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Frankfurt Sightseeing: A Free Walking Tour of Frankfurt, Germany

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Both modern and historic, Frankfurt, Germany is a fascinating place to visit. The rebuilt Romerberg sits just steps from the Main River and soaring skyscrapers surround the quaint Frankfurt Old Town. Travelers can discover the best city attractions on a fun Frankfurt Walking Tour. 


Frankfurt Walking Tour – Self Guided or Guided

While we were Frankfurt sightseeing, we navigated our own way around the city admiring the juxtaposition of old and new. The city is incredibly walkable, which makes it easy to complete a Frankfurt Self Guided Walking Tour. 

In fact, we created a step-by-step, easy-to-follow Self-Guided Frankfurt Walking Tour that features the absolute best of the city. Below, we share the details of our walk for free – so that fellow travelers can experience the best of Frankfurt like we did. 

While our Frankfurt Walking Tour Self Guided Route features top sights, information and map link directions, we know that many travelers prefer sightseeing with a local tour guide. There are many Frankfurt tours that are led by guides – including paid and free tours (that are tip based). 


Guided Free Tour Frankfurt, Germany

During our trip, we were also interested in finding a Frankfurt Free Walking Tour that was led by a local guide. 

Eager to learn more, we sought out a Guided Free Walking Tour of Frankfurt that would help us get even better acquainted with the city. We discovered the Alternative Tour, a free Frankfurt tour that focuses on the edgier areas of town and the stories behind them.

Although the Alternative Frankfurt Free Tour was informative regarding the it’s history of progress, prostitutes and drug addicts, it was not an all-encompassing Frankfurt city tour.

Therefore, we designed a more comprehensive Self Guided, Free Walking Tour Frankfurt, Germany that includes top Frankfurt landmarks and attractions as well.

If you are looking for Frankfurt, Germany things to do, start your trip by using this Free Self-Guided Frankfurt Tour for a fabulous introduction – or join one of the highly rated guided Frankfurt sightseeing tours that we highlight later in the article. 


Self-Guided Free Walking Tour Frankfurt Details

Our Self Guided Walking Tour Frankfurt focuses on the sights in Frankfurt downtown, which is easily walkable. Visitors who have one day in Frankfurt – or one week – can use our City Sightseeing Frankfurt Guide to explore the history and sights.

The tour can be completed in as little as 3 hours, but we suggest allowing 5-7 hours (including time for stops, detours and lunch) to truly enjoy walking around Frankfurt. What makes this one of the best Free Walking Tours Frankfurt is that you can explore at your own pace and suit it to your interests. 


Frankfurt Walking Map

At the end of the blog post, we have included a Frankfurt Walking Tour Map that includes all the stops on our walk. However, we recommend picking up a Frankfurt tourist map (or buying one in advance) for easier navigation.

In order to get from sight-to-sight on our Self Guided Walking Tour of Frankfurt, we include links to Google Maps that show directions from one sight to the next.

That said, in order to use the links, you will need an internet connection. You can inquire about adjusting your cell phone plan for international data, but we have found it more convenient to use a Pocket WiFi device that can connect up to ten devices- like GlocalMe.

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Self Guided Frankfurt Walking Tour Free Route

Lace up your shoes and get ready to start walking in Frankfurt to the top city sights! Start your sightseeing in Frankfurt at the train station. 


#1 Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof

The Hauptbahnhof main train station in Frankfurt, Germany

Like many tours in Frankfurt, Germany, ours begins at the Hauptbanhof. 

As one of the busiest train stations in Germany, the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof is traversed by 450,000 passengers a day. The station opened on August 18, 1888 and today services long-distance trains, local underground trains and tram lines.

Before racing from the station into the city, make sure to pause and take in the ornate east-facing façade. Above the main entrance, a large clock is flanked by figures that represent Day and Night. Look up to the roof to see a statue of Atlas holding the globe; he is assisted on either side by two statues, which signify Steam and Iron. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#2 Kaiserstrasse, Frankfurt

Classic architecture on Kaiserstrasse in Frankfurt, Germany

Kaiserstrasse is one of three Frankfurt streets that lead from the train station east into the city center. The street features several 18th century buildings, which are among the few structures that survived the World War II bombings.

