What to see in Frankfurt and surroundings in 7 days

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Martí Micolau

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Frankfurt is a large city in central Germany, the fifth largest of the country.
There are so many things to do and see and, in a week's time, you will be able to also set aside a few days for daily excursions, to discover what surrounds the city. Getting around will be very simple, thanks to the railway network or the numerous tours offered that depart every day.

Are you ready to go? Here what to see in Frankfurt and surroundings in 7 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much is a week in Frankfurt
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start this first day in Frankfurt with a welcome private tour with a local guide who will allow you to understand the best solutions to experience the city and have, with it, an excellent first approach.
Start from Romerberg, the main square of the city. Here are the Town Hall and Ostzeile, the eastern side of the square, with a series of 11 wooden buildings with typical architecture of the area.
Then reach the Kaiserdom, the cathedral of the city in Gothic style and built between the 9th and 00th centuries (12: 00-14: 30/20: 00-4,00: , free). If desired, there is the possibility to take part in guided tours inside the cathedral at a cost of € .
Another milestone is the Paulskirche (10: 00-17: 00, free), deconsecrated church but of great historical importance. Here, from 1848 to 1849, the first parliament of united Germany met.
For lunch, stop at Jamy's Burger (average cost per person € 10,00), and then continue to visit the historic center of Frankfurt.
In the afternoon we recommend that you visit the Goethehaus (Mon-Sat 10: 00-18: 00; Sun and holidays 10: 00-17: 30, € 7,00, reduced € 3,00) a reconstruction of the Goethe family home. Unfortunately the original was destroyed during the bombing of the Second World War. Goethe was one of the greatest exponents of world literature and Frankfurt was his birthplace.
End the day in the Old Town with a dinner at Walden's (average cost per person € 15,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,2 km / 15 min
  • Places visited: Old Town (free), Romerberg (free), Kaiserdom (free), Paulskirche (free), Goethehaus (€ 7,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 32,00
  • Frankfurt: Guided Tour of the Old Town
  • Lunch at Jamy's Burger (Get Directions), Dinner at Walden (Get Directions)

2 day

Start immediately with a visit to MMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst, located in the city center (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00, from € 12,00 depending on the exhibition). This museum, with a very particular architecture that resembles the shape of a slice of cake (which is why it is also nicknamed piece of cake), houses more than 5.000 works of art from the 60s to the present day.

For lunch stop at Kleinmarkthalle, one of the oldest markets in Frankfurt (Mon-Sat 8: 00-18: 00). In this market you will find stalls of all kinds and several bars and small restaurants where you can taste typical German cuisine. Stop to taste the typical Currywurst (average cost per person € 5,00) and then enjoy a walk among the various stands.
Enjoy a walk in Bethmann Park, a beautiful green area from which the Berger Straße, main street, here you will find numerous bars and shops to shop and go in search of the perfect souvenir.

End the day right in this area, perhaps having dinner at Harvey's (average cost per person € 15,00) and then stay along Berger Straße, which in the evening with its clubs comes alive and becomes one of the centers of nightlife.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 22 min
  • Places visited: MMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst (€ 12,00), Kleinmarkthalle (free), Bethmann Park (free), Berger Straße (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 32,00
  • Frankfurt: 3-hour bike tour
  • Lunch at Kleinmarkthalle (Get directions), Dinner at Harvey's (Get directions)

3 day

Pay a visit to Städel Museum (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00, Thu and Fri until 21: 00, € 14,00) one of the most beautiful museums in all of Frankfurt! With its many exhibits, the museum offers an overview of 700 years of European art history, with paintings, sculptures, photographs and graphic works by leading authors and painters.

After the visit enjoy one nice walk along the Mainpromenade and have lunch at Freigut Frankfurt, where you can eat Bratwurst and Currywurst accompanied by an excellent beer (average cost per person € 10,00), with a nice view over the city.
And speaking of beautiful views, after lunch stop for a moment at Ausichtspunkt auf die Skyline, a vantage point from which to admire the Frankfurt skyline!
Spend the afternoon visiting the neighborhood of Sachsenhausen, a young and trendy district of Frankfurt. Full of museums, clubs and shops, this area is great for tasting the city's famous drink, Apfelwein, apple wine.

