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How to Spend 1 Day in Frankfurt

How to Spend 1 Day in Frankfurt

Whether you’re visiting on a day trip, stopping en route to the Rhine Valley, or making the most of a layover, one day in Frankfurt is just enough time to these the highlights. There’s no time to spare, so plan your itinerary in advance, pre-book tickets for must-see attractions, or choose a tour that covers it all. Here are your options.

 

Morning: Hop Around Frankfurt

Maximize your time in Frankfurt by joining a guided city tour or hop-on hop-off bus tour, which takes the hassle out of navigating a new city. Listen to the onboard commentary as you drive along the riverside, stopping at the museum embankment and crossing the Friedensbruecke (Peace Bridge).

 

Continue through Frankfurt’s Financial District, the largest in Germany, where the 19th-century Frankfurt Stock Exchange building stands amid a sea of skyscrapers. Look for landmarks like the Goethe House (birthplace of author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), the Eschenheimer Tower (part of the city’s late-medieval fortifications), and the New Opera House, and perhaps climb the Main Tower for a spectacular view over the city.

 

Afternoon: Explore the Römerberg

The highlight of any Frankfurt tour is the Römerberg, the lively main square located at the heart of the Altstadt (Old Town). Lined with medieval half-timbered buildings, this area is home to the old and new Town Halls, the 12th-century St. Nicholas Church, and the Historical Museum.

 

A short stroll away, St. Paul's Church and St. Bartholomew's Cathedral are both worth a peek, while the Zeil is Frankfurt’s principal shopping boulevard. Be sure to stop by Frankfurt's Kleinmarkthalle, the main market hall, where you can sample local specialties from Frankfurter sausages to Frankfurter Kranz (cream cake).


Night: Cruise the Main River

Frankfurt’s modern skyline is even more impressive by night, and the best views are from the water. Set sail on an evening cruise along the Main River and enjoy a delicious dinner on board as you float past the glittering skyscrapers and illuminated landmarks.

 

If you’ve still got energy to spare after your cruise, the Sachsenhausen district is the most atmospheric place to experience Frankfurt’s nightlife. Sip a glass of Apfelwein (apple wine) at one of the historic wine taverns or join locals at one of the many bars or jazz clubs along Dreieichstrasse and Brückenstrasse.

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2-Hour Frankfurt City Tour by Open-Top Bus

2-Hour Frankfurt City Tour by Open-Top Bus

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Explore the best of Frankfurt on this guided, 2-hour sightseeing adventure around the city. Visit many of Frankfurt’s top attractions on board an open-top bus. See Frankfurt Central Station, the Museum Embankment, European Central Bank (Eurotower), the historic Römer city hall, St. Paul's Church, Frankfurt Cathedral and the Hauptwache, one of the most famous plazas in the city. Enjoy a detailed commentary about Frankfurt’s history, culture and architecture from the expert local guide while rolling along through this historic yet modern town.
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  • 2 hours
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Frankfurt City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Frankfurt City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Hit all the highlights of historic Frankfurt on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your one-day pass, create your own adventure with 14 possible stops including Römer (town hall), St Paul's Church, the Botanical Garden Palmengarten and the majestic Opera House. As you cruise through town aboard a double-decker coach, listen to interesting audio commentary (available in 12 languages) about the city’s history and culture.
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  • 8 hours
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Frankfurt Nighttime Cruise on the River Main

Frankfurt Nighttime Cruise on the River Main

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Cruise along the Main River at night, and see Frankfurt's skyline illuminated against the inky night sky. After starting from the Eisener Steg bridge, glide along the river and under many bridges as you admire the lit-up skyscrapers that dominate the cityscape. Buy drinks and snacks on board if you wish, and learn about Frankfurt's landmarks from the commentary as you go.
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  • 1 hour
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$15.58
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Frankfurt Dinner Cruise on the River Main

Frankfurt Dinner Cruise on the River Main

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Treat yourself to dinner on the River Main in Frankfurt with this evening cruise. As you cruise away from the northern side of the river, you'll soak up sights of the city's striking skyline and savor a 4-course dinner that features seasonal ingredients. Eat, cruise, and kick back in comfort with live music from the Riversight Dinner Duo, then return to the city at the end of the night.
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  • 3 hours
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Frankfurt Public Walking Tour With A Professional Guide

Frankfurt Public Walking Tour With A Professional Guide

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Cover 1,200 years of history, and learn how a sleepy medieval trade center became a cutting-edge financial capital, on this in-depth Frankfurt walking tour. Follow in the footsteps of kings, poets, and bankers as you venture deep into the birthplace of German democracy, once a part of the Holy Roman Empire. Tours include stops at close to ten history-packed locations.
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  • 2 hours
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$118.36
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Frankfurt Layover Private Sightseeing Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transport

Frankfurt Layover Private Sightseeing Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transport

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Discover top attractions in Frankfurt on this private 5-hour Frankfurt Airport layover sightseeing tour with round-trip airport transport. Cross the River Main with your private guide and gaze over the famous Museum Embankment. Stroll along the cobbled streets of Old Sachsenhausen and see the New Opera House, Hauptwache and Goethe House. Admire towering skyscrapers in the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Explore the Westend district, home to the Eschenheimer Tower, the Old Opera House and Senckenberg Museum. Marvel at the medieval Römer and Frankfurt Cathedral, and visit the bustling Market Hall. 
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  • 5 hours
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Frankfurt Private Walking Tour With A Professional Guide

Frankfurt Private Walking Tour With A Professional Guide

Learn how a sleepy medieval trade center became a cutting-edge financial capital on this in-depth walking tour of Frankfurt. Highlights include half-timbered houses and a 13th-century church, the birthplace of the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and the spot where German kings and emperors were once coronated. Tours depart every hour, so you’ll be sure to find a time to fit your schedule.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tour: Frankfurt City Highlights

Private Tour: Frankfurt City Highlights

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Discover top landmarks and famous sites in one of Germany’s most vibrant cities on this private 2.5-hour Frankfurt city highlights tour. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle and discover city attractions such as the medieval Römer, St Paul’s Church and Frankfurt Cathedral. Head into Old Sachsenhausen with your private guide, where locals enjoy coffee in buzzing cafes. Cross the Main River toward the Old Opera House and Hauptwache. Learn of 18th-century poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at Goethe House and admire soaring skyscrapers at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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