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Our most recommended Frankfurt Cruises & Boat Tours

1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

1. 1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

Hop on a boat tour along Frankfurt’s River Main and discover the bustling metropolis, departing at least 6 times each day. Take an hour to explore the riverine side of Germany's financial capital and experience stunning views from the water. Enjoy the best views of Germany’s most imposing skyline on board the new KD boat, the MS Palladium. Discover the impressive financial city of Frankfurt and get some insight into the history and traditions behind this dynamic city. On this unique tour along the River Main, you'll learn the history behind all of Frankfurt’s major attractions. The MS Palladium is also handicapped-accessible, making it possible for every person to experience Frankfurt by water.

Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

2. Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

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.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

3. 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.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

4. 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.

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

5. 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: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

6. Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

Enjoy a 1-hour walk through Frankfurt at night with a robed hangman as your guide. Follow your scary guide (if you dare) on a journey of discovery of Frankfurt's history and his bloody work. But while you listen to your guide, be aware, for he must finish his work and he has no time to waste because the devil is after him.  Start your journey into the past at the cathedral, where German kings and emperors were elected and crowned. Continue towards the bank of the Main where many culprits, mostly women, were drowned in the water. Finally, reach your final stop, the Römer, Frankfurt's famous Town Hall, where you will learn all about the Römerberg's gruesome past as the location of many medieval death penalty punishments and torture chambers.

Frankfurt: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

7. Frankfurt: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

Discover the magic of Frankfurt on an immersive smartphone walking tour with a scavenger hunt twist. Interact with attractions in the city by solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. Figure out the answers to puzzles outside of ten Frankfurt attractions.  Starting from Alte Oper navigate to the Goethe House, St. Paul’s Church, Römerberg, Stadthaus am Markt, Frankfurt Cathedral, the Historical Museum, the Iron Footbridge, Ev. Dreikönigskirche, and the Old Bridge. As you explore the Frankfurt streets on foot, follow clues at each attraction to find your next location. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle and working with your group to finish the game. Take advantage of the freedom to start or stop the tour whenever you want. Make your way through the city at your own pace while unlocking facts about the city and capturing as many pictures as you want. 

Frankfurt: Old Town Wonders Exploration Game

8. Frankfurt: Old Town Wonders Exploration Game

Discover Frankfurt’s fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around the Old Town. Explore this beautiful German city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Embark on an adventure where each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Book the quest and receive your access code by email that can be used in the app. The tour will take you up to two hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

Frankfurt: Urban Adventure Game

9. Frankfurt: Urban Adventure Game

Discover the city of Frankfurt with a fun and interactive game. The tour starts from a central square in the city center and will lead you past important monuments and interesting sights. All throughout the route, clues are waiting for you — puzzles, hints, and riddles.  All you need is a clever team of 2 to 6 people, a charged smartphone or tablet with approximately 100 MB of mobile internet, a pen, and the game map. This is a self-guided experience so you can start to play whenever you like. Complete the game in 2-3 hours, or take breaks for coffee, lunch, or shopping.

Frankfurt: 1 or 2-Hour Hotrod Sightseeing Tour

10. Frankfurt: 1 or 2-Hour Hotrod Sightseeing Tour

Climb aboard a hotrod vehicle and start your engine. Begin at the Hanauer Landstrasse and drive straight to the industrial port of Frankfurt. Take in the spectacular views of the Frankfurt skyline known as Mainhattan. Next, drive along the Mainufer river and pass by numerous museums. Continue on to Sachsenhausen before you drive over the Friedensbrücke bridge to reach the famous financial district. Finally, drive through the Gallusviertel and make a short photo stop at Frankfurt's number one hotspot, the Römer.

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What people are saying about Frankfurt

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 434 reviews

Except for parking, everything was great, the staff was smart and friendly, they even served us, even though the description said self-service. What was explained was also short and sweet, what you need to know was said. Regret only having done the 50 minutes, will do the 100 minutes again in September.

Bus on time, guide was amazing with jokes, helpful, very good and giving information all the way though the trip. Gave details of the day, made sure we all understood our time line, went one by one to ask if anyone needed anything or help with their travels.

This is a really nice day trip to add to your Frankfurt sightseeing experience. Lunch was decent. Drinks are not included which is customary in Germany. You need to purchase your own drinks including water. We really enjoyed the trip.

It was a very nice boat tour that you should treat yourself to if you want to do things in Frankfurt.

I was on the Main too early and could take a ship earlier