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  • 1. Deutsches Filmmuseum

    Sachsenhausen

    Germany's first museum of cinematography, set in a historic villa on "museum row," offers visitors a glimpse at the history of film, with artifacts that...

    Germany's first museum of cinematography, set in a historic villa on "museum row," offers visitors a glimpse at the history of film, with artifacts that include "magic lanterns" from the 1880s, costume drawings from Hollywood and German films, and multiple screens playing film clips. Interactive exhibits show how films are photographed, given sound, and edited, and let visitors play with lighting and animation. A theater in the basement screens every imaginable type of film, from historical to avant-garde to Star Wars.

    Schaumainkai 41
    - 069 - 9612–20220

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    Rate Includes: €6, Closed Mon.
  • 2. Fressgass

    Altstadt

    Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse is the proper name of this pedestrian street, but it's nicknamed "Pig-Out Alley" because of its amazing choice of delicatessens, wine merchants,...

    Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse is the proper name of this pedestrian street, but it's nicknamed "Pig-Out Alley" because of its amazing choice of delicatessens, wine merchants, cafés, and restaurants, offering everything from crumbly cheeses and smoked fish to vintage wines and chocolate creams. Check the side streets for additional cafés and restaurants.

    Grosse Bockenheimerstr.
  • 3. Kurpark

    Bad Homburg's greatest attraction has long been the Kurpark, a 116 acre park in the heart of the Old Town, with more than 30 mineral...

    Bad Homburg's greatest attraction has long been the Kurpark, a 116 acre park in the heart of the Old Town, with more than 30 mineral springs and fountains, golf, tennis courts, restaurants, and playgrounds. Romans first used the springs, which were rediscovered and made famous in the 19th century. In addition to the popular (and highly salty) Elisabethenbrunnen spring, look for a Thai temple and a Russian chapel, mementos left by royal guests—King Chulalongkorn of Siam and Czar Nicholas II.

  • 4. Römer

    Altstadt

    Three individual patrician buildings make up the Römer, Frankfurt's town hall. The mercantile-minded Frankfurt burghers used the complex for political and ceremonial purposes as well...

    Three individual patrician buildings make up the Römer, Frankfurt's town hall. The mercantile-minded Frankfurt burghers used the complex for political and ceremonial purposes as well as for trade fairs and other commercial ventures. Its gabled facade with an ornate balcony is widely known as the city's official emblem. The most important events to take place here were the festivities celebrating the coronations of the Holy Roman emperors. The first was in 1562 in the glittering Kaisersaal (Imperial Hall), the last in 1792 to celebrate the election of the emperor Francis II, who would later be forced by Napoléon to abdicate. Unless official business is being conducted, you can see the impressive, full-length 19th-century portraits of the 52 emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, which line the walls of the reconstructed banquet hall, but you have to arrange a tour through a private local operator.

    Römerberg 27
    - 069 - 2123–4814

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    Rate Includes: €3, Closed weekends and during events
  • 5. Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt

    Westend

    The important collection of fossils, animals, plants, and geological exhibits here is upstaged by the permanent dinosaur exhibit: it's the most extensive of its kind...

    The important collection of fossils, animals, plants, and geological exhibits here is upstaged by the permanent dinosaur exhibit: it's the most extensive of its kind in all of Germany. The diplodocus dinosaur, imported from New York, is the only complete specimen of its kind in Europe. Many of the exhibits of prehistoric animals, including a series of dioramas, have been designed with children in mind, and there's a new section on biodiversity.

    Senckenberganlage 25
    - 069 - 75420

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    Rate Includes: €12
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  • 6. Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie

    Sachsenhausen

    This is one of Germany's most important art collections, covering 700 years of paintings and sculpture, with a vast collection of paintings by Dürer, Vermeer,...

    This is one of Germany's most important art collections, covering 700 years of paintings and sculpture, with a vast collection of paintings by Dürer, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, Renoir, and other masters. The downstairs annex features a large collection of works from contemporary artists, including a huge portrait of Goethe by Andy Warhol. The section on German expressionism is particularly strong, with representative works by the Frankfurt artist Max Beckmann and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. A free smartphone app with a built-in audio guide enhances the experience. There is also a café-restaurant, Holbein's.

    Schaumainkai 63
    - 069 - 605–0980

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    Rate Includes: €16, Closed Mon.
  • 7. Alte Opernhaus

    Altstadt

    Kaiser Wilhelm I traveled from Berlin for the gala opening of this opera house in 1880. Gutted in World War II, it remained a hollow...

    Kaiser Wilhelm I traveled from Berlin for the gala opening of this opera house in 1880. Gutted in World War II, it remained a hollow shell for 40 years while controversy raged over its reconstruction. The exterior and lobby are faithful to the original, though the remainder of the building is more like a modern multipurpose hall. Although classical music and ballet performances are held here, most operas these days are staged at the Frankfurt Opera. Ninety-minute tours are offered on selected dates.

