by Mac Candee
things to do in frankfurt germany

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020

For this blog post, I’m going to take you to the wonderful city of Frankfurt. It’s the fifth biggest city in Germany, as well as the biggest in the Hessen province. It’s a great way to get a mix of German tradition and modern life. Here, you can find some of the tallest buildings in the city, as well as small old timey squares. You’ll never run out of things to do and see here, so treat this list as your starting point. If you’re feeling adventurous, there is so much for you to explore! What I’m sharing with you is my experience having spent one day there, so I didn’t get to see everything, but if you have a while longer, there are many more interesting sites to visit.

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So, without further ado, this is my list for 8 things to do in Frankfurt, Germany:

1) Apfelwein & Grüne Soße

Apfelwein is the German way to say apple wine. To put it simply, it’s alcoholic apple juice. The green sauce is made of seven different herbs. You’re supposed to consume them together, because they compliment each other and the apple wine breaks down the creaminess of the sauce. After trying it, I can say it definitely tasted German and it’s something traditional you should for sure try. If you want to drink the wine warm, that’s also an option. You can get it hotter and with a cinnamon stick for more flavor. It’s also not that expensive - for two people, it costed us 44 Euros for two steaks with the sauce, the wine and some potatoes on the side. And this was one of the more expensive places, so I’m sure you can find an even bigger bargain.

2) Sachsenhausen

This is the go-to spot in Frankfurt for bars and entertainment. If you come later in the evening, it’s full of life and people, so it’s a great spot to enjoy a pint or more. There are a lot of “Kneipe”-s, which is the German word for pub. It’s in the old town and it’s a very beautiful stop to hang out. Even earlier in the day, it’s pretty cool to just walk around and enjoy. If you’re a fan of nightlife and want to experience it the German way, this is the place to do this in Frankfurt.

3) Mainkai

This is a park area that spans both sides of the river. It is a great place for a picnic with friends or family, maybe grabbing a couple of beers. It’s also an amazing spot to sit along the river and watch the sunset. You can get a beautiful view of the city and of the river, and it’s very picturesque. Just taking a stroll there is enough to take in the atmosphere and enjoy yourself, so I recommend it for a more chill, relaxing experience.

4) Eisener Stieg

This is a famous bridge, loaded with quite a bit of history. You can cross it only by foot or a bike. It also has its own special story. It has been rebuilt twice - the first time so that it can fit larger boats under it, the second - after it was blown up during WW2. The bridge also has love padlocks everywhere, so if you visit it with your loved one you can commemorate your love story there. Another thing not to ignore is the beautiful view you get - you can watch the sunset or just enjoy the scenery, since it goes above the river and offers an incredible sight. It also connects the old town with the city center (Frankfurt Proper).

5) Romerberg

Right after you get across the Eisener Stieg, and only a few minutes’ walk across and you can get to Romeberg. This square feels like a scene from a fairy tale. It has a medieval aura to it, as the houses have an old time feel because of their traditional German architectural style. When you contrast that with the skyscrapers in other parts of the city, it’s a very big difference in atmosphere and very enjoyable, so I definitely recommend you don’t miss it.

6) Kleinmarkthalle

Even though “klein” means “small” in German, this market is anything but. Actually, it’s huge! You can get everything you want - there are restaurants, meat, cheeses, spices, fresh produce. To be exact, the number of stores is one hundred fifty-six. Whatever you need, you can find it here and it’s worth checking out for sure.

7) An der Hauptwache

After visiting the old-timey Romberg, this place is going to feel like a whole other city! It’s very modern with lots of shops, you can find the big retailers like Sephora, H&M and others, and you can buy anything you need. There is very futuristic architecture, and you get a feel of everyday Frankfurt life. Many people walk around there, it’s a popular destination not only for tourists, but for locals alike. Aside from all the shops, there is also nightlife you can experience here. If you want to get a feel for the day to day Frankfurt environment, or just need a pair of gloves like I did, this is a place to go.

8) Observation deck of the main tower

If you’re afraid of heights, this is not the place for you. However, if you want to face your fears, get on over to this spot! You have a 360 degree view of the whole city. This is the fourth tallest tower in Germany, and it costs only 7 Euros to get up. It’s definitely a must-see in Frankfurt, and catching the sunset from up here is incredible. If you’re visiting, don’t forget to check this out, since it’s definitely a sight to remember.

Closing Thoughts

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I hope you enjoyed my list of 8 things to do in Frankfurt! I loved the city and had a great time, and I’m sure you will too if you decide to visit. If you want to see the footage from each of those places to help make up your mind on what to see, you can do this here or below. However, this is a huge city so there is much more to see. I encourage you to explore, walk around, try the food and have the best time.

If you’ve ever been there, please share your experience in the comments, as I’d love to hear more about it!

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