Frankfurt is ripe with culture, restaurants, history, and it’s the center of banking and business in Europe. It’s a modern city with some great dining. Eat dinner at one of their famous cider houses, experience the flavor of Frankfurt’s local dishes, relax at a beer garden, spend the afternoon at one of the free parks, or soak up the city’s history in a museum. While Frankfurt lacks the charm of Munich, Cologne, or Berlin, the city deserves more than its use as just a stopover destination that most travelers use it for.
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Frankfurt
1. Visit the Dom
2. Visit the Städel-Museum
3. Explore the Römerberg
4. Relax in the City Forest
5. Visit Offenbach
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Cross the Eiserner Steg
Otherwise known as the Iron Bridge, this bridge on the way to Sachsenhausen provides great views of the city.
2. Eat and drink in Sachsenhausen
South of the main river, Sachsenhausen has many of the best cider bars and pubs in the city. After visiting some of these pubs, take a stroll on the river and enjoy the view.
3. Spend the day at the Palmengarten
This is Frankfurt’s Botanical Gardens and like most botanical gardens you’ll find a wide array of plants from around the world. Admission is 7 EUR and there are many paths, gardens, flowers, and birds to see here. I think it’s one of the best things to do in the city.
4. Walk around the Bornheim
Mostly a residential area, Bornheim has many medieval-style houses that survived the war. It’s Frankfurt’s historic area and is your only chance to see what the city looked like before World War II.
5. Stroll through the Frankfurt Book Fair
Held in the middle of October every year since the printing press was designed, this fair is considered the largest event of its kind within the publishing industry. It is a week long, but is only open to the public during the last 2 days. A day ticket is 18 EUR.
6. EXPLORA Science Center
Housed inside an old World War II bunker, this museum is filled with interactive exhibits and neat features. There are a range of puzzles, optical illusions, and mathematical games to check out. They even have a charge station for eBikes and electric cars. Science is cool! Admission for adults is 16 EUR, and discoutns are available for families, students, and seniors.