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Welcome to Frankfurt

It may be the financial center of Europe, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be glued to your laptop during a trip to Frankfurt, a city rich in history, culture, and stunning architecture. Set against a dramatic backdrop of skyscrapers, a tour of Frankfurt reveals a fascinating mix of old and new. Saint Bartholomew's Cathedral, Romer City Hall, and the Old Opera House exemplify classic building style; while the Squaire complex, MyZeil shopping center, and the brand-new Seat of the European Central Bank show off the cutting edge of architecture. Frankfurt's other main draw is its proximity to some of the most appealing destinations in Germany. You’ll definitely want to take a Rhine Valley cruise, making sure to sample the region’s wines and and visiting picturesque Heidelberg with its historic old town and castle. Further south, on the edge of the Black Forest, take a refreshing dip in one of Baden-Baden’s hot springs; or go all the way to the French border to visit charming Strasbourg. To the west, the fairy tale–worthy Eltz Castle awaits; while to the east, toward Munich, you’ll find the history-rich town of Nuremberg. When you return from your adventure, spend your final night in Frankfurt checking out its legendary electronic music scene.

Top 15 attractions in Frankfurt

St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)

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That St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche) was one of the first buildings to be rebuilt post WWII says a lot about its importance. The landmark church is not only a center of worship; it also played a significant role in Frankfurt’s history, serving as the seat of the 1848 Frankfurt Parliament, the first freely elected German parliament.More

Black Forest

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Although the Black Forest is located in one of the sunniest areas of Germany, its name dates back to a time when thick trees shielded the forest floor from light. While there are more clearings now, the country's largest and most renowned forest remains a real-life Grimm fairy tale dotted with gingerbread villages and serene wood-fringed lakes.More

Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof

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For many visitors, the first introduction to Germany’s fast-expanding business and financial center is its main railway station, a building of classical elegance and proportion. Frankfurt’s iron-and-glass Hauptbahnhof was designed by Johann Wilhelm Schwedler and Hermann Eggert and opened for business in 1888; the roof of the Neo-Renaissance central hall is topped with a vast statue of Atlas bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders. Since then, the station has been consistently updated, with two further passenger halls being constructed on either side of the main terminal in 1924. Although the Hauptbahnhof was damaged in World War II, expansion continued and now it has 24 mainline tracks; it is also a terminus for the S-Bahn (rapid transit commuter trains), U-Bahn (metro line) and tram services into the city. Serving up to 450,000 passengers each day commuting into Frankfurt from across the Rhine-Main region, it is the busiest railway station in the country, with high-speed links to major cities throughout Germany and Europe as well as a direct connection to Frankfurt am Main airport.More

Baden-Baden

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Set in the Black Forest region near the border between France and Germany, Baden-Baden offers a charming blend of cultures with grand Art Nouveau villas, modern boutiques, and chic cafés. The town’s thermal waters and ancient Roman baths are its main attractions, including the famous Friedrichsbad spring and Trinkhalle pump room.More

Old Opera House (Alte Oper)

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Inaugurated in 1880, Frankfurt’s Old Opera House (Alte Oper) was among Germany’s elite opera houses during its 20th-century heyday. Left in ruins after WWII, it finally reopened in 1981 and is now one of the city’s leading concert venues, hosting around 300 classical and popular music events throughout the year.More

Römerberg Square

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Frankfurt’s most important public square, Römerberg is a highlight of the city’s Old Town (Altstadt, and one of its top tourist destinations. A major gathering place since the 15th century, and host to bustling markets and festivals, Römerberg Square is known for its heritage architecture and for being the seat of the local government.More

Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus)

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This Frankfurt attraction is popular among literary pilgrims. It combines the Goethe House (the restored birthplace of famed writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe with the 14-gallery Goethe Museum, which displays art and objects from Goethe’s era.More

Frankfurt City Hall (Romer)

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Standing proud on the western edge of Frankfurt’s central Römerberg square, Frankfurt City Hall (Romer) is both the city’s administrative headquarters and one of its most memorable landmarks. Characterized by its pink three-peaked façade, stepped gables and domed bell tower; it’s a regal feat of medieval architecture.More

Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom)

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One of Germany’s grandest and most important cathedrals, Frankfurter Dom dates back to the 13th century and dominates the city’s skyline. The landmark was once where Holy Roman Emperors were crowned and today exhibits several major artworks, including the Lamentation of Christ by Antonius van Dyck and Job by Emil Schumacher.More

Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg)

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The looming steel peaks of the Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg) have framed Frankfurt’s skyline since 1869; a homage to the city’s industrial age. The only footbridge across the Main River, the Iron Bridge links the Old Town and Römerberg Square on the north bank, with Old Sachsenhausen and the Museum Embankment on the south bank.More

Lake Titisee

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Formed by glaciers some 10,000 years ago, Lake Titisee is nestled in the heart of Black Forest National Park. The ancient alpine waters of this popular vacation destination draw outdoor sports enthusiasts year-round, from hiking and boating in summer to ice skating and skiing in the mountains when temperatures drop.More

Frankfurt Main Tower

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At 660 feet (200 meters), the Frankfurt Main Tower is only the fourth tallest building in Frankfurt, but it’s the still the city’s highest observation deck. Standing at the heart of Frankfurt’s central business district, the tower’s rooftop observation deck affords spectacular views over the city and the Main River.More

Palm Garden (Palmengarten)

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Palmengarten is considered one of Germany’s best botanical gardens. In the late 19th century, architect Heinrich Siesmayer built the gardens to house the Duke of Nassau’s exotic plant collection. Today, the gardens showcase thousands of specimens that range from local flowers to rare tropical varieties.More

Main River

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The view along the tree-lined banks of the Main River is Frankfurt’s most famous, looking out across the skyscraper-studded skyline. Running through the heart of Frankfurt, the Main River is the longest within Germany, flowing 327 miles (527 kilometers) from Bamberg to Mainz, and traversing three German states before joining the Rhine River.More

Museumsufer

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With a string of world-class museums lining the banks of the Main River; Frankfurt’s Museum Embankment (Museumsufer) is one of Germany’s most important cultural hubs. Over a dozen museums call the Museumsufer home, housed in a series of beautifully restored 18th-century villas.More

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Top activities in Frankfurt

Frankfurt City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Frankfurt

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Great tour and value for $$
Robert_B, Nov 2022
Frankfurt on Foot Daily Walking Tour in English
Great way to see FRANKFURT.
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Great boat ride.
Janet_M, Aug 2022
Frankfurt 100-Minute Sightseeing Cruise
We decided to see Frankfurt because we had a long layover.
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Made me want to live here!
Jamie_M, Jul 2022
Frankfurt Nighttime Cruise on the River Main
This was a great way to see the city!
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Enjoyed my time
Dantes_G, Jul 2022
Frankfurt on Foot Daily Walking Tour in English
Enjoy the walk through a lot of the key spots to visit in Frankfurt.
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Manuela_E, Jun 2022
Frankfurt: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour
Not only was she providing a great experience, she would also recommend activities for us to do once the tour ended.
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Great to spend a layover in Frankfurt
Marisa_F, May 2022
Frankfurt Impressions Express
It was nice to see and hear about the city and eat an authentic German dinner.
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EXCELLENT FIRST DAY INTRO
Gillian_R, Dec 2021
The Tales of Frankfurt's New Old Town: A Self-Guided Audio Tour
It takes you around the streets in a loop, including back lanes with lots to see and learn about.
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It was lovely to see Rhine river...
Karen T, Jun 2018
Rhine Valley Trip from Frankfurt including Rhine River Cruise
It was lovely to see Rhine river from Frankfurt with this tour.
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Amazing tour!!! Our tour guide spoke...
traviskmcgadney, Aug 2017
Rhine Valley Trip from Frankfurt including Rhine River Cruise
Our tour guide spoke fluent English and he was hilarious!
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Very good tour. It seems as though...
Mark K, Mar 2017
Frankfurt City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
It seems as though Frankfurt is more of a business city and not as many sights as in other European cities, but this tour seemed to make the most of what there is to see in this area.
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An awesome way to see Frankfurt highlights
Christopher_C, Oct 2022
Frankfurt on Foot Daily Walking Tour in English
This was the BEST way to see the major highlights of Frankfurt over 4 hours, with plenty of rest/water/restroom breaks + lunch in between.
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Very recomended to get to see the...
Antonie, Jul 2015
Frankfurt City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Very recomended to get to see the whole frankfurt, its just like almost 2 hours to enjoy from the starting point and return to that, very nice.
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I'm so glad I took this short trip...
Christina J, Dec 2015
Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and spoke English very well.
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A great day trip to this lovely city...
Mario S, Jul 2014
Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt
The stop in Limburg on the way back to Frankfurt was a pleasant break, and a chance to see an untouched medieval town.
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A very interesting private tour to...
Mario S, Jul 2014
Wiesbaden and Mainz Small-Group Day Trip from Frankfurt
He took us to visit the important sites, and we were also given free time to further explore any place that caught our fancy.
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Great half-day trip from Frankfurt...
Shawn R, May 2013
Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt
It is perfect if you want to see Heidelberg but don't have an entire day to spend.
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An excellent tour to see a lot in a short time.
Eldrene_M, Dec 2019
7-Day European Highlights Tour From Frankfurt: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria And Switzerland
As this was my last chance to get to Europe it was a great experience to see so much in such a short time.
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Fantastic Day Trip
Amy W, Jun 2019
Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip With Wine Tasting and Dinner from Frankfurt
Though slightly rushed at Heidelberg Castle, I thought we had plenty of time at both locations to see everything we wanted to.
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This was a great trip. We left...
Brian D, Aug 2017
Baden-Baden, Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
It was a busy Sunday afternoon in the main square with lots to see and do.
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Our tour started in Frankfurt...
Raul G, Apr 2018
7-Day European Highlights Tour From Frankfurt: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria And Switzerland
We were able to see so much in so little time.
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All about Frankfurt

