4 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Frankfurt am Main
A small but dynamic city with an excellent quality of life and a population of 2.5 million people, Frankfurt is also Germany's financial center. The excitement is not confined to its diverse and bustling center, though; it spills over into one of Europe's most charming subcultures, the Kiez, a collection of quaint residential neighborhoods dotted with cobblestone streets and open-air markets where a true taste of Germany can still be found.
Explore the fascinating old town center, with its charming and modest buildings and wide-open parks and courtyards. Also check out Germany's largest industrial exhibition and one of Europe's most popular markets. Don't miss out on the forest and parkland surrounding the city and the charming white-and-gray stone architecture of the famous Elbland and Main rivers.
Many of the best places to visit in Frankfurt are within walking distance of each other, or just a short ride away, making this city a delight for sightseeing. Plan your trip with our list of the top attractions in Frankfurt.
Built in 1562 and raised after the English invasion in 1635, Römer Tower was originally known as the "hanging tower" (or Gallows Tower) as executions were held at the foot of the southern staircase. The tower's original name, however, derived from the old German word roman, meaning "hut" and is based on the short lived Roman occupation of Frankfurt. The view from the top is fantastic, especially after the sun has set, while a visit to the tower's observation deck offers fantastic views of the surrounding area. The tower is closed on Sunday and Monday, but the tower itself is open daily from 09:30am to 12:00am.
Städel Museum, one of the world's largest art museums, is located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and hosts more than 800,000 pieces of art of European and other origins. Opened in 1857, it was home to the city's art academy and has served as a natural history museum and even a zoo for animals. Today, the building itself is one of the city's most important monuments and attracts more than 6.2 million visitors each year. Highlights include the architecture and the inner atrium, which is filled with elegant chandeliers, and the permanent collection which includes works by Rembrandt, Beethoven, Michelangelo, and Matisse, among others.
Frankfurt Cathedral (Dom), located in the city center, is one of the largest churches in Europe and was built between 1750 and 1842. Some of the architecturally interesting details include a Roman-style crypt, a dome and lantern roof, the organ of 1837 by Rieger with an unusual decorated façade, and two 18th century wings. A highlight of the cathedral is the triptych of painting The Work of the Last Judgment by German artist Antony von Ent, housed in the Rococo Chapel.
The Zeppelin Museum was originally built as an aerial observation station, the Rosenhain Turm, in the mid-18th century. The building is now one of the world's only large museums that allows visitors to walk freely through its displays and investigate the original 17th-century layout and systems used by the Zeppelin airships. The museum is located in Frankfurt's leafy Lendamm district. Just a short distance from the museum is the site where Lufthansa's first experimental airship, the Achse, was built.