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Frankfurt

With its skyscrapers and old town, this diverse city blends banks and big business with culture and tradition.

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Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

1. Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

The 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from Eiserner Steg. The boat leaves every hour. You have can choose between either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. Sailing towards Griesheim, see the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbor. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. Sail past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbor of the city. You can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum embankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. All tours are accompanied by commentaries in English and German.

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

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

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

Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

3. Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

Art and Culture Museums 50% Archaeological MuseumFrankfurt Bible Experience MuseumAnne Frank Educational CentreMuseum of Comical ArtGerman Romanticism MuseumGerman Film Institut & MuseumCathedral Museum FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt MuseumExperiMINTA ScienceCenter FrankfurtRheinMainPhotography Forum FrankfurtFrankfurt Goethe-HouseFrankfurt Art AssociationHistorical Museum FrankfurtIcon Museum of the City of FrankfurtJewish MuseumChildren's Museum/Young MuseumFrankfurt Museum of Modern ArtMuseum of Applied ArtsMuseum of CommunicationMUSEUM GIERSCHMuseum JudengasseFrankfurt Porcelaine MuseumSenckenberg Museum of Natural HistoryStruwwelpeter MuseumMuseum of World Cultures Discount – reduced price on the spot (discount up to €2 possible)Liebighaus SkulpturensammlungSCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURTStädel Museum Stages: Alte Oper (discount only on proprietary events) – 15 %Oper Frankfurt (excluding premiers) – 15 %Papageno Musiktheater am Palmengarten (discount on evening performance, excluding special events and New Year's Eve) – 20 %Schauspiel Frankfurt – 15 % discount on singletickets. Discounts apply to regular tickets, not special events at Schauspiel Frankfurt. The discount can be redeemed at the box office.The English Theater – 25 % discount on single tickets Sightseeing: Daily walking tour Tourismus + Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main – 20 %Airport Tour “Starter Tour” (for full-paying guests) – 20 % with coupon code "jH2U6CiS"Blue Bus (ETS GmbH + Co KG) – City Tour Frankfurt – 20 %Red Bus (Frankfurt Sightseeing GmbH) – Skyline Tour - 20 %Frankfurter Personenschifffahrt Primus Linie (Skyline Tour) – 20 %Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschifffahrt GmbH (Panoramafahrten) – 20 %Segway Tour (discount for the 3-hour Tour) – 20 %TimeRide – 20 % discount on adult faresTerranova & FrankfurtBikeTour – 20% on rental bikes (normal bikes and e-bikes) Shopping: Cider shop ‚Apfelweinkontor‘ – 10% on the assortmentGallery ‚Brücke 54‘ – 20% on all purchasesHessen Shop at Kleinmarkthalle - 10% (books excluded)KULTUROTHEK ‚Frankfurtladen‘ - 10% on the assortment or selected itemsTourist Information Römer and Hauptbahnhof - 20 % on selected souvenirsWertheim Village / The Bicester Village Shopping Collection - 10% off all participating brands (Please check in at the Infopoint first.)MyZeil: KULT - 10 % discountSkyline Plaza: 10% discount at all participating stores, upon presentation at the customer information desk on the ground floor in the Skyline Plaza Attractions: MAIN TOWER – 20 %Palmengarten Frankfurt (Botanical Garden) - 50 %Schwarzlichthelden Minigolf/Black-Light Mini-Golf (Reduction on the regular entrance fee (2 for 1) Redeemable daily until 6 p.m. – 50 %Zoo Frankfurt - Day ticket at the current group price (savings up to 16%)Fraport visitor center - 20 % price reduction on adult tickets with coupon code "jH2U6CiS" Gastronomy: FLOWDELI at the Jewish Museum - 10% Discount on food and drinks (between 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.)Cider gallery - 20% off the purchase (own bottling)Skyline Plaza: 10% discount at all participating restaurants, upon presentation at the customer information desk on the ground floor in the Skyline PlazaHäagen-Dasz Shop Frankfurt (on all ice cream products) - 20 %Häagen-Dazs Shops Frankfurt:Große Bockenheimer Strasse 46Mannheimer Strasse 2-4 (im Hauptbahnhof)Liebfrauenberg 39

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

4. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

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

Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

5. Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

The new Berlin World Balloon is as unique as the city itself and one of the largest helium balloons in the world. The World Balloon has become something of a second icon of Berlin and draws countless visitors each day. Ascend to a height of 150 meters in total silence in a gondola secured by an extremely strong steel cable. Hover over Berlin from this height and enjoy an unobstructed view in every direction. Exactly in the center of Berlin, the World Balloon floats above Checkpoint Charlie, the buildings around the Axel Springer building, the Sony Center and the Brandenburg Gate. Get a unique look at historic Berlin and an incredible view of the new heart of Europe. On warm summer weekends, you can enjoy the beautifully-lit skyline of the capital after dinner with family and friends.

Frankfurt: Downtown Bar Tour with Cocktail Tastings

6. Frankfurt: Downtown Bar Tour with Cocktail Tastings

Dive into local drinking culture in Frankfurt on a tour to trendy bars. Hear stories and get tips about going out in Frankfurt from your local guide. Discover an extraordinary hand-crafted cocktail at each bar on the route. Share a Plate Club card and receive small surprises at the bars. Meet your expert guide in front of the Euro sculpture at Willy-Brandt-Platz, one of the most popular landmarks in Frankfurt's financial district. Follow your guide on a journey through Frankfurt's nightlife and get secret tips to help you party like a local. Stop at three local hotspots to soak up the hip atmosphere and get your buzz on as you try unique alcoholic cocktails. Finish your tour where it began in Willy-Brandt-Platz.

