Best Places to Visit in Frankfurt
This ancient imperial city on the banks of the River Main – hence its full name Frankfurt am Main – has long been an important commercial and economic center. Frankfurt’s impressive skyline is dominated by the high-rise clusters of the banking district, a distinctly North American feel, a fact that has earned the city the nicknames “Chicago am Main” and “Chicago am Main”.
Frankfurt is considered a global city – regularly ranked among the top 10 cities for living and doing business – and has long been a major center of cultural and tourist activity. The massive trade fair center Messe Frankfurt hosts important events such as the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s most important publishing event.
Frankfurt is also known for its many fine museums covering art, science and history. It’s also a nice city to explore on foot. A highlight of the walk is the crossing of the River Main over the Eiserner Steg, a footbridge originally built (later rebuilt) in 1911 to connect the Sachsenhausen district with the city centre.
To learn more about the best places to visit along the way, have a look at our list of the Best Places to Visit in Frankfurt and make your trip enjoyable.
10 Best Places to Visit in Frankfurt
Let’s explore the top 10 Most Beautiful and Best Places to Visit in Frankfurt:
1. Museum District
Located on the south and north banks of Frankfurt’s Main River, the Museum District (Museumsufer) is home to an impressive collection of 16 independent museums, most of them international. In addition to the core Steidel Art Museum, the excellent Museum der Weltkulturen (Museum der Weltkulturen), considered one of the best ethnological museums in Europe, is a highlight. Founded in 1904, its collection includes more than 65,000 works from Asia, Africa, and North and South America.
The Ancient Sculpture Museum (Städtische Galerie Liebieghau) is another important museum here. Located in the 19th-century Liebieghaus, the museum houses a large collection of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque works alongside Asian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman sculptures.
The Icon Museum (Ikonen-Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main), a rare institution that houses more than a thousand Christian Orthodox images from the Orthodox diaspora, is also worth seeing.
Other notable museums are the German Architecture Museum (Deutsches Architekturmuseum), which focuses on architectural design and presents more than 200,000 plans, drawings and models; the Film Museum (Deutsches Filmstitut) with exhibits on the Lumiere brothers and the history of cinema; and the Museum of Applied Arts (Museum Angewandte Kunst), or MAK for short, with over 30,000 objects representing European and Asian decorative arts.
Try to visit the Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt, which is housed in a former monastery that tells the story of the city’s history from its foundation to the present. Even a quick visit is worth it.
Address: 60596 Schaumainkai, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Official website: www.museumsufer.de/en/
2. Main tower
Located in the heart of Frankfurt’s inner city (Innenstadt) district, the 200-metre-high main tower should be at the top of your list of fun activities. Completed in 1999, this impressive 56-story skyscraper is one of the largest in Germany and features a state-of-the-art rooftop observatory open to the public.
On the top floor, there are two public observation decks and the view from here is breathtaking. Along with the panoramic views of the Old Town (Altstadt) and many other Frankfurt sights on your must-see list, the river views alone make the glass-door fast elevator tour well worth it.
If you are visiting on a Friday or Saturday, you may want to schedule your visit after the evening time. The viewing terraces, which are opened later these days, offer a unique opportunity to watch the city from a height at night.
Better still, you can combine your visit with a meal at the popular restaurant on the 53rd floor of the building. Be sure to check out the art installations and mosaics in the building’s lobby area.
Address: Neue Mainzer Street 52-58, 60311 Frankfurt, Germany
Official website: www.maintower.de/en/
3. The Palm Garden
Germany’s largest botanical garden (and one of three in Frankfurt), the beautiful 54-acre Palmengarten (Palmengarten) on Bockenheimer Landstrasse was immediately popular with the public when it opened in 1871. The attraction drew top performers from around the world at the time, including Buffalo Bill, who visited for his Wild West show in 1890.
Highlights of today’s visit are the beautiful outdoor plant exhibits arranged by location, as well as some greenhouses containing subtropical and tropical plant species. The gardens also offer guided tours as well as boating, a children’s playground and picnic spots.
The Europaturm, a 337-metre-tall telecommunications tower also known as the “Europe Tower”, is just a short walk away and its observation deck and restaurant are well worth a visit. There are also great views from the observation deck of the main tower, one of the highest skyscrapers in the city.
Other parks of interest in Frankfurt are the 72-acre Grüneburgpark and the larger Nidda Valley Volkspark (Volkspark Niddatal), which is about 415 acres on the outskirts of the city and is a great place for a stroll.
Address: Siesmayerstraße 61, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Official website: www.palmengarten.de/en/index.html
4. Senckenberg Natural History Museum
The Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg) in Frankfurt’s Senckenberg Gardens is one of the most modern natural history museums in Europe and the second largest of its kind in Germany.
In addition to numerous exhibits on the biodiversity and biological evolution of our planet, the museum hosts the largest large-scale dinosaur exhibit in Europe, making it particularly popular with families (many life-size dinosaur replicas welcome guests in the museum’s front yard).
