Top 10 Attractions - When you find yourself
in Frankfurt, you may feel like there is so much to
see and you don’t know where to start. As in
any tourist area, there a few must sees. If you have
a limited time to spend in this great city, you will
want to make the best of it. Frankfurt’s architecture
spans many centuries and each section of the city
is unique. There is plenty to see and do in Frankfurt.
If you do have time to spend exploring the city,
then by all means explore away. When you are visiting
and have a time limit, then planning your days out
will help you get the most out of your trip. Even
though Frankfurt is a city, you will
be amazed by the amount of gardens and nature areas
there. If museums and theater are more your speed,
there are plenty of these here. No matter what you
enjoy, Frankfurt has it. Even though a large section
of Frankfurt was flatted during World
War II, the German people took the time to rebuild,
and make Frankfurt a city worth visiting.
1. Romerberg: This section of the city was almost all destroyed during World War II. It was rebuilt and now has become a tourist area. This plaza area is located between Braubach Street and Main River. The architecture makes an impact. Here you find shopping, cafes, taverns, and restaurants to spend your time and money in. Besides the shopping and eating, you will find galleries and museums. The buildings have a classic old European feel to them, and don’t really fit with the city feel. Surrounding these areas are more modern buildings that you would typically find in a city setting. This may be why Romerberg makes a lasting impression on you.
Romerberg is used for festivals also. The most famous one is the Weihnachtsmarkt, the Christmas Market. This market is open for a few weeks and you can find all sorts of German specialties. Hand made ornaments, cookies, and treats. Also they serve Apfelwein (Apple Wine) which is famous to Frankfurt and you can get it even when it isn’t the holiday season. Christmas decorations are set up around the plaza, and you really get the holiday feel. Sometimes there are live bands, and a real festival atmosphere. No matter what season you are visiting, Romerberg has something to offer everyone.
2. PalmenGarten: Even though you are in the middle of the city, the PalmenGarten makes you forget that. PalmenGarten is one of the largest gardens set in Frankfurt. It was established in 1868 and is open to the public year around. For a small cost you can wander around in different style gardens and building. They have a large collection of orchids, palms, ferns and other tropical plants. The tropical plants have their own building. The Haus Rosenbrunn building is home to tons of roses and is set in the rose garden section. There is a range of different types of plants from around Europe here.
During the summer months, they have concerts, festivals and even some exhibitions. They offer guided tours in English, French, Spanish and of course German language. This does cost a little extra and you should really plan a guided visit in advance. On Sundays they offer a free guided tour but only in the Germany language.
There are a few entrances to the garden, one is located on Siesmayer Street 61 and another on Palmengarten Street. The subways and buses do have stops here. Their hours depend on the season. During the winter months they aren’t open for as long as they are in the summer. They have their own website www.palmengarten.frankfurt.de , which is multilingual
3. Sachsenhausen : The Sachsenhausen is a preserved section of the city. The cobblestone streets lead you around to pedestrian only zones. The Rittergesse section has shops and cafes and no cars. Many Germans enjoy this area for a good afternoon walk. This is a large section near the river filled with galleries, museums, shopping, cafes and beer gardens. The cafes and beer gardens offer you a taste of German foods and beverages. They are set up to blend in and seem to fit with the local architecture.
The Museumufer is a section in the Sachsenhausen which is filled with the museums. They have art, historic, and nature museums to meet everyone’s tastes. The Sachsenhausen is an area that may take you few hours to explore and get the most out of. It really all depends on how much shopping and museums you are willing to do. The river side can be breathtaking and a nice break from the downtown busyness.
4. Main Tower Observation Deck : This observation deck is in the Main Tower skyscraper on 52-58 Neue Mainzer Street. This skyscraper is located between the banking district and city center. Granted that the tower is used for banking and other financial business but visitors are still welcomed. Frankfurt’s skyline is amazing. They have taken the time and effort to build new and unique skyscrapers. From the observation deck you have a wonderful view of the skyline and are able to look downtown also. The deck is open daily in the summer from 8a.m to 8p.m. During the winter they are also open but with shorter hours, 10a.m. to 7p.m. Check the weather before heading out to the Main Tower, because during stormy weather or if there are strong winds they do close the deck down.
Besides having a great view from the tower, you can also visit the restaurant in the tower. The cuisine has an international influence. There are displays of modern art in the lobby and other sections of the tower. There is a television studio also located inside the tower. As a final touch, there is a wedding chapel here. It will only cost you around 1,198 Euros for this. Their telephone number is +49 069 36 50 47 71
5. Historische Museum : This museum will give you an idea how far Frankfurt has come through the past centuries. You can see what Frankfurt looked like during the medieval era and all the way to present time. There are models displaying what Frankfurt looked like during 1945. World War II almost destroyed all of Frankfurt and the model is stunning to see. This museum conveys how much Frankfurt has done to rebuild.
Just like the majority of museums in Germany, they aren’t open on Mondays. They aren’t open also on major holidays. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays they are open 10:00 to 17:00, Wednesdays 16:00 to 20:00, Friday 10:00 to 14:00, and Saturday 13:00 to 17:00.
6. Zoo Frankfurt, 16 Alfred-Brehm Platz, Frankfurt Main. Information line 49 69 212 33735
7. Schloss Johannisburg, 4 Schlossplatz Frankfurt. Telephone 06021 386 570
8. Stadtwald, Known as the city woods. Take a 10 minute tram ride to this location.
9.Kaiserdom + Museum, Located in the Domplatz. Closed Mondays. Telephone 13 37 61 84
10.Museumsurfer, located in the Sachsenhausen Section. From Friedensbrucke Bridge to Dreikongigskirche there are 13 different museums.