What to see in Frankfurt in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Frankfurt am Main is among the main German cities with a typical Northern European style and a suggestive atmosphere to be discovered among its streets full of architecture in different styles. From half-timbered houses to Gothic churches, all reinforced by the river that crosses the city giving it an enchanting charm. Surely a day is not enough to visit Frankfurt far and wide, but if you are in Germany it is really worth a visit.
Here's what you absolutely must see in Frankfurt in one day!


  1. One day itinerary in Frankfurt: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Frankfurt: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Frankfurt: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Frankfurt: Morning

1 - Frankfurt Cathedral and Römerberg Square

The visit of the city can only start from the beautiful cathedral, also known as Kaiserdom. But first make a good one breakfast at the Metropol Kaffeehaus am Dom, located within walking distance of the attraction. Here you can load up with excellent coffees and sweets for a total of about € 10,00.

After breakfast you will be ready to visit the marvelous cathedral for free. This impressive Catholic church it is the most important in the city even if in reality it was never a cathedral but a collegiate church. The Gothic style dates back to the very first construction but has remained intact despite the various restorations that have taken place over time and still today amazes both inside and outside with its bell tower, three naves and a large atrium. After the visit of the cathedral, a few steps away is Römerberg, the main square, with the fountain of Justice in the center and surrounded by buildings with a particular half-timbered architecture such as the town hall and the church of San Nicola. The square is also full of shops, bars and restaurants, so take the time to take photos, take a short break and take your time!

2 - Church of San Nicola and Historical Museum

From the Römerberg square you will see a very high bell tower with pleasantly contrasting colors. You are standing in front of the church of San Nicola, a secondary and small church but still unmissable for anyone in the square. A Gothic masterpiece dating back to the second half of the 51th century. Inside there are only two naves, but bells ring in the bell tower. The entrance to the church is free and the visit will take you less than 30 minutes.

Soon after, head towards the river and just a minute's walk away you will find the Historical Museum, the ideal place to discover the history of the city told through cultural material of various kinds. The exhibition is set up in chronological order starting from the Middle Ages to the present day with periodic special exhibitions. Admission costs € 8,00 full and € 4,00 reduced.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 500 m / 6 min
  • Places visited: cathedral (free), Römerberg square (free), St. Nicholas church (free), Historical Museum (€ 8,00)
  • guided tour in the old city hop-on hop-off bus tour 3 hour bike tour
  • Where to have breakfast: Metropol Kaffeehaus am Dom, Weckmarkt, 15 (Get Directions)

One day itinerary in Frankfurt: Afternoon

1 - MMK Museum

After the visit of the Historical Museum, move in about 5 minutes on foot to the lunch at the Margarete restaurant, a simple and modern place where you can taste typical and gourmet proposals at an average cost of about € 25,00 per person.

After refreshing yourself, the MMK Museum awaits you, a modern art museum whose admission costs € 16,00 full and € 8,00 reduced e the visit takes at least 2 and a half hours. The museum was founded in 1981 however, for reasons related to the design and construction, it only opened its doors in 1991. Its shape is so particular that it resembles a triangular piece of cake and not recognizing it is really impossible. Inside, the legacy of the German collector Karl Ströher is exhibited, consisting of 65 minimalist and Pop Art works that, however, also leave room for some works by emerging and still unknown artists regularly exhibited since 2007.

2 - Goethe House and Alte Oper

After the visit of the MMK Museum, Goethe House is an 8 minute walk away, an interesting house museum dedicated to the writer and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in which he himself lived with his family until 1765. Admission costs € 7,00 full and € 3,00 reduced.
The structure has the typical half-timbered architecture raised on three floors in which it is possible to admire aexhibition of paintings and photographs of baroque, classicist and romantic artists as well as of course the original furnishings and objects belonging to the writer's family.

When you have finished discovering the Goethe House walk another 10 minutes to the Opernplatz, the square that houses the Alte Oper or the Opera House where many important works were presented for the first time. It has a long history of construction, destruction and restoration behind it, but nevertheless still today it is preserved in all its beauty. It is possible to visit it as well as attend the shows proposed and the cost of the visit is € 8,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 19 min
  • Places visited: MMK Museum (€ 16,00), Goethe House (€ 7,00), Alte Oper (€ 8,00)
  • Frankfurt Card: visit Frankfurt at the best price panoramic boat tour
  • Where to have lunch: Margarete, Braubachstraße, 18 (Get directions)

One day itinerary in Frankfurt: Evening

1 - Dinner and Main Tower

Enjoy a relaxing price at the 22nd Lounge & Bar choosing from burgers and delicious dishes accompanied by excellent drinks for a total of about € 30,00 per person.

Then walk towards the Main Tower, the most famous skyscraper in the city! Climb on its beautiful panoramic terrace accessible via two rotating platforms that will make you admire one crazy skyline of the city. The entrance ticket costs € 7,50 full and € 5,00 reduced. Here you can also stop for a drink and spend the rest of the evening sipping a good drink in front of the suggestive windows.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 120 m / 1 min
  • Places visited: Main Tower (€ 7,50)
  • 2,5-hour tasting tour and food stories Food Hopping tour by Soul Food and Cult Drinks
  • Where to dine: 22nd Lounge & Bar, Neue Mainzer Str, 66 (Get Directions)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to go: from May to September the climate is milder, while in winter the temperatures drop below freezing and it often snows giving the city the beautiful atmosphere typical of northern Europe - more info on climate and best time in Frankfurt
  • City Card: The Frankfurt Card gives you free access on all public transport, including transport to / from the airport, and discounted admission from 20 to 50% to most of the city's attractions. 1 day € 10,50 / 2 days € 15,50
  • the city has its own airport which is only 11,5 km away from the center and is also perfectly connected by an efficient railway network - Flights starting from € 30,00 -
  • Getting around: the center can be easily explored on foot or by bicycle, while for longer journeys, the city has an excellent network of buses, trains, trams and metro - more info on how to get around Frankfurt

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

As with all cities, one day is never enough! Unfortunately with only one day available you will have to give up some attractions simply for lack of time but certainly not because it would not be worth it. Some sites like the zoo and parks are really beautiful, but they take several hours to visit. Ditto the museums which, although all interesting, it is better to include only the main ones in the itinerary.
Here are what they are attractions to avoid in one day in Frankfurt:

  1. Palm Garden, takes at least 3 hours to visit
  2. Frankfurt Zoo, it takes at least 2 hours to visit and is also located a bit far from the center
  3. German Film Museum, is a museum among the most common that can also be visited elsewhere if you have more time and is also located on the other side of the river, thus moving away from the historic center
  4. Bethmann Park, it is a beautiful park on the edge of the historic center but it requires a long walk that is certainly more suitable having more days available
  5. Städelsches Kunstinstitut, it is an art gallery but it is located on the other side of the river so you can also give it up as you have already visited the central MMK art museum

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