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Frankfurt: Private Guided Walking Tour and Cruise

1. Frankfurt: Private Guided Walking Tour and Cruise

Discover Frankfurt’s most interesting landmarks and learn all about the city’s history and culture with the help of a local guide. Add a touch of adventure to sightseeing by joining a cruise to see the city’s impressive skyline from the Main River. Choose between a 3- or a 4-hour tour. Start your tour at St Paul’s Church, an important memorial to the start of German democracy. Listen as your guide provides interesting commentary on German history as you pass Goethe House and the Gutenberg Monument commemorating the Printing Revolution in Europe. Stroll through Frankfurt’s banking district and marvel at the modern office towers, such as the Commerzbank Tower, Tanustrum, Eurotower and Main Tower. See the historical Römerberg with its characteristic line of timber houses, the iconic 15th century Römer town hall, and the Fountain of Justice. Follow the so-called “coronation route” through the narrow streets of New Frankfurt Old Town towards the Frankfurt Cathedral. Also known as the Imperial Cathedral, this Gothic structure plays an important role in the general history of Frankfurt as the religious counterpart of the royal palace. Next, join a cruise along the Main River. Choose to go upriver and see landmarks such as the Dreikönigskirche, Main Plaza, Literature House, the Ruhrort Wharf and the Gerbermühle. Choose to go downriver and see Städel Museum, Commerzbank and University Hospital. Listen to an audio guide. Opt for a longer, 4-hour tour and get to know Frankfurt even better. Take advantage of the opportunity to additionally visit the Goethe Statue on the Goetheplatz, the Old Opera concert hall on the Opernplatz, as well as walk through Goethestrasse, a high-end shopping street.

Frankfurt: Private City Center Sightseeing Walking Tour

2. Frankfurt: Private City Center Sightseeing Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of central Frankfurt, home to Germany’s only high-rise skyline. Find out about the German capital of finance and see top sights like Römerberg Square, St. Paul’s Church, and the birthplace of the writer Goethe. Meet your local guide at Frankfurt's main train station and begin your walking tour. Stroll past the highest building in the city at Commerzbank Tower which contrasts with the imposing 95-meter-tall Frankfurt Cathedral. Admire the Cathedral's Gothic Imperial architecture before crossing the 19th-century iron Eiserner Steg footbridge. Gaze out over the Main River, the high-rise skyline, and the museum embankment as you cross the bridge. Pass by the medieval Town Hall which lies on the picturesque Römerberg Square. Walk by the the Kaiserdom (Imperial Cathedral) and Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church). Hear about how Paulskirche is the cradle of German democracy. Look up at the towering headquarters of many global banking players, such as Commerzbank Tower built by world-famous British architect Sir Norman Foster. View the Goethehaus, where the German classical literature genius Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. Learn about the life and times in Frankfurt during the 18th century in Goethe's formative years. Get a glimpse of Frankfurt’s history and its development from a medieval trade center and coronation location to an international capital of finance and business.

Frankfurt: Tour of Goethe House and Goethe's Old Town Trail

3. Frankfurt: Tour of Goethe House and Goethe's Old Town Trail

Discover the greatest German literary figure of the modern era, Jonathan Wolfgang Goethe, on a guided walking tour of the Geothe House and the Old Town Trail. Learn the true story of the writer's life by walking through his birthplace, Frankfurt. Meet your guide at the Frankfurt Cathedral, where young Goethe witnessed the preparations for the coronation ceremonies of German kings and emperors. Walk the charming Old Town streets and find yourself in Romerberg market square. Hear all about Geothe's adventures in the city as you make stops at the Gerbermyhle, Wilemer Hours, and the Old Town of Frankfurt-Hochst. Notably, the Statue of Goethe is a special monument to admire. After taking in his memorial, visit his childhood home where he created many of his impressive early works, including Gotz von Berlichingen, the original version of Faust, and The Sorrows of Young Werther. The house now works as a museum, paying homage to his life and works, with permanent exhibitions on the life of the entire family. Inside, find treasures such as a rare, 1745, pyramid piano, his famous puppet theatre, and writing room. Explore the extensive collection of 18th and 19th-century paintings, drawings, and busts that illustrate Goethe's many relationships, acquaintances, and life stages. Listen as your guide accounts a detailed overview of his life's literary, political, and scientific works.

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