End the day with a dinner at Kanonesteppel, a quaint place to eat German cuisine (average cost per person € 15,00). Then stop in the Sachsenhausen district, another center of the city's nightlife.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,3 km / 29 min
  • Places visited: Städel Museum (€ 14,00), Mainpromenade (free), Ausichtspunkt auf die Skyline (free), Sachsenhausen district (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00
  • Frankfurt: skyline hop-on hop-off tour or express
  • Lunch at Freigut Frankfurt (Get directions), Dinner at Kanonesteppel (Get directions)

4 day

Unmissable museum to visit: Senckenberg Naturmuseum, the city's natural history museum (9:00-18:00, €9,00).
This museum traces all the stages in the history of the earth and here, among dinosaur skeletons (with life-size reproductions) and many other animals, you can see the skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis, a hominid that lived a million years ago in Africa.

Have lunch in nearby Frankfurt and Friends (average cost per person € 15,00) and then head towards the Innenstadt.
Stop at Main Tower, one of the many skyscrapers that draw the Frankfurt skyline. But this is the only skyscraper open to the public, thanks to its panoramic terrace 200 meters high, from which you can admire the whole city (opening hours vary according to the season, generally open from 10:00 to 21:00 , € 7,50).
Then reach the bank of the river Main, more precisely the Primus-Linie Tickets, where take the boat to enjoy a nice panoramic tour along the river and admire the city from another point of view.
Stay in the Alt Stadt and dine at Gaststätte Zum Storch (average cost per person € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,8 km / 47 min
  • Places visited: Senckenberg Naturmuseum (€ 9,00), Main Tower (€ 7,50), cruise on the Main (€ 10,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 66,00
  • Frankfurt: panoramic boat tour
  • Lunch at Frankfurt and Friends (Get directions), Dinner at Gaststätte Zum Storch (Get directions)

5 day

Visit Heidelberg, famous for its university and romantic atmosphere given by its medieval historic center and the presence of the Neckar river which divides the city in two.
You reach it comfortably thanks to organized tour that starts directly from Frankfurt. Alternatively there is the direct train, from € 16,00 each way.

Once you arrive in Heidelberg, discover one of the most beautiful cities in germany accompanied by an expert guide, who will make you fall in love with the beautiful medieval old town, the Alt Stadt.
Start your tour from Marketplace, the old market square, the heart of the city. Here the beautiful looks out Church of the Holy Spirit, famous for the tomb of King Rupert III and his wife Elizabeth. Here you can also climb the bell tower and enjoy an incredible view of the Neckar and the whole city (11: 00-17: 00, church free; bell tower € 2,00).

Stop for lunch in the Altstadt, at Vetter's Alt Heidelberger Brauhaus (average cost per person € 15,00).
In the afternoon, visit Heidelberg Castle it is one of the most famous German castles and is located on the hill on the north side of the river (8:00 - 18:00, € 8,00.). From Dicker Turm, and from the whole castle in general, you can enjoy a beautiful view over the whole city! Also take advantage of it to take a walk in Castle Garden, the gardens behind the castle.
Finish the day with a dinner in the Alt Stadt, in the German restaurant Schnitzelhaus Alte Münz (average cost per person € 15,00) and then take the train back to Frankfurt.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 189 km / 2 h 46 min (by train); 6 hours the complete tour
  • Places visited: Altstadt (free), Marktplatz (free), Church of the Holy Spirit (free) and bell tower (€ 2,00), Heidelberg Castle (€ 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00; € 79 tour
  • Heidelberg: 6-hour tour from Frankfurt Heidelberg: 1-hour walking tour Heidelberg and Rhine combination tour from Frankfurt
  • Lunch at Vetter's Alt Heidelberger Brauhaus (Get directions), Dinner at Schnitzelhaus Alte Münz (Get directions)

6 day

Dedicate this sixth day to one of the most evocative places around Frankfurt, the Reno Valley. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is perfect to visit by boat, for an even more romantic and suggestive experience.
You can live this experience in two ways: either by joining the full-day tour from Frankfurt, or arriving independently to the city of Rüdesheim, where you can spend the morning, and then embark there for a one and a half hour cruise to discover the castles of the rhine valley. case, from Frankfurt you have to take the train to Mainz Hbf station and from there take the direct train to Rüdesheim (total travel time 1 hours).

