City Guide: Exploring Frankfurt am Main, Germany

When thinking about Frankfurt, the only thing that comes to my mind is the stock exchange. But the city has so much more to offer and since it has a major international airport, you'll get to Frankfurt at some point when traveling. Chris and I spend a weekend in the south of Germany and when driving back home, we squeezed in a night in Frankfurt to get to know the city. 

 

accommodation in frankfurt am main

We slept in the 25 Hours Hotel The Goldman in Frankfurt. In Berlin, we were thrilled by the 25 Hours Hotel, this Frankfurt hotel is not so great: we get a small, boring room right on the noisy main road. Since there is no room service, we are glad that at least Vapiano is opposite.

 

25 HOURS HOTEL THE GOLDMAN: HANAUER LANDSTR. 127, FRANKFURT

BOOK 25 HOURS HOTEL THE GOLDMAN

 

SEE BETTER OPTIONS: BOLD APARTMENTS OR MOXY FRANKFURT EAST

 

breakfast in frankfurt am main

 

In the morning we make our way over to the nord end of Frankfurt for breakfast. Here we first needed to find a parking place, but then we were only a few steps away from the café kaffeemacherei (coffee maker). We were lucky and got seats at the window. Chris and I enjoy the croissons, our breakfast porridge and the excellent coffee. We stayed for a while and enjoyed the peace and quietness.

 

KAFFEEMACHEREI: ECKENHEIMER LANDSTR. 70, FRANKFURT

OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8.30AM - 6PM / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM - 6PM

 

parking in frankfurt am main

We continued to the city center and parked close to the Main Tower (like the river Main). The parking garage was expensive, but really generous.

 

PARKGARAGE JUNGSHOFSTRAßE: JUNGHOFSTR. 16, FRANKFURT (315 PARKING SPACES)

OPEN 24 HOURS 7 DAYS PER WEEK

PRICE: MONDAY TO SATURDAY 2,50€ PER HOUR / SUNDAY AND HOLIDAYS 50 CENTS PER 30 MINUTES

CHECK FOR AVAILABLE SPOTS ONLINE

 

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sightseeing in frankfurt am main

Our first goal was the viewing platform of the Main Tower. Our bags and jackets were scanned just like at the airport, then we we were allowed to take the elevator to the 56th floor of the tower. The elevator raced upwards and I tried to equalize the pressure on my ears several times. The view from up there is really great. One has a wide view over the entire city and stands in the middle of the other high-rise buildings. It is very windy up here, so we quickly get back to the ground.

 

MAIN TOWER: NEUE MAINZER STR. 52-58, FRANKFURT

OPEN IN SUMMER SUNDAY TO THURSDAY 10AM - 9PM, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 10AM - 11PM / IN WINTER SUNDAY TO THURSDAY 10AM - 7PM, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 10AM - 9PM

PRICE: ADULTS 7,50€ / STUDENTS 5€

 

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We would now like to explore the old town and find the Goethe house first, where Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born in 1749. We looked at the house only from the outside. Since the house has now been transformed into a museum, one can also have a look into the life of the poet.

 

GOETHE HOUSE: GROßER HIRSCHGRABEN 23-25, FRANKFURT

OPEN MONDAY TO SATURDAY 10AM - 6PM / SUNDAY & HOLIDAYS 10AM - 5.30PM

PRICE: ADULTS 7€ / STUDENTS 3€

 

Along the Pauls church we walk to the Römerberg, the town square of Frankfurt. Here you will find the Römer (hotel de ville), the old Nikolai church as well as the beautiful fronts of the houses.

 

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From here, it was only a few steps to the river Main and the famous Iron Bridge. Chris and I crossed the river along the bridge and enjoyed the view over the river. If you want, you can also take river trips from here. As it is too cold for us at the beginning of October, we decided to miss out on this one and instead go further.

 

In the direction of the imperial cathedral of St. Bartholomew, we walk along the river Main. A church service is taking place, so we can only look at the church from the entrance hall. The cathedral is a Gothic building from the 14th to 16th century, rebuilt after a fire in the 19th century.

 

CATHEDRAL OF ST. BARTHOLOMEW: DOMPLATZ 1, FRANKFURT

 

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Chris and I have seen the old town by now and we started getting hungry a little bit. As we cross the city center and the shopping mile, we visited the viewing platform of Galeria Kaufhof Restaurant, which is located on the top floor of the department store and offers a wonderful view of the Frankfurt skyline. We take photos on the roof terrace, but then decided not to have lunch here, as it is just too crowded.

 

GALERIA KAUFHOF: ZEIL 116 - 126, FRANKFURT

OPEN MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY 9.30AM - 8PM / THURSDAY TO SATURDAY 9.30AM - 9PM

FREE ENTRANCE

 

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Instead, we continued to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Here, besides the building, you can also find the statues of the bear and the bull, which are intended to portray the rising and falling exchanges. If you would like to visit the Stock Exchange, you must register beforehand.

 

FRANKFURT STOCK EXCHANGE: BÖRSENPLATZ 4, FRANKFURT

BOOK YOUR VISIT BY PHONE - MORE INFO HERE

 

lunch & dinner in frankfurt am main

A friend of Chris gave us the tip to go to Papa Enji for lunch. This cozy but modern restaurant is located right next to Frankfurt Opera House. The food is really delicious and there are lots of great things on the menu.

 

PAPA ENJI: OPERNPLATZ 12, FRANKFURT

OPEN DAILY 10AM - 1AM

 

After the visit of the adjacent Old Opera House in Frankfurt we made our way back to the car to drive back home to Cologne. We will surely come back to see the many museums that Frankfurt has to offer.

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Layover in Frankfurt, you should definitely leave the airport with beautiful photos to fall in love with Frankfurt immediately. 

What about you?

Have you visited the town of Frankfurt already? Even though I only live two hours away by car I have never really visited. Did you? What did you experience?