20 Places to Visit in Frankfurt, Tourist Places & Attractions

Places to See In Frankfurt

Frankfurt's Old Town Center, Städel Museum, Museum District, The Palm Garden, Senckenberg Natural History Museum, Frankfurt Cathedral, Kleinmarkthalle, Goethe House and Museum, The Hauptwache, Museum of Modern Art, and many more.

One of the most unique features of the places to visit in Frankfurt is they have retained their classical charm down the years and truly make people go gaga over them. Being the finance capital of Germany, the city of Frankfurt has too many things on its plate to offer you for a perfect vacation to one of the most historically eminent cities of the world.

The city is well worth keeping in your travel itinerary for the rich experience you will amass by visiting the best places to see in Frankfurt. Literature enthusiasts must have a pleasant trip to the birthplace of Goethe and get to see the objects and rooms used by the gentry. If you want to get a bird’s eye view of Frankfurt and beyond, ride up the iconic 650 storied Main Tower which runs across the city’s veins offering splendid panorama at twilight.

Although the city of Frankfurt is mostly dominated by bricked monuments, nature lovers can also have an equal share of experiences in some unique ways. One of the most popular places in Frankfurt is the Palmengarten (Palm Garden) which is a green oasis sprawling over 54 hectares amidst a concrete maze. So, don’t spend time in visiting the cliched spots, instead explore the city which promises you a great European rendezvous!

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Located on the northern bank of River Main and covering less than a square kilometre, Old Town was one of the largest half-timbered towns in Germany until its complete destruction in WWII. For locals and tourists alike, the reconstructed Old Town Centre is one of the most momentous places to visit in Frankfurt.

Whether it is for a cup of coffee or shopping spree or lazing around a time-honoured town settled in the heart of a megapolis, you can expect an eclectic range of attractions in Old Town Centre. The progressing history of Frankfurt is reflected through the seamless blend of architecture in the new quarter.

The archaeological gardens of the Old Town features remnants of earlier Roman settlement in this region while the presence of an imperial palace calls to mind the bygone days of the Carolingians which is illustrated by a video animation.
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Established in 1815, the Stadel Museum fairly lays a claim as Germany’s oldest museum foundations which exhibits a virtual survey of European art from the early 14th century to the present. The highlighted features of the museum’s displays include artworks from the Renaissance, Baroque, early Modern period and more.

The holdings also include artworks by master painters such as Claude Monet, Lucas Cranach, Sandro Botticelli, Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann Gerhard Richter, Francis Bacon and others. The museum houses a rich and exhaustive collection of above 3,100 paintings, 660 sculptures, 100,000 drawings, 5,000 photographs and prints. Stadel Museum has gained a prominent position in international museum landscape for its exhibitions and activities in promoting education and research works.

Location: Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: 10am- 6pm
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From architecture to applied arts, fine arts to antique sculptures, Jewish history to films the charming boulevard offers a cultural treat to the visitors with a penchant for art and culture. Located on the river bank, the Museum District is one of the best places to see in Frankfurt which houses galleries exhibiting a comprehensive range of all forms of fine arts.

Every year the museum hosts two special cultural events- the “Night of Museums” and “Museum Riverbank” festivals. Besides offering you a unique cultural ensemble and experiences round the year, the Museum District in Frankfurt is also a preferred destination to relax and chill out in the heart of a megapolis.

Location: Brückenstraße 3-7, 60594 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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With impressive botanical exhibits, numerous water basins, scenic pathways and breath-taking landscape the Palm Garden fairly lays a claim as one of the must-visit places in Frankfurt with family and friends.

Nature lovers should consider going on a horticultural journey which covers everything from the African Savannah to the traditional flower gardens of Europe. In fair weather the garden comes alive with some of the stunning vistas of Germany which is certainly a sight to behold.

Location: Palmengarten der Stadt, Siesmayer Strasse 63, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: Sunday- Saturday 9am- 6pm. Timings may vary on Easter Mondays
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It is the second largest natural history museum in Germany which fairly boasts of housing the most inclusive exhibition of dinosaurs in Europe from the age of Tyrannosaurus rex to that of Triceratops. Although the dinosaur exhibit is the biggest draw of this museum, it also features a comprehensive collection of other animals from various ages.

