Frankfurt is an ancient city on the 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 the 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.
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Frankfurt has always enjoyed an important status as a great tourist destination in Europe. It has some of the finest museums in the world that showcase history, art, architecture, culture and the 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 here.
What’s the best time to visit Frankfurt?
The best time to visit Frankfurt am Main is from spring to late autumn. The weather is best during this part of the year, and you can enjoy the different colors of this enchanting city. However, summers and the early autumn season are swarmed by crowds, as everyone wants to visit this city in its best form and shape. So if you want to beat the crowd, see everything closely and save some time and energy, visit it in early spring or late autumn. The crowds will be minimum, and you will be able to have a great time in the city. The weather will also be mild, so you won’t feel excess cold, wind or heat.
Spring is the best season, and we recommend you go there at this time as the gardens are all coming alive. Although you may get some rain, it won’t trouble you much. But visiting in the autumn season is a great choice, too. These two kinds of weather are ideal to visit this city, and everything is tailor-made for you. Prices of hotels, transportation and accommodation are all very reasonable compared to the peak season of late spring and summer.
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
a 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 World War II, much of the city has developed with new buildings and structures all around. So it is a mixture of old and new architecture and heritage. This leads to some very interesting facts about the 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 its 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 the 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
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 for Frankfurt. So, follow it and we guarantee you will get a great taste of this city and want to make another trip soon.
Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day in Frankfurt.
Visit 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 because it is surrounded by 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 the 15th century.
Visit the Goethe House and a Museum
The Goethe House is considered to be 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, lies the 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 the river Main. Be sure to get yourself a Frankfurt card. Not only it gives you a discount for museums and other attractions, but also for public transportation.
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, German Film Museum on the history of 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-meters high Main Tower is one of the highest skyscrapers in Germany and the only one in the city with a 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 great significance for the 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 still represents the birthplace of German democracy.
Be enchanted by the 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 the 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 freshly 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 traditional regional specialties such as sausages, cheeses, pastries and the famous Frankfurt “Green Sauce”.
Plan your day
You can start your one day in Frankfurt by taking a ride on the sightseeing bus. This way, you can cover a lot of sights and buildings by a single 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.
In the evening, you can watch the city lights and skyline from the observation deck of the Main Tower. Dine in another famous restaurant, and after enjoying its delights, attend any local concert or event. Afterward, treat yourself to a DJ club, disco or a pub crawl (on Fridays and Saturdays) and make the most of your night.
Where to stay in Frankfurt?
NH Frankfurt Niederrad
Lyoner Straße 5, Niederrad, 60528 Frankfurt, Germany
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 Frankfurt.
NH Collection Frankfurt City
Vilbeler Strasse 2, Frankfurt City Center (Old Town), 60313 Frankfurt
NH Collection Frankfurt City offers a superior modern stay in the heart of Frankfurt. The hotel features a spa area with sauna, hammam and a 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
– While this destination can really be considered very safe if you want to plan for any and all eventualities you should check the offer of World Nomads. With them, you can get your travel insurance without the slightest problem, and the whole process will be completed in a matter of minutes. They will help you protect your stuff, resolve the problems that arise in case of any delays and even help you with a toothache among other medical issues. So, getting insured by them means being able to fully focus on your trip. Don’t let anything get in the way of you having a great time!
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Logistical Tips and Tricks
Organize your trip in five easy steps!
BOOK A FLIGHT!
Obviously, if you’re going on a trip somewhere far a way, you’ll need to book a flight. There is absolutely no need to worry about this, though, because with Skyscanner, you will be able to find a cheap flight anywhere in the world. And their website is extremely easy to use, so you will have your seat on a plane in no time at all!
BOOK A ROOM!
To easily find the best possible room in the city you’re visiting, just head to Booking.com. They have quite literally thousands of options, a reliable rating system and will always get you a great deal. On top of that, you can learn a lot from the comments people leave there, too. No matter if you’re looking for an apartment or an elite hotel, you’ll find what you need here.
GET A CAR!
If you want the ultimate sense of freedom while on your trip, a car is a must. Fortunately, there is a simple way to get one – just visit Booking’s Rentalcars and they’ll have your vehicle ready in a jiffy. Now you’ll be able to explore the new city thoroughly and, who knows, maybe even make a trip outside it.
INSURE YOURSELF FOR PEACE OF MIND!
Accidents, mishaps and other troubles happen to everyone. The key is to be prepared. That’s why getting a travel insurance is such a great idea: it can help you deal with any health issues, theft and even cancelled flights. World Nomads know full well about the problems that can arise on a trip because they are passionate travelers themselves. That’s why they can offer you the very best deals.
FIND SOMEONE TO HELP YOU GET AROUND!
Want to have some company as soon as you land? Through Welcomepickups.com, you can find a local to meet you at the airport and help you find your way around the new city. They can also set things up for you, give you some useful tips and be helpful in general. The whole project is a great idea and very well executed, so do go and see how these people can make your trip a more pleasant one.