Once a highly fashionable shopping street, after the war Kaiserstrasse became part of Frankfurt’s Red Light District.

Although the area is currently undergoing revitalization, brothels and strip clubs can be found on Taunusstrasse, the street to the north that runs parallel to Kaiserstrasse.

While strolling this street is one of the top Frankfurt things to do, use caution and common sense when strolling through this area – especially after dark. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#3 Old Frankfurt City Walls and Wallanlagen

Statue of German poet, Schiller, in greenbelt park in Frankfurt, Germany

The next stop on our City Tour Frankfurt Walk is the city’s best public park. 

The Wallanlagen Park encircles Frankfurt just as the ancient city walls once did. When the 14th century fortifications were dismantled in the early 1800s, the land was designated as a green space, creating a 5-km-long green belt.

The open public park is one of the beautiful places in Frankfurt. The park features modern art, picturesque fountains, historic memorials, significant statues and plenty of space to spread out a blanket and relax. Walking Directions To Next Stop Note: If not going to the next sight, the Main Tower observation deck, simply continue walking through Green Belt to Old Opera House. 


#4 Frankfurt Skyscrapers and Main Tower

Cylindrical glass Main Tower with top floor viewing platform in Frankfurt, Germany

Of the 20 tallest buildings in Germany, 18 of them are in Frankfurt. The Commerzbank Tower is currently the tallest, standing at 984 feet (including the antenna) – and it quite literally can’t be missed on Frankfurt walking tours. It ranked as the tallest building in all of Europe from 1997 until 2003 and is visible from numerous vantage points around the city center.

Standing near Commerzbank Tower is the cylindrical, glass Main Tower. Although not nearly as tall as Commerzbank, Main Tower is one of the most popular Frankfurt tourist attractions, because it has an open-air observation deck.

Going to the top is one of the fun things to do in Frankfurt, Germany. A 20% discount is offered to visitors with a Frankfurt Card (more on the tourist card at the end of the article). 

Built in the late 1990s and opened in 2000, Main Tower stands at 656 feet (787 feet to the top of the antenna) and ranks as the 4th tallest building in Frankfurt. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#5 Alte Oper (Old Opera House, Frankfurt)

View Outside The Old Opera House in Frankfurt, Germany

Although neither an opera house nor old, the Old Opera House is claimed by many as the most beautiful building in the city and one of the top places to visit in Frankfurt.

Completed in 1981 to replace the 1880 building that was destroyed in the war, the elegant theater hosts musical performances and events.

The spacious plaza is a common meeting place for locals: events are often held on the square. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#6 Fressgass ‘Grazing Street’ Frankfurt

Fressgass Grazing Street lined with mixed architecture and high-end shops in Frankfurt, Germany

Until the 1970s, Fressgass – which directly translates to ‘Grazing Street’ – was simply a nickname for Grosse Bockenheimer. Now, the street is one of the most visited by tourists and a regular stop on Frankfurt city tours. 

The street’s popularity dates to the 1900s when Frankfurt’s West-end elite flocked to the posh dining establishments and food shops on the street (just as they – and corporate executives – do today).

In addition to gourmet eateries and bistros, visitors will find numerous high-end stores – like Apple, Devialet and Telsa – on Fressgass. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#7 Borse (Frankfurt Stock Exchange)

Borse Stock Exchange building in Frankfurt, Germany

With a history that dates to the 11th century, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange was officially established in 1585 and developed into one of the first stock exchanges in the world.

Bear and Bull statues in front of Borse Stock Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany

Since 1879, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange has been housed on Borsenplatz, where Bull and Bear statues are prominently displayed. Visitors interested in taking a tour can go to the Stock Exchange Visitors Center. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#8 Eschenheimer Tower, Frankfurt

Historic Eschenheimer Tower in Frankfurt, Germany

A Frankfurt landmark, Eschenheimer Tower was erected in the early 1400s as part of the city fortifications. At one time 60 towers stood in Frankfurt, but only three remain today.

