11 things you can always do in Frankfurt am Main
Unfortunately, these prejudices about Berlin are true
ECB, heroin, commuters – so far the Frankfurt clichés. But 069 can do a whole lot more. For some years now, Frankfurt has been experiencing something of a small renaissance – and the New York Times has also noticed this and in 2014 ranked the city among its 52 top travel tips. Why? Probably because everything on the Main is a bit more relaxed. If you’re not working in a bank, at least. Where else do Hafti, de Babba Sven Väth and Goethe go so well together? The small cosmopolitan city on the Main has space for everyone. Promised.
Marvel at dinosaurs and other exhibits in the Senckenberg Museum
Dinoooos! Yes, in Berlin we have the largest dino in the world and the T-Rex Tristan Otto. But the dinosaurs in the Senckenberg Museum don’t need to hide either. They can’t either. In addition to the dinosaurs, there are also thousands of other exhibits, some of which are unique in the world. Incidentally, the museum is to be doubled in size by 2021, but a visit is already worthwhile.
- Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum
- Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main
- Monday & Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- More info
© Palmengarten Frankfurt Forget the city in the palm garden and recharge your batteries
Yes, there are so many beautiful parks in Frankfurt where you don’t have to pay admission. And there is also the urban forest. And in general, the surrounding area. But the palm garden is too beautiful to miss. Although it is only half the size of the botanical garden in Dahlem, it is still one of the largest of its kind in Germany with its 22 hectares. The greenhouses are beautiful, it’s easy to hide in the garden, there are free tours on various topics on Sundays and there is a jazz festival in summer. Those who have a few euros left can combine the visit with a meal in the Lafleur, which has been awarded two Michelin stars since 2016.
- Palm garden
- Siesmayerstrasse 61, 60323 Frankfurt am Main
- February – October: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., November – January: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Admission adults: 7 euros
- More info
© Jenni Konrad | FlickrCC BY-NC 2.0 open up culinary delights in Sachsenhausen
Alt-Sachensenhausen is a tourist trap, but hey, what would Frankfurt be without Ebbelwoi? But it doesn’t have to be the crowds of tourists, on Textorstrasse a little further south, for example, you can just go round the street, choose your favorite restaurant and have a brotherhood with Frankfurt. Attention: Most of the bars are in the rear buildings. My favorite used to be Zur Germania, but actually only because a good friend lived in the front building. Give me a ribbed one with Ebbelwoi (at the beginning you can try sweet sprinkles, i.e. cider with soda, but then you will shake your head) and a plate of grie sauce (greetings sauce) with potatoes and eggs and I’m in heaven , After all, Goethe’s favorite dish. Now you know!
- Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt
© Showmanship, by IMA & Enjoy Lindenberg natural wine in the crazy ingenious Showmanship Bar
If you really can’t do anything with Ebbelwoi or just need a break, you should visit the showmanship. Everything collides here that doesn’t actually fit together – and it still makes sense. The first natural wine bar in Frankfurt has recently been located in a medieval building in the middle of the bachelor party vortex Alt-Sachsenhausen. Design principle: kitsch is king! How long she stays is not yet clear, she is currently opening her doors on Thursday evenings. Be sure to visit!
- Showmanship, by IMA & LINDEBERG
- Paradiesgasse 17, 60594 Frankfurt
- Thursday: 7 p.m. until late
- More info
© Robert Steinhöfel | FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Celebrate wild techno parties at Robert Johnson
Here is no insider tip: One of the best techno clubs in Germany and probably the world is not in Berlin. For real. The Robert Johnson is legendary and with good reason: They have all been playing here since 1999 and sweat is dripping on the floor. It is surprisingly tiny and intimate. The only criticism? You have to walk over to the neighboring local enemy Offenbach. But you can overlook that in this case.
- Robert Johnson
- Nordring 131, 63067 Offenbach am Main
- late until later
- More info
© Hans Drexler | FlickrCC BY-NC 2.0 Take good drinks in the plank and watch the goings-on in the station district
The real Frankfurt Bub ‘Ata not only operates the Robert Johnson, but since 2010 also the beautiful café-bar hybrid Plank in the Bahnhofsviertel. Sure, it’s one of the most obvious examples of gentrification in the Bahnhofsviertel, together with my favorite, the Maxie Eisen restaurant, but it’s also nice to be able to move around the district without having to stand in front of a fight on a wonderfully sunny afternoon (that’s it maybe, maybe not, happened earlier). If it gets too crowded on mild evenings, you can also sit very well on the curb and watch the station district change. Also nice to drink with coffee: the café in the Kunstverein am Römer. Then you checked it off too.
- Elbestr. 15, 60329 Frankfurt / Main
- Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m., Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
- More info
© kikuyumoja | FlickrCC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Buy excellent sushi at SuperKato
Phew, shop flat on the Zeil? Off to SuperKato! This tiny Japanese supermarket has delicious fresh sushi for little money. You can’t sit, there is no coziness here and the supermarket selection is anything but great. But that’s sushi the Insider tip of the city. On nice days, be sure to order to take away and eat on the banks of the Main!
- Kornmarkt 3, 60311 Frankfurt
- Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
- More info
© Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt am Main Watch great exhibitions in the Schirn Kunsthalle
There are not only dinosaurs in Frankfurt, but also very, very good art museums. The Schirn regularly shows groundbreaking exhibitions and is one of the most prestigious museums in the country. A visit to the Städel should also be on your bucket list, where besides the impressive permanent exhibition there are always extremely well-curated special exhibitions. If you can’t start with art, you’ll definitely find another museum on the banks of the museum that suits you. And when in doubt, you can always look at the skyline.
- Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
- Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt
- Tuesday, Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Wednesday & Thursday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- More info
© mompl | FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Browse the Schaumainkai flea market
Every Saturday there is a large flea market at Schaumainkai. Either you love it or you hate it, but one thing is certain: There is really just about everything here, from old vases from household dissolutions to new odds and ends, and items that trucks have fallen for mysterious reasons. But the nicest thing is that every social class really comes by. And the view of the Main and the only real skyline in Germany is not to be scoffed at. If you can’t do anything with flea markets, you better take a stroll through the Museumsuferfest, which takes place once a year
- flea market
- Schaumainkai, Sachsenhausen-Nord, 60594 Frankfurt am Main
© Lars Plougmann | FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0 Eat all over the world in the Kleinmarkthalle
Feeding through the world is the watchword here! The Kleinmarkthalle manages to bridge the gap between the traditional market and the culinary world tour. From Monday to Saturday there are more than sixty dealers who offer everything from fresh fruit from overseas to traditional Frankfurt beef. The hall from the fifties is also a must for architecture fans. The producer market on the Konstablerwache is also great and very tasty, and it is available on Thursdays and Saturdays.
- Kleinmarkthalle Frankfurt
- Hasengasse 5-7, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
- Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- More info
© Michael Fielitz | FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0 The rabbit family in front of the former ECB building
Rabbits have been living in the small garden between the Eurotower, home of the European Central Bank until 2014, and the play for years. If everything is too much for you, you ended up in the Blockupy police kettle, or the EU is in danger of breaking apart, just visit the rabbits. Everything will be fine!
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