It also hosts the world’s largest collection of stuffed birds, as well as an extensive exhibit outlining human development. Tours are available in English, and audio guides can be rented if you want to tour on your own. There are also regular training seminars and conferences. There is also an on-site bistro and gift shop.
Address: Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Official website: https://museumfrankfurt.senckenberg.de/en/
5. Frankfurt Cathedral
Frankfurt Roman Catholic Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom) – or its full name Dom St. Bartholomäus – certainly stands out for its beautiful colours. Built from Gothic red sandstone between the 13th and 15th centuries, the cathedral has a 95-meter tower that still stands out in this city of skyscrapers. It is one of the few churches in Germany designated as imperial cathedrals, and from 1562 to 1792 the emperor’s coronation was held in the Electoral Church.
Below the tower is a magnificent crucifix carved by Hans Backoffen in 1509, while the Marienkapelle is a Maria-Schlaf altar from 1434. Other highlights include the tombstone of King Günther von Schwarzburg, who died in Frankfurt in 1349. As well as numerous carved side altars from the 15th and 16th centuries. The most important remnant of the cathedral is St. Bartholomew’s skull. Many of the cathedral’s most important works can be seen in Frankfurt Cathedral.
Address: Domplatz 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
6. Goethe House and Museum
Frankfurt is the birthplace of Germany’s greatest writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Goethe’s house, where he was born on August 28, 1749, and lived until 1765 – the Goethe House – depicts the life of a wealthy family and its employees. You can see everything from the richly decorated dining room in the main building to the top floor writing room, where Goethe wrote many of his early works and played with puppet theater as a child.
The adjacent Goethe Museum is a 14-room gallery displaying art from the author’s era, including masterpieces from the late Baroque and Romantic periods. Offers family guided tours of both properties. Goethestraße, a high-end shopping district with many boutiques, art galleries and cafes, is another Frankfurt attraction that demonstrates the author’s fame and importance.
Address: Großer Hirschgraben 23-25, D-60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Official website: https://frankfurter-goethe-haus.de/en/
7. The Hauptwache
The Hauptwache – literally translated as “Main Guard” – is centrally located in one of Frankfurt’s busiest pedestrian areas and is known for its beautiful historic and modern architecture. The most famous building here is the old baroque guardhouse, which gave the square its name. Built in 1730, it was once home to the city’s militia, its prison, and later its police station (now used as a cafe).
The square itself is one of Frankfurt’s main shopping areas, with a large underground shopping centre. It is also the shining point of the city’s main shopping and commercial streets. The pedestrian-friendly Zeil heads east, crossing Kaiserstrasse, Rossmarkt and Kaiserplatz, with its many entertainment venues in its side streets, and southwest until the Hauptbahnhof. This is the city’s main train station, built in 1888 and one of the largest in Europe.
Address: An der Hauptwache 15, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
8. Museum of Modern Art
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt is recognized as one of the most important contemporary art galleries in Europe. Opened in 1991 in the striking postmodern building in the city centre, the museum’s extensive collection includes some 5,000 outstanding works by more than 450 important artists. From the 1960s to the present, works have been created by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Francis Bacon.
The museum also operates MMK Zollamt, a satellite exhibition space that showcases the work of young and unknown artists; The Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt has more than 30,000 European and Asian applied arts, including furniture, tapestries, glass, ceramics and furniture, tapestries, glass, ceramics and artwork. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, where books and modern and contemporary art are exhibited.
The Manga Museum, known for its exhibits and exhibits on manga art, is also of interest.
Address: Domstraße 10, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Official website: www.mmk.art/en/
9. Frankfurt Zoo
With over 4,500 animals representing at least 510 different species, Frankfurt Zoo occupies 32 acres near the city’s Old Friedberg Gate. Established in 1858, it is Germany’s second oldest zoo and is known for its excellent zoos, including the unique Grzimek Pavilion that showcases Madagascar’s diverse fauna.
The Exotarium is also interesting with animals from different climatic zones, including marine life, reptiles, and crocodiles. Borgori Forest features a world-class monkey house in an authentic jungle setting. Other highlights include the Nocturnal Animal House and Bird Hall. A variety of events and programs are offered, including family festivals, exhibitions, and themed tours.
Address: Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, 60316 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Official website: www.zoo-frankfurt.de/english/welcome
10. Jewish Museum Frankfurt
Opened in 1988 on the 50th anniversary of Crystal Night, one of the key points of Germany’s persecution of Jews in the 1930s, the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt is worth seeing. It is spread over two venues. The main collections of the Rothschild Palace focus on more than 900 years of Jewish life and cultural history in Frankfurt. Highlights include Anne Frank-related exhibits at the Frank Family Center and a cutting-edge research library.
The second venue, the Judengasse Museum, is also worth seeing. Of greatest interest here are the foundations of 19 houses, which were built on the foundations of the first Jewish ghettos in Europe in the 1400s. Artifacts and interesting exhibits from this period provide a fascinating glimpse into Jewish culture during this period of European history.
Address: Untermainkai 14-15, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Official website: www.juedischesmuseum.de/en/
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