Frankfurt is an ancient city on the River Main in Germany. It is ideally located and is considered to be the gateway to other important German Cities in the East, Southern Europe in South, France in the West, and Scandinavia in the North. With such importance, Frankfurt has become one of the biggest financial centers of Europe. But this city is not only known for its financial and strategic importance. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe. From all the historical landmarks to the scenic parks, high rise skyscrapers, museums, and business centers; Frankfurt is truly a vivid and cultural place to see.
Frankfurt had always enjoyed an important status as a great tourist destination in Europe. It has some of the finest museums in the world that showcases the history, art, architecture, Warcraft, culture, and tradition of people who have lived here from the very beginning. This city is also rich in bars, pubs, DJ clubs, restaurants, and discos. So if you want to get a complete package of everything that entertains you, Frankfurt am Main is the place to visit. The best thing about this city is that you can get the best from it in just a single day. For this reason, tourism in Frankfurt is on an all-time high. There are always some exhibitions, book fairs, and other events taking place in this city.
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What’s the best time to visit Frankfurt?
The best time to visit Frankfurt am Main is from the spring to the late autumn. The weather is best in these seasons, and you can enjoy the different colors of this enchanted city. However, summers and an early autumn season is swarmed by crowds, as everyone wants to visit this city in its best form and shape. So if you want to beat the crowd and see everything closely, along with saving time and energy, visit it in early spring, or late autumn. The crowd is minimum in these seasons and you can enjoy a great time in this city. The weather is also mild, and you won’t feel excess cold, windy, or hot.
Spring season is the best, and we will recommend you to go there at this time as gardens are all coming alive. Although you may get some rain, they won’t trouble you much. But if you are more a fall season person, visiting in the autumn season is a great choice. These 2 kinds of weather are ideal to visit this city, and everything is tailor-made for you. Prices of hotels, transportation, and accommodation are also reasonable as compared to the peak season of late spring and summers.
Frankfurt also hosts some of the best cultural festivals and fairs:
- Berger Strassenfest
- BruckenWall Fest
- Dippemess (autumn)
- Dippemess (spring)
- Jazz zum Dritten
- Shisha Messe Fair
- Marathon Mall
- Frankfurt Apple Wine Festival
Few Facts about Frankfurt
Frankfurt is an ancient city that was founded even before it became an important Roman settlement. But due to the destruction in the World War 2, much of the city is developed with new buildings and structures all around. So it is a mixture of old and new architecture and heritage. This leads to some great new facts about this city.
- Frankfurt enjoys a huge stock market.
- Buchmesse is the largest book fair in the world.
- The City’s Opera House was a ruin before being fully restored to their glory.
- Due to tall skyscrapers, it is also known as the Mainhattan.
- As an economic hub of Europe, Frankfurt is also known as Bankfurt.
- Frankfurt am Main means ford of the Franks beside River Main.
- Due to its matchless strategic location, Frankfurt has become an emerging transportation hub.
- The first Wikimania was held in Frankfurt.
- Frankfurt has the largest inner-city forest in Germany.
- Frankfurt was one of the biggest cities in ancient Europe and was used as a coronation place for Emperors and Kings.
One Day in Frankfurt Itinerary
Top things to do in Frankfurt, Germany
Spending one day in this city of wonder is not enough. However, with some thorough research and planning, we are able to share a great one day trip itinerary to Frankfurt. So follow it and we guarantee you will get a great taste of this city and you’ll want to make another trip soon.
Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day in Frankfurt.
Visit the Romerberg and the iconic Town hall
Romerberg is a historical market square in Frankfurt and a great place to start your day. Translated from German, Romerberg stands for “Roman Mountain”. This place has a great historical association being surrounded with the administrative buildings, medieval houses and landmarks such as Frankfurt’s Town hall from 1405, the Renaissance Fountain of Justice from 1543 and on the opposite side of the square Old St Nicholas Church dating back to 15th century.
Visit the Goethe House and a Museum
Goethe House is considered as the birthplace of the German polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe where he lived until the age of 16, in the period of life in which he wrote The Sorrows of Young Werther. Right next to the house, there is a Museum of German Romanticism where you can learn more about the history of literature.
Visit different museums on Museumsufer
This Museum Embankment, known as the Museumsufer is a cluster of 12 museums on the banks of river Main.