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

7. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Discover the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with scenery and historic buildings. Get to know the countryside with a cruise along the iconic river, wine tasting at a charming tavern, and a delightful dinner by the riverbank. After you set out from the heart of Frankfurt, board a boat and ride along the Rhine River. Admire the villages, charming little vineyards, and mighty medieval castles that define the German countryside. Your steamer takes you along the shores of Kaub. Then, step ashore in the winemaking town of Ruedesheim and visit a little tavern to try some local wine.  Complete your experience in the village of Assmannshausenn with a delicious dinner at a cozy restaurant by the riverbanks. Then, ride back to Frankfurt as your tour comes to an end. 

Frankfurt: Tandem Skydiving Experience

8. Frankfurt: Tandem Skydiving Experience

Discover the miracle of flight with this once in a lifetime skydiving experience. Enjoy a thrilling free-fall through the air organized by a company with over 20 years of experience in providing the safest and most fun skydiving adventure. Upon arrival at the location, listen to a quick safety briefing and jump instructions before boarding the plane. Then get kitted out with a harness, jumpsuit, and goggles. You will have 20 minutes to chat with your pilot and friends whilst looking out over the stunning views of Odenwald Mountain, right outside your window. Once you reach a height of 3000 to 4000-meters, it’s time to jump. Your free fall will last 35 to 55-seconds. The parachute will open gently about 1400-meters above the landing area, giving you an opportunity to glide for about 4-minutes and enjoy the views. Enjoy a smooth and easy landing and receive a commemorative certificate from the crew.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

9. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

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

Frankfurt: 3-Hour Bike Tour

10. Frankfurt: 3-Hour Bike Tour

This bike tour is ideal for both Frankfurt old-timers and new visitors to the city. The tour offers the perfect mix of famous landmarks (the Römer, European Central Bank, the Goethe House, etc.), and insider tips. Your qualified tour guide will show you the most beautiful sides of Frankfurt. Your tour begins in the heart of Sachsenhausen, one of the most popular districts in the city. Numerous old buildings from the Gründerzeit period give the neighborhood its flair, as well as numerous trendy bars, cozy cafes, and a wide selection of restaurants and traditional cider taverns. Here traditional food is served in a rustic setting together with cider. Sachsenhausen was dominated by orchards up until the 19th century and apple cider was produced here. Cycle through small streets and the painters’ quarter to the southern banks of the Main River with the famous Museum Embankment. Here you will find the Städel Museum with the spectacular extension and the renowned exhibitions, the Liebieghaus, and the Museum of Applied Art. Cross over the Holbeinsteg bridge to the other side of the Main River and ride through Frankfurt’s old town. The Römer overlooks the old royal road leading to the Frankfurt Cathedral (which isn’t actually a cathedral) and the beautiful half-timbered buildings. St. Paul’s Church, the cradle of German democracy, is located only a few meters away. You will then ride along the Großer Hirschgraben to Goethe’s family residence. The famous writer was born here and spent his youth here. He impressively described this time in his autobiography Poetry and Truth. The green Alleenring was built on the former medieval line of defense in the 20th century. Cycle through the heart of the city on traffic-free roads to the new and old opera houses, and admire the impressive cityscape with its high-rise towers. A detour takes you to the old stock exchange with the popular motif of the bull and bear. Back on the Alleenring, you will cycle east of the city and return to the Main River. The new landmark of the city will then be located directly in front of you. The new tower of the European Central Bank (ECB) is the impressive counterpoint to the high-rise buildings located on the west side. One of the most popular bars in the city is situated right by the water, at the foot of the former wholesale market hall, which is now part of the ECB. The Oosten bar has a great terrace overlooking the city. Ride across the much acclaimed new bridge from the East Harbor back to the southern banks of the Main River, and make another detour to the Gerbermühle building. It was the former summer resort of the Willemer banking family. Goethe socialized here in 1814-1815 and was inspired by the daughter of the house in some of his works. The Gerbermühle building is now home to a popular restaurant. You will then cycle a few meters back to the starting point in Sachsenhausen, where the tour ends. At the end of the tour your tour guide will show you the traditional cider taverns in Frankfurt. The bike route takes you along quiet, traffic-free cycle paths and roads. Your tour guide will provide detailed information on the sights during regular stops along the way.

Frequently asked questions about Frankfurt

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days?

    Frankfurt is perfect for sightseeing over 2 or 3 days, but it's worth checking what's on offer at its many cultural institutions. You may want to stay a little longer for its stage performances and museums!

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Frankfurt is pleasant year-round, just make sure you don't visit when there's already a major trade fair planned!

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What people are saying about Frankfurt

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,965 reviews

Wonderful trip down the beautiful Rhine with a very informative, humorous, professional tour guide who truly enjoys his job. This excision is a must, via this company, for anyone visiting Frankfurt. Wished the trip would go on forever!! Would highly recommend to everyone. The Greenwoods

This was a brilliant experience! I would highly recommend. My children 11 and 14 loved it. They were very kind and changed the tour to English for us. Lovely people, excellent tour!

Very informative, clean, google maps took us to the opposite side. Could have more details on location.

Explanation and points of interest were easy to follow.

Fun way to see the city when you are tired of walking.