Presentation of the destination
The financial capital of Continental Europe, home of the German Stock Exchange, and the home of the European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main is one of Germany’s most modern impressive cities, and boasts some of the most diverse crowds and best tourist attractions in Western Germany. It has the third-largest airport in Europe and has one of the biggest rail stations in the world. It is also where Germany’s major western Autobahns (freeways) intersect.About three million people call the urban area of Frankfurt home, and there are nearly six million in the metro area. Frankfurt has been inhabited since the first century by Germanic peoples that came to be known as the “Franks,” who eventually gave the city its name. Because it was located on a natural ford in the Main river, they called it “Frankenfurt,” which eventually shortened to become Frankfurt. A city rich with museums, biking paths, skyscrapers, gardens, and more, Frankfurt has much to do for tourists from near and far. It’s also easy to get almost anywhere in Germany from Frankfurt, since there are so many transport hubs here.
Points of interests / things to see
Officially called the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, this famous art museum has 600 paintings on display, as well as a collection of 100,000 drawings, prints, and 600 sculptures. In addition, there’s a library of 100,000 books in the museum.The museum has paintings from seven centuries, and five major eras of art. The Late Gothic, Renaissance, the Baroque period, the 19th century and the 20th century. The collection of drawings is so large that it is not a permanent display; instead, different works are rotated through every few months, ensuring that there is almost always new content to view at the museum.Here you’ll find works by Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer, Sandro Botticelli, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Beckmann. As well as collecting art, the museum employs scholarly studies of artwork and works to actively preserve the works held at the museum. Städel is well-known as one of the most art-conscious and faithful institutions for art preservation in Europe, and enjoys thousands of visitors monthly.The price for admission is €12.00, and only €10.00 on Saturday and Sunday.€14.00 on holidays. Free admission for Children under 12.Museum hours:Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 1000 (10:00AM) – 1900 (7:00PM)Thu, Fri 1000 (10:00AM) – 2100 (9:00PM)Monday: closed.
Film has, for much of Germany’s history, been an important art form and a culturally significant enterprise. There are two permanent exhibits here: the Pre-film era exhibit, in which optical illusions and “fun-houses” were popular. There are models of the Laterna Magica, raree shows, flip books, phenakistoscopes, and a walk-in camera obscura that points to the Frankfurt skyline and the Main river. There’s also a replica of the Grand Café in Paris that shows the first public film projection in 1895. The other exhibit is a behind-the-scenes look at film studios, techniques, special effects, art, and the technical process of film. Here you can re-enact a car chase inside a model car, or fly on a “magic carpet” over Frankfurt using tricks pioneered in film. Another great exhibit is a theater showing classic and historical films, showing them in their original versions where possible. This area of the museum has rotating exhibits, meaning that every so often new films and time periods will be featured.The film institute is located at Schaumainkai (Museumsufer) 4160596 Frankfurt am Main.General Admission price is €5. The Cinema (Theater) Admission price is €7. Opening hours:Tuesday to Sunday 1000 (10AM) - 1800 (6PM)Wednesday 10:00 (10AM) - 20:00 (8PM).Monday: closedFor more information or to make a reservation, call +49 (0)69 961 220 220.
The second largest natural history museum in Germany, this family-friendly gem is replete with reconstructed dinosaur skeletons and fossils. The museum building was built in 1907, and today has a huge collection. There’s a Parasaurolophus skeleton, a fossilized Psittacosaurus, and an Oviraptor specimen. There’s also, of course, a Tyrannosaurus rex, as well as an Iguanodon, and a favorite at the museum: a triceratops.You’ll also be able to see animal skeletons from many stages of life since the Cretaceous—there’s a Propaleotherium, an ancestor of the modern horse, a Rhamphorhynchus, which was a small flying dinosaur, and the only complete skeleton of a Placodus, an aquatic reptile.There are also plenty examples of nature from more recent history. There’s a reconstructed skeleton of “Lucy,” an Australopithecus afarensis, which is believed to be one of the earliest ancestors of humans. Then there’s the American Mammoth skeleton, the only one in Europe, a Komodo Dragon exhibit, the Quagga exhibit, which was a now-extinct Zebra relative that lived around 120 years ago, a sawfish, elk in their “natural” habitats, and much, much more.Hours:Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 0900 (9AM) - 1700 (5PM)Wednesday: 0900 (9AM) - 2000 (8PM)Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 0900 (9AM) - 1800 (6PM)Admission Prices: Adults (aged 16 - 65): € 8Adults 66 years and older: € 6.50Disabled adults from 50%: € 5.50Children and teenagers (aged 6 - 15): € 4
The childhood home of the famous writer and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was the house he was born into in 1749. A museum today, The house was sold by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s family in 1795. In 1863, Otto Volger bought the house and restored it to its former condition, as it was when Johann lived there. The house was completely destroyed in 1944 during World War II, then faithfully rebuilt, and was finished in 1951. Inside the Goethehaus is period-accurate furniture and era-specific decorations, as well as exhibits explaining what life was like in the time that Goethe lived. There’s also an extensive library on the grounds that holds Goethe’s and other works of his period. Opening Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1000 (10AM) – 1800 (6PM)Sunday and on public holidays, 1000 (10AM) – 1750 (5:30PM)The Goethe-House is not accessible for wheelchairs and baby carriages.Admission:Regular € 7Groups of 11 or more are € 5 per person.For groups of 20 or more, the price is € 4 per person.
