Planning a trip to Frankfurt? Daniela Redlich, German ambassador for Chic Outlet Shopping, shares 11 hidden gems of Germany’s fifth-largest city.
1. Take in a panoramic view of the metropolis from a 95m-high Gothic tower
The Kaiserdom (Imperial Cathedral) is one of my favourite places to visit as it offers breathtaking views of the city from a different perspective. Nestled beside the Main River, it’s the main entry point to our wonderful city of contrasts and is dedicated to the apostle St Bartholomew. If you have the stamina, consider climbing the Kaiserdom via 300 steps.
Address: Domplatz 1, 60311 Frankfurt
2. Visit a 1,500-sq/m indoor market hall
The Kleinmarkthalle is a unique and successful concept that marries a traditional market atmosphere with a modern melting pot of international specialties. Situated very close to “Zeil” (Frankfurt’s well-known shopping boulevard) and located between Hasengasse and Liebfrauenberg, the Kleinmarkthalle is open from Monday through Saturday, with more than 60 merchants selling fresh foodstuffs of every variety and from all around the world. Gourmets are invited to enjoy tastings of culinary specialties from around the world in the restaurant, on the terrace, and on Saturdays in the Schlemmergarten in front of the Kleinmarkthalle.
Address: Hasengasse 5, 60311 Frankfurt
3. Tour the museum shore
The Museumsufer or Museum shore is home to some of the most important museums in Europe. A must-visit is the Städelmuseum. Showcasing 700 years of art under a single roof, this museum presents a stimulating dialogue between Old Masters and Modern art. Famous painters from the past include Jan van Eyck, Johann Heinrich Tischbein, Auguste Renoir and Edouard Manet. In 2011 the museum enjoyed a spectacular expansion and renovation, and now features an underground building illuminated by domed skylights set into the lawn in the museum’s garden.
Opening Hours: Tues & Fri-Sun, 10am to 6pm; Wed & Thurs, 10am to 9pm.
Address: Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt
4. Visit one of Frankfurt’s oldest apple-wine pubs
Located south of the Main River in Frankfurt’s beautiful Sachsenhausen district, the Wagner apple-wine pub cultivates the traditional atmosphere of Frankfurt’s apple-wine culture. Having quenched thirsts at its lengthy apple-wine tables since 1931, Wagner is a meeting place for people of all ages and from all walks of life, from bankers to students. Guests can sit together with friends, acquaintances, business associates and travellers from around the world, enjoying a “Schoppen” (half-pint glass) of apple wine, accompanied by typical Frankfurt specialties.
Address: Schweizer Strasse 71, 60594 Frankfurt am Main
5. Take a stroll through one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful botanical collections
The Palmengarten is known as an oasis in the city and was established by the citizens of Frankfurt in 1868. Featuring nearly 30 hectares of outdoor gardens and 10,000 square meters of indoor gardens, the Palmengarten also has thematic gardens, displays of roses, the Tropicarium, a pond with boats, a theatre stage and a concert shell for jazz and chamber operas. To the left of the main entrance, Café Siesmayer serves the best cakes and pies.
Opening Hours: Nov–Jan, daily from 9am to 4pm; Feb–Oct, daily from 9am to 6pm.
Address: Siesmayerstrasse 61, 60323 Frankfurt
6. Visit the only picture gallery exclusively dedicated to the Age of Goethe
The Goethe House is a writer’s house museum in Frankfurt. The original building was the family residence of the Goethe family, most notably the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, until 1795. Here you will find pictures by important artists of the German-speaking lands, from Late Baroque through Sturm und Drang, Classicism and Romanticism to the Biedermeier period.
Address: Grosser Hirschgraben 25, 60311 Frankfurt
7. Soak up the rich, local culture at Opernplatz
Opernplatz, also known as Opera Square, is the central meeting place for the people of Frankfurt, especially in the summer. All of the little restaurants on Opernplatz are situated beside each other, every one of them a feast for the senses and are always fully booked. Gazing toward the illuminated façade of the Alte Oper (Old Opera House) on a balmy summer evening is one of my favourite things to do.
Address: Willy-Brandt-Platz, 60311 Frankfurt
8. Shop until you drop at Wertheim Village
Located just 50 minutes from Frankfurt, Wertheim Village is home to more than 110 fashion and lifestyle boutiques offering savings of up to 60% on the former recommended retail price, all year round. Located amongst a swathe of medieval walled towns, grand castles and rolling vineyards, Wertheim Village sits at the gateway of the Romantic Road, an ancient trade route that is now one of the world’s most popular touring car destinations. Inspired by traditional Franconian architecture, its open-air boulevard offers the best of German and international brands, multilingual staff, Personal Shoppers and a selection of tempting cuisine for a complete day – out and it’s so easy to get to with the Shopping Express coach service or by private transfer.
Address: Almosenberg, 97877 Wertheim
9. Experience world-class vaudeville theatre
Featuring breathtaking performances in the unique atmosphere of the vaudeville theatre, Tigerpalast is also the only establishment in the world with an in-house 2 Michelin Star theatre restaurant. Visitors can dine on award-winning gourmet cuisine during the performances or before and after the shows in Tiger Gourmet Restaurant in the cellar of the Tigerpalast.
Address: Heiligkreuzgasse 16-20, 60313 Frankfurt
10. Dance the night away at the trendiest club in Frankfurt
Resembling a subterranean construction site that seems apocalyptically unfinished, the Gibson Club has been Frankfurt’s trendiest club for many years now. The club’s programme features the best DJs, live acts and club concerts. The absolute highlight happens every Thursday evening, when Germany’s number one club group Urban Club Band plays its legendary live gigs.
Address: Zeil 85-93, 60313 Frankfurt
11. Join the in-crowd at the railway station district
Just a few short years ago, the Bahnhofsviertel certainly wouldn’t have featured in any restaurant guide. But now good restaurants, bars, clubs and other terrific attractions are sprouting here like mushrooms after the rain. The Bahnhofsviertel mixes hipness mixed with a dose of urban, but above all: this district is the coolest place to be! Frequented by bankers, students and artists alike, the Bahnhofsviertel features a colourful mix of those looking to be associated with the in-crowd. My personal favourite restaurants in Bahnhofsviertel? Walon & Rosetti – Bar & Grill.
Address: Bahnhofsviertel, 60329 Frankfurt