With its many high-rise buildings, Frankfurt is often referred to as Mainhatten - an allusion to the skyscrapers in New York. But in the shadow of the high rise buildings, you'll also find many impressive historical sights. This guide will help you to navigate Frankfurt's top attractions and sights. Here’s our choice of fun day in Frankfurt.
Attractions in Frankfurt
With its stepped gable façade, the town hall is one of the most important landmarks of the city.
For more than 600 years, the building has been the centre of local politics. And its neighbourhood is equally exciting: the surrounding square called Römerberg is brimming with fascinating medieval buildings.
This portentous building is considered the cradle of German democracy, as the first freely elected National Assembly convened here to draw up the first pan-German constitution. Today, the elliptical central building made of red sandstone is used for exhibitions and state or municipal events.
The Frankfurt Opera House was opened in 1880 with Mozart's famous "Don Giovanni" opera. After its destruction during the Second World War, the building was rebuilt and now offers a varied programme of concerts and theatre performances. Fancy a look behind the scenes? Then book one of the Opera Houses guided tours.
At an altitude of 200 metres, Frankfurt's highest vantage point guarantees you breathtaking views of the city's skyline. It also boasts with a restaurant and cocktail lounge. Enjoy the view!
A visit to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is an absolute must. On the eastern side of the stock exchange square you will find the two bronze figures Bull and Bear, which symbolise falling or rising share prices and are ideal for a souvenir photo.
Saalgasse is one of the oldest streets in the old town and runs parallel to the banks of the river Main. The narrow, post-modern residential buildings, designed by various architects are as appealing as they are diverse in style.
The popular pedestrian bridge leads directly across the River Main and is characterised by its striking steel engineering. It was built in 1868 and connects the old town with the Sachsenhausen district. Don't miss a walk along the Main with its stunning views.
The New Old Town is being built in the centre of Frankfurt and will comprise 20 new buildings and 15 renovations. Those with a passion for architecture and construction should not miss this site.
The Hauptwache is Frankfurt's heart. The baroque building that previously housed a police station is at the very centre of the city and particularly important as a transport hub.
The giant Euro symbol on Willy-Brandt-Platz was designed by the artist Ottmar Hörl. Perched in front of the Eurotower, the former headquarters of the European Central Bank, this iconic sight will be the perfect snap shot. Don’t miss this fantastic selfie opportunity.
The colourful tram dubbed "Ebbelwei-Express" - meaning Cider Express -in the local Hessian dialect - offers a pretty special sightseeing tour. You can hop on and off as often as you like. But you might want to ride for a while to enjoy the music, pretzels and cider that make this tour so special.
Dreikönigskirche (Epiphany Church)
The fascinating neo-Gothic building is located on the southern bank of the Main and is known for its impressive spire.
St. Bartholomew's Cathedral
The impressive building never served as a bishop's church, but it is still called a cathedral due to its historical significance. The 95 metre high spire towers over the city centre and offers a fantastic panoramic view of Frankfurt. It also contains a museum with a large collection of church exhibits.
With almost 7,000 graves, the cemetery in Battonnstraße is one of the oldest Jewish graveyards in Europe. The gravestones often display motifs with the house coats of arms of the deceased.