If you only have one day to spend in Frankfurt, here are a few suggested options that should satisfy various interests and age groups. Of course, we hope that you will come on our Frankfurt on Foot Walking Tour, as this is the easiest way to cover many of the hightlights of the city listed below, but if the times don't match your schedule, you might want to consider booking one of our private or Layover tours, as this is the most convenient way to see many of these sites.
Option A. - Römerberg, Alte Nikolai, Haus Wertheim, Jörge Ratgeb Wall Paintings in the Karmeliter Cloister, Pauls Kirche, the Kaiserdom, the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall, the Klein Markt Halle, Eschenheimer Turm, Alte Oper, and then go up on the Main Tower for sunset, have dinner at one of the guard towers built in the 1500's, Friedberger Warte or the Sachsenhausen Warte. Visit 1 of the Farmers Markets.
Option B. - Add in the Deutsche Ordens Church built in 1309, visit the Palmengarten, take tram #12 to Bornheim on Wed. or Sat. for the Farmers Market and a walk down the Berger strasse with a stop in the Chinese Garden at Bethmann Park, on Fri. visit the market on Schiller Strasse, or at the Konstablerwache on Thurs.and Sat. When evening comes, take a walk through Alt Sachsenhausen with dinner in one of the old applewine pubs, like Dauth-Schneiders or Atschel. If you want to stay in Bornheim, have dinner at Zur Sonne or Apfelwein Solzer, beautiful, old, fachwerk Applewine Pubs on the upper Berger Strasse.
Option C (with kids under 12) - Visit the Kinder Museum, My Zeil, the Communication Museum, Senckenburg Museum of Natural History, the Bible Museum, Expirimenta, climb to the top of the Kaiserdom, spend a few hours at the Palmengarten, go to the top of the Main Tower (especially cool at sunset and after dark), go swimming at Rebstock Bad with its' wave pool, slides and sauna, on Sundays you can visit the Antique Tram Museum and check out all the old trams. Have dinner at one of the cafes that surround the Römer, so the kids can run around and you can watch the buskers perform that are often there.
Option D - If you haven't been able to get to any old towns while here in Germany, then make plans to visit the Frankfurt neighborhood of Hoechst. There, you can walk through a dry moat next to the old city wall, see lots of original half-timbered houses lining narrow cobble-stoned streets, the Bolongaro palace and a schloss, as well as St.Justinus, one of the oldest churches in Germany built in 850. Have dinner up on the wall at the Alte Zoll Wache. A visit to the Höchst Porcelain Factory would also be interesting. Tram #11 goes there and lets you see lots of Frankfurt as the ride takes about 45 min. or you can cut the time to 10 min. using the S-bahn 1 or 2 from the Hauptbahnhof.
Museum recommendations if you only have one day (and it isn't a Monday) and depending on your interests: the Städel, Liebieg Haus for sculpture, Judengasse & the Jewish Museum, the Archeology Museum, the Schirn, Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthandwerk Museum. Many of the museums stay open late on Wed. and Thurs. but are closed on Mondays. If you are here on Mondays, the Palmengarten, the Zoo, the Geld Museum, the Senckenburg Museum, and the Goethe Haus are open.