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Top Ten Things to do in Frankfurt

Jokingly known as 'Mainhattan' for it's impressive skyline of high-rise buildings, Frankfurt is the business capital of Germany. One of the major transport hubs in the country, Frankfurt often acts as the gateway to the rest of Germany and even further afield. The city itself is modern, having been almost completely razed to the ground during the Second War. Read on to find out the Top Ten Things to do in Frankfurt!

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Take a picnic and make a day of it, the Palmengarten is one of the must-see attractions in Franfurt.  You’ll find the Palmengarten on Siesmayerstrasse Entry price is 7 euros.

The Palmengarten is a beautiful day out in Frankfurt in any season.  In summer the gardens are alive with thousands of species of flower, and in winter the spectacular winter light shows illuminate the beautiful hot house located in the centre of the gardens.

Cycle the River

Frankfurt is located on the beautiful Main River.  Starting from the city you can cycle along the riverbanks, taking in the Museumufer (where on Saturdays you can hunt for treasure in the largest flea market in Frankfurt).  Frankfurt is also one of the stops along the famous Main River Cycle Route, one of the longest and most beautiful cycle routes in the whole of Germany.

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Heidelberg Day Trip

Just a short hour train ride out of the centre of Frankfurt, Heidelberg is a magical medieval city on the banks of the River Neckar and is definitely one of the top ten things to do in Frankfurt and the surrounding area.  The city is famous for its prestigious University, and the city really comes alive at night when students finish their lessons and crowd into one of the many bars on the side streets of Unteregasse.  Take the trek up to Heidelberg Castle, or if you’re really adventurous even higher up into the surrounding hills for some spectacular views of the town and the surrounding area.


Frankfurt Zoo

The oldest Zoo in the whole of Germany, Frankfurt Zoo has over 4,500 animals spread over 13 hectares.  You don’t need to go on Safari to see the Big Five; they’re all right here in the centre of Frankfurt!!

You’ll find the Zoo on Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, and it’s open every day of the year.

Entry costs 10 euros.

Montmartre am Main

Montmartre am Main is an international get-together of professional and non-professional artists, or just about anyone who’s interested in trying their hand at art, and is free of charge!  You’re welcome to bring your materials and join their open air painting sessions that take place from May until October on every 2nd Sunday of the month.  You’ll find Montmatre am Main on the banks of the river Main at Frankfurt-Hoechst.

Main Tower

The Frankfurt Main Tower is open to the public. You can take the elevator and enjoy some of the best views of the cityscape of Frankfurt from this 200 meter high tower.  Why not try out the restaurant while you’re there, it’s one of the highest in the whole city!

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Goethe’s House in Frankfurt

Frankfurt is the home of the most important German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). Although Goethe’s birthplace was destroyed in World War II, the house has been rebuilt and you can still get a great idea of the house in which Goethe wrote some of his most famous works.  Goethe’s Birthplace has has a well earnt place on our Top Ten Things to do in Frankfurt list!



Roemerberg is the heart of Old Frankfurt and is also home to the Frankfurt Rathaus (the townhall) which was originally built in 1405!!  It’s a massive complex and deserves at least a couple of hours to see it all.

The square is also home to the Frankfurt Historisches Museum which can give you a good overall idea of the history of the city and how it looked before much of the city was destroyed during the Second World War.

Zeil Shopping

Despite great efforts to re-build some of Frankfurt’s ancient buildings, the city is still in the most part very modern, and the shopping opportunities reflect this too.  You’ll find some of the best shopping in the whole of Germany here.  Also known as ‘The Fifth Avenue of Germany’ you’ll find everything from luxury boutiques to high street names here in Zeil.


Paulskirche built between 1789 and 1833 and is the birthplace of German democracy. This church was once used for political meetings and be the first place chosen for the selection of the German parliament in 1848. Currently, Paulskirche used mainly for exhibitions and special events.

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