When to visit

Summer is the liveliest time to visit Frankfurt, when urban beaches spring up along the Main River and events include the Apple Wine Festival, Museum Embankment Festival, and the Main Festival. Alternatively, Frankfurt is bursting with holiday spirit over the festive season, hosting one of Germany’s largest Christmas markets.

Currency
Euro (€)
Time Zone
CET (UTC +1)
Country Code
+49
Language(s)
German

People Also Ask

What is Frankfurt famous for?

As the headquarters for the Central European Bank, Frankfurt is well-known as Germany’s business and finance hub. But for tourists, it’s most famous for towering skyscrapers, fantastic museums and architecture—and its beloved sausages.

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How do I spend a day in Frankfurt?

Visit Römerberg in Old Town, a square with half-timbered houses and a gabled Town Hall. Scope out water views from Eiserner Steg bridge, or stop at a museum (try Städel Museum) near River Main at Frankfurt’s Museumsufer. St. Paul’s Church, the Kleinmarkthalle, and the Goethe House are popular too.

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What can you do in Frankfurt If you are interested in Goethe?

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Hamburg in 1749. You can visit the three-story bourgeois-style home of his birth—and the desk where he penned Faust—and get a taste for how the gentry of the day lived. Next door, visit the Goethe Museum for a deeper look at his literary legacy.

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What is there to do in Frankfurt on Sundays?

Frankfurt’s incredible museums are usually open 10am–6pm on Sundays. Otherwise, grab a glass of apfelwein (apple wine), Frankfurt’s most famous drink, along the cobblestone streets of the Sachsenhausen neighborhood; walk around the Financial District, and peer from the public viewing platforms at the top of the 56-story Main Tower.

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What can you do in Frankfurt for free?

On Sundays, tour Old Town; climb up 324 steps to the top of the Frankfurt Cathedral (dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries); wander the Kleinmarkthalle stalls; or book a free tour of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. City museums are free on the last Saturday of the month, too

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Is Frankfurt worth visiting?

Yes. Frankfurt’s status as both modern—the city’s business district is nicknamed “Mainhattan,” a silver-clad skyline on the River Main—and medieval is not to be missed. There’s an array of museums, cultural attractions, and historical sites to keep discerning travelers busy.

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