The 154-foot tall Eschenheimer Tower is the oldest, original building in the city and a worthy historic sight on your Free Frankfurt Walking Tour.

Today the tower houses one of the best Frankfurt Old Town restaurants, an upscale restaurant called the Eschenheimer Turm 1428 (read TripAdvisor reviews). Walking Directions To Next Stop


#9 Hauptwache Square Frankfurt

Hauptwache Square and St. Catherine's Church in Frankfurt, Germany

Continue your free walking tour in Frankfurt to Hauptwache Square. The centrally located Hauptwache Square is one of the most popular plazas – and one of the top places to visit in Frankfurt am Main. 

Historic Hauptwache Building in Frankfurt, Germany

In the middle of the square is the historic Hauptwache building, which dates to 1730 and has been used as military headquarters, a police station and prison. Since 1904, the building has housed a café…as it still does today. The beautiful Baroque building is now dwarfed by the surrounding buildings, but remains a focal point of the square. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#10 Galeria Kaufhof Rooftop View

Skyline views from Galeria Kaufhof Mall in Frankfurt, Germany

Located on the north side of Hauptwache Square is the Galeria Kaufhop, which isn’t a typical stop most Frankfurt guided tours. The modern mall offers a typical shopping experience…and a phenomenal rooftop view.

Street views from Galeria Kaufhof Mall open-air deck in Frankfurt, Germany

The 7th floor cafeteria-style restaurant has an open-air deck with views of the Frankfurt skyline. Taking the elevator to the viewpoint is one of the top free things to do in Frankfurt! Walking Directions To Next Stop


#11 Katharinenkirche (St. Catherine’s Church, Frankfurt)

St. Katharinenkirche Church in Frankfurt, Germany

Katharinenkirche – the largest Protestant church in Frankfurt – sits on the south side of Hauptwache Square. Built in 1681, the church had to be rebuilt after WWII – and a simple interior was constructed rather than the original opulent Baroque décor.

Organ at St. Katharinenkirche in Frankfurt, Germany

With a long history of church music, Katharinenkirche offers free organ concerts (at 4:30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays), which provide a relaxing environment to take a break from Frankfurt sightseeing! Walking Directions To Next Stop


#12 Goethe House Frankfurt

The famous writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, was born in Frankfurt in 1749. The house he grew up in – a prominent 18th century abode – has been transformed into a museum that features historic furnishings.

We did not visit the Goethe House, but it is one of the most popular Frankfurt museums. It can be visited for a discount with the Frankfurt Card and it can easily be included on your Free City Tour Frankfurt route. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#13 Zeil Street, Frankfurt Shopping

MyZeil Shopping Mall on Zeil Street in Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt’s famous shopping street, Zeil Street, is chock-a-block with international retail outlets and department stores. Not-to-be-missed is the MyZeil mall, which features a curved glass facade and Europe’s longest interior escalator (running nearly 140 feet).

The wide pedestrian Zeil Street, which is pleasantly lined with trees, is the best street in Frankfurt, Germany for shopping. 

While retail therapy is what attracts many to the street, it is also a lovely promenade for a simple afternoon stroll when you visit Frankfurt, Germany.

Top Tip: On Thursdays and Saturdays, head to the intersection of Zeil and Kurt-Schumacher for the Bauernmarkt farmer’s market – a great spot to relax with a glass of Frankfurt’s famous apfelwein. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#14 Frankfurt Food Market: Kleinmarkthalle

Looking over Kleinmarkthalle vendor stalls in Frankfurt, Germany

If you are not already hungry, you will be by the time you walk through Kleinmarkthalle – which is why we recommend stopping here for lunch!

The art-deco market hall was built in the 1960s – but a market has taken place on the site for hundreds of years. It is a must-see when you tour Frankfurt, Germany on foot. 

