Frankfurt's Top 10 Attractions

Romerberg square, the Zum Standesamtchen restaurant and the Romer, with the Commerzbank Tower in the background, Frankfurt, Germany
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Frankfurt is for many travelers the gateway to Europe - but there is more to see than just the Frankfurt International Airport. Frankfurt is the financial capital of Germany, and thanks to its skyscrapers and the river Main, Frankfurt is playfully called "Main-hattan".

Being an internationally diverse city, Frankfurt has many great things to offer; from arts, outdoors, and shopping, to historic buildings and high-rises. Here are the 10 best Frankfurt attractions you don't want to miss.

Frankfurt is also on our list Germany's Top 10 Cities - Best Spots for City Breaks in Germany. To fully explore the best of the city, find accommodations in Frankfurt here.

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    View over Hauptwache in Frankfurt, Germany
    ••• Frankfurt's skyline. Doug Armand/Getty Images

    There is no better way to see Frankfurt than from the top of the Main Tower, the city's only high-rise open to the public. The building is named after the German river Main, which runs through Frankfurt's city center.

    Take the elevator up to the 650-feet high platform to enjoy sweeping views of Frankfurt’s skyline. Here you can enjoy a cocktail and meal at the Main Tower bar and restaurant, located on the upper floor of the tower. The restaurant offers international cuisine and 26 foot panoramic windows.

    Address: Neue Mainzer Strasse 52-58, 60311 Frankfurt
    Phone: 069-3650-4771 or 069-3650-4777
    Getting there: S-Bahn Taunusanlage (S1,S2,S3,S4,S5,S6,S8,S9,)
    Admission: 7.50 euros adults, 5 euros reduced; free for children under 6

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    Goethe House and Goethe Museum in Frankfurt
    ••• Frankfurt's Goethe House. Werner Dieterich/Getty Images

    Frankfurt is the birthplace of Germany's most important writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).

    Although Goethe's house was destroyed in World War II, it was fully restored with the original furniture, paintings and books of the family Goethe. Take inspiration from the writing desk, where Goethe wrote "The Sorrows of Young Werther".

    Address: Grosser Hirschgraben 23, 60311 Frankfurt

     

    Phone: 069-138-80-0
    Getting there: Hauptwache (U1,U2,U3,U6,U7)
    Admission: 7 euros adults, 3 euros reduced; free for children under 6

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    Guests in an apple wine pub, Alt-Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
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    The signature drink of Frankfurt is Apfelwein, or Ebbelwoi as the Frankfurters say. It is a light alcoholic apple cider that is locally produced in the regions around Frankfurt.

    You can find some of the best and oldest apple cider taverns in the cobblestone streets of Frankfurt's historic Sachsenhausen district,  south of the Old Town.

    Address: Sachsenhausen, 60599 Frankfurt
    Getting there: Schweizer Platz U1,U2,U3

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    Romerberg square, the Zum Standesamtchen restaurant and the Romer, with the Commerzbank Tower in the background, Frankfurt, Germany
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    The Römerberg ("Roman Mountain") is the historic heart of Frankfurt. It is the only part of the modern city that was recreated to look like all of Frankfurt once did.

    It is home to its Rathaus (City Hall) which dates back to 1405 and is flanked by half-timbered houses. This historic square used to be the place for Frankfurt's first trade fairs in the 13th century.

    Address: Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt
    Getting there: Römer (U4,U5)

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    Paulskirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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    St. Pauls Church was built between 1789 and 1833 and is the cradle of German democracy: The church was used for political meetings and became the seat of the first freely elected German parliament in 1848.

    Today, the Paulskirche is used mainly for exhibitions and special events.

    Address: Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt
    Getting there: Römer (U4,U5)

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    Stadel Art Museum Interior, Frankfurt
    ••• The Städel Art Museum. Stephen Spraggon/Getty Images

    Take a walk along the river Main along the "Museum Embankment" where some of best museums in the country preside. Among them is the superb German Film Museum and the world-famous Städel Museum, which focuses on fine art of the old masters.

    On Saturdays, the area comes alive with thousands of treasure hunters scouring Frankfurt's largest flea market.

    Address: Schaumainkai, 60594 Frankfurt
    Getting there: Schweizer Platz U1,U2,U3

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    Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
    ••• The exterior of the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History. Ingolf Pompe/LOOK-foto/Getty Images

    Another legendary museum in Frankfurt is the Senckenberg Museum. It is the largest museum of natural history in Germany and showcases thousands of exhibits, ranging from fossils to Egyptian mummies to the museum's most famous attraction; the largest dinosaur skeleton in Europe.

    Address: Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main
    Getting there: Bockenheimer Warte (U6, U4, U7)

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    People on the Zeil, the main shopping street
    ••• People on the Zeil, Frankfurt's main shopping street. Maremagnum/Getty Images

    The premier place to shop in Frankfurt is the bustling pedestrian zone called Zeil. Also known as "The Fifth Avenue of Germany", this shopping street offers everything from chic boutiques to international department chains to a modern 10 floor shopping center, the "Zeil Galerie".

    Address: Shopping Street Zeil, Frankfurt
    Getting there: Hauptwache, U1,U2,U3,U6,U7

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    Germany, Hessen, Frankfurt-am-Main, Palmengarten,
    ••• Row boats at Palmengarten. Walter Bibikow/Getty Images

    Founded in 1868 by a group of Frankfurt citizens, the Botanical Garden takes you on a horticultural journey from the African savanna and the exotic plants of the rain forests, to the blooming flower gardens in Europe. On 50 acres and in various green houses, you can see more than 6,000 different botanical species from all around the world.

    Address: Siesmayerstr. 63, 60323 Frankfurt,
    Getting there: Bockenheimer Warte (U6,U4,U7)

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    Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art), a room with in the foreground: Sturtevant, Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (Go-Go Dancing Platform) (1995), in the background: Andy Warhol, Cow Wallpaper (1966), on the left Roy Lichtenstein, Yellow and Green
    ••• Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt. Atlantide Phototravel/Getty Images

    The Museum of Modern Art is not only famous for its extensive art collection, which includs artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, and Gerhardt Richter, but also for its bold architecture. Designed by the Viennese architect Hans Hollering, the museum has a triangular shape and is called "the slice of cake" by locals.

    Address: Domstrasse 10, 60311 Frankfurt
    Getting there: Römer (U4,U5)