Senckenberg Natural History Museum also boasts its widest collection of over 2000 species of stuffed birds. The most striking display of the museum features a cast of Lucy, a skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis, a hominid which existed on earth about 3.2 million years ago. Guided tours and lectures are also conducted by the museum authorities for visitors who want to gain insight into the history of animal evolution.

Location: Senckenβerganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timings: Monday- Friday 9am- 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am- 6pm
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One of Germany’s grandest and most revered cathedrals, the history of Frankfurt Cathedral dates back to the 13th century. The cathedral which witnessed the coronation of the eminent Roman Emperors down the centuries at present serves as a treasure trove of eminent artworks that include Lamentation of Christ by Antomius Van Dyke and Job by Emil Schumacher.

The Gothic style Roman catholic church is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew and stands as the principal religious site in Frankfurt. One of the most striking features of the cathedral is its majestic sandstone tower which dominates Frankfurt’s skyline across River Main which is a sight to behold.

Location: Domplatz 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: Tuesday- Friday 10am -5pm, Weekends 11am- 5pm
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Food lovers from any part of the globe should not amiss in visiting Frankfurt’s legendary food market which houses over 160 stalls in a whopping 16,000 sq. ft enclosed area. From regional and traditional products, epicurean treats, fresh produce, flowers, handmade pasta, dried fruits and processed meat each craving is gratified with in this foodie’s paradise.

Regional delicacies include imported products from all parts of Europe and beyond. Being set up within a small area, it is easy for buyers to navigate your way through the alleys and do your basic shopping. The clean, colourful, aesthetic and pleasant ambiance of the market place make it one of the most attractive places to visit in Frankfurt. After shopping throughout the day, spend some relaxing time in the local wine shop built on the terrace decked with flower boxes and taste local wine along with foods purchased from the market below.

Location: Hasengasse 5-7, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: Tuesday- Saturday (8am-6pm)
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Built in the 18th century, the house stands proudly as the birthplace of the great German litterateur of all times Johann Wolfgang Goethe. After its destruction during World War II, the building has been restored as closely as possible to its original condition featuring its interiors, paintings, original furnishings and the desk on which Goethe composed the Gotz von Berlichingen.

The Faust and The Sorrows of Young Werther. In a walking tour across the three storeyed building with its original and reproduced parts you can get an insight to the lifestyle of the gentry during his time.

Location: Großer Hirschgraben 23-25, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday (11am-6pm), Friday- Sunday (10am-6pm), Tuesdays closed
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Housing an eclectic mix of former and contemporary buildings Hauptwache is one of Frankfurt’s bustling pedestrian areas which is well worth a visit on your trip. As you arrive at the plaza, you cannot help being awestruck by the imposing decorative Hauptwache structure which is the cynosure of the plaza with its red sandstone exterior and three chimneys roof. It is fabled that this building was a favourite of the great German author and statesman Joann Wolfgang Goethe.

The plaza was named after its Baroque building which is the plaza’s focal point. It was originally built in 1729 with an intention to house Frankfurt’s mercenaries. Later the building was converted into a police station and a prison. At present Haupstwache operates as a meeting point for the locals.

Location: An der Hauptwache, 60313 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
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Museum of Modern Art is one of the must visit tourist places in Frankfurt where you can get to see a comprehensive exhibit of European and American artworks by eminent artists such as Roy Litchtenstein, Joseph Beuys and Claes Oldenburg. Established in 1981 in downtown Frankfurt, the museum boasts its collection of 4,500 international holdings from 1960 till present day.

Exhibitions of budding artists are held on a regular basis in the museum campus. The imposing triangular structure of the museum with its protrusive and declining window openings bleaks everything around it. End your day trip with a cup of coffee in a restaurant within the museum premises.

Location: Domstraße 10, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: Tuesday- Sunday between 10am-6pm (except Wednesdays 10am-8pm)
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Located in the heart of the city, Frankfurt Zoo is one of Europe’s significant zoological gardens being home to over 500 animal species across the globe. The unique features of the garden which was established in 1858, are an Exotarium, a Crocodile Hall, an Insectarium, a Bird Hall, two exotic and nocturnal animal houses and other artificially created habitats suitable for each species.

