The financial capital of Germany, Frankfurt is an old imperial city and an important center for tourism and social activities. Some like to call it “Mainhattan” or “Chicago on the Main”, because of its distinctive North American flavor and giant skyscrapers. Frankfurt has many great things to offer to tourists, so let’s check out the list of top 10 things you can do in Frankfurt.
- See the Artwork at Staedel Museum
Founded in 1815, Staedel Museum is a fascinating art gallery with an amazing collection of European art including works from Rubens, Picasso, Cezanne, Rembrandt, and Renoir. In the subterranean extension, visitors will find other works by artists such as Gerhard Richer and Francis Bacon. Tickets for adults cost 14 Euro and admission to the museum is free for children under the age of 12. Free Wi-Fi is provided for visitors throughout the museum.
- Explore the Palmengarten botanical garden
Palmengarten botanical garden was founded in 1868 and visitors will go on a journey through the rain forest of exotic plants to a lovely flower garden. See more than 6,000 botanical species which are spread across 50 hectares of greenhouses. There is also the Tropicarium where you can check out tropical plants like palms, succulents, bromeliads, and much more.
- Roam around the Römerberg
Located in the heart of Old Town in Frankfurt, the Römerberg is a spacious square that features the Justice Fountain as its center. It is definitely the most visited public square in Frankfurt with several nearby tourist attractions worth visiting. Some of the buildings surrounding the square include the Old Town Hall, Imperial Hall, Nicholas Church, and the Historical Museum. Many tourists come here to take pictures and have dinner at one of the high-end restaurants in the neighborhood.
- Visit the Senckenberg Museum
The largest natural history museum in Germany, Senckenberg Museum displays thousands of spectacular exhibits that range from fossils to Egyptian mummies. The best part of the museum is definitely the exhibition of dinosaur skeletons together with a diverse collection of 2000 specimens of bird replicas. The good news is that the entrance to the museum is free to visitors from Frankfurt’s twin towns including Krakow, Lyon, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Cairo, Budapest, Prague, Toronto, and Birmingham.
- Head out to the St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral
Built in Gothic style from red sandstone sometime between the 13th and 15th century, St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral is 95-meters high and was used as a place where the coronation of Emperors took place. Some of the highlights of the cathedral include the Crucifixion by Hans Backoffen, Maria-Schlaf-Altar, and the grave-slab of King Günter von Schwarzburg. One of the most important relics in the St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral is definitely the skullcap of St. Bartholomew, which is kept inside the Late Romanesque Bartholomew’s Choir.
- Go to the Goethe-Museum and Goethe-Haus
Did you know that Frankfurt is the birthplace of the Germany’s greatest writer ever, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe? You will have a chance to see his family house also known as the Goethe House where he was born in 1749. Visitors are free to explore several rooms including Goethe’s writing room on the top floor where he wrote some of his earliest works. Right next door to the Goethe House, you will find the Goethe museum that features a 14-room gallery showcasing artworks that include masterpieces of the Romantic period. Guided tours are available for visitors.
- Check out Eiserner Steg and Mainkai Street
Built in 1896, Eiserner Steg is a neo-Gothic bridge that connects downtown Frankfurt with Sachsenhausen neighborhood. It is the only pedestrian bridge on the Main River and also a place where you can see thousands of locks of love. Don’t forget to visit Mainkai Street that is located just a short walk from the Westin. Visitors can take a walk along the river and enjoy views of city’s magnificent skyline. There are several cafes and restaurants along the way and Mainkai Street is also a perfect place for bike rides.
- Go Shopping on Zeil Street
Zeil is a pedestrian zone located in the center of Frankfurt that is a perfect place for shopping. Check out branded department stores, retail chains, boutiques, and specialty shops that attract thousands of visitors each day. Some even call it “The Fifth Avenue Germany”, due to the fact that this is one of the most profitable shopping streets in Germany. There is also an outdoor farmers market each Thursday and Saturday, so make sure to check it out.
- Try Tasty Food at the Kleinmarkthalle
Open every day of the week except on Sunday, Kleinmarkthalle is the best indoor food market in the city with over 150 market stalls that sell all kinds of sausages, fish, meat, exotic fruits, spices, and bread. You will find a lot of authentic specialties available at the market, as well as plenty of imported foods. Don’t miss the amazing Mediterranean and Asian stalls and try the famous Green Sauce from Frankfurt. If you get hungry while at the market, freshly prepared German specialties are available on site.
- Visit the Zoo Frankfurt
Zoo Frankfurt is home to at least 450 different species and more than 4,500 animals. It was founded in 1858 and it’s the second oldest zoo in the country with many exotic animal houses such as the Grzimek House, Exotarium with its crocodiles, marine life, and reptiles, and the Nocturnal Animals House. There are a variety of interesting programs and events throughout the year including themed tours, family festivals, and exhibits.