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Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

1. 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 Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

2. Frankfurt Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Discover the magic of Frankfurt on an immersive smartphone walking tour with a scavenger hunt twist. Interact with attractions in the city by solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. Figure out the answers to puzzles outside of ten Frankfurt attractions.  Starting from Alte Oper navigate to the Goethe House, St. Paul’s Church, Römerberg, Stadthaus am Markt, Frankfurt Cathedral, the Historical Museum, the Iron Footbridge, Ev. Dreikönigskirche, and the Old Bridge. As you explore the Frankfurt streets on foot, follow clues at each attraction to find your next location. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle and working with your group to finish the game. Take advantage of the freedom to start or stop the tour whenever you want. Make your way through the city at your own pace while unlocking facts about the city and capturing as many pictures as you want. 

Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

3. Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

Enjoy a 1-hour walk through Frankfurt at night with a robed hangman as your guide. Follow your scary guide (if you dare) on a journey of discovery of Frankfurt's history and his bloody work. But while you listen to your guide, be aware, for he must finish his work and he has no time to waste because the devil is after him.  Start your journey into the past at the cathedral, where German kings and emperors were elected and crowned. Continue towards the bank of the Main where many culprits, mostly women, were drowned in the water. Finally, reach your final stop, the Römer, Frankfurt's famous Town Hall, where you will learn all about the Römerberg's gruesome past as the location of many medieval death penalty punishments and torture chambers.

Frankfurt: The Black Death Tour

4. Frankfurt: The Black Death Tour

Learn more about the terror of the Black Death that haunted Frankfurt many times during the Middle Ages. Start your journey near the Eschenheimer tower, one of the main entrances of the city in the 16th century. Find a plague doctor on his way through the infested city. Join him and learn more about the worst pandemic in human history. Nearly a third of the whole population of Europe died by the plague. In addition to this, the continent was in the midst of the Thirty Years' War. Frankfurt was frequently sieged because of its strategic position. Learn about the many plagues that fell upon the city, and about its sudden disappearance in 1667.

Frankfurt: Eyes of Hell Fright Tour

5. Frankfurt: Eyes of Hell Fright Tour

Enjoy a 1-hour walk through the Niddapark in Frankfurt, where professional actors will entertain you with a scary theatrical play. Begin your journey into darkness at the underground train station, where two masked men wait for you under the bridge. Do you dare to follow these shady men into the darkness? If you dare, continue through the darkness and into a forest. Be on your guard because killers and the black order are sneaking around this place. Will your guide protect you from them or has he got other plans for you? Discover the answer to this question and the origin of this madness in the events of the Thirty Year War. Follow your guide into the past and discover an era where armies of mercenaries besieged Frankfurt frequently, devastating the whole environment and murdering the rural population. Finally the killing and burning was brought to an end by the Westphalia Peace. But you are about to rediscover a hidden outcome of this terrible war.

Frankfurt: German Food & Frankfurt Old Town Private Tour

6. Frankfurt: German Food & Frankfurt Old Town Private Tour

Join a local food guide on an exclusive tour of Old Town and discover dishes, desserts, and beers that are made based on centuries-old recipes. Taste the essence of Frankfurt and see Romer, St Paul’s Church, Frankfurt Cathedral, and much more. During the 2.5-hour tour, your guide will introduce you to Heissan cuisine, which fuses North German and South German cuisine to create new original dishes dominated by a remarkably sour taste. Between sightseeing of St. Paul’s Church (Paulskirche), the adorable Gothic-style Romer city hall, and other Old Town highlights, you'll visit a traditional restaurant and pastry shop for a fun and cultural tasting experience. Among some of the local meat delicacies, you'll find Frankfurt-style German sausages, such as Frankfurter Würstchen (short Frankfurter) and Frankfurter Rindswurst (pure beef sausage). Taste a local soup like a traditional Goulash, and the delicious eggs in the Frankfurt-style green sauce. For a dessert, you must try Apfelstrudel (Apple strudel) or the famous Frankfurter Kranz, which is considered a reminiscence of Frankfurt as the coronation city of the Holy Roman emperors. A cup of tea/coffee and 1 soda drink are also included in the price. Join the 3,5-hour tour to try more delicious dishes! This option includes a visit to 2 restaurants and 1 pastry shop, meaning that you'll feast on not one but two full meals and a dessert. On the extended menu, find Kartoffelklöße (potato dumplings), Döppekuchen (fried potatoes), as well as 1 type of popular German beer. It'll be an unforgettable experience filled with lots of information about Frankfurt’s history, culture, and heritage. The 5-hour tour combines exploring Frankfurt's Old Town with an intimate food and beer tasting experience that'll make you feel as if you’re one of the locals. See sights such as Frankfurt Cathedral and the scenic Main Embankment featuring numerous museums. Your guide will invite you to 4 different venues (no pastry shop), where you'll find a variety of delicious German dishes and 8 different types of beer. Get an appreciation for the local craft beer scene that bypassed the German Beer Purity Law to create new, unique beer flavors.

