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Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

1. Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

Experience a castle tour in the Middle Rhine Valley, where fine wines from ruby red Pinot Noir to shimmering golden Riesling are grown. Discover one of Europe’s oldest trade routes along former toll castles and robber barons' nests, where Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard in spirit. Explore beloved places of the Middle Rhine Valley that inspired the poets who created Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Let the myth of the Rhine Romanticism enchant you. Admire the red wine region of Assmannhausen with its famous Pinot Noir vineyards as well as the flourishing town of Bingen with the beautiful Rhine park of the 2008 horticultural show and Rüdesheim with the famous Drosselgasse.

Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

2. Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

The 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from Eiserner Steg. The boat leaves every hour. You have can choose between either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. Sailing towards Griesheim, see the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbor. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. Sail past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbor of the city. You can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum embankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. All tours are accompanied by commentaries in English and German.

Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

3. Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour through Frankfurt aboard a comfortable double-decker bus. When the weather's good, the roof of the bus stays open, letting you take in a clear view of the most beautiful buildings and parks in the city. Get to know this bustling metropolis in a whole new way as you listen to commentary in 10 languages. Hop on or off the buses as often as you like at any of the stops along the route, sprinkled throughout the city's most interesting areas. Learn about Frankfurt's main attractions while on the bus, or explore the city's beautiful sights at your own pace. Take a trip through the bustling city center (Express City Tour) or along Frankfurt's famous skyline (Skyline Tour), both available for one just one price. Stops: Paulskirche - Römer - Goethe-Haus - Main Tower - Alte Oper - Palmengarten - Senkenbergmuseum - Messe - Hauptbahnhof - Museumsufer - Eisener Steg - Alt Sachsenhausen - Untermainkai - Mainkai - Zoo Frankfurt - Hauptwache. You can get on or off at any of the 16 stops as many times as you please with the 1-day hop-on hop-off ticket.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

4. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows. In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

5. Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

Art and Culture Museums 50% Archaeological MuseumFrankfurt Bible Experience MuseumAnne Frank Educational CentreMuseum of Comical ArtGerman Romanticism MuseumGerman Film Institut & MuseumCathedral Museum FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt MuseumExperiMINTA ScienceCenter FrankfurtRheinMainPhotography Forum FrankfurtFrankfurt Goethe-HouseFrankfurt Art AssociationHistorical Museum FrankfurtIcon Museum of the City of FrankfurtJewish MuseumChildren's Museum/Young MuseumFrankfurt Museum of Modern ArtMuseum of Applied ArtsMuseum of CommunicationMUSEUM GIERSCHMuseum JudengasseFrankfurt Porcelaine MuseumSenckenberg Museum of Natural HistoryStruwwelpeter MuseumMuseum of World Cultures Discount – reduced price on the spot (discount up to €2 possible)Liebighaus SkulpturensammlungSCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURTStädel Museum Stages: Alte Oper (discount only on proprietary events) – 15 %Oper Frankfurt (excluding premiers) – 15 %Papageno Musiktheater am Palmengarten (discount on evening performance, excluding special events and New Year's Eve) – 20 %Schauspiel Frankfurt – 15 % discount on singletickets. Discounts apply to regular tickets, not special events at Schauspiel Frankfurt. The discount can be redeemed at the box office.The English Theater – 25 % discount on single tickets Sightseeing: Daily walking tour Tourismus + Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main – 20 %Airport Tour “Starter Tour” (for full-paying guests) – 20 % with coupon code "jH2U6CiS"Blue Bus (ETS GmbH + Co KG) – City Tour Frankfurt – 20 %Red Bus (Frankfurt Sightseeing GmbH) – Skyline Tour - 20 %Frankfurter Personenschifffahrt Primus Linie (Skyline Tour) – 20 %Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschifffahrt GmbH (Panoramafahrten) – 20 %Segway Tour (discount for the 3-hour Tour) – 20 %TimeRide – 20 % discount on adult faresTerranova & FrankfurtBikeTour – 20% on rental bikes (normal bikes and e-bikes) Shopping: Cider shop ‚Apfelweinkontor‘ – 10% on the assortmentGallery ‚Brücke 54‘ – 20% on all purchasesHessen Shop at Kleinmarkthalle - 10% (books excluded)KULTUROTHEK ‚Frankfurtladen‘ - 10% on the assortment or selected itemsTourist Information Römer and Hauptbahnhof - 20 % on selected souvenirsWertheim Village / The Bicester Village Shopping Collection - 10% off all participating brands (Please check in at the Infopoint first.)MyZeil: KULT - 10 % discountSkyline Plaza: 10% discount at all participating stores, upon presentation at the customer information desk on the ground floor in the Skyline Plaza Attractions: MAIN TOWER – 20 %Palmengarten Frankfurt (Botanical Garden) - 50 %Schwarzlichthelden Minigolf/Black-Light Mini-Golf (Reduction on the regular entrance fee (2 for 1) Redeemable daily until 6 p.m. – 50 %Zoo Frankfurt - Day ticket at the current group price (savings up to 16%)Fraport visitor center - 20 % price reduction on adult tickets with coupon code "jH2U6CiS" Gastronomy: FLOWDELI at the Jewish Museum - 10% Discount on food and drinks (between 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.)Cider gallery - 20% off the purchase (own bottling)Skyline Plaza: 10% discount at all participating restaurants, upon presentation at the customer information desk on the ground floor in the Skyline PlazaHäagen-Dasz Shop Frankfurt (on all ice cream products) - 20 %Häagen-Dazs Shops Frankfurt:Große Bockenheimer Strasse 46Mannheimer Strasse 2-4 (im Hauptbahnhof)Liebfrauenberg 39

Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

6. Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

The new Berlin World Balloon is as unique as the city itself and one of the largest helium balloons in the world. The World Balloon has become something of a second icon of Berlin and draws countless visitors each day. Ascend to a height of 150 meters in total silence in a gondola secured by an extremely strong steel cable. Hover over Berlin from this height and enjoy an unobstructed view in every direction. Exactly in the center of Berlin, the World Balloon floats above Checkpoint Charlie, the buildings around the Axel Springer building, the Sony Center and the Brandenburg Gate. Get a unique look at historic Berlin and an incredible view of the new heart of Europe. On warm summer weekends, you can enjoy the beautifully-lit skyline of the capital after dinner with family and friends.

Frankfurt: Downtown Bar Tour with Cocktail Tastings

7. Frankfurt: Downtown Bar Tour with Cocktail Tastings

Dive into local drinking culture in Frankfurt on a tour to trendy bars. Hear stories and get tips about going out in Frankfurt from your local guide. Discover an extraordinary hand-crafted cocktail at each bar on the route. Share a Plate Club card and receive small surprises at the bars. Meet your expert guide in front of the Euro sculpture at Willy-Brandt-Platz, one of the most popular landmarks in Frankfurt's financial district. Follow your guide on a journey through Frankfurt's nightlife and get secret tips to help you party like a local. Stop at three local hotspots to soak up the hip atmosphere and get your buzz on as you try unique alcoholic cocktails. Finish your tour where it began in Willy-Brandt-Platz.

Frankfurt: Tandem Skydiving Experience

8. Frankfurt: Tandem Skydiving Experience

Discover the miracle of flight with this once in a lifetime skydiving experience. Enjoy a thrilling free-fall through the air organized by a company with over 20 years of experience in providing the safest and most fun skydiving adventure. Upon arrival at the location, listen to a quick safety briefing and jump instructions before boarding the plane. Then get kitted out with a harness, jumpsuit, and goggles. You will have 20 minutes to chat with your pilot and friends whilst looking out over the stunning views of Odenwald Mountain, right outside your window. Once you reach a height of 3000 to 4000-meters, it’s time to jump. Your free fall will last 35 to 55-seconds. The parachute will open gently about 1400-meters above the landing area, giving you an opportunity to glide for about 4-minutes and enjoy the views. Enjoy a smooth and easy landing and receive a commemorative certificate from the crew.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

9. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Enjoy a morning tour to the romantic city of Heidelberg situated on the River Neckar, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It's simply magical. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a stunning combination of architectural styles stretching from the Gothic period to the Renaissance. Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the imposing terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. You then wander through the medieval town center. Here you will see the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade and discover the old narrow lanes with their half-timbered houses. Heidelberg is also home to Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories. And if you still have some time to spare, you can philosophize on Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or discover the excellent regional wines – the two go together quite nicely.

Wiesbaden Biebrich: 2-hour Outdoor Escape Game

10. Wiesbaden Biebrich: 2-hour Outdoor Escape Game

Set out with your team as heroes in a gripping story to save the city. Before it comes to the grand finale, crack a lot of codes within 120 minutes and deliver logically successive solutions. The tasks are streamed on an iPad, as the live chat with a personal game master. Embrace the excitement to get the game going in a real-world setting. It can happen that you completely forget where you are, in the city or in a distant, strange world... Your neighborhood offers the perfect territory for enthusiastic thinkers. Be inspired by the cityscape, decipher architectural codes and find the missing elements to solve your mission.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,350 reviews

Wonderful trip down the beautiful Rhine with a very informative, humorous, professional tour guide who truly enjoys his job. This excision is a must, via this company, for anyone visiting Frankfurt. Wished the trip would go on forever!! Would highly recommend to everyone. The Greenwoods

This was a brilliant experience! I would highly recommend. My children 11 and 14 loved it. They were very kind and changed the tour to English for us. Lovely people, excellent tour!

Very informative, clean, google maps took us to the opposite side. Could have more details on location.

Explanation and points of interest were easy to follow.

Fun way to see the city when you are tired of walking.