Let’s just say that you have a day in Frankfurt. Or at least 8-10 hours of connecting flight in the city. If you are boarding a Lufthansa Airline flight, there is a huge chance you will be transferred at/from Frankfurt am Main Airport. Don’t fret – the airport is well-connected with trains to downtown.
Once you arrive at the city’s main train station, everything there is walkable, assuming you have well-shaped calves like mine (aka, someone who likes walking for hours). 😀
So, if you have a day in Frankfurt, here are my suggestions – starting from the main train station. Take note that this travel itinerary of Frankfurt does not include recommendations for restaurants and bars because you can always go to one – anywhere in the city. Also, museums and galleries are not included here.
Pose at this Euro sign
Well, you’re certainly in Frankfurt if you can find this giant sign of the euro. It’s just about 10 minutes walk from the main train station.
See the bird’s eye view of the city
It’s a good start to get to know Frankfurt from the top of the Main Tower. Not far from the euro sign, you’ll find the Main Tower which stands at 200 meters. This is Frankfurt and Germany’s 4th tallest building with 56 floors.
Admire Alte Oper from the o
Alte Oper (Old Opera) is the first opera house in Frankfurt. It was opened in 1880 but was knocked down by bombs during World War II (1944). Slowly, it was rebuilt in the 1970s and in 1981 it opened again. I didn’t have much time to go inside, so I just admired its amazing facade from the square in front of it.
Across the Alte Oper is another magnificent building you can admire from the outside.
Have a brawl with the cow and the bear
I’m not really sure if it was a cow or a bull. But, I’m pretty certain that it’s a bear. Don’t ask me about their symbolism. 😀 😀 😀
Look out for unique architecture on the streets
You own walking tour would get more interesting if you are not focused on your destination. Take time to look around you and you’ll never get disappointed. Frankfurt has unique, well-preserved buildings in all shapes and colors.
Go inside the St. Katharinenkirche where the Goethe family once attended
If it is closed, just admire its pink-washed facade. Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Germany’s literary national treasure was born in this city and his family used to attend this protestant church.
Enter through the Eschenheim Tower
Out of 15 skyscrapers in Germany, 14 of them are in Frankfurt. The good news is that – the city never got rid of its old towers and buildings which can be seen around the city.
Eschenheimer Turm was once a city gate. It was part of the late-medieval ramparts and one of the city’s landmarks. Though the tower was built at the start of the 15th century, it blends well with the skyscrapers that surround it.
Sit down at the Squares
In Germany, there are squares (Platz) everywhere. It’s a good idea to sit there for a while and observe how the locals go on their day.
Visit St. Paul Church
It was closed when I was there. There was a huge celebration going on at the square next to it. That was the time when Frankfurt won the German Cup last summer. Everyone was ecstatic and beer cans were everywhere! 😀 St. Paul Church started as a Lutheran Church which later became (and still is) a Protestant Church.
Right in front of the entrance, you’ll find this amazing bridge.
Relax at Romerberg
I have no doubt that Romerberg is Frankfurt’s most
Pray inside the Cathedral
Or attend a mass, if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s free to go inside the cathedral but off-limits to tourists when services are ongoing. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral with a Gothic design. It was an important cathedral where royal coronations were once held here.
Climb the K
Do you think you can conquer 326 steep steps to the top of Kaiserdom? Then, it is a must to do this. If you have fear of heights and wobbly legs, you better not try this. 😉 I promise you – the views from up there are stunning! Compare the skyline views of Frankfurt from the Main Tower and the Kaiserdom.
Stroll along the Main River
To end your day, stroll along the Main River. The sunset behind the skyscrapers is breathtaking.
Where to Stay in Frankfurt
I stayed in Frankfurt for 3 days and two nights. Because I had an early train ride to Stuttgart, I checked in myself at Savoy Hotel which is just a few steps from the train terminal. The small room has got everything you need – that is – if your needs are simple, like mine. 😉 They have their own bar and the hotel is surrounded by restaurants, groceries, and bars. If you want to stay in hostels, you can find them here.