Frankfurt Airport: Fraport Visitor Center

7. Frankfurt Airport: Fraport Visitor Center

Discover the interactive world of experience at the Frankfurt Airport. This exhibition invites visitors of all ages experience the world of aviation. Over the span of 13,000 square feet, almost 30 innovative exhibits present intriguing insights into the behind-the-scenes world of the Frankfurt airport and aviation. Put your skills to the test virtually directing an A320neo to its parking position. Ride the virtual roller coaster through the paths of the airport's baggage conveyor system. Experience the airport's Smart Windows where your can obtain real-time information about the planes on the tarmac. Check out "The Globe" exhibition, an interactive LCD wall that shows every flight around the world in real time. Lots of unique experiences and fascinating insights into the world of aviation are ready to be uncovered at this innovative visitor center.

Frankfurt: WWII-themed Old Town Private Tour

8. Frankfurt: WWII-themed Old Town Private Tour

Embark on an exclusive WWII-themed walking tour of Frankfurt Old Town. As an industrial capital of Nazi Germany, Frankfurt plays an important role in remembering the events of the Second World War. Discover the story of the intensive Allied bombings and the Battle of Frankfurt. Start with the iconic Frankfurt Cathedral, used by the Allied Air Forces as a reference point for the planes dropping the bombs on the city. The building also suffered severe damage, with the interiors burning out completely. Most of Frankfurt was devastated by the repeated bombardings by the Allies, with tens of thousands of explosives being dropped on the biggest medieval old town in Central Europe. Today, you can admire the city’s amazing efforts to reconstruct the historic buildings to their former glory. You'll see reconstructed timber houses at the New Old Town and the Römerberg market square, with its 15th century Römer town hall, the Old St Nicholas Church, and the Fountain of Justice. Walk past the reconstructed St Paul’s Church, a memorial to German democracy, and the IG Farben Building. Throughout the tour, your guide will provide the most informative commentary on Frankfurt’s important WWII events, places, and people, such as the Adlerwerke "Katzbach" concentration camp.

Griesheim: Maxiland Indoor Playground Ticket with Game Chips

9. Griesheim: Maxiland Indoor Playground Ticket with Game Chips

Spend a fun-filled day at the Maxiland Indoor Playground in Darmstadt-Griesheim with this attraction ticket. Get two game chips to use at indoor park games. Please your family with exciting activities like slides, climbing frames, e-carts, and a spider tower.  Delight your family with ticket options for 1 adult and 1 child, 2 adults and 1 child, 1 adult and 2 children, or 2 adults and 2 children. All tickets come with complimentary game chips to use at the games inside.  Have activities that appeal to children aged 0-14. Play and learn with attractions that strengthen endurance, coordination, motor skills. Encourage adventure in your children and individual strength.  Partake in safe activities like a small children's area, trampoline, rodeo bull, table football, e-carts, bumper cars, and slides. Let the kids tire themselves out on climbing frames, bouncy castles, a wobbly mountain, a spider tower, a roller slide, and a climbing bridge.  Take a break in the chill lounge (quiet zone). Parents can kick back in a cozy lounge or purchase a delicious snack while the kids play.

Frankfurt: Private Guided Walking Tour and Cruise

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Hessen

The journey through time to 19th-century Frankfurt, including the VR experience, was very nice. The staff were friendly and engaging and the experience educational and fun! Highly recommended if you don't necessarily have to go to the museum.

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!

It was exciting to see what FFM looked like over 100 years ago and recognize some of the buildings

It was an incredible experience! My expectations were far exceeded... I will go again!!! TOP

It was very nice and informative, at the end the carriage ride was just wonderful