Vendor stalls at Kleinmarkthalle in Frankfurt, Germany

Vendors sell everything from fresh flowers to ready-to-eat meals to heavenly sweets. Both international and local fare is available at Kleinmarkthalle, including many Frankfurt specialties. It is one of the best places to visit in Frankfurt, Germany for a taste of the local cuisine – so we are highlighting a few of the must-eat dishes! 


Kleinmarkthalle in Frankfurt: What To Do and Eat

Vendor stall at Kleinmarkthalle in Frankfurt, Germany

At Kleinmarkthalle, visitors can indulge in classic Frankfurt cuisine, like sausages. Frau Schreiber’s famous sausages will likely have a long line (it was 20 people deep during our visit!) – but they are the best in the city. 

Other things to eat at the market are Handkase with Musik (Hand Cheese with Music), Rippchen mit Kraut (pork cutlet with sauerkraut and Grune Sosse (a specialty Green Sauce served with boiled eggs and potatoes that is absolutely delicious!). 

Famous Green Sauce with hard-boiled egg and hot potatoes in Frankfurt, Germany

In fact, with so much classic Frankfurt fare at the market, visitors could create their own Frankfurt food tasting tour and sample multiple dishes from several different vendors. 

Also, don’t miss the second floor and balcony wine bar!  Walking Directions To Next Stop


#15 Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church) and Paulsplatz

St. Paul's Church and Unity Monument on Paulsplatz in Frankfurt, Germany

Built as a Lutheran church at the turn of the 19th century, St. Paul’s Church holds a significant place in Germany’s history that makes it a must-see on Frankfurt, Germany tours.

In 1849, St. Paul’s Church was the meeting place for the Frankfurt National Assembly – the first freely elected parliament for Germany. It was inside the church that the first constitution was written, which included key elements of subsequent constitutions.

The church was nearly destroyed in World War II. When it was rebuilt, they designed it as a museum (free entry) and a place to host ceremonies.

City Hall in Frankfurt, Germany

The square that surrounds the church is Paulsplatz – and it’s the largest square in the Frankfurt Old Town. The south end of the square extends to the Frankfurt City Hall (Romer).  Walking Directions To Next Stop


#16 Romerberg, Frankfurt

Romerberg at Christmastime in Frankfurt, Germany

As one of the top things to see in Frankfurt, Germany, spending time in Romerberg is a must during your sightseeing tour! The iconic gabled Romer sits prominently on the west side of the spacious square and has been the site of the Frankfurt City Hall since the 15th century.

Opposite the Romer is the Ostzeile, a row of fairytale half-timbered houses (which were completely restored in the 1980s).

On the south side of the square is Old St. Nicholas Church, which dates to the 15th century and only suffered minor damage during the war. The church carillon, which is comprised of 51 bells, rings at 9:05am, 12:05pm and 5:05pm.

Fountain of Justice and half-timbered houses on Romerberg Square in Frankfurt, Germany

The Fountain of Justice, which dates to the mid-1500s, stands in the center of Romerberg.

The famous Frankfurt Christmas Market takes center stage in Romerberg – as well as other events throughout the year.

Top Tip: At Romerberg’s north entrance, there is a small German pub called Binding Schirn (look on the east side as you enter), which features friendly bartenders and local Frankfurt Binding beer on tap. If you need a break from your Sightseeing Tour Frankfurt, this is a good place to do it! Walking Directions To Next Stop


#17 Haus Wertheym, Frankfurt

Original half-timber house, haus Wertheym, in Old Town Frankfurt, Germany

Dating to the early 1400s, Haus Wertheym is the only half timbered house on Romerberg that was still intact after the bombing of World War II. As an original architectural gem in the city, it is one of the top Frankfurt places to visit. 

The building has served as a public bathhouse, a customs house, guards’ quarters and, today, is a classic German restaurant. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#18 Eiserner Steg Bridge, Frankfurt

Walking across Eiserner Steg Iron Bridge in Frankfurt, Germany

The Eiserner Steg pedestrian footbridge crosses the Main River, connecting the Frankfurt Old Town to the Sachsenhausen district to the south. The first bridge on the site was built in 1868, but the current bridge dates to the 1940s.

