From a fairy-tale palace towering over the Rhine River to one of Germany’s oldest forts, there are a number of impressive medieval castles to explore outside Frankfurt and they each make for a great day trip destination. Here are a few of the best.
Established by banker Johann Friedrich Städel in 1815, the Städel Museum is Germany’s oldest museum foundation. Its collection of European art spans hundreds of years, from the Old Masters to the modern day; following an expansion in 2012, it has additional, luminous gallery spaces devoted to a contemporary collection. Highlights of its holdings range from canvases by Botticelli, Rembrandt, and Vermeer to masterworks by Picasso, Bacon, Richter, and Klein.
The Städel Museum can be explored on Frankfurt walking tours, and can be glimpsed during river sightseeing trips. It’s also easy to book tickets in advance and explore independently.
Things to know before you go
- Free Wi-Fi is available for all museum visitors.
- The museum’s free app makes it easy to explore its galleries independently.
- Complete audio guides are available from the front desk in English and German, while highlights guides are available in Spanish and French.
- The Städel offers a range of “barrier-free” tours aimed at visitors with visual or auditory impairments.
- The museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
How to get there
The Städel Museum is located on Frankfurt’s Museum Embankment. If traveling by public transit, take U-Bahn lines U1, U2, U3 and U8 to Schweizer Platz; take trams 15 and 16 to Otto-Hahn-Platzl; or take bus number 46 to Städel. The museum can also be reached on foot, by car, or by bike.
When to get there
The Städel Museum is open every day except Monday. It is open from 10am–6pm Tuesday–Wednesday and Saturday–Sunday, and from 10am–9pm Thursday–Friday. It is closed each year on December 24 and 31.
Tours and events
In addition to its rotating series of temporary exhibitions, the Städel Museum hosts free, public art talks (in English) on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm. Guided tours can also be booked in advance in English, German, Italian, Dutch, French, Russian, and Japanese.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Städel Museum (Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie)?
What else should I know about attractions in Frankfurt?
- German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum)
- Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom)
- Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof
- Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus)
- Römerberg Square
- St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)
- Frankfurt City Hall (Romer)
- Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg)
- Frankfurt Main Tower
- Old Sachsenhausen
- Old Opera House (Alte Oper)
- Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg)
- Bockenheimer Warte