Best attractions in Frankfurt: Top 15

If you don’t know what to see in Frankfurt am Main, study this review carefully. In our ranking of “top attractions in Frankfurt am Main” we have included only those objects of history and culture that every tourist must see.

What to see in Frankfurt first

If you want your trip to the hospitable German city to be unforgettable, book the following Frankfurt tours:

1. Romerberg Square

Romerberg Square in Frankfurt am Main Alexander Johmann

To see such significant sights in Frankfurt am Main you can not only travel to the city, but also souvenir postcards. The square is the historic center and a beautiful authentic site, where coronations of monarchs and executions of undesirables, festivals, tournaments and fairs were organized back in the 9th century. Among the key sites of Romerberg are the plaque created in memory of the books destroyed by the Nationalists in 1933 and the “Justice” fountain. Equally interesting are the historic frame buildings from 1986 located on the east side of the square. Here you will also find the best hotels in Frankfurt am Main.

Official website: https://www.frankfurt

2. Stadel Institute of Art

Stadel Art Institute in Frankfurt am Main irene

The Stadel Art Institute is the best option of what to visit in Frankfurt am Main for art lovers. It is this museum that houses the most impressive and valuable collection of graphics, sculptures and paintings in the country. Thanks to this fact, it is included in all lists of “Germany’s top attractions”. The institute is named after I. Stedel, its founder and illustrious banker. The building houses not only an art museum but also an art school.

Official website: https://www.staedelmuseum

3. Goethe House

Goethe's House in Frankfurt am Main

Johann Goethe, one of the greatest poets of his time, lived in this house from 1749 to 1765. The late Baroque building has four floors. During the Second World War it was almost completely destroyed. However, later, given its historical value, it was reconstructed. If you want to imagine how a moderately wealthy German family lived in the 18th century, guides in Frankfurt will advise you to go here. Next to this building is the Goethe Art Gallery with works by masters of the poet’s era.

Official website: https://www.goethehaus

4. Palm Garden

Palmengarten in Frankfurt

Where to go in Frankfurt am Main to enjoy the beauty of nature? This botanical garden from 1871 covers more than 20 hectares. It is one of the largest park areas in the country. Almost half of the area is devoted to all sorts of palm trees, which gave the garden its name.

Official website: https://www.palmengarten

5. Zenkenberg Museum

Senckenberg Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg) in Frankfurt Patrick Nouhailler

The former 1907 building was almost completely modernized about 15 years ago. However, the remarkable collection with exhibits about the evolution and history of the Earth has remained unchanged. You can look at thousands of unique and unparalleled specimens in the world. Among them are full-length “real” dinosaurs, skeletons of the first humans and a giant anaconda swallowing a boar. Visiting such interesting places in Frankfurt am Main is worthwhile for the whole family.

Official website: http://www.senckenberg

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6. Main Tower, Maintainer

Main Tower ( Main Tower) in Frankfurt

If you want to see the best sights in Frankfurt am Main - the ones that deserve rave reviews even from locals - come to this 1999 structure. The tower, consisting of two towers at 200 meters and 170 meters, has an original façade of non-reflective glass. The upper level features a restaurant and a public observation deck. In addition, on floors 53-54 are the offices of famous TV stations and radio studios.

Official website: https://www.maintower

7. The Old Opera House

The Old Opera House (Alte Oper) in Frankfurt

Even if you are not passionate about opera and theater, take note of the following recommendations. We advise you to visit the Alte Oper, which was built in 1880 (and reconstructed several times). Note that if you buy a ticket here, you can visit only the holiday concerts. Opera performances are given at the New Opera House in the city.

Official website: https://www.alteoper

8. Frankfurt Zoo

Frankfurt Zoological Garden in Germany Gleiten

What will be interesting for both adults and children to see in Frankfurt in 1 day? A huge menagerie created in the mid-18th century (one of the oldest zoos on earth). About half a thousand different species of animals (about 4,500 animals in total) live in uniquely designed aviaries and open cages. You can visit such original attractions as the “House of Night Animals”. There is its own exotarium with a grotto with insects, reptiles, exotic fish and penguins.