From mouse lemurs to crocodiles, fossas, kiwis, gorillas, lions to aardvarks the zoo is a great place for wildlife sightings. End your day trip by relaxing in the refreshment zone with a traditional German meal and beer.

Location: Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, 60316 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: Sunday- Saturday 9am-2pm, 2:30pm- 7pm
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Established in 1880, the Old Opera House is one of the most significant places in Frankfurt and a must visit for music lovers. The old school classical style building was inspired by the plan of the German architect Richard Lucae. After the building's destruction during WWII, it took almost four decades for its final reopening in 1981.

Tucked secretly behind the portico of the former Frankfurt Opera House is one of the grandest concert halls which hosts high-quality musical shows and events. The congress section of the Alte Opar organises 50 events every year of global repute. Besides musical shows of all genres the house organises glamorous balls and international conventions in its conventional representative halls and salons.

Location: Opernplatz 1, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: Monday- Wednesday (11am-pm), Thursday & Saturday (11am-12am), Friday (11am-9:30pm), Sunday (11am-5pm)
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Erected in the early 15th century, Eschenheim Tower is the oldest surviving edifice and a local landmark of Frankfurter Neustadt (New Town). The 47-metre-high tower was once a part of the city’s massive fortification consisting of nearly sixty towers and walls fringing the city limits.

The historic tower stands mostly undamaged in its original shape but set in an urban environment as a bustling plaza as the Eschenheim Tower. The tower features eight levels with four small side turrets that render the edifice a classic look. At the basement there is a bar and restaurant for providing refreshment to the visitors after a city tour.

Location: Eschenheimer Tor 1, 60318 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: Sunday-Thursday 12pm-1am, Friday- Saturday 12pm-3am
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Standing tall as the oldest major Jewish Museum in the Federal Republic of Germany, the museum is one of the most significant places in Frankfurt which allows you to know about Jewish culture from past till present. The museum features two wings in two locations and both holding equal significance in showcasing the Jewish heritage of the city. The museums host permanent exhibitions that focus on the intricate relationship between the Jews in Germany and the locals.

Some of the significant holdings of the museum include a Hanukkah Lamp, artworks by Moritz Daniel Oppenhiem and other painters who were forced to leave Germany during Nazi rule, documentary archives and objects saved by the notorious Holocaust survivors from various parts of Europe. The recent addition to the list of exhibits includes assets (paintings, furniture, photographs and collectables) of Anne Frank’s family that are displayed in the Frank Family Centre of the museum.

Location: Bertha-Pappenheim-Platz 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: Tuesday- Sunday 10am- 9pm, Monday closed
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Lovers of art and culture should not miss a chance to visit one of the most significant exhibition venues of Europe. Since its inception in 1986, Schirn has hosted over 240 exhibitions in its 240 sq. metres of space with a visitors’ traffic of 8.8 million.

It focuses on the discourses, themes and trends of German art, history and culture from a contemporary outlook. The art museum also hosts retrospectives of artists such as Kandinsky, Klein, Kahlo and Chagall.

Location: Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timings: Tuesday, Friday-Sunday (10am- 7pm), Wednesday & Thursday (10am-10pm)
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For an urban explorer, the Main Tower is one of the most chosen places to visit in Frankfurt as you can feast your eyes on the stunning cityscape from its rooftop observatory platform.

The 56-storeyed turret sprawling across 665522 sq. ft. is the fifth tallest building in Europe which stands 656 ft above the ground. It is a sight to behold a stunning sunset in Frankfurt’s skyline from the top floor of the Main Tower.

Location: Neue Mainzer Str. 52-58, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timings: Monday- Sunday 8am - 11pm
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One of the most iconic places to visit in Frankfurt is the iron and concrete footbridge which offers an excellent view of the city skyline and is tread on by over 10,000 pedestrians every day. The neo-Gothic style which was built in 1869, connects Frankfurt city and Romerberg with Sachsenhausen located along the southern bank of River Main.

The only walking bridge of Frankfurt also offers a charming view of the museums that are lined up along the Main River in Sachsenhausen. Another striking feature of the Eiserner Steg is the vibrant padlocks attached to the iron rails of the bridge by lovebirds with their names engraved on them. The place takes on a gorgeous look at night when the bridge is lit up with glaring lights.

