Local Attractions

in Frankfurtin the surroundings

Römer

© #visitfrankfurt; Holger Ullmann
© #visitfrankfurt; Holger Ullmann

The Römer is a complex of nine houses that form the Frankfurt city hall. The houses were acquired by the city council in 1405 from a wealthy merchant family. The middle house became the city hall and was later connected with its neighbours. The Kaisersaal (“Emperor’s Hall”) is located on the upper floor and is where the newly crowned emperors held their banquets.

Hauptwache

The name originates from a baroque building on the square above the inner-city underground train station. The Hauptwache building was constructed in 1730 and was used as a prison, therefore the name that translates as “main guard-house”.

Imperial Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew

The Frankfurt Cathedral is a Gothic building which was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries on the foundation of an earlier church from the Merovingian time. From 1356 onwards, kings of the Holy Roman Empire were elected in this church, and from 1562 to 1792, Roman-German emperors were crowned there.

Museums

Senckenberg Museum

Antique sculptures, modern art, renowned masterpieces and fascinating history. Here in Frankfurt, they’re all just a stone’s throw from one another. The Main metropolis is known to be one of Germany’s leading museum locations. With the world famous museum embankment set scenically along the River Main, Frankfurt is home to a museum landscape that is unique in all of Europe. The Städel Museum, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Museum of Modern Art are just three of the city’s many celebrated exhibition venues.

Traditional German Dinner

A must-have on every trip to Germany is traditional food. Besides schnitzels or spaetzle (swabian noodles), a German beer is also part of a traditional German dinner. It is brewed according to the oldest food law in the world. In 1516 the law for the production of beer was enacted in Germany. Much has changed since then, but the good has proven itself. Around Frankfurt there are a number of traditional breweries that offer not only good food but also beer straight from the kettle.

You have never been to Frankfurt? Try at least the frankfurters in it’s hometown!

By the way … did you know that hot dog sausages are called in frankfurt “Wiener Würstchen” (Vienna Sausages) and in Vienna “Frankfurter Würstl” (Frankfurt Sausages)?

Attractions in the sourroundings

Middle Rhine Valley

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The Middle Rhine Valley, also called “The Romantic Rhine”, which is reachable in around 40 minutes comprises many historical towns and countless castles. It is also a world-renowned wine region with various first-class wineries. You can also book relaxed boat tours on the river. For more information see:

https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Middle_Rhine_Valley

Heidelberg

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Heidelberg is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The picturesque ensemble of the castle, the Old Town, and the river Neckar surrounded by hills, which inspired the poets and artists of romanticism. You can reach it in around 40 minutes, for more information see:

https://www.heidelberg.de/english,Len/Home/Visit.html

Hessenpark Open Air Museum

The Hessenpark Open Air Museum takes its visitors on a voyage of discovery of everyday life in Hessian villages of yesteryear. More than a hundred buildings from all over Hesse open up areas of adventure to the senses: the cool walls of a 15th century church, hard school benches from the turn of the 20th century, the rattling of dishes in a 1950’s pub. Most of the buildings have been reconstructed using the original materials from the relevant period in history. For more information see:

https://www.hessenpark.de/en/hessenpark/

Distances to other attractions

  • Berlin (4 hours by train)
  • Amsterdam (4 hours by train)
  • Paris (4 hours by train)
  • Rome (2 hours by flight)
  • London (1.5 hours by flight)