7 Top historical and cultural tourist attractions in Frankfurt

Frankfurt Germany

Featuring a futuristic skyline and the third largest airport in Europe, the German city of Frankfurt has plenty of historical and cultural attractions for a visitor to enjoy. Famous for the Frankfurt Auto Show and the Frankfurt Book Fair, the city is Germany’s business and financial epicentre. Home to the European Central Bank and the German Stock Exchange, the city is a welcoming myriad of contrasts.

Goethe fans and visitors to the city can pay homage to Frankfurt’s world renowned citizen and Germany’s most important writer – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s birthplace. The original house was destroyed during World War 2, but has been replaced with the Goethe town house displaying original furniture, paintings and books of the Goethe family. A visitor is still offered a valuable insight into the time of 19th century Frankfurt life which marks this house a worthy tourist attraction.

A visit to Frankfurt is incomplete without a stop at the Städel Museum. The art museum is one of Germany’s top museums, housing collections since 1878. More than 2,900 paintings and around 100,000 drawings and prints provides a wide-ranging insight into 700 years of European art history (from Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the baroque era and Classical Modernism to present day). Illustrious names such as Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer, Sandro Botticelli, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Beckmann grace the walls of this museum.

Romerburg is the historic heart and soul of Frankfurt and prides itself on showcasing its rich history and heritage. The town hall, for example, has been in existence since 1405. It can be argued that the historic square where the first trade fairs were held in Frankfurt since the 13th century was the beginning of Frankfurt being a mega city for trade fairs.

The Museum of Modern Art takes its pride of place on the tourist’s itinerary list. The list of famous names within its walls is extensive and includes the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, and Gerhardt Richter. The bold architecture of the triangular-shaped museum is a treat for architecture fanatics.

The Palmengarten botanical garden in Frankfurt is a vision of horticulture paradise featuring African savannahs, exotic plants of rain forests and flower gardens. The exquisite gardens, established in 1868, promise a journey of exploration through 50 hectares of greenhouses housing more than 6 000 botanical species from across the globe.

A great popular attraction with visitors is the Stadtwald or City Forest, south of the city. Spanning an area of 48 sq kilometres, this forest is the largest inner city forest in Germany which has among its notable features, six playgrounds and nine ponds.

Open to the public is Main Tower. Extraordinary views of Frankfurt’s cityscape can be had from this high tower with a height of 200 metres. Not only will you be presented with spectacular views, Main Tower also features a restaurant.

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