of Museum of Modern Art

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The Museum of Modern Art (MMK) is not only famous for its extensive art collection, which includes artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, and Gerhardt Richter, but also for its bold architecture. Designed by the Viennese architect Hans Hollein, the museum has a triangular shape and is called Frankfurter Küche or “the slice of cake” by locals.

9 Wonderful Places To Visit In Frankfurt: See The Best Of Germany In 2022

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A European rendezvous is incomplete without a visit to the finance capital of Germany, Frankfurt. The city with its illustrative buildings and breathtaking tourist hotspots literally makes all the people go gaga over it. One of the most striking aspects of the place is that it has managed to retain most of its imperial charms and thus finds it easy to fit into the travel itinerary of tourists and wanderlust all around the world. While the city skyline is dominated by tall skyscrapers, it is a handful of other places to visit in Frankfurt that have caught the attention of wanderlusts over the world.

9 Best Places To Visit In Frankfurt, Germany

The city is spread along the banks of the Main river, and has always been a tourist hotspot due to its breathtaking locales! With so many places to gaze upon, we have handpicked a list of beautiful locales that are the best places to see in Frankfurt.

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1. Romerberg
2. Museumsufer
3. Main Tower
4. Goethe House
5. Palm Garden
6. St Bartholomew’s
7. Sachsenhausen
8. Hauptwache
9. Schirn Kunsthalle

1. Romerberg

Skycrapers Street

It is true that names like Frankfurt and Romerberg go hand in hand. The heart of the city square has a cluster of irregularly shaped buildings that give off a beautiful vibe. The square if one of the illustrious sites in the place and is always thriving with pedestrians. One of the important aspects that have remained intact is the open-fronted shops, that still emit the old world charm. A visit to Frankfurt is incomplete without stepping into this place!

Best time to visit: April-May, August-September
Ideal for: Family, friends
Must-Visit Places in Romerberg: Old town hall, New town hall, St Leonhard Church, St Nicholas Church, Historical Museum, Ostzeille

2. Museumsufer

Best Museums in Frankfurt

Museumsufer is another prime location of the city, which is situated on the south bank of the River Main. The district hosts a corridor of some of the best museums that have an international legacy. The museums will allow you to travel back in time to the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Another attraction of the place is that it comes alive on Saturdays making way for the largest flea market.

Best time to visit: April-May, August-September
Ideal for: Family, history geeks
Must-Visit Places in Museumsufer: A cluster of 34 museums like Museum of World Cultures, Museum of Ancient Sculptures, Icon Museum, German Architectural Museum, Fim Museum, Museum of Applied Art and Staedel Museum.

3. Main Tower

Main Tower in Frankfurt

While Frankfurt has many high rise buildings gazing upon the streets, but only the Main tower allows the public to get a full panoramic view of the city. The building is named after the Main River, which runs through the city’s veins. One can take the elevator and ride up to the 650 story building which cuts through the skyline distinctively. Enjoy a hearty meal along with a cocktail to complement this amazing view. It is truly a sight to behold and one of the places to visit in Frankfurt.

Best time to visit: April-May, August-September
Ideal for: Family, friends
Must-Visit Places Near Main Tower: Japan Center, English Theatre, Old Opera House, Goethe House

4. Goethe House

House of Famous Writer

Frankfurt is the birthplace of the renowned writer Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, who lived until 1765. The house has been restored after World War II, bombarding and everything has been intricately assembled. From the dining room to the writing room on the first floor has been beautifully decorated. A must-visit for everyone who loves literary works!

Best time to visit: April-May, August-September
Ideal for: Family, history geeks
Must-Visit Places near Goethe House: Goethe Museum, Goethe Tower, Goethestrasse

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5. Palm Garden

Palm Garden in Frankfurt

One of the largest botanical gardens in the city, the Palmengarten is spread across 54 hectares. Since its opening in 1871, it has been in the list of favorites for the public and tourists. The main highlights of this striking place are that it has botanical exhibits laid out according to the geological location. Also, the garden is home to an array of greenhouses containing tropical and subtropical species of flora. One of the best places to visit in Frankfurt.

Best time to visit: April-May, August-September
Ideal for: Couples, nature lovers
Must-Visit Places bear Palmengarten: Europartum, Gruneburgpark Botanic garden, Nida Valley People’s park

6. St Bartholomew’s

Cathedral in Frankfurt

If there is one thing that manages to stand-out in this city of skyscrapers then it is the St Bartholomew’s Church. The church was built between the 13th and 15th centuries in red sandstone and stands tall at 95 meters. It is one of the few churches in the country to be designated the status of an Imperial Cathedral and is an important sight to behold.

Best time to visit: April-May, August-September
Ideal for: Family, couples, architecture lovers
Must-Visit Places near St Bartholomew: The grave slab of King Gunther Von Schwazburg and skullcap of St Bartholomew

7. Sachsenhausen

Town in Frankfurt

Indulge your senses in a sinful treat at Sachsenhausen. Relish the signature drink apfelwein or ebelwoi as the Frankfurters say. The drink is the crisp alcoholic apple cider that is produced locally. Travel around the cobblestone streets and enjoy the favored drink for a refreshing time in this cheerful part of town.

Best time to visit: April-May, August-September
Ideal for: Family, friends, foodies
Must-Visit Places near Sachsenhausen: Ride the Ebbelwei Express

8. Hauptwache

Shopping Area

A lively area in the city center packed with pedestrians. The place is excellent for some quick shopping and grabbing a bite. Many high-end shops are located in the area with many vendors and street artists. It surely makes up to the list of places to visit in Frankfurt.

Best time to visit: April-May, August-September
Ideal for: Family, shopaholics, friends, foodies
Must-Visit Places near Hauptwache: Zeil shopping center

9. Schirn Kunsthalle

Venues for Exhibition

This is one of the important venues for exhibitions in Europe. The center has till now presented more than 240 exhibitions on art, contemporary and historical themes. It is a beautiful gallery that is frequented by art lovers in large numbers every month. It is worth paying a visit to this arena which clearly makes up for one of the best tourist places to visit in Frankfurt with your family and friends.

Best time to visit: April-May, August-September
Ideal for: Family, art lovers
Must-Visit Places near Schirn Kunsthalle: Main tower, Romerberg

Exploring Frankfurt through the eyes of a historical lens will not do justice to the colorful canvass the city possesses. The city has lots to offer to its admirers and there is a list of places to visit in Frankfurt which comprises all the impressive features that the city beholds. On your next trip to Germany don’t just spend time at the cliched destinations, but also discover this splendid city of Frankfurt.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Frankfurt

What to do in Frankfurt?

Frankfurt is Germany’s fifth-largest city and is home to many exciting events. Some of them are Oktoberfest (held in October), annual Christmas Market (in December) and the Frankfurt Book Fair (in October). There are permanent attractions too like Sachsenhausen, German Museum, Staedal Museum, among the 34 others.

Is Frankfurt worth visiting?

Yes, Frankfurt hosts many of the admirable places that are worth your time. Also depending on the time of the year, one can also find a fest going on to go with.

What is Frankfurt famous for?

The city is known for being the busiest German airports in the country. It is also known as the rising Finance Capital and home to the German Stock Exchange and European Central Bank.

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