Main TowerThere is no better place to get a great view of Frankfurt’s skyline than the observatory on the 55th floor of the Main Tower, Frankfurt’s highest vantage point. The observation deck is well suited to take great selfies of Frankfurt’s impressive skyline as there is a deck below, so there’s no need for a big fence to obstruct your view. Visitors get wonderful views of Romerberg (Frankfurt’s historic center), the skyline, Main River, Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof and more. Typically I would advise people to visit an observation deck just before sunset to take in the scenery as daylight transitions to night. But be advised that if you want to do this expect to wait so allow an hour to be on the safe side. If you don’t want to potentially wait in line, visit when Main Tower opens at 10 am. You can also enjoy lunch, dinner or cocktails at Main Tower Restaurant and Lounge, a great date idea. It is excellent value to visit Main Tower too!
Admission Prices for Main Tower
|Family ticket:||EUR 20,00 (2 adults, up to 3 children aged 6 to 12 years) EUR 2,00 (for each additional child)|
|Group ticket:||EUR 6,00 per person (from groups of 30)|
|School pupils:||EUR 5,00 per person (from groups of 30)|
Frankfurt River Cruise Along the Main RiverAnother great way to enjoy 2 days in Frankfurt is embarking on a river cruise down the Main River. Boats depart from multiple docks near Eisener Steg (Iron Bridge) regularly, with options of 50, 60 and 100-minute cruises. The 100-minute cruise is just $16.35 USD. Especially when the weather is good, a river cruise is picturesque and relaxing to enjoy Frankfurt. Gab a drink at the bar and sit on the ship’s outdoor deck. If you go towards Gerbermühle, you have the option to get off the boat and spend an hour there. In summer you might want to purchase tickets in advance to be on the safe side, but I just rocked up 15 minutes before a 1pm cruise departed and bought my ticket. A great idea for romantic night is a Frankfurt dinner cruise on the River Main. Soak up the city’s striking skyline over a 4-course dinner that features seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a live performance from the Riversight Dinner Duo as you cruise. The Frankfurt dinner cruise costs from $85.49 USD per person.
RömerbergRömerberg is the historic center of Frankfurt that was re-built in 1986, as much of the center of Frankfurt was destroyed during World War II. A highlight of Römerberg is the traditional half-timbered architectural style. Recently, the second part of the historic city center was rebuilt, with 15 out of 28 houses built as original reconstructions. Romerberg is a great place to have lunch, dinner, or a drink outside when the weather is good. If all the outside tables are full, another popular place in the area with a nice view from the terrace is Paulaner Dom, next to Frankfurter Dom. It’s a must when spending 2 days in Frankfurt.
SachsenhausenSachsenhausen is a historic neighborhood just across the Main River from Romerberg. This neighborhood wasn’t bombed as heavily during the war and features many buildings that have been around for centuries. Sachsenhausen is also where some of Frankfurt’s hippest bars and most traditional restaurants are located. Walk across the Eisener Steg (Iron Bridge) around sunset for dramatic views of the sun setting over Frankfurt.
Enjoy Apple Wine (Apfelwein) and Green Sauce (Grüne Soße) in a Traditional RestaurantApple wine has been a popular drink in Frankfurt for over 250 years. If you have a small group, consider ordering apple wine the traditional way, from a bembel. A traditional bembel is a large ceramic jug decorated in blue and white colors. Daheim Lorsbacher Thal in the Sachsenhausen neighborhood is an excellent place to enjoy apfelwein and delicious food. They serve over 200 varieties of apple wine. You can also choose a sample menu that pairs four traditional small dishes with four small apple wines.
Frankfurt’s Traditional Green SauceFrankfurt’s Grüne Soße (green sauce) is a typical local dish not found elsewhere in Germany. It’s a tasty vitamin rich probiotic blend of 7 herbs mixed with sour cream, vinegar, mustard, salt and topped with hard boiled eggs and chives. It’s typically served cold and sometimes even paired with schnitzel on Frankfurt menus.
KleinemarkethalleThe Kleinemarkethalle is a great place to grab a quick lunch or snack. This historic indoor market is the place to go for fresh produce, nuts, spices, meats and more. Also popular at the Kleinemarkethalle are Frankfurters, sausages traditionally made with pork meat and enjoyed in Frankfurt since the 13th century. Consider joining the queue at Metzgerei Schreiber, an iconic sausage stall that hasn’t changed the way they operate since 1954. But avoid going during lunch hours as the line is very long. My guide Jens informed me that the sausages from the quieter stall just across are equally good. So if the line looks longer than 10-15 minutes at Metzgerei Schreiber, go elsewhere if you want a quick takeaway sausage, especially if you just have 2 days in Frankfurt.
Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom)Many emperors and kings were once crowned inside Frankfurt Cathedral. Buried in the vast chapels and cloisters are many royals and members of important families of the Middle Ages. Like much of Frankfurt, Frankfurt Cathedral was re-built following World War II.
Frankfurt MuseumsFrankfurt is packed with great museums, and the choice of which ones you should visit comes down to personal preference. Most people should pick one or two museums to visit on a 2-day visit to Frankfurt. Here are several of the most famous to choose from.
Goethe HouseThe Goethe House is one of the most popular museums in Frankfurt. The museum is the re-built house where famous writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born in 1749. This is a great place to visit for those interested in literary history, art and antiques.
Städel MuseumThe Städel Museum is one of the oldest and most significant museums in Germany. The Städel’s collections include masterpieces spanning several centuries of art.
Historisches MuseumThe newly re-opened Historisches Museum is right on the doorstep of Römerberg. If you want to learn about the history of Frankfurt in an interactive way, this is the place to go.
Liebieghaus SkulpturensammlungThe Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung (sculpture collection) features a picturesque garden in Frankfurt’s Museum Embankment. The museum offers a unique overview of the evolution of sculpture, with masterpieces representing 5,000 years of works.
MMK Museum of Modern Art (für Moderne Kunst)The MMK Museum of Modern Art houses one of Europe’s leading modern art collections in an impressive example of post-modern architecture. The collection includes fantastic works of European and American art from the 1960s to current pieces of international contemporary art.
German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum)The German Film Museum is among seven film museums in Germany. Interesting exhibits, historical equipment, interactive stations and large film projections invite you to experience the fascination of film.
The “Old Opera” dates back to 1880. The building was destroyed during bombings on March 23rd, 1944. It reopened after extensive reconstruction on August 28th, 1981. Alte Oper is a great place to enjoy a concert so check the schedule on their website. There’s great fine dining with outdoor terraces next to the Opera House as well. It’s worth at least strolling by to admire the architecture.
Where to Stay For Your 2 Days in FrankfurtI stayed at 25hours Hotel the Trip. Each floor of 25hours Hotel The Trip is themed with adventurous journeys and legendary expeditions. This stylish hotel is packed with modern amenities and a comfortable bed. You can make use of a fashionable day bag hanging in the room to carry belongings around town. Amenities include a rooftop igloo sauna, cinema, reading room and a psychedelic meeting room. Rooms start at around $95 per night. They also have multiple suites, including the 61 sq meter Macchu Picchu Suite with a kitchenette. Buffet breakfasts at the adjoining restaurant, Bar Shuka, where “Israel meets Palestine” are one of the best I’ve come across. Items like freshly carved prosciutto and parma ham, smoked salmon, artisan breads and shakshuka (eggs poached in tomatoes, chili peppers and garlic, spiced with cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and nutmeg) are among the highlights. There’s also a press to make fresh squeezed orange juice, along with fresh mint and spices. Breakfasts are definitely worthwhile, as it’s superior to some luxury hotels I’ve stayed in.