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10 Free Things to See & Do in Frankfurt

Frankfurt might be a bustling city full of European and international banks, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of things here to give you the ultimate backpacker experience, and for free! We’ve come up with a list of 10 Free Things to do in Frankfurt! You’ll see that we’re more than just a stopover city.


1. Römer / Neue Altstadt

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Frankfurt’s old city is as charming as it is timeless. Located in the city centre, and only steps from the river Main, the Römer and the Neue Altstadt (translated literally to, ‘new old city’) is full of restaurants, shops, cafés, and tons of Instagram hot spots for you to check out! While the Römer is definitely more well known, the Neue Altstadt only opened in Spring 2018 after an extensive restoration project. So while the buildings are new, they’re built to appear exactly as the city did before the destruction of World War II.


2. Walk along the river Main

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Frankfurt’s famous river Main is a great way to discover the city. Grab a beer or apfelwein from a kiosk, and head to the river! Whether you want to walk, bike, or relax, it’s a great way to, “live like a local” for the day. To get the best views of the equally famous skyline, be sure to head to the Sachsenhausen side of the river!

Tip: Cross at Holbeiner Steg to Sachsenhausen for a great view :)


3. Eiserner Steg

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Even if love locks aren’t your thing, this bridge is definitely worth the visit. Built in 1868, this pedestrian bridge is a great place to cross back to the “Frankfurt” side of the river if you took our above suggestion. Eiserner Steg also gives you a great view of the skyline, and if love locks ARE your thing, you can lock it up and throw away the key!


4. Galeria Kaufhof platform/myZeil

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If you’re scared of heights, or don’t want to spend the extra cash to see the city from Main Tower, you can check out the free platform in Galeria Kaufhof! Take the elevator or escalator to the top floor and check out the skyline from a different perspective. You can also go to the top floor of myZeil shopping centre and get another nice view of the city.


5. Red Light District

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Walking around here is free, obviously! And since Five Elements Hostel is located smack dab in the middle of it, we’re sure you’ll likely get a few tours of this place while you’re in Frankfurt. You can also find a SUPER surprise on the corner of Elbestraße & Taunusstraße, but you have to look up! You’ll feel your spidey senses tingling ;)


6. Willy Brandt Platz

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While this isn’t necessarily a tourist destination exactly, it’s directly beside the former European Central Bank headquarters (now located in the North side of the city), and the famous Euro symbol. The square is constantly busy with trams, pedestrians, cyclists, and people just hanging out. It’s a great place to take a break, have a drink, and admire the skyline.


7. European Central Bank (ECB)

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You probably know at this point that Frankfurt is a banking city, so it should come at no surprise that we’re also the home of the ECB. The former location is located only minutes from Five Elements Hostel, and is landmarked by the giant Euro symbol sign. The new location opened in 2015 and is located further down the river and is a great example of the modern architecture in Frankfurt. Near the new ECB location, you can also check out the outdoor fitness park, which is full of equipment to get your sweat on!


8. Grüneberg Park

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Located in Westend-Nord, this is a great place to check out and relax, or kick a ball around with a few friends! Grüneberg Park is the biggest park in Frankfurt, and is surely a place worth visiting during your stop in Frankfurt. The park also connects you to the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University campus, which is full of interesting architecture, sculptures, fountains, and a bit of history.


9. Alte Oper

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One of the most beautiful buildings in Frankfurt, Alte Oper is most definitely a place you should check out. The building was inaugurated only in 1880, but was destroyed by bombs in 1944 during World War II. The city began rebuilding the opera house in 1970, and was finally completed in 1981. In front of Alte Oper is the Opernplatz, another beautiful square where you can get lots of great pics and chill with friends.


10. Eschenheimer Turm

Not far from the main shopping street, you can find the 15th century Gothic watchtower, Eschenheimer Turm! Did you know this tower marks one of the former gate entrances of the former city wall? Check out the free map available for guests at Five Elements Hostel to see for yourself! You can find great shops and restaurants in the area, too.

Will you be visiting Frankfurt? Be sure to book your accommodation at Five Elements Hostel, located in the middle of the trendy Bahnhofsviertel!

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