Once you arrive in Rüdesheim, enjoy a walk through the streets of its historic center and along the Uferpromenade Rüdesheim, the promenade that runs along the entire Rhine. Admire sights such as the Adlerturm, Die Drosselgasse and Brömserburg from the outside.

Stop for a lunch break at Gutsausschank Herbert Philipp (average cost per person € 10,00) and then head to the banks of the Rhine, at pier 12 of the KD Ferry, to take part in your boat tour of the Rhine Valley Castles (cost per person € 8,40).
In an hour and a half of navigation you can admire Rheinstein Castle, Brömserburg Castle, the mouth of the Nahe River, the Binger Bridge, the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle and the famous Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. This surely is a tour you will not forget! We recommend that you book in advance to secure your place.

Once back in Rüdesheim, stop for dinner at the Quetschkommod (average cost per person € 15,00) and then take the train back to Frankfurt.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 131 km / 2 h 1 min (by car); 7 hours the complete tour
  • Places visited: Altstadt (free), Uferpromenade Rüdesheim (free), Rhine Valley cruise (€ 8,40)
  • Daily shopping: € 35,00; € 99,00 tour from Frankfurt
  • Rhine Valley: Day Tour from Frankfurt Rhine Valley Castles: Boat Tour from Rüdesheim
  • Lunch at Gutsausschank Herbert Philipp (Get directions), Dinner at Quetschkommod (Get directions)

7 day

Enjoy a little relaxation and silence away from traffic and visit the beautiful Palmengarten, a botanical garden of over 30 hectares! Among greenhouses, themed gardens, exotic plants, a small lake (it is possible to rent small boats and go around) and an area reserved for events and concerts, you can stroll through the paths completely surrounded by greenery (Feb-Oct 9: 00-18: 00; Nov-Jan 9: 00-16: 00, € 7,00).

Stop for lunch near the Palmengarten, perhaps at Bullys Burger (average cost per person € 10,00) and then take the S3, S4, S5 or S6 S-Bahn from Frankfurt West station to return to the historic center.
Since it is the your last afternoon in Frankfurt, take the opportunity to enjoy a final overview of the city with a fun and dynamic bike tour.
Take a seat in one of the bars in Römerberg, where you started discovering Frankfurt on the first day, and enjoy another good glass of Apfelwein.

End the day with a typical German dinner at the Römer Pils Brunnen restaurant (average cost per person € 20,00). We are sure this city will have stolen a piece of your heart!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,8 km / 1 h 2 min
  • Places visited: Palmgarten (€ 7,00), Altstadt (free), Römerberg (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 37,00
  • Lunch at Bullys Burger (Get directions), Dinner at Römer Pils Brunnen (Get directions)

How much is a week in Frankfurt

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Frankfurt, like most German cities, it is not an economic destination. But despite this, with the right precautions, you can manage to organize a low cost holiday. Take your time: book flights and hotels in advance, choosing the latter perhaps not in the historic center but in the neighboring districts, in order to still be in a central area. As for lunches and dinners, there are places suitable for all budgets, just avoid those that are too touristy.

  • starting from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Frankfurt: Guided Old Town Tour Frankfurt: 2,5-Hour Food Tasting and Tales Tour Frankfurt: 3-Hour Bike Tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 600,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Frankfurt: temperatures are mild and sunny days in the summer months, but if you don't fear the cold, the Christmas period is also particularly recommended - find out more
  • the city is served by the International Airport of Frankfurt am Main, which is about 10 km from the center. To reach it you have several alternatives, the most comfortable is the train (lines S8 or S9, ticket cost € 4,95) - find out more
  • the recommended area is the Innenstadt, the financial-commercial center of Frankfurt. Here you will find a wide range of hotels, hostels, b & bs and apartments, suitable for all budgets and needs. Furthermore, in this district you can easily move on foot and easily reach, thanks to the various main public transport stations, all the other districts.
  • Getting around: the best way to discover the city is on foot. Alternatively, you can use the efficient public transport network, which has several alternatives, including U-Bahn and S-Bahn (single fare € 2,40, day ticket € 6,20), buses (fare single € 2,85, day ticket € 10,50) or by tram (single fare € 2,75)
  • Recommended cards and passes: Frankfurt Card, includes an unlimited number of rides on all public transport in the city, including trips to the airport, 50% discounts on admissions to museums and various attractions, discounts on restaurants and hotels - buy your Frankfurt Card online

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