Karyn Wofford is a freelance writer in the fields of travel, eco-tourism, and wellness. She’s an avid traveler and Georgia native. She grew up with a passion for travel, exploring everything from the mountains to the ocean, and continues to find new and unique things to do in the places she travels.
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While too often in the shadows of Munich, Berlin and Cologne, Frankfurt is a top destination in Germany. A mixture of old churches and structures, along with sleek new high rises, have added complexity, and a variation of experiences to the gem of a city. From walks down cobblestone paths to boutique and cafe laden nooks, visitors will be ecstatic that they decided to make the detour. Frankfurt has been up and coming for centuries, and it’s about time travelers take notice. Treat yourself, and dedicate some time to exploring the best things to do in one of the largest cities in Germany.
Yes, this is a vast category, but so many museums in Frankfurt are worth a mention. The Städel Museum is a captivatingly grand building housing art from as far back as the 14th century. For an interesting experience, the Dialog Museum tests the senses with bizarre exhibits that for example, leave you in total darkness. Many establishments are located in a specific area known as Museumsufer, which is stunningly set by the Main river. If you venture this art and history-rich part of Frankfurt, there will be a plethora of iconic and modern exhibits to see.
Walk, bike, or just sit along the Mainkai, where one can get the best overall glimpse of Frankfurt’s skyline. The river flows right by the walkway, so some opt to take a short day cruise to see the sites from a different perspective. Many famous landmarks are located along the Mainkai. Surprisingly peaceful for an urban area, coming to this lovely spot is a perfect way to soak it all in.
Berger Strasse, or Berger Street, is a lively stretch overflowing with interesting shops and a load of restaurants with all kinds of cuisine, from Asian, American, to European of course. A full day could be filled here quite easily. Stop in a pub for a beer and snack, buy some souvenirs, or just enjoy the fun environment of one of the more well-known streets in the area. Bonus–the architecture is quite adorable, too.
Dive further into the arts by visiting the English Theatre, a humble but adorable auditorium where you can see local actors live on stage. The plays are truly spectacular and overflowing with talent. Everything is done in a charming, old fashioned way, from the sets to the music. Plays are, in fact, in English. Great for a night out, you can also grab a drink before the show starts.
Palmengarten is an oasis of a variety of tropical and native foliage overflowing through outdoor and indoor sanctuaries. Ponds, small animals, stunning blooms and peaceful paths define Palmengarten as a true daytime escape. Take a paddle boat into the small lake, or let the little ones hop aboard the tiny train. This is just one of the many natural attractions in Frankfurt.
Schnitzel is one of those dishes that have to be tried in German, and Apfelweinwirtschaft Proletariat is a phenomenal place to do it. More of a “cheap eats” place, the menu is loaded with native German favorites. Whatever you opt to munch, wash it down with one of the famous ciders, which have a pleasing sour tart taste. Some, however, say the taste is an acquired one.
The term “frankfurter” definitely has a background, and that background is from Frankfurt, Germany. Originating as long, tasty boiled sausages that are accompanied by bread, mustard, horseradish and sometimes potato salad, only official local versions tout the title “Frankfurter Würstchen”. Best Worscht In Town, a bright red little snack shack, really does have some of the best franks in the area, served with rustic bread and thick cut fries. Customers rave about the chili spiced Currywurst consistently.
Dompfarrei St. Bartholomäus might be one of the most significant sites in the city, and as of roughly 300 years ago, emperors were coronated here. Aside from its impressive past, the structure is towering and intricately ornate. When visiting, you can make the long trek up to the bell tower for the most jaw-dropping views of the city.
November and December bring the Frankfurt Christmas Market, a festive collaboration of decked halls, authentic craft vendors, carols and some seriously cozy holiday ambiance. This top Christmas market in Germany is not to be missed. Event goers fill up on spiced mulled wine, sausages, real gingerbread and other native treats that puff heavenly aromas into the air. Sure, visitors have a small yearly window to experience the market, but if you love Christmas, it’s worth making it happen. Since this has been a tradition since the 1300s, it’s safe to say this would be an event for the books.