Attractions in Frankfurt
Frankfurt appears to be a modern city without the very large historical monuments and buildings. Remember that the city was bombed and destroyed during World War II and that it is largely built up in modern times. But Frankfurt offers many great attractions for it, not least in the form of good museums.
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Museums in Frankfurt (and for that matter throughout Germany) are often closed on Mondays, so be sure to check out the museum’s own website if you plan to visit them this day or on public holidays.
Beautiful Alte Opera is originally an opera house that is used today as a concert hall. Location at the Opera Square. The building was opened in 1880 with Keiesr Vilhelm I as guest. The cost was a staggering 20 million marks – at that time! Alte Oper was bombed to pieces by World War II allies, but resurfaced in 1981.
Knowledge and information about the history of the Jews is too important for us to forget. Jüdisches Museum in Untermainkai 14/15 is a well-kept and informative museum focusing on the Holocaust. Open Tuesdays to Sundays 1000 to 1700, and to 2000 on Wednesdays. Approximately NOK 25 in entry fee for adults and half price for children. More info on the Jewish Museum website.
The German Film Museum in Schaumainkai 41 gives you an insight into the art of film and German film production. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1000 to 1700, but long open Saturdays when it closes 2000. About 40 kroner in ticket money for adults and about half price for children. Read more on the website of the Film Museum.
Perhaps the most famous museum in Frankfurt is the Senckenberg Museum, which is a natural history museum. Here you will find exhibitions about plants, animals and skeletons. The address is Senckenberganlage 25, and the ticket price is about 50 kroner for adults and 15 kroner for children.
More info about Senckenberg Museum.
If you fancy spectacular views of Frankfurt you can visit this skyscraper and take the elevator to the view floor about 200 meters above the ground. The tower is just off Willy-Brandt-Platz. It costs about NOK 45 for an adult in entrance fee. More info can be found on the Main Tower website.
The German National Bank’s Money Museum
Geldmuseum where the Deutschen Bundesbank deals with money. Learn about the history of using coins and banknotes as a means of payment and how they are made. Open from 1000 to 1700 Thursday to Monday, and from 1300 to 2100 on Wednesdays. Closed on Tuesday. The museum is located in Wilhelm-Epstein-Strasse 14 and has free admission. More info about the Money Museum.
In Siesmayerstraße 61 you will find the city’s beautiful botanical garden. It is open year-round, but opening hours vary with the seasons. From February the opening hours are 0900 to 1800. In winter, Palmengarten closes at 1600. The entry price is about NOK 70 for adults and NOK 25 for children. Read more on the Palmengarten website.
As it should and should, Frankfurt also has a Zoo. It is located at Alfred-Brehm-Platz 16 and it costs about 80 NOK for adults and half price for children to see all the animals. Further information on the Frankfurt Zoo website.
Literature enthusiasts should join the museum that addresses Germany’s greatest author of all time, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It is located in Goethe’s old home in Großer Hirschgraben 23-25, and is open every day from 1000 to 1800, and the entrance fee costs about 40 NOK for adults, half price for students and 15 NOK for children under 18 years. Read more on the Goethe Museum website.
This is the largest public park in Frankfurt and a wonderful place to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The park is a welcome meeting place for the city’s residents and not least students who come here from the universities of Frankfurt.
Tourist in Frankfurt
There are plenty of activities for you who are going to be in Frankfurt for a day or three. If you are planning to experience the city as a tourist then you should invest in a Frankfurt card. The card can be obtained for different durations, e.g. day passes and 2 day passes.
A daily card costs well under the hundred at the time of writing and gives you free public communication and good discounts on many attractions and sights. You buy the card at the city’s tourist information offices, for example. the tourist information at the main entrance to the Hauptbahnhof, at the street Romerberg 27.
Transport in the center of Frankfurt
Frankfurt is a very friendly city for those who want to use the walking shoes. The city center is compact and a walk from the station to the city center takes just over ten minutes. If you want to visit districts like Sachsenhausen then public communication is recommended.
The subway (U-Bahn) is very efficient and German thoroughness makes it come and go at the right time. There are seven lines that follow different color codes.
Buses and trams take you where the subway doesn’t go. There are countless routes with both modes of transport.
A tourist’s day in Frankfurt
We recommend starting the day at the Main Tower, at least if the weather is clear. The elevator takes you 54 floors up in the air and you get a fantastic panoramic view of the city. You will find the tower at Willy Brandt-Platz and it should not be difficult to find this approximately 200 meter high skyscraper. Do you want to come here via public communication Take the S-Bahn to the Taunusanlage station.
Frankfurt is, as you probably know, the hometown of world-famous author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
And why not visit the Goethe House ? This is the house where Goethe was born and today also houses a museum. You can find it at Großer Hirschgraben street 23-25.
Click here for Map and description of the city walk. Tourist in Frankfurt
You can now take the chance to get more acquainted with Frankfurt’s main street Zeil and the almost equally famous Goethestrasse. Skyscrapers and exciting architecture dominate the area. And stores of course. If you are hungry we can suggest you take in the Galeria Kaufhof in the street 116 – 126 Zeil and try to have a lunch in the restaurant which is on the upper floor of the shopping center. The weather is warm so white that they have outdoor seating on the roof terrace.
Then go from Innenstadt to Altstadt for a visit to the old town square, Römerberg, which dates back to the 1100s. Here are the sights in a row. If you like beautiful churches then take a closer look at the famous cathedral Frankfurter Dom and Paulskirche.
When you are finished, the time is ripe to cross the River Main, e.g. via the Eisener Bridge Steps for cultural impressions at Museumufer. Both north and south, and not least south, for the Main River, on the Schaumainkai Street, you will find a large collection of museums and art galleries.
North of the river lies, among other things. The Jewish Museum and the Historical Museum. South of the Main River you will find the Ikonen Museum, the Film Museum, the German Architecture Museum, the Museum of Communication Städelsche Kunstinstitut and Schirn Kunsthalle. Here in Frankfurt you should know that Schaumainkai Street offers Frankfurt’s largest street market on Saturdays.
Once in Sachsenhausen you must get an apple wine in one of the district’s many cider houses. Try the street Schweizer Straße. By the way, the area is excellent for a small pub round before returning to the hotel.
If you have children or need a breather on a hot summer’s day, take the time to visit one of the city’s many beautiful parks. Most of them have free entrance, such as Adolph von Holzhausen Park and Bethmannpark. Adolph von Holzhausen Park is located on Holzhausenstrasse and in the park you will find a small but charming castle. Bethmannpark is known for its beautiful Chinese gardens. You come here by using the underground station of the station Merianplatz. Then follow Berger Strasse to the park.
Other things to do in Frankfurt
If you are interested in opera, you should treat yourself to a tour of Oper Frankfurt, which is one of the leading cultural scenes in Germany. Is football more your thing, might it be tempting to take a tour of the 52300-seat Commerzbank-Arena and watch Eintracht Frankfurt play home match against one of the other Bundesliga clubs? The team is not exactly a major force in international (or German) football, but has largely stayed in the top series for the last 30 years, and actually won the UEFA Cup in 1980.