Lamppost statue on southern end of Eiserner Steg in Frankfurt, Germany

The bridge recently became a popular site for Love Locks, but has long been a favored spot for taking in the spectacular Frankfurt skyline views. Only walk half way across the bridge for views, then return for more sight seeing Frankfurt near Romerberg (we cross over to Sachsenhausen later in the tour). Walking Directions To Next Stop


#19 Saalgasse Street Architecture

Saalgasse Street modern architecture in old town in Frankfurt, Germany

Continue your Self Guide Tour Frankfurt to Saalgasse Street. Prior to World War II, Saalgasse Street was lined with historic houses, which were all sadly destroyed by fire during the 1944 bombings.

When the neighborhood was reconstructed in the 1980s, however, several postmodern architects were called on to recreate the street. Each architect was allowed to design one building on the street so that there are no two facades alike.

Saalgasse Street in the Frankfurt Old Town is a great example of how the city looks to the future. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#20 Frankfurt Cathedral

Cathedral bell tower in Frankfurt, Germany

Although not truly a cathedral, the official name of the historic Frankfurt church is the Imperial Cathedral of St. Bartholomew – but it’s also called Kaiserdom, St. Bart’s or just The Cathedral.

Built as a collegiate church in the 14th century, the church served as the site of Holy Roman Empire coronations between 1562 and 1792; 10 kings were crowned in the church.

City Skyline Views from Cathedral bell tower in Frankfurt, Germany

The unmissable bell tower is 310-feet-tall – and for a small fee visitors can climb more than 300 steps to the viewing platform for fabulous views of the city. We highly recommend taking a break from your self guided Frankfurt walking tour to climb to the top. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#21 Kaiserpfalz Franconofurd (Imperial Palace)

Historic Kaiserpflaz Franconofurd displays in Old Town Frankfurt, Germany

The next stop on our tour, Kaiserpfalz Franconofurd, is one of the free things to do in Frankfurt, Germany. 

The free, outdoor exhibit is part of the Frankfurt Archaeological Museum. The excavated area of Kaiserpfalz Franconofurd reveals ancient structures that were only recently discovered.

Evidence of buildings, cellars, fortifications and public baths exist – and are complimented by informative plaques. The archaeological site – parts of which are thought to be more than 1,000 years old – provides visual insight to the deep history of Frankfurt. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#22 New Old Town, Frankfurt

View of the New Old Town from above in Frankfurt, Germany

The district between the Cathedral and Romer – dubbed the New Old Town – has recently been overhauled. Efforts were made to utilize original building materials and recreate some historic sites, while also emphasizing modern architecture. It is one of the architecturally interesting places to see on your Frankfurt, Germany walking tour. 

Within the New Old Town district there is living space, shops, restaurants, cafes and museums. Walk through the passageways to enclosed courtyards and follow the path of past kings on the Coronation Route from St. Bartholomew Cathedral to the Frankfurt Town Hall. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#23 Jewish Cemetery and Memorial, Frankfurt

Memorial name plaques on wall of Old Jewish Cemetery in Frankfurt, Germany

The Jewish Cemetery on Battonnstrasse has a historic past and gravestones that date to the year 1272. Unfortunately, much of the cemetery was destroyed by the Nazis, with only a cluster of headstones still standing in one corner.

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Frankfurt, Germany

The outer wall of the cemetery, however, has been transformed into a memorial, displaying 10,000 name plaques of Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Top Tip: If the gate is locked, ask for the key at the Jewish Museum next door (ID is required). Walking Directions To Next Stop


#24 Alte Brucke (Old Bridge) and Portikus Museum

Alte Brucke Old Bridge and Portikus Art Museum in Frankfurt, Germany

The Alte Brucke, first mentioned in 1222, is the oldest crossing over the Frankfurt Main River. Since then, the bridge has been rebuilt an astounding 18 times. 