Official website: http://www.zoo-frankfurt

9. St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral

Saint Bartholomew's Cathedral in Frankfurt am Main Hermann Luyken

The history of this architectural masterpiece, which reaches 95 meters in height, began as early as the 6th century. In the 13th century the temple was partially completed and reconstructed. An interesting point is that this cathedral was never a bishop’s residence and therefore cannot be the cathedral building of a bishopric. Since the middle of the 14th century, monarchs of Germany were elected here and later even crowned. The current status of the cathedral is Imperial. Inside is a unique value - the top of the skull of St. Bartholomew. Visitors of the temple have access to the relic only on holidays.

10. The brig or Hauptwache

The Hauptwache building in An der Hauptwache square in Frankfurt am Main

Another of the city’s most famous and central squares. The main architectural masterpiece of the Hauptwache is the Baroque house, formerly the headquarters for the police officers. When you arrive at the Hauptwache, you can walk through the stores and restaurants, the underground pedestrian zone, and the sunken terrace. Among the local attractions we will also highlight the Church of St. Catherine.

Frankfurt sights: What else is there to see in Frankfurt?

If you have already seen all the sights of Frankfurt am Main, the photos with names and descriptions of which we have just given, go to see other wonderful places:

11. Eschenheim Tower

Eschenheim Tower in Frankfurt am Main

The site of the site, which dates back to the beginning of the 15th century, is the Bockenheimer Anlage park area. The structure has several attics, 8 floors and is almost 50 meters high. Until the middle of the 20th century there were rooms for the guards inside. Now there is a restaurant and bar for the citizens and guests of Frankfurt.

12. Hessian Park

Hessenpark open-air museum in Germany Patrick Zorner

An open-air museum that introduces you to the traditions and culture of Frankfurt and the entire region. There are over a hundred buildings in the vast grounds of Hesse Park that give the impression of being in a real German village. There is a store with colonial products and a post office. All buildings are allowed to enter, all the furnishings - to take in hand. Due to the fact that the attraction is not the most famous, and is located at some distance from the city, the number of visitors is usually relatively small. The crowds of tourists and vacationers will not interfere with your tour.

Official website: https://www.hessenpark

13. Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg) in Frankfurt thomas

The iron structure, stretching across the river Main, was built in the mid-19th century. Originally it was only for pedestrians, but later it was extended to include a path for vehicles. Today you can walk on the 170-meter-high Eiserner Steger for free (in the past you had to buy a ticket to see it). The architectural style of the bridge is neo-Gothic, which makes it so interesting for art lovers. Each side of the structure is decorated with an inscription in ancient Greek.

14. Batman Park

Chinese Garden at Bethmannpark in Frankfurt am Main Ungry Young Man

The Bethmann Park complex, created by order of the Bethmann bankers, was not opened to tourists until the middle of the 20th century. The main “highlight” of the attraction is considered to be the uniquely beautiful Chinese garden. It is separated from the city by relatively high and thick walls. On the territory of four thousand squares you will also find a waterfall, a small pond, all kinds of pavilions and a marble bridge. The complex operates year-round.

15. MyZeil Shopping Center

MyZeil Shopping Center on the main shopping street Zeil in Frankfurt am Main Pedelecs

No matter what kind of goods you want to bring from Frankfurt, you can buy them at the shopping center The shopping center, which opened in 2009, has six levels. About one billion euros was spent on its construction. The shape of the building reminds you of a “whirlpool” with 80 boutiques and stores.

We have told you about the main sights of Frankfurt am Main in brief, and we hope that our review will help you to compose your own fascinating tour itinerary. Read also about sights of Stuttgart and get inspired for your next trip to Germany.

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