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3 Days in Frankfurt: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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On first glance, the city of Frankfurt, formally known as Frankfurt am Main, appears to be merely a transit hub and center for international commerce. And given that its prominence in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Metropolitan area, the city’s commercial reputation is well-earned. Underlying this character, however, is a vibrant cultural life. Frankfurt may be known for its three-piece suits, but its social and artistic qualities are a veritable three-ring circus.

Day 1: Cultural Frankfurt

For one thing, Frankfurt sponsors the arts with more money than any other European city. As such, its exhibitions are always cutting edge. You can find many of these along the Main River in the Museumsufer District. Here the exhibits range from architecture to film to the city’s Jewish history. Other attractions include the city zoo and the beautiful Palmengarten, Frankfurt’s botanical garden. If you have several days to explore the city, the zoo and the Palmengarten are recommended for afternoon strolling after you’ve gotten acquainted with the city’s streets and transit system.

After you’ve seen some art, fauna and flora, you’ll probably want some food and drink. For all the staid businessmen, the city’s bar and club scene is among the best in Europe. In particular, you’ll want to check out the King Kamehameha Club. Why a German music venue is named for a famed Hawaiian monarch is anyone’s guess, but the club is a top stop for local, national and international acts.

Day 2: Historic Frankfurt

Of course, the city itself is an attraction of sorts. Dominating its skyline are the impressive Commerzbank Tower and the Messerturm building, both of which are the two tallest towers in the European Union, and the third and fourth-tallest towers on the continent. Downtown Frankfurt contains Römerberg, a neighborhood district that nods to the city’s medieval heritage. Here you will find various buildings in 14th and 15th century styles. While these were destroyed during the second World War, they were subsequently rebuilt according to their original designs. The Römer square is also lined with cafes and shops. This area is a good stop on your second day.

Day 3: Day Trips from Frankfurt

Consider taking a day trip to Rothenberg. Through Viator, you can book a motor coach tour that takes you through the scenic Spessart Mountains to Rothenberg, Germany’s “Jewel of the Middle Ages.” Rothenberg is a well-preserved medieval town with modern apportionments. In contrast to Frankfurt’s modernity, Rothenberg’s ramparts, church, town hall and city gates are pleasant reminders of Germany’s medieval past. The tour allows you time to browse the city’s historic shops, followed by lunch at the Restaurant Tilman Riemenschneider, named for a famous wood carver. After lunch, your guide will lead you on a walking tour, pointing out important landmarks and sharing historical anecdotes about the town.

Tours & Tickets

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Rhine Valley Trip from Frankfurt including Rhine River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 163 Reviews

See the best of Germany's Rhine River Valley on a half-day or full-day trip from Frankfurt. As a time-friendly way to see the Rhine Valley, both trips include ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: Varies

From USD $98.72

Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip from Frankfurt

4 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Visit two of Germany's most charming places on a full-day trip from Frankfurt. With an expert guide to show you around Heidelberg, you'll explore the ruins at ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $194.99

Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt

4 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

See two countries in one day on your Black Forest and Strasbourg day trip from Frankfurt! Traveling by luxury coach, you'll visit the spa town of Baden-Baden ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $221.34

Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt

4.5 star rating: Recommended 94 Reviews

Visit the romantic city of Heidelberg on a half-day trip from Frankfurt. With an expert guide to show you around, you'll explore the ruins at Heidelberg Castle ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.49

Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Visit the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and explore the scenic woods of Germany's Black Forest on a day trip from Frankfurt. Head to Baden-Baden where you ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $194.99

Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Explore the historic city of Cologne on this full-day trip from Frankfurt! Travel by luxury coach to Cologne and enjoy a guided tour of the city. Visit the ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $221.34

Full Day Tour to Rothenburg

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Set off on this full day coach tour from Frankfurt to Rothenburg, through the picturesque Spessart mountains. On the banks of the river Main you'll pass ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.00

Koblenz Day Trip from Frankfurt: Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Rhine Valley Cable Car Ride and German Dinner

Graced with a stunning location on the confluence of the Rhine River and Moselle River, the historic city of Koblenz makes for a wonderful day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $208.16

Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Enjoy spectacular views of Germany’s impressive skyline on this one-hour Frankfurt sightseeing cruise! See some of Frankfurt’s top attractions like Frankfurt ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $11.33

Wertheim Village Shopping Day Trip from Frankfurt

Leave Frankfurt and enjoy a day of shopping at Wertheim Village, a luxury retail outlet just outside the city! Boasting more than 110 prestigious international ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $13.17

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