Two days in Frankfurt

My wife and I will have two days in Frankfurt this September before joining a tour group. We are hoping to put together two days of sightseeing. Any suggestions on the best things for us to plan to see. We will be using public transportation. We will probably stay somewhere on the south side of the city. Thanks!

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
6008 posts

See Rick's introductory article on Frankfurt. A walking tour from www.frankfurtonfoot.com could be a nice start. Among sites described in Rick's Germany book, the Museum Judengasse & Cemetary & Judisches Museum (combo ticket 6 euros) and the Goethe House look like top bets.

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
3991 posts

Do look at the many museums and their special exhibits, and see if any of them interest you. For instance, when I was there the Film Museum had a huge Stanley Kubrick exhibit (so large it spilled over into the museum next door).

Posted by Terry kathryn
Ann Arbor, Mi
2884 posts

Hopefully Jo will chime in here... as she is the 'expert in residence' in Frankfurt. We had a great time with her a few years ago and saw some of the beautiful places in Frankfurt.

Posted by Ms. Jo
Frankfurt, Germany
5200 posts

You could do any number of things, including visiting about 20 different museums, or the Palmengarten, or even some of the neighborhoods like Höchst or Bornheim. Near by towns worth a visit are Büdingen, Gelnhausen, Idstein, Seligenstadt, Bad Homburg, Kronberg, or Marburg.
http://www.kultur-frankfurt.de/portal/en/Museums/Start/0/0/0/0/1441.aspx
The first 2 weeks of Sept. there will be a great wine fest on the Fressgasse, near the Alte Oper.

Sites to visit:
- The Roemer and the Roemerplatz, City Hall since 1405 and old town square
- Book Burning Memorial, site of the Nazi book burning
- Alte Nikolai Church, Gothic church built in 1290
- House Wertheim, the inner city's only original half-timbered house left at the end of WWII
- Eisener Steg, pedestrian bridge on the Main River, covered with Love Locks, & offering a great view of the skyline and the many museums lining the riverbanks.
- St Bartholomew, better known as the Kaiserdom, Imperial Church which was the site for 30 elections and 10 coronations of the Holy Roman Emperor going back to the 1100's
- Joerg Ratgeb's wall paintings in the Karmeliter Kloster (Carmelite Cloister), the largest religious wall paintings north of the Alps, painted in the early 1500's
- Stumble Stones (Stolper Steine), a unique way of commemorating the many victims who lost their lives under the Nazi regime
- Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall, a very personal memorial that the city of Frankfurt has created, to honor the memory of the 12,000 Frankfurt Jewish Citizens who lost their lives during the Holocaust, including Anne, Margot and Edith Frank
- Medieval Jewish Cemetery, one of the oldest and largest Jewish cemeteries in Germany
- Jewish Ghetto Wall, once part of the city's defensive walls built in 1180, it later became one of the walls that surrounded the Jewish Ghetto
- Klein Markt Halle (little market hall) this is a wonderful produce hall filled with fruits, vegetables, chocolates, pastries, cheeses, breads, meats, fish, and delicacies from around the world (closed on Sundays and holidays)
- The Bull and the Bear at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
- The Thurn and Taxis Palace, a reconstructed example of 18th Century Baroque architecture
- Eschenheimer Turm, an original guard tower from the city's outer defensive wall, built early 1400's
- Alte Oper, one of Europe's classic opera houses, once known as the most beautiful ruin in Germany
- The Goethe House, where Frankfurt's' favorite son was born
- Paulskirche, the location of Germany's very first democratically elected parliament in 1848
- Deutsche Orden Church (Teutonic Order of Knights) built in 1309
- Justinus Church in Höchst, built in 850

Posted by amercer3
2 posts

Thank you, Ms. Jo.

We will be at the Holiday Inn Express near the Central Station, arriving late on Sept. 5. On the 6th I think we will attempt to rail to Bingen, cruise to St. Goar and rail back to Frankfurt. On the 7th we will visit some of the sites you listed. I think our hotel is close to many of them.

I appreciate your help.

Ron Mercer