The Portikus Museum sits on an island near the south end of the bridge, representing a historical watermill that was once part of the bridge. The one-room gallery is free to visit and features contemporary art. Use the bridge to cross from City Centre Frankfurt into Old Sachsenhausen. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#25 Old Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt

Apple wine tavern in Old Sachsenhausen district in Frankfurt, Germany

Narrow lanes, timber-frame houses, artistic water fountains and quaint courtyards are found throughout the historic Old Sachsenhausen district. The quaint district is a highlight of the Frankfurt walk. 

Once a separate village, Sachsenhausen was encircled by the Frankfurt city walls in the late 1300s (the Kihhirtenturm Tower still stands on Rittergasse).

The district was used as farmland that included apple orchards, thus the rise of Frankfurt’s famous apple wine.

Historic lane in Old Sachsenhausen district in Frankfurt, Germany

The history of apple wine and taverns has taken on a modern twist – and now the lanes are filled with cliché party bars (there is even a Hooters). Hanging out in Sachsenhausen is one of the top things to do in Frankfurt at night. Although particularly quiet during the day, it’s worth a wander through the district to imagine what this area of Frankfurt once looked like (just ignore all the neon bar signs).

Historic water fountain in Old Sachsenhausen district in Frankfurt, Germany

Despite the historic district being overrun by garish touristy bars, one of the fun things to do in Frankfurt is to visit the apple wine taverns in Old Sachsenhausen. While there are many taverns to choose from, unfortunately, our only recommendation is to avoid Gaststatte Atschel, where the staff were overtly rude and ruthlessly disrespectful to tourists. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#26 Museumsufer, Frankfurt

Visiting museums is one of the top Frankfurt activities – and some of the best museums in Frankfurt are clustered together in an area called Museumsufer.

Ten of Frankfurt’s most prominent museums are found on the south bank of the River Main between Alte Brucke and Friedensbrucke, while a few more are found along the north bank. The museum embankment is a nice place for a walk, even if you don’t intend on visiting any museums. 

Two of the most popular museums on the south bank are the Stadel Museum and the Deutsches Filmmuseum. Most museums offer significant discounts on entry with the Frankfurt Card. Walking Directions To Next Stop


#27 Frankfurt River Walk

Main River and Eiserner Steg Iron Bridge in Frankfurt, Germany

Tree-lined paths and riverside parks are found on both banks of the Main River – and are a perfect place to end your free walking tour of Frankfurt. Relax on a bench, stroll in the shade or take in the city views. 


Frankfurt, Germany Map

Use this link to Google Maps to use our interactive, online Frankfurt city map with attractions to find your way on your self-guided walk. Like we already mentioned, it’s also a good idea to pick up a map of Frankfurt from the tourist office or buy one in advance of your trip.

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More Frankfurt Walking Tour Options

Train tracks covered in leaves along the Main River in Frankfurt, Germany

Our Self Guided Walking Tour in Frankfurt is an excellent way to get acquainted with the city. That said, there are fabulous walking tours of Frankfurt that are also led by knowledgeable local guides. We are sharing a few of the top rated tours. 


Guided Walking Tours Frankfurt

Join fellow travelers on a group Frankfurt walking tour. The walk is led by a local guide who shares insider information and fun facts about the city that might otherwise be missed. Book it here!


Private Frankfurt Tourist Guide Tour

Rather than discovering the city with a group, take one of the Frankfurt private tours of the city that is led by a professional Frankfurt tourist guide. Get the details here


Frankfurt Free Tours

Travelers interested in joining a Free Guided Frankfurt Walking Tour can easily find one that suits their style. Just keep in mind that the guide expects – and deserves – to be tipped…so it’s not really free. If you don’t want to pay for a tour, we recommend using our step-by-step guide of Frankfurt. 


More Frankfurt Sightseeing Ideas

Our free walking tour of Frankfurt is a fantastic way to see the city…but it does include a lot of walking! Although our preferred method of discovering the city is on our own two feet, we have a few tips on other ways to explore Frankfurt.