    Opernpl. 1
    - 069 - 13400

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    Rate Includes: Tours from €8
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  • 8. Alter Jüdischer Friedhof

    City Center

    Containing hundreds of moss-covered gravestones, this cemetery was in use between the 13th- and mid-19th centuries and is one of the few reminders of prewar...

    Containing hundreds of moss-covered gravestones, this cemetery was in use between the 13th- and mid-19th centuries and is one of the few reminders of prewar Jewish life in Frankfurt. Surprisingly, it suffered minimal vandalization in the Nazi era, even though its adjoining grand Börneplatz Synagogue was destroyed on Kristallnacht, in 1938. That space is now part of Museum Judengasse; ask the admissions desk for the key to open the vandal-proof steel gates to the cemetery. Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the banking family, who died in 1812, is buried here, along with some family members (the Rothschild mansion is now the main Jewish Museum). The wall around the cemetery is dotted with more than 1,000 small memorial plaques, each with the name of a Jewish Frankfurter and the concentration camp where they died. The newer Jewish cemetery on Rat-Beil-Strasse in the North End contains more than 800 graves dating from 1828 to 1929, including that of Nobel Prize winner Paul Ehrlich. Free tours are offered every other Sunday and by appointment.

    Battonnstr. 2
    - 069 - 2127–0790

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    Rate Includes: Free, Closed Mon. and Sat.
  • 9. Archäologisches Museum

    Altstadt

    The soaring vaulted ceilings make the former Gothic Karmeliterkirche (Carmelite Church) an ideal setting for huge Roman columns and other local and regional artifacts, including...

    The soaring vaulted ceilings make the former Gothic Karmeliterkirche (Carmelite Church) an ideal setting for huge Roman columns and other local and regional artifacts, including Stone Age and Neolithic tools and ancient papyrus documents. Modern wings display Greek, Roman, and Persian pottery, carvings, and more. The main cloister displays the largest religious fresco north of the Alps, a 16th-century representation of Christ's birth and death by Jörg Ratgeb. Adjacent buildings house the Institut für Stadtgeschichte (Institute of City History). The basement, called Die Schmiere (The Grease), is a satirical theater.

    Karmeliterg. 1
    - 069 - 2123–5896

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    Rate Includes: Museum €7; free last Sat. of month, Closed Mon.
  • 10. Börse Frankfurt

    City Center

    This is the center of Germany's stock and money market. The Börse was founded in 1585, but the present domed building dates from the 1870s....

    This is the center of Germany's stock and money market. The Börse was founded in 1585, but the present domed building dates from the 1870s. These days computerized networks and telephone systems have removed much of the drama from the dealers' floor, but it's still fun to visit the visitor gallery and watch the hectic activity. You must reserve your visit 24 hours in advance.

    Börsenpl. 4
    - 069 - 211–11515

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    Rate Includes: Free, Closed weekends
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  • 11. Deutsches Architekturmuseum

    Sachsenhausen

    The German Architecture Museum is housed in a late-19th-century villa, which was converted in the early 1980s by the Cologne-based architect Oswald Mathias Ungers. He...

    The German Architecture Museum is housed in a late-19th-century villa, which was converted in the early 1980s by the Cologne-based architect Oswald Mathias Ungers. He created five levels, including a simple basement space with a visible load-bearing structure, a walled complex on the ground floor, and a house-within-a-house on the third floor. With more than 180,000 drawings and plans, and 600 scale models, the museum features a wealth of documents on the history of architecture and hosts debates and exhibitions on its future, including sustainable urban design. A permanent exhibit features the most comprehensive collection of model panoramas in the history of German architecture.

    Schaumainkai 43
    - 069 - 2123–8844

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    Rate Includes: €9, Closed Mon.
  • 12. Eiserner Steg

    Altstadt

    A pedestrian walkway and the first suspension bridge in Europe, the Eiserner Steg connects the city center with Sachsenhausen aross the Main River and offers...

    A pedestrian walkway and the first suspension bridge in Europe, the Eiserner Steg connects the city center with Sachsenhausen aross the Main River and offers great views of the Frankfurt skyline. Boat excursions leave from here.

    Mainkai
  • 13. Eschenheimer Turm

    City Center

    Built in the early 15th century, this tower, a block north of the Hauptwache, remains the finest example of the city's original 42 towers. It...

    Built in the early 15th century, this tower, a block north of the Hauptwache, remains the finest example of the city's original 42 towers. It now contains a restaurant-bar.

