City trip Frankfurt: museums and skyscrapers on the river

Frankfurt is the ideal city trip for lovers of culture and modern architecture. The compact city center is full of museums, skyscrapers and historic buildings. The Main River gives the city charm, offers relaxation and beautiful views of Mainhattan’s modern skyline. Because Frankfurt is a rich and international business center on the one hand and a university and cultural city on the other, the range of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues is very diverse. In short, city tourists will not be bored in Frankfurt.

Why a city trip to Frankfurt?

Frankfurt is a city with many faces. But the most important reason for a city trip is the cultural offerings. The birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is full of museums and other cultural institutions. A second special feature is that Frankfurt is one of the few cities in Europe with a modern skyline of skyscrapers. Where other cities derive their charm from a historic sight, you can look from the banks of the River Main at a panorama of modern skyscrapers and (restored) historic architecture. Third, the city center is easily accessible, compact and walkable, with the river banks making you forget that Frankfurt is also a busy financial business centre. The wealth earned here ensures a high-quality range of catering and shops. In short, rain or shine, Frankfurt has a lot to offer.

Culture and numerous museums in the city center

The cultural offer consists of dozens of museums and theaters. You can buy a passe-partout, valid for two days, with which you can visit all museums. There is a museum night at the end of April and a museum festival in the last weekend of August. For tourists who visit the city for its cultural offerings, a weekend is not nearly enough. Some special museums and theaters are:

  • On the banks of the Main:
    • Städel Museum – a large museum with European works of art from the periods from the fourteenth century to the present, including Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer.
    • Deutsches Architekturmuseum – with a permanent exhibition on the history of German architecture and temporary exhibitions.
    • Deutsches Filmmuseum – with an overview of the art of filmmaking and the history of film. There is also a small cinema where classics are regularly shown in the original language. By the way, the CineStar Metropolis cinema complex, near the Eschenheimer Tor, shows current films without German dubbing.
  • Römerberg, the restored historic center / Source: Dontworry, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)In the city center:
    • Museum für Moderne Kunst – international modern art from the period 1960 to the present, including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
    • Shirn Kunsthalle – with two large rooms for temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
    • Römerberg – The square of the old town center, with restored historic buildings and the cathedral
    • Goethe-Haus – Birth house of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) that was rebuilt after the Second World War.
    • Schauspiel Frankfurt – theatre
    • Oper Frankfurt – opera
    • Alte oper – concerts in a Renaissance building rebuilt after the war.

Skyline from the east / Source: Dontworry, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0) onclick=”openImage(this);”> Skyline from the east / Source: Dontworry