With over 4,500 animals and 450 species, the Frankfurt Zoological Garden is one of the largest and oldest zoos in Germany. Frankfurt Zoo is in the middle of the inner city, and as such, is a great getaway from the urban landscape. They have African animals, aquatic dwellers like seals and otters, as well as tigers and lions. In the “Grzimek House,” you can tour the world of Madagascar.At the “Exotarium,” which is a combination aquarium and reptile house, you will encounter fish, sea horses, penguins, snakes, crocodiles, and more. There’s also the “Borgori Forest,” an ape/jungle house with gorillas and other primates.The Frankfurt Zoological Garden is located at Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 160316 Frankfurt. Admission: Adults (18 and over): € 10Children (6 and over): € 5Disabled persons (with a degree of disablement of 50% or more - only with ID): € 5Family tickets: € 25You can call the information hotline at (+49) 069-212-33735.
The fourth tallest building in Germany features incredible views of Frankfurt and the surrounding countryside from its public observation platform. The Main Tower, the fourth tallest in Frankfurt city as well, is also a place of art, with a painting by the American artist Bill Viola called “The World of Appearances,” as well as a wall mosaic called “Frankfurter Treppe” by Stephan Huber. Standard: € 6.50Reduced: € 4.50Family ticket: € 17.50 (2 adults, 2 children aged 6 to 12 years); € 2.00 (for each additional child)Group ticket: € 4.50 per person (groups of 30)Schoolchildren: € 4.00 per person (groups of 30)
The Römer is an ancient building dating to the medieval era of Frankfurt, and is one of the most culturally important buildings in the city. For 600 years this building has been the city hall, or “Rathaus,” and once belonged to a family with the surname “Römer” (hence its modern name). The Römer is still used by Frankfurt as a city office building and meeting place. While it’s not a museum, it’s worth seeing for its historical significance and its location among many other old and important Frankfurt buildings. You’ll find the Römer at Römerberg 19, 60311 Frankfurt, Germany.
Believe it or not, over 350,000 travelers move through this train station every single day. Yet it’s more than just a train station—it’s worth a look simply for the architecture, shops, and information offices. You can literally get lost in the Hauptbahnhof, as there are more than 25 platforms in five departure halls. There’s even a car rental office!Here you can change money and find last-minute travel gifts or necessities. The Bahnhof also connects directly to the airport. The address is 60329 Am Hauptbahnhof, Frankfurt (Main), Germany.
This Catholic cathedral was built in the Gothic style and was historically the largest church in Frankfurt. Built originally in the 14th and 15th centuries, the church was almost completely destroyed in the Allied bombing of Frankfurt in World War II. The Allies believed that by destroying the culturally significant buildings and works of Germany, they could dispirit the German people and reduce public support for the war. In the 1950s, the church was rebuilt. It is sometimes called the “Imperial Cathedral” by Germans, since this was the church in which the old Holy Roman Emperors were elected. It’s located at Weckmarkt 15, 60311 Frankfurt, Germany.
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How to get there ?
Frankfurt is generally easy to get to by any means, since it is a major transport hub for all of Germany. By air, you can fly into Frankfurt Airport, which has free public Wi-Fi. The airport features nonstop flights to 286 cities. You can easily reach downtown Frankfurt from here by taking bus 61, or by taking the train on lines S8 or S9.The city is very bike-friendly, and you’ll find bicycle rental kiosks all over the place. There are also a multitude of taxis, which tend to be fairly inexpensive. The buses aren’t bad, either, but the Deutsche Bahn, or German trains, are where Frankfurt transportation really shines. The city’s Hauptbahnhof carries over 350,000 people every day, and has travel routes almost everywhere in Germany. http://www.deutschebahn.com/en/start.html.If you’re driving, you’re in for a treat: no fewer than 5 autobahns intersect in Frankfurt, and its west-central location within Germany means you can be on your way to almost anywhere else in the large European nation in a short time. The Autobahn 5 goes south to Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, while the 3 goes east to Würzburg, Nürnburg, and München, or you can take the 3 west to Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Dortmund, and more.
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