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Things to do in Frankfurt

With its skyscrapers and old town, this diverse city blends banks and big business with culture and tradition.

Our most recommended things to do in Frankfurt

Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

1. Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

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

2. 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.

Frankfurt: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

3. Frankfurt: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

Travel back in time to the vibrant, everyday life of Frankfurt in the 19th century. Use virtual reality to adopt the role of a venerable merchant, just as if you had been there yourself. During your time-traveling experience, you will accompany the fictitious businessman, Theodor Riedel, through Frankfurt’s history at three exciting stops.  Start at the grocery store and learn about the trading city during the colonial period. Immerse yourself in the store's hustle and bustle, learn about the fragrant spices and exotic goods, and admire the shop's interior. Then, make a virtual visit to a private library. Learn about the ideas and ideals of the local citizens in the setting of a family's study.  Finally, take the virtual reality carriage ride, the highlight of your journey back in time to 1891. Board the carriage with Theodor Riedel and experience the charm of the flourishing trading city. With your VR headset, enjoy a 360° panoramic view of medieval half-timbered buildings and sublime Wilhelminian-style architecture. Along your virtual journey, you will also accompany Theodor on his own personal day of fate: find out if he can save the family’s legacy or if he will lose everything. Whether ruin or triumph, uncover the answer on your journey through time.

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.

Guided City Walk: Frankfurt Highlights and the New Old Town

5. Guided City Walk: Frankfurt Highlights and the New Old Town

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the quarter’s winding laneways and experience the past and the present of Frankfurt's new old town. With its recent reconstruction, Frankfurt has managed to bring part of its colourful history back to life. Become better acquainted with Frankfurt's urban history during this one-and-a-half hour guided tour of our time-honoured old town, home to many famous locations such as the Römer, Emperors' Cathedral, St Paul’s Church and the Museum Embankment with its magnificent views of the city skyline.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

6. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Experience the charm of Heidelberg on this day trip from Frankfurt which includes entrance to Heidelberg Castle. Board a bus in the morning and spend the day seeing sights like the one of the largest wine bottles in the world.  Hop aboard an air-conditioned bus at a centrally-located bus stop in Frankfurt. Sit back and relax on the drive to Heidelberg. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle which has a stunning combination Gothic and Renaissance elements.  Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Wander through the medieval town center to find 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. Take a walk on old narrow lanes lined with half-timbered houses. Pass by Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories.  Extra time can be spend philosophizing on the Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or purchasing a glass or two of excellent regional wine. Return to Frankfurt by bus at the end of your tour. 

Frankfurt-Egelsbach: 1-Hour Airbus A320 Flight Simulator

7. Frankfurt-Egelsbach: 1-Hour Airbus A320 Flight Simulator

Enter the cockpit of an Airbus A320 Flight at Frankfurt-Egelsbach Airport to experience virtual flying. After a short pre-flight briefing before boarding, take the captain’s seat. The flight simulator at Frankfurt-Egelsbach Airport is particularly detailed. All instruments, functions, and sounds are like in a real airplane. Fly the plane from take-off to landing with assistance from your instructor. Choose to go through different emergencies and weather scenarios with a professional pilot helping you every step of the way. You can design your route and fly to any of the 24,000 airports worldwide. Invite up to 8 friends who will sit behind you in an actual passenger cabin and look over your shoulder as you embark on your virtual flight. Fun and realism are the priority of this flight simulation. Experience a unique 1-hour with your family, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. 

1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

8. 1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

Hop on a boat tour along Frankfurt’s River Main and discover the bustling metropolis, departing at least 6 times each day. Take an hour to explore the riverine side of Germany's financial capital and experience stunning views from the water. Enjoy the best views of Germany’s most imposing skyline on board the new KD boat, the MS Palladium. Discover the impressive financial city of Frankfurt and get some insight into the history and traditions behind this dynamic city. On this unique tour along the River Main, you'll learn the history behind all of Frankfurt’s major attractions. The MS Palladium is also handicapped-accessible, making it possible for every person to experience Frankfurt by water.

Frankfurt: Night Pub Crawl through Alt-Sachsenhausen

9. Frankfurt: Night Pub Crawl through Alt-Sachsenhausen

Discover Frankfurt on a group tour with a guaranteed fun factor. Visit 3 bars and 1 club on a pub crawl, enjoy free shots, and make new friends. After receiving your VIP wristband at the meeting point, head off toward Alt-Sachsenhausen to begin your pub crawl. Spend about an hour at each of the 3 bars and the final club. As you travel between bars, enjoy free shots all night, while stocks last. At each bar, make new friends and discover Frankurt's trendy party district.

Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

10. Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

Discover Frankfurt with a 1- or 2-day city card. Travel the city hassle-free with free public transportation and benefit from discounts at Frankfurt's top sights. Visit the Anne Frank Educational Centre, join a guided tour, or watch a show at Oper Frankfurt. Enjoy discounts and entry tickets to a wide range of art and cultural institutions, shows, stores, and tours: Art and Culture Museums (50% Off) • Archaeological Museum • Frankfurt Bible Experience Museum • Anne Frank Educational Centre • Museum of Comic Art • German Romanticism Museum • German Film Institute and Museum • Frankfurt Cathedral Museum • Eintracht Frankfurt Museum • EXPERIMINTA ScienceCenter • Photography Forum Frankfurt • Goethe-House • Frankfurt Arts Association • Historical Museum Frankfurt • Icon Museum • Jewish Museum • Young Museum • Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art • Museum of Applied Arts • Museum for Communication • Museum Giersch • Museum Judengasse • Porcelain Museum in Frankfurt Kronberger House • Senckenberg Museum of Natural History • Struwwelpeter Museum • Museum of World Cultures Reduced price on the spot (discount up to €2 possible) • Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung • SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT • Städel Museum Stages • Old Opera House (Alte Oper) - 15% off on proprietary events • Frankfurt Opera House - 15% off, excluding premiers • Papageno Music Theater - 20% off on evening performances, excluding special events and New Year's Eve • Schauspiel Frankfurt - 15% off on single tickets (redeem at box office) • The English Theater - 25% off on single tickets Sightseeing • Guided city tour (@visitfrankfurt) - 20% off • Airport tour (for full-paying visitors) - 20% off • Blue Bus (ETS GmbH + Co KG), CityTour Frankfurt - 20% off • Red Bus (Frankfurt Sightseeing GmbH), Skyline Tour - 20% off • Primus Linie (Skyline Tour) - 20% off • KD Deutsche Rheinschifffahrt GmbH (Panoramafahrten) - 20% off • 3-hour segway tour - 20% off • TimeRide - 20% off on adult fares • Terranova & Frankfurt Bike Tour - 20% off on bike and e-bike rentals Shopping • Apfelweinkontor - 10% off on the assortment • Gallery Brücke 54 - 20% off on all purchases • Hessen Shop at Kleinmarkthalle - 10% off (books excluded) • KULTUROTHEK Frankfurtladen - 10% off on the assortment or selected items • Tourist Information Römer and Hauptbahnhof - 20% off on selected souvenirs • MyZeil: KULT - 10% off • Skyline Plaza - 10% off at all participating stores (must show card at the customer information desk on the ground floor) • Wertheim Village/The Bicester Village Shopping Collection - 10% off all participating brands (check in first at the info point) Attractions • Main Tower (visitor terrace) - 20% off • Palm Garden - 50% off • Black-Light Mini-Golf (reduction on the regular 2-for-1 entry free; redeemable daily until 6 PM) - 50% off • Zoo Frankfurt - savings of up to 16% on the day ticket • Fraport Visitor Center - 20% off adult tickets Gastronomy • FLOWDELI at the Jewish Museum - 10% off food and drinks (between 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM) • Cider gallery - 20% off entire purchase (own bottling) • Skyline Plaza - 10% off at all participating restaurants (must show card at the customer information desk on the ground floor) • Häagen-Dasz Shop Frankfurt - 20% off on all ice cream products (available at Große Bockenheimer Strasse 46, Mannheimer Strasse 2-4 (main train station), and Liebfrauenberg 39)

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What people are saying about Frankfurt

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Our guide Michael was very knowledgeable about the area, he was funny and spoke English very well. He explained a lot about the towns along the way, the signs on the Rhein River, how far from where the river started in Switzerland. He explained about the wines and when grapes are harvested. The weather was quite cold and foggy so slightly difficult to see out of the frosted up windows on the boat ride.

Everything was absolutely perfect, we managed to get on the 100 Minute boat ride an hour earlier, was absolutely wonderful Service. Highly recommended keep up the excellent work and a happy healthy new year to you all.

Great trip, very energetic guide. Despite all road challenges ( some piers were closed), the administration team could manage very well. Would recommend to any friend and family.

I found the card easy to use and economical. The ladies at tourist info main train station were very helpful.

The light show was fantastic. Dress for weather, was muddy in some areas.