What to see in Frankfurt in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Versatile and chameleonic city, seat of the European Central Bank, Frankfurt is located on the banks of the river Main, in central Germany, and is a city to discover in its ancient alleys of the Alstadt (the oldest part) and in its modern boulevards, in which majestic and very high skyscrapers rise and stand out.
The city is famous for being the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, whose house now used as a museum is one of the most visited attractions in the city.
Here's what to see in Frankfurt in 3 days.


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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Romerberg, Wertheim House, St. Nicholas Church, Customs Tower

We start our day with a reinforced breakfast at the Romer Bembel: a quaint place overlooking Romerberg, one of the main squares in Frankfurt. We opt for a coffee and a dish with five different types of frankfurters (total € 14,70 per person).

The marvelous square in which we find ourselves develops around the Romer, the building which for more than 600 years housed the town hall and inside which the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned. In the center of the square is the Fountain of Justice, next to which there is now a commemorative plaque of the book burning, which took place in 1933, during the Nazi period.

We continue our walk towards the church of San Nicola (Alte NIkolaikirche): very small and in Gothic style, characterized by beautiful stained glass windows, famous for having been visited by Martin Luther in April 1521. Do not miss the view from the bell tower (entrance fee: € 1,50). South of the Romerplatz we will find Wertheim House: the only one to have survived the bombings of 1944.
Continuing towards the river, the Dogana Tower (Rententurm), where tolls were once collected for commercial activities along the river.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Cathedral, Jewish Cemetery and Main Tower

We have lunch in a small typically German fast food restaurant "Hanz and Franz", where we choose a plate of fries and two rundwurst, at the modest cost of € 6,00.

Immediately after we head towards the cathedral (Kaiserdorm St. Bartholomaus), where the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned from 1356 to 1562. It was built between 200 and 400 and rebuilt in 1857, following a fire.
After the visit to the cathedral, we are preparing to visit the Jewish cemetery: a touching place of memory, where a series of metal cubes on which visitors often place pebbles (according to an ancient Jewish tradition), commemorate the 11.000 Jews who lost their lives during the Shoah (entrance fee: € 6,00 , per person).

At the end of the afternoon, we decide to enjoy the sunset from the Main Tower (one of the most famous skyscrapers in the city, 56 floors high), which offers a wonderful view over the city (entrance fee: € 7,50 adults, € 5,00 children under 12).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Via dello Zeil

We have dinner at Romer Pils Brunnen, opting for a typical German dish based on boiled meat, sauerkraut, wurstel, potatoes, sausages and beer, (€ 15,00 per person) and then we relax walking along the Zeil street: a pedestrian area, full of shops and clubs.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,2 km / 53 min
  • Places visited: Romerberg (free), Casa Wertheim (free), Church of San Nicola (€ 1,50), Torre della Dogana (free), Cathedral of San Bartolomeo (free), Jewish Cemetery (€ 6,00), Main Tower ( € 7,50), Via dello Zeil (free)
  • guided tour in the old city hop-on hop-off tour of the skyline or express
  • breakfast: Romer Bembel (Get Directions); lunch: Hanz and Franz (Get directions); dinner: Romer Pils Brunnen (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Hochst district

We have breakfast at Café Hauptwache and opt for a homemade potato soup (€ 6,80 per person) and head towards Hochst The, one of the oldest suburbs on the outskirts of the city, who escaped the bombings of 1944.
The bus line to take is 36 to Wohlerstrabe (which we can reach on foot in about 15 minutes from the Cafè), get off at the Frankfurt (Main) Westbahnhof stop and take bus 50 to the Unterliederbach West stop (€ 2,75 single ride) .

This old neighborhood is characterized by half-timbered houses all colored surrounding the main square, with medieval features, in front of which stands the white castle (now closed to the public), whose gardens can be freely visited.
A few minutes away we decide to visit too the beautiful gardens of the baroque Palazzo Balongaro (not open to visitors), full of plants, birds and swans.
We spend the rest of the morning in the narrow streets of the neighborhood, stumbling upon a characteristic city market, among stalls of flowers, fruit and typical sweets.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Stedal Museum

We stop for lunch in one of the many Shnellimbiss: le street food stalls which can be found on the street corners of the center, opting for a Leberkase: a full-bodied round sandwich, filled with a baked sausage, made up of minced beef, peppers, onions and bacon (€ 3,80).

From Hochst train station taking the train to the central station, the ride takes about 30 min and costs € 2,75. From the station the museum is 1 km away, about 11 minutes on foot.
We dedicate the afternoon entirely to visit of the Stedal Museum (entrance fee: € 14,00 or € 6,00 with the Frankfurt Card): a huge museum on three levels, which tells about art from the late Middle Ages to the contemporary period. The complete visit of the museum takes about three hours.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Sachsenhausen

For dinner we recommend a small restaurant, the Lorsbacher Thal, where we can order a very good pork shank boiled with green sauce (€ 9,50).
We stop in the Sachsenhausen district: a trendy neighborhood in the heart of the city, considered the stronghold of apple cider (Apfelwein). We decide to stop in one of the lively bars in the neighborhood and try it out (average cost: € 2,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 22,6 km / 4 h 41min
  • Places visited: Hochst (free), Stedal Museum (€ 6,00), Sachsenhausen (free)
  • 2,5-hour tasting tour and gastronomic stories 3-hour bike tour
  • breakfast: Cafe Hauptwache (Get directions); lunch: Shnellimbiss; dinner: Lorsbacher Thal (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Willy-Brandt Platz, Goethe's House

We have breakfast at Cafè & Bar Celona, ​​where we have the possibility to choose between many sweet and savory dishes, which cheer up a colorful buffet (fixed price: € 14,00) and after the charge we set out to discover the Willy-Brandt Platz which it is located right in the vicinity of the venue.