Hop On Hop Off Frankfurt Bus

The Frankfurt sightseeing bus is a great option for getting around the city without wearing out the tread on your shoes. Visitors interested in a Frankfurt bus tour can book tickets on the Hop On Hop Off Bus Frankfurt. Get the details here!


Applewine Express Tourist Train

The Ebbelwei Express is a historic tram that chugs through the city past numerous city sights. In addition, guests are treated to an on-board glass of apple wine, pretzels and music. Find out more!


Frankfurt River Cruise

A popular way to see the city is from the River Main. There are several boats that take passengers on  river cruises up and down the Main River. Book Your Cruise!


Frankfurt Airport Tour

Travelers with a layover in the Frankfurt Airport (and those who are just really interested in aviation) can join a Frankfurt Airport Tour. The tour offers a behind-the-scene look at one of the busiest airports in Europe. 


Frankfurt Christmas

One of the top things to do in Frankfurt in December is visit the Christmas Markets. In fact, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is the reason we decided to visit the city…and it was fabulous!

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Frankfurt Sightseeing Card

The Frankfurt Card offers an array of benefits. Card holders are granted free access to all public transportation (including trains between the airport and city) and discounts of up to 50% on museums, attractions and guided tours.

Tickets are valid for either one or two days. Families or friends traveling together can benefit from the group ticket (up to 5 people). Visitors can buy and print passes in advance so the pass is ready to use as soon as you arrive! 


More Frankfurt, Germany Things To Do

Although our self-guided Frankfurt walking tour includes the top things to do in Frankfurt, Germany there are a few more sights you can add to your list. 


Palm Gardens

The exquisite Frankfurt Botanical Garden is a fantastic city park to visit during your trip. In addition to the vast array of plant species featured throughout the grounds and in the glasshouses, the Palm Garden also hosts a Butterfly House, ponds and cafes. A small fee is required to enter. 


Berger Strasse

A main thoroughfare that extends from the northeast side of the Old Town near Bethmannpark, Berger Strass is a well-known shopping street lined with boutique cafes and shops.


IG Farben Haus

Now the main building of Frankfurt University, but previously a large chemical company, the massive building is an architectural gem. The nearby Gruneburgpark is also worth seeing when visiting the campus. 



A Friday-only street market, Schillermarkt features vendors selling fresh product, bratwursts and regional culinary treats near the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. 


Frankfurt Museums

As we mentioned previously, museums are top Frankfurt attractions. Below is a list of popular museums that you might want to check out when you visit Frankfurt. 

  • Senckenberg Natural History Museum
  • Stadel Art Museum
  • Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
  • German Film Museum
  • German Museum of Architecture
  • Goethe Museum
  • Historisches Museum
  • Jewish Museum
  • MMK Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Museum for Communication

Read reviews of the top-rated Frankfurt Museums on TripAdvisor.

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Frankfurt Day Trips

Looking for the best places to visit near Frankfurt? Check out these top-rated Frankfurt Day Tours on Viator.


Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt

Travel by luxury bus from Frankfurt to Heidelberg and tour the medieval town with a knowledgeable guide. Book it now!


Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt

Visit the thermal baths in Baden-Baden then cross the border into France to explore the UNESCO-listed Strasbourg. Book it now!


Rothenburg Day Trip with Heidelberg

Discover the walled village, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a preserved medieval town full of cobblestone lanes. This full day trip also includes a stop in Heidleburg. Book it here!


Wine and Rhine Valley Full-Day Tour

Embark on a full-day tour of the villages along the Rhine Valley and a Rhine River Cruise. Travel through the UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Valley – from Rudesheim to Sankt Goarshausen. Cruise the river on a steamboat and end your day with a wine tasting. Book this trip!


How Many Days in Frankfurt?

Whether you are looking for things to do in Frankfurt for a day or advice on how to spend a weekend in Frankfurt, we’ve got your covered! Use our tips below to create your ideal Frankfurt itinerary.


