Top attractions in Frankfurt
Top 10 things to in Frankfurt
Situated on Germany's scenic River Main, Frankfurt's soaring skyline has earned it the nickame "Mainhattan." But beneath the sleek skyscrapers lies a trove of historic and cultural treasures. Here are ten of the "Main" attractions! (No more puns, we promise!)
1. Schirn Gallery
Located in the city's historic center, the Schirn hosts only temporary exhibitions, making it a favorite attraction for Frankfurt's returning visitors, as well as new ones!
2. Naturmuseum Senckenberg
Go for the extensive fossil and geological exhibits if you like, but the attractive dioramas and imposing dinosaur skeletons make it one of the best places to visit with kids!
3. Main Tower
The cylindrical Main Tower is an icon of the Frankfurt cityscape. Reserve a table at its 53rd-storey restaurant to admire the views over dinner and cocktails.
Massimiliano Fuksas' spectacular glass architecture makes Frankfurt's premier shopping mall as much a sightseeing attraction as a mecca for great deals and leading brands.
5. Festhalle Frankfurt
Once the largest domed building in Europe, the entertainment venue and convention center continues to impress sightseers today. Check the program for upcoming concerts and events!
6. Alte Oper Frankfurt
Built in 1880, the city's old opera house was an architectural and acoustic triumph! It was partly destroyed in World War II, but extensive restorations saw it reopen in 1981.
7. Frankfurt Opera
Frankfurt's cultural prominence is at least partly down to its outstanding modern opera house. It's one of the best in Europe, so book early for the best value seats!
The former Forest Stadium is home to the city's biggest sporting events and concerts. It's hosted talents from the Brazilian football team to Bruce Springsteen! Who will you see?
Plan a picnic at one of Europe's most spectacular botanical gardens. Don't panic if it rains – just head to the impressive tropicarium and you'll soon forget about it!
10. Frankfurt Zoo
Frankfurt's historic zoo remains one of the world's most important, with 500 species roaming the various enclosures. If you leave wanting more, check out the city's Opel Zoo, too!
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!
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- 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
I went on a Sunday, on a really really freezing cold day (-2 degrees). I didn't expect so many people! It was a little crowded but everyone gets a seat so I was not too worried. It was too cold to go on the top deck, however it was still lovely. Frankfurt is a beautiful city, it's definitely worth spending a little time on the river. I was equally amazed by the staff, just two people serving drinks and food but they do it so efficiently and so quickly! (I suppose that is Germany for you! ;)
The Frankfurt Card is extremely recommended for all travelers who visit to Frankfurt. You can use it for city-train, tram, and city-bus. The best choice to enjoy the city with one single card. You may exchange and validate the card at the Tourist Information which might be available at Central Station (Haupbahnhof).
Mitali was our guide. She took us to the Kleinmakthalle, the Red Light District, to some areas with officially sanctioned Graffiti, the Gallery Department Store 7th floor lookout point and through some neighborhoods we would otherwise not have seen.
The tour was amazing. The guide was very helpful and fun, he is a good man who loves his job. Sunday is the best day to go because then you can speed around the city while everyone stares at you flying by.
Absolutely worth while. We were in Frankfurt for 2 days and bought the card to mainly move around freely. It also proven to be of a very good values in other instituyions like meseums.