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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 10 attractions in Frankfurt

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Black Forest

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
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St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)

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
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Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof

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
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Old Opera House (Alte Oper)

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
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Main River

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
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Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom)

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
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Frankfurt Main Tower

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
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Frankfurt City Hall (Romer)

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
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Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus)

Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus)

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The Goethe House & Museum is the site where the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in 1749. Goethe’s former house is a fantastic and tangible example of the living style of the 18th century Frankfurt's gentry. The house was technically Goethe's parents', and he lived here until moving to Weimar where he died in 1765.Main features include Goethe's original writing desk and the library on the fourth floor, where Goethe composed his famous epistolary,The Sorrows of Young Werther, and where he began writingFaust. The rooms are decorated with a charming mix of reproduction and original furnishing. The museum is a picture gallery dedicated to the Age of Goethe. The Goethe House & Museum offer an intriguing a peek into 18th century lifestyles and Goethe’s early years.More
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Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg)

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

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How to Spend 2 Days in Frankfurt

How to Spend 2 Days in Frankfurt

Medieval Castles Near Frankfurt

Medieval Castles Near Frankfurt

Recent reviews from experiences in Frankfurt

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EXCELLENT FIRST DAY INTRO
Gillian_R, Dec 2021
Uncovering the tales of Frankfurt's New Old Town on an 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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Great Tour for a History Buff!
Kevin_F, Oct 2021
Frankfurt on Foot Daily Walking Tour in English
Having to travel for business, his tour made me feel like “I got to see all the culturally important” things within the city.
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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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The tour guide was comical and fun...
Shannique G, Mar 2017
2-Hour Frankfurt City Tour by Open-Top Bus
I had a great time and got to see a lot of Frankfurt in a short period of time.
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The city tour was good for an...
Virginia A, May 2017
Frankfurt Super Saver: FRA City Highlights plus Full-Day Rhine Valley Trip
Lot's of castles, vineyards, and small towns to see along the way.
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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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We enjoyed our Frankfurt adventure...
James H, Apr 2016
Frankfurt City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
We enjoyed our Frankfurt adventure knowing that we would only be there one day and your bus service was a wonderful way to see so many things that we could have missed.
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This was a great way to see the...
Kenneth S, Nov 2015
Frankfurt Super Saver: FRA City Highlights plus Full-Day Rhine Valley Trip
This was a great way to see the Frankfurt and the Rhine when one has a short time.
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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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This was a great way to avoid a long...
Patricia_A, Feb 2013
Frankfurt Layover Private Sightseeing Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transport
He had suggestions on what to see and a great restaurant for lunch.
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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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Blackforest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt
Passenger60678290168, Jun 2019
Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt
Also got to tour baden baden and a glimpse of the casino (cant go in of course- not dressed for the occasion and limited on time) , a hot spring and bath house.
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Peter was our gracious, educated...
Melissa S, Dec 2015
Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt
Peter was our gracious, educated, patient host for the day who spoke good English thoughout the tour.
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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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A great way to see frankfurt for first...
DR AINOL, Dec 2011
2-Hour Frankfurt City Tour by Open-Top Bus
A great way to see frankfurt for first time visitors.
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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.

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.

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