    Eschenheimer Tor
  • 14. Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark

    This open-air museum, about an hour's walk through the woods along a well-marked path from the Römerkastell-Saalburg, is an open-air museum at Hessenpark, near Neu-Anspach....

    This open-air museum, about an hour's walk through the woods along a well-marked path from the Römerkastell-Saalburg, is an open-air museum at Hessenpark, near Neu-Anspach. The museum presents a clear picture of the world in which 18th- and 19th-century Hessians lived, using 135 acres of rebuilt villages with houses, schools, and farms typical of the time. There's also an open-air theater with performances about Hessian life. The park, 15 km (9 miles) outside Bad Homburg in the direction of Usingen, is reached easily by public transportation from Frankfurt.

    Laubweg 5
    - 06081 - 5880

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    Rate Includes: €9
  • 15. Goethehaus und Goethemuseum

    Altstadt

    The house where Germany's most famous poet was born is furnished with many original pieces that belonged to his family, including manuscripts in his own...

    The house where Germany's most famous poet was born is furnished with many original pieces that belonged to his family, including manuscripts in his own hand. The original house, which was destroyed by Allied bombing, has been carefully rebuilt and restored. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) studied law and became a member of the bar in Frankfurt, but he was quickly drawn to writing, and in this house he eventually wrote the first version of his masterpiece, Faust. The adjoining museum contains works of art that inspired Goethe (he was an amateur painter) and works associated with his literary contemporaries.

    Grosser Hirschgraben 23–25
    - 069 - 138–800

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    Rate Includes: €10, Closed Mon.
  • 16. Grosser Feldberg

    A short bus ride from Bad Homburg takes you to the highest mountain in the Taunus, the 2,850-foot, eminently hikable Grosser Feldberg....

    A short bus ride from Bad Homburg takes you to the highest mountain in the Taunus, the 2,850-foot, eminently hikable Grosser Feldberg.

  • 17. Hauptwache

    Altstadt

    The attractive baroque building with a steeply sloping roof is the actual Hauptwache (Main Guardhouse), from which the square takes its name. The 1729 building...

    The attractive baroque building with a steeply sloping roof is the actual Hauptwache (Main Guardhouse), from which the square takes its name. The 1729 building was partly demolished to permit excavation for a vast underground shopping mall. It was then restored to its original appearance and is now considered the heart of the Frankfurt pedestrian shopping area. The outdoor patio of the building's restaurant-café is a popular people-watching spot on the Zeil.

    An der Hauptwache 15
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  • 18. Historisches Museum Frankfurt

    Altstadt

    This fascinating museum in a building in Römer Square that dates from the 1300s doubled in size with the addition of an adjoining wing in...

    This fascinating museum in a building in Römer Square that dates from the 1300s doubled in size with the addition of an adjoining wing in 2015. The city's oldest museum explores two millennia of Frankfurt history through a collection of some 630,000 objects, including what the city of the future might look like. Standout exhibits include scale models of historic Frankfurt at various periods, with every street, house, and church, plus photos of the devastation of World War II. The new wing blends in with the surrounding historic architecture with its gabled roof and carved sandstone sides, and offers both a café and city views from the top floor.

    Saalhof 1
    - 069 - 2123–5599

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    Rate Includes: €8., Closed Mon.
  • 19. Höchster Porzellan Manufaktur

    Höchst | Factory

    Höchst was once a porcelain-manufacturing town to rival Dresden and Vienna. Production ceased in the late 18th century, but was revived by an...

    Höchst was once a porcelain-manufacturing town to rival Dresden and Vienna. Production ceased in the late 18th century, but was revived by an enterprising businessman in 1965. The Höchster Porzellan Manufaktur produces exquisite and expensive tableware, home decor items including vases and animal figurines, Christmas ornaments, and even cuff links and bottle stoppers. Designs are sleek and modern or replicas of 18th-century items. You can tour the workshop and shop at the store.

    Palleskestr. 32, Frankfurt, Hesse, 65929, Germany
    069-300–9020

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    Rate Includes: €10, Weekdays 9–5; tours Tues. at 3, Shop: weekdays 9:30–6, Sat. 9:30–2; tours: Tues. at 10 and 3
  • 20. Ikonenmuseum Frankfurt

    Sachsenhausen

    Re-opened in 2021 after a year-long renovation, this is one of the few museums in the world to exhibit a wide spectrum of the Christian...

    Re-opened in 2021 after a year-long renovation, this is one of the few museums in the world to exhibit a wide spectrum of the Christian Orthodox world of images, the art and ritual of icons from the 15th to the 20th century. More than 100 icons on display here are part of a collection that totals more than 1,000 artifacts. Admission is free on the last Saturday of the month.

    Brückenstr. 3–7
    - 069 - 2123–6262

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    Rate Includes: €5, Closed Mon.

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