What are the best things to do in Frankfurt?

Joseph Reaney

Though it may be known more as a center of business or world port than as a destination for historic sites, Frankfurt has its own rich history and culture that are worth exploration. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best things to see and do in Frankfurt.
 
1. Explore The Römerberg. The historic heart of the city, The Römerberg boasts lovely half-timbered houses, a 15th century town hall and the looming Saint Bartholomew's Cathedral: a significant House of God where all kings of the Holy Roman Empire were elected and all Roman-German emperors were crowned.

2. Visit the Old Opera. Originally opened in 1880, the spectacular Renaissiance-style Alte Oper hasn’t been regularly used for opera performances since the Second World War, but remains one of the city’s most arresting sights. If you’re lucky, you might just catch a one-off performance.

3. Head up the Main Tower. As the only Frankfurt high-rise open to the public, the Main Tower’s viewing platform offers the best views of the city. Head up on a Friday to see the city unwind from work week to weekend.

4. Expand your mind in a museum. Frankfurt's collection of museums and galleries is second only to Berlin's, so take some time to wander through some of the city exhibits. We recommend the Deutsches Filmmuseum (German Film Museum) and the Goethe Haus und Museum (the birthplace of the country's best known writer). If you plan to see multiple museums, save money with a two-day Museumsufer Ticket.

5. Sip cider in Sachsenhausen. Apfelwein (or Ebbelwoi, in the local tongue) is Frankfurt’s favorite drink, and you can sample the lightly-alcoholic apple cider in the many historic taverns in the pretty district of Sachsenhausen.

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    What are the best places to stay in Frankfurt?

    As a major business destination, Frankfurt boasts a large and eclectic selection of luxury hotels. Read on for Forbes Travel Guide’s editor’s picks for the best places to stay in Frankfurt.
     
    1. Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt. A luxury option in the heart of the city (just two minutes from the main train station), this early 20th century hotel offers the perfect blend of historical beauty and contemporary comfort.
     
    2. Schlosshotel Kronberg. It may be a little way out of town, but the luxurious Schlosshotel Kronberg more than justifies the minor inconvenience. A 19th century country castle-cum-hotel, it boasts exquisite furnishings, an impressive collection of antiques and paintings and, naturally, an exclusive 18-hole golf course.
     
    3. Rocco Forte Hotel Villa Kennedy. This turn-of-the-century building was once a simple (admittedly enormous) family home, but is now a beautiful 163-bedroom hotel with a large swimming pool, spa and gym and great dining and drinking facilities.
     
    4. Jumeirah Frankfurt Hotel. Located in the inner part of the Innerstadt, this superb high-end hotel is the largest in Frankfurt, featuring 218 bedrooms and suites, three restaurants and bars, a luxurious day spa and state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities. There is also a spectacular ballroom, just for good measure.
     
    5. Roomers. Those who prefer their retreats on the stylish side will be at home at this uber-modern boutique hotel with a location in central Frankfurt. The décor is dramatic, with dark tones, dim lighting and plenty of contemporary art. If you’re visiting during summer, camp out at the hotel’s patio oyster bar, which serves fresh oysters, champagne and a well-edited wine list.
  • On July 30, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the best things to see and do in Frankfurt?

    Though it may be known more as a center of business or world port than as a destination for historic sites, Frankfurt has its own rich history and culture that are worth exploration. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best things to see and do in Frankfurt.
     
    1. Explore The Römerberg. The historic heart of the city, The Römerberg boasts lovely half-timbered houses, a 15th century town hall and the looming Saint Bartholomew's Cathedral: a significant House of God where all kings of the Holy Roman Empire were elected and all Roman-German emperors were crowned.

    2. Visit the Old Opera. Originally opened in 1880, the spectacular Renaissiance-style Alte Oper hasn’t been regularly used for opera performances since the Second World War, but remains one of the city’s most arresting sights. If you’re lucky, you might just catch a one-off performance.

    3. Head up the Main Tower. As the only Frankfurt high-rise open to the public, the Main Tower’s viewing platform offers the best views of the city. Head up on a Friday to see the city unwind from work week to weekend.

    4. Expand your mind in a museum. Frankfurt's collection of museums and galleries is second only to Berlin's, so take some time to wander through some of the city exhibits. We recommend the Deutsches Filmmuseum (German Film Museum) and the Goethe Haus und Museum (the birthplace of the country's best known writer). If you plan to see multiple museums, save money with a two-day Museumsufer Ticket.

    5. Sip cider in Sachsenhausen. Apfelwein (or Ebbelwoi, in the local tongue) is Frankfurt’s favorite drink, and you can sample the lightly-alcoholic apple cider in the many historic taverns in the pretty district of Sachsenhausen.