On first glance, the city of Frankfurt, formally known as Frankfurt am Main, appears to be merely a transit hub and center for international commerce. And given that its prominence in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Metropolitan area, the city’s commercial reputation is well-earned. Underlying this character, however, is a vibrant cultural life. Frankfurt may be known for its three-piece suits, but its social and artistic qualities are a veritable three-ring circus.
Day 1: Cultural Frankfurt
For one thing, Frankfurt sponsors the arts with more money than any other European city. As such, its exhibitions are always cutting edge. You can find many of these along the Main River in the Museumsufer District. Here the exhibits range from architecture to film to the city’s Jewish history. Other attractions include the city zoo and the beautiful Palmengarten, Frankfurt’s botanical garden. If you have several days to explore the city, the zoo and the Palmengarten are recommended for afternoon strolling after you’ve gotten acquainted with the city’s streets and transit system.
After you’ve seen some art, fauna and flora, you’ll probably want some food and drink. For all the staid businessmen, the city’s bar and club scene is among the best in Europe. In particular, you’ll want to check out the King Kamehameha Club. Why a German music venue is named for a famed Hawaiian monarch is anyone’s guess, but the club is a top stop for local, national and international acts.
Day 2: Historic Frankfurt
Of course, the city itself is an attraction of sorts. Dominating its skyline are the impressive Commerzbank Tower and the Messerturm building, both of which are the two tallest towers in the European Union, and the third and fourth-tallest towers on the continent. Downtown Frankfurt contains Römerberg, a neighborhood district that nods to the city’s medieval heritage. Here you will find various buildings in 14th and 15th century styles. While these were destroyed during the second World War, they were subsequently rebuilt according to their original designs. The Römer square is also lined with cafes and shops. This area is a good stop on your second day.
Day 3: Day Trips from Frankfurt
Consider taking a day trip to Rothenberg. Through Viator, you can book a motor coach tour that takes you through the scenic Spessart Mountains to Rothenberg, Germany’s “Jewel of the Middle Ages.” Rothenberg is a well-preserved medieval town with modern apportionments. In contrast to Frankfurt’s modernity, Rothenberg’s ramparts, church, town hall and city gates are pleasant reminders of Germany’s medieval past. The tour allows you time to browse the city’s historic shops, followed by lunch at the Restaurant Tilman Riemenschneider, named for a famous wood carver. After lunch, your guide will lead you on a walking tour, pointing out important landmarks and sharing historical anecdotes about the town.