How to Spend 2 Days in Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt Germany

Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, located in the southwestern part of Germany, is famous for being home to one of the largest stock exchanges. However, it is also home to world-renowned galleries, museums, cathedrals, an amazing dining scene, cider produced in apple wine taverns in Sachsenhausen, and the gastronomical delight – Frankfurter sausage. If you have a German tourist visa, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained here. You can walk around Frankfurt’s Old Town, admiring the panoramic views of the city from the Main Tower, enjoying a grub at the traditional German sausage in Romerberg Square, or relaxing on the green river banks of the city. This city has much to offer for all kinds of travelers. Let us look at the best things to do in Frankfurt for the weekend.

2 Days in Frankfurt

Day 1

Explore the Altstadt (Old Town)

Frankfurt’s Altstadt, or old town, should be at the top of your Frankfurt itinerary. Soak in the old-world charm of the place by walking down the cobbled streets and seeing the pretty German houses around you. Frankfurt Cathedral, commonly known as the Imperial Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew or Frankfurt Dom, is one of the oldest buildings in Altstadt. The tower provides panoramic views of the city. Neue Altstadt, or New Old Town, is located near the Cathedral. It is a little plaza surrounded by charming small residences. The original houses were destroyed during World War II, and the ones you see now are restored replicas.

Explore Romerberg

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Following the river ride, proceed to the magnificent Romerberg, the city’s main central square, which houses Romer, the most prominent building in a medieval complex, the Frankfurt City Hall. The square is surrounded by half-timbered buildings with colorful facades, tables selling cider and beer, and orchestras playing cheerful music. Romerberg is also the location of the Christmas market, and it fully transforms during Weinachtsmart.

Take a River Cruise on the Main River

Take a leisurely riverboat while you are already on the riverbank to rest after a tiring day exploring the Old Town. River cruises on the main river in Frankfurt are a great way to see the fortifications and medieval homes and a great way to see the main attractions. Find a riverfront beer garden to visit later on the riverboat, which provides breathtaking views of Frankfurt and a unique way to experience the city.

Relax in Frankfurt’s Palmengarten

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The Palmengarten, Germany’s largest botanical garden, is a haven of green in the middle of Frankfurt. If you want to take a break from the city’s hectic pace, it is one of Frankfurt’s top things to do. This 22 hectares of green space has been open since 1871. It has more than 10,000 different plant species. It houses the most famous 18 meters tall Palm House. The Tropicarium, a collection of fourteen greenhouses with subtropical and tropical plant species, is one of the primary attractions.

Day 2

Enjoy the art at Stadel Museum

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The Stadel Museum, formally the Stadelsches Kunstinstitut and Stadische Galerie, is one of several art museums on Frankfurt’s tree-lined riverbank of Sachsenhausen. The collections in the museum are diverse, dating from the 14th century till date. There are 3000 paintings, 400 sculptures, and more than 4000 photographs. Stadel Museum accommodates a study room, a library, a shop, a cafe, and a restaurant, and it is one of the best things to do in Frankfurt.

Go on a Shopping Spree

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Shop in My Zeil Shopping Center in Frankfurt’s Hauptwache with its 46 meters long “escalator to heaven”, the country’s longest escalator. Numerous stores are present here, and a rooftop terrace with a bar offers another breathtaking perspective of the city. The building looks out from a sci-fi movie with a spectacular glass and steel facade. For more than a century, My Zeil in Frankfurt has been one of Germany’s most well-known retail streets, but there are also lesser-known spots to visit if you prefer shopping. Some options are Schillerstabe (fresh produce), the Konstablerwache (farmer’s market), and Hochst, which hosts the Genubmarket (pleasure market), which offers delicacies like Rheingagau wines, smoked salmon, and Turkish specialties.

Visit Frankfurt Zoo

A trip to Frankfurt Zoo would delight any animal lover, whether a child or an adult. The zoo features a wide range of exotic species. Frankfurt Zoo, founded in 1858, is one of Europe’s largest zoological parks, with two attractive exotic and nocturnal animal habitats. It’s a terrific spot to unwind and enjoy the scenery while learning about the animal kingdom, wildlife conservation, and species preservation. Highlights include the Elephant House (home to three African elephants) and the Green Ape House (where visitors can see orangutans, chimpanzees, and gorillas).

Take a Ride on the Ebbelwei Express

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The Ebbelwei Express is the apple cider express tram. As the name suggests, you can drink cider while riding the express tram. During the one-hour ride, you will pass many city attractions along the way. With its colors and music, it awakens the mood of travelers. On board, you will find specially designed tables to hold cider bottles (apple juice for kids) and salty pretzels, which are included in the ticket price.

Frankfurt has an impressive train station where you will find connecting trains to almost every destination in Germany. Pick up a Frankfurt card to obtain free public transportation and discounts on all of Frankfurt’s best attractions. So, be sure to add Frankfurt to your bucket list of places to visit in Germany.

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  • Make sure you have your German Tourist Visa.
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Do they speak English in Frankfurt?

The formal language is German, but you can easily manage speaking English.

What is Frankfurt best known for?

Frankfurt is known for its production of high-quality sausages (frankfurters).

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Last update: January 2023

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