1 Day in Frankfurt

Wondering what to do in Frankfurt for a day? No problem! There are numerous ways to see Frankfurt in a day.

We recommend starting with our above outlined Frankfurt sightseeing tour. At the end of the self-guided walk, either visit one of the famous museums in Frankfurt, Germany or stroll along the riverside.

End the day back in Romerberg and have a pint of local Frankfurt beer at the Binding Schirn bar at the north entrance of the square.


2 Days in Frankfurt

There are many options for a Frankfurt 2-days itinerary! On Day 1, we recommend following our advice for what to see in Frankfurt in one day.

Then, on Day Two visit two more museums in the morning. In the afternoon, travel 10 km west to explore the well-preserved town of Hochst.


3 Days in Frankfurt

Visitors planning 3-day Frankfurt vacations will find it is easy to fill the time! Use our recommendations for things to do in Frankfurt in 2 days, then on your last day take one of the highly-rated Frankfurt day trips (listed above).


Planning a Trip to Frankfurt, Germany

We have highlighted the top things to see and do in our Frankfurt Walking Tour – as well as highlighted other nearby attractions. However, we have a few more tips for travelers – like how to get there and where to stay. 

Travelers visiting from overseas should start with our guide to Planning a Europe Vacation – where we share heaps of need-to-know details about traveling abroad. 

Visitors creating a Germany Itinerary to other destinations around the country can use our guides to some of the best German cities beyond Frankfurt. 

As you make your plans and reservations for visiting Frankfurt, organization is key! We recommend using a travel planner – like our Trip Planning Printables – to keep track of the details of your trip! 

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How To Get to Frankfurt, Germany

The Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) is a major European gateway with flights from around the world. In addition to being the main hub for Lufthansa Airlines, all major US carriers fly to FRA as well.

Direct flights from the US to Frankfurt are offered from numerous gateways including Denver, NYC, San Francisco, DC, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Diego.

Use our tips to find the best fares on airline tickets – then use a site, like Skyscanner, to find the best priced tickets for your trip. 


Where To Stay in Frankfurt, Germany

Visitors will find numerous Frankfurt hotels and Airbnb Apartments in a range of prices.

That said, we think the best place to stay in Frankfurt is near the Hauptbahnhof train station. The location is close enough to walk (or take a tram) into the center and being close to the train station makes it easy to get in and out of Frankfurt.

Furthermore, we think staying in a Frankfurt hotel is best for short trips, while a short term vacation rental with a kitchen may be better for stays of 1 week or longer. 

Start your search for places to stay in Frankfurt, Germany on – but before you do, read our tips on Finding the Best Hotels.


What To Pack for Your Trip to Frankfurt, Germany

We have a few final tips on what you will need to pack for your Frankfurt trip. You can find all of our packing advice – including top packing hacks and a complete packing list – on our Travel Packing Tips page. Need a Packing Checklist? Get a FREE Packing Checklist here!


Walking Shoes

Frankfurt is a walkable city…but only if you have the right travel shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip so that you can complete your Frankfurt walking tour without sore feet. I like to wear versatile sneakers and Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell.


Travel Camera

Frankfurt is gorgeous – and we’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos.

We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos and is fantastic for beginners) along with an 18-135mm lens. It’s a fabulous budget camera for budding photographers.


Day Bag

Whether you decide to travel with a backpack or a suitcase, you’ll want to have a great day bag to keep all your everyday travel essentials organized and secure.


Frankfurt Map and Guidebook

It’s easy to get turned around in any new place…even Frankfurt! Make sure to have a good city map and/or Germany Guidebook before arriving. Visitors can pick up a free Frankfurt train map at the Frankfurt Tourist Information Center in the main train station. 


Germany Trip Insurance

Delayed flights, lost luggage and illness while abroad can all happen unexpectedly – and trip insurance can help. If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip to Germany, consider traveling protected with World Nomads.


Start planning your trip to Germany! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!


We want to know: What is your favorite part of Frankfurt sightseeing? What would you add to our Free Walking Tour Frankfurt? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments! 


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