At the center of the square we admire the beautiful Fountain of fairy tales (Marchenbrunnen): a precious example of early twentieth century Art Nouveau, in which a nymph is represented.
The square is the most important financial center of the city, because the Eurotower stands right there: the skyscraper seat of the European Central Bank (not open to visitors), in front of which stands a contemporary monument representing the euro symbol.

In the second part of the morning we dedicate a visit to the Goethe House (Goethehaus), now used as a museum, in which the original conformation and furnishings of the house have been maintained and in which many memories related to the life of the writer and his family are exhibited (entrance fee: € 7,00) .

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, boat trip on the Main, Palmengarten

For lunch we decide to opt for the Gasthaus Zum Eseirnern Steg and choose a dish based on mustard sausage accompanied by a beer, at a cost of € 20,00.
Having eaten lunch, for our last afternoon we decide to admire the city from a truly original perspective, through a boat trip on the Main (from € 10,00 per person).

The options available are so many, depending on the needs and the time available. We choose to sail south, so we will have the opportunity to travel the waters of the Main and the Rhine and to admire from afar cities such as Mainz, Eltville and Rudesheim. The cost varies according to the excursion. If you are in possession of the Frankfurt card, please do so at the time of booking.
All excursions depart from the quay on the Eseirnern Steg - book the panoramic boat tour online

We spend the rest of the afternoon at the Palmengarten: a public garden founded in 1868, containing over 6.000 different botanical species (entrance fee: € 7,00 adults, € 2,00 children, € 6,00 groups). Take the U4 metro line towards Bockenheimer Warte from here the U7 line towards Enkheim get off at Westend, from here it's a 6 minute walk (€ 2,40).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Walk on the banks of the river

For our last dinner we head to the Gerbermuhle: a restaurant located inside a mill dating back to the th century, which is right on the banks of the river.
From the central station with the S2 train to Offenbach (Main) Kaiserlei, it takes about 15 minutes (€ 2,75), from there continue on foot for 1,5 km.

The panoramic view of the city is truly breathtaking, a perfect landscape to enjoy some typical dishes. A dinner consisting of appetizer, main course, dessert and beer is around € 40,00.

As a last activity we limit ourselves to admire the city skyline, from the calm banks of the Main, fixing in our minds a truly suggestive and unforgettable city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 10,6 km / 2 h 15min
  • Places visited: Willy-Brandt Platz (free), Goethehaus (€ 7,00), trip to the Main (from € 9,90), Palmengarten (€ 7,00)
  • panoramic boat tour helicopter tour of southern Hesse
  • breakfast: Cafè & Bar Celona (Get directions); lunch: Gasthaus Zum Eseirnern Steg (Get Directions); dinner: Gerbermuhle (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Frankfurt cost

Frankfurt, like most cities in Germany, it is not an economic destination. However, with the right precautions it is possible to spend three days in this beautiful city, without incurring too much expense. Below is the average estimate of the costs to be incurred.

  • Costs to eat: about € 40,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 15,00 per person per day (following the itinerary suggested by us and being in possession of a Frankfurt Card)
  • Transportation: The standard cost of public transport is € 2,75 (one ride); € 5,35 (day ticket). In case of purchase of the Frankfurt card the price is € 26,00 per person (there is no card valid for three days, so you will need to buy one for 1 day for € 10,50 and one for 2 days for € 15,50 , for a total of € 26,00)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 15,00 per person per day (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Frankfurt: from € 350,00 per person (flights excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Frankfurt: the best period is between May and September, when the climate remains mild - more info on when to go to Frankfurt
  • How to get from Frankfurt Hahn Airport to the city center: Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn is 120 km away, and is served by many low-cost airlines. It is connected to Frankfurt station by FLIBCO bus which with € 16,00 (journey time 1 hour and a half). Or with private service (book online)
    Flights starting from € 20,00 -
  • How to get from Frankfurt am Main Airport to the city center: Flughafen am Main is 12 km away and is connected by S-Bahn trains S8 and S9 (departures every 15 minutes, journey time 11 minutes, cost € 4,95)
    Compare flights - from € 20,00
  • we recommend the district of Innenstadt, the financial-commercial center, where there are numerous hotels and hostels, suitable for all budgets and all needs. In this district there are also the main stations of the city
    Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • Getting around: the city is on a human scale, can be visited on foot. However, there is an efficient public transport system: metro, trains, trams and buses. We do not recommend renting a car, due to excessive traffic during peak hours and the high cost of parking - more info and advice on costs and public transport
  • Other: we recommend the purchase of the Frankfurt Card, which allows you to take advantage of discounts for many attractions

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