Museum of World Cultures is one of Europe’s top ethnological museums with more than 65,000 artifacts. Another important museum, Museum of Ancient Sculpture, is home to a large collection of Asian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman sculptures. The Icon Museum houses more than a thousand Christian Orthodox images. German Architectural Museum focuses on architectural design, the German Film Museum on the history of the cinema and the Lumière brothers, the Museum of Applied Art displays more than 30,000 objects of European and Asian decorative art.
The Städel Art Museum houses a remarkable collection of paintings from the 14th century that includes works by old masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Goya, but also modern painters like Monet, Degas, Beckman, and Picasso.
Pick your favorite museum or just stroll around and enjoy this lovely area.
Look at the horizon from the observation deck of the Main tower
The 200-metre Main Tower is one of the highest skyscrapers in Germany and the only one in the city with the viewing platform. Enjoy the spectacular view with all the high rise towers, Main River, and the horizon from its observation deck.
Make a stopover at St. Paul’s Church
Make a stopover at St. Paul’s Church, a 18th century church of a great significance for Germans. The church began as a Lutheran church with a circular plan that made a perfect space for the first democratically elected parliament in Germany in 1848, and even though the building returned to its original function, it represents the birthplace of German democracy.
Be enchanted by visiting Frankfurt Cathedral
St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral is one of the most magnificent structures in Germany built in Gothic style between the 13th and 15th centuries. During the Holy Roman Empire it hosted the coronation of Emperors that took place in the Election Chapel. If you decide to enter the Cathedral, don’t miss magnificent Crucifixion by Hans Backoffen from the beginning of 16th century, many numerous carved side altars dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, and the most important relic – Pieces of Saint Bartholomew’s skull.
Wander through Palmengarten
Wander through the beautiful Palmengarten, the 54-acre botanic garden, first opened in 1871. You can find plant species from all parts of the globe, including the subtropical and tropical plant species inside of the greenhouses. It’s a great place to stop for a bit, enjoy the lush nature or relax in the sun.
Take a few snaps of Europaturm
Europaturm is one of the tallest telecommunications towers in the world, only a short walk from Palmengarten. Although the deck is closed, it is still a great landmark to visit and take a few pictures.
Taste the local flavours at Kleinmarkthalle
Kleinmarkthalle is a 1,500 square meters indoor market located in the hangar-like hall that dates from 1954. Nearly 160 market stalls sell everything from fresh prepared food, local products to flowers every day of the week except Sunday. In addition to gourmet treats from around the globe, you can easily find the traditional regional specialties such as sausages, cheeses, pastries, and the famous Frankfurt “Green Sauce”.
Plan your day
You can start your day in Frankfurt by taking a ride on the sightseeing bus. In this way, you can cover a lot of sights and buildings from a single bus ride. After the tour, you can make a lunch stop at one of the many top restaurants or Kleinmarkthalle, and spend your afternoon wandering the Palmengarten or any other city park.
At evening, you can watch the city lights and skyline from the observation deck of the Main tower. Dine in at another famous restaurant, and after enjoying its delights, attend any local concert, or an event. Afterward, treat yourself at any DJ club, disco or a pub and make the most of your night.
Where to stay in Frankfurt?
NH Frankfurt Niederrad
NH Frankfurt Niederrad, being located quite close to the airport, is a convenient place for a short stay. Spacious rooms, amazing décor and international cuisine, make it a great pick for your stay in Frankurt.
NH Collection Frankfurt City
NH Collection Frankfurt City offers a superior modern stay in the heart of Frankfurt. The hotel features a spa area with sauna, hammam, and gym. The bright and spacious nonsmoking rooms feature modern décor. The hotel is a great pick for both business travelers and leisure visitors.
Extra tips for visiting Frankfurt
– Whenever you are visiting Frankfurt or any other city in the world, it is imperative to seek the guidance and consultancy of a good travel agency in London. They offer you a platform to compare flights for your own feasibility and convenience. We booked our flights to Bangkok with them and were able to save quite a few pounds. So it is wise to take their advice and make a plan after consulting them.
– Make your trip to Frankfurt even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for all the activities and organized tours in Frankfurt or around the area. Make sure to purchase your tickets to all the attractions right away to skip the queues.
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