Location: Eiserner Steg, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Located in the outskirts of the city Mainkai is one of the popular places to visit in Frankfurt with its equable river views and ample opportunities to stroll around the idyllic spot. The well-maintained promenade is a favourite of joggers and bikers and passers-by to soak up the placid beauty of the place.

A favourite hangout destination for the young generation, Mainkai offers an ideal setting for taking selfies or Insta friendly clicks and impromptu day outs. Lined up with cosy restaurants, shops and cafes with alfresco seating it is a must visit place for tourists looking for a serene escapade in their vacation.

Location: 60311 Frankfurt, Hesse Germany
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St. Paul’s Church in Frankfurt stands as a landmark in Germany’s political history as it was the site of the country’s first democratic parliament which was held in 1848. As you touch down its premises you will be awestruck to witness the place where the two nations took their first step towards unification into a single democracy.

At present the church is used as a venue for different events that include the prestigious Goethe Prize giving ceremony. As you make your way to the main hall you will be mesmerised to even think how German politicians were debating at this place for the past 150 years or more.

Location: Paulsplatz 11, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timings: Sunday- Saturday 10am - 5pm
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Exhibiting the working of cinema since decades, this museum is home to numerous interactive artefacts and displays. With its eye-catching architecture, the German Film Museum becomes an impressive example of Wilhelminian style villa.

From capturing a film to its overall processing, various live shows can be enjoyed here in specific days. Overall, if you are interested in storytelling, film making or cinematography, this place is a must visit for you.

Location: Schaumainkai 41, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timing: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
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  1. What are the best places to visit in Frankfurt at night?

    1. Jazzkeller: This popular jazz venue located in the heart of the city hosts leading German and international acts and various other special events and concerts at different times of the year. On Wednesday and Friday nights the relatively small space of the venue comes to life with Jam Sessions and dance shows.

    2. English Theatre: Theatre patrons should make their way to this largest English-speaking theatre in Europe during the Frankfurt trip. You can enjoy watching films of various genres and some of the outstanding theatre productions that include Venus in Furs and Saturday Night Fever.

    3. Harvey’s: The ever-changing décor of this bar with their plush cocktail menu make Harvey’s one of the must-visit places in Frankfurt for the night watchers. Though a little on the pricier side, the swanky style bar is well worth a visit at night where you can tease down a life-changing cosmopolitan in an esoteric surrounding.

    4. Green Sauce: If you are in Frankfurt and have not yet tried the traditional Hessian variety condiment, it will really be a big miss. A favourite of the great Goethe, it is well worth a try.

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  2. Which are the best historical places to visit in Frankfurt?

    1. Goethe House: The birthplace of the noted German novelist, playwright, poet, critic, scientist and statesman is one of the must-visit tourist places in Frankfurt. The haute- bourgeoisie style furnishing of the house converted to museum features seminal paintings from Goethe’s era that are worth beholding.

    2. Palm Garden: The botanical garden sprawling across 22 hectares features several dedicated areas of florae specimens from different parts of the world. Palm Garden is certainly one of the most interesting places to visit in Frankfurt where you can get to see botanical exhibits, Festsaal performances, open air Jazz Festival and various other events.

    3. Eschenheimer Turm: The 15th century tower situated in the heart of Frankfurt city is one of the most noteworthy places to visit in Frankfurt. Once a part of a massive fortification, the Eschenheimer Turm, it now stands as one of the major landmarks of the city.

    4. St Paul’s Church: Located near the Zeil shopping area of Frankfurt city, the monument holds paramount importance as a site of attraction not only for its stunning architecture but also for its role in German’s political history in 1848.

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  3. What is the best time to visit Frankfurt?

    The best time to visit the places to see in Frankfurt is from April through September. The city enjoys mild climate and sunny mornings and the parks burst in colourful blooms.

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  4. How to reach Frankfurt from India?

    - By Air: Frankfurt has one of the busiest airports in Europe that are well- connected by air with almost all metro cities in India. Direct flights ply between the metro cities and Frankfurt via premium carriers.

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  5. Is Frankfurt safe?

    Overall, Frankfurt city is safe for tourists as it is the financial capital and one of the largest German cities. But, for a hassle-free trip, it is recommended you should be vigilant while travelling at night and in crowded places.

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