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How to Spend 3 Days in Frankfurt

How to Spend 3 Days in Frankfurt

With three days in Frankfurt, you’ll have plenty of time to tour the city’s historic monuments and museums, and to explore farther afield. To maximize your time, look for tours that combine multiple attractions in one day or take advantage of money-saving deals and sightseeing passes. Here are some ideas.

Day 1: Shopping and Sightseeing

Joining a guided sightseeing tour or hop-on hop-off bus tour is a great way to get your bearings and make sure you don’t miss anything. Listen to the onboard commentary as you drive through Frankfurt’s Financial District, past historic sites like the Frankfurt Stock Exchange building and the Eschenheimer Tower, and towering skyscrapers like the Main Tower.

Jump out to explore the Altstadt (Old Town) on foot, starting at the main square, the Römerberg. After admiring landmarks like the Rathaus (Town Hall), St. Nicholas Church, and St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, stroll along the Zeil, Frankfurt’s main shopping boulevard, and browse the stalls at the Kleinmarkthalle, Frankfurt’s daily food market.

Continue sightseeing into the evening with a scenic cruise along the Main River and enjoy dinner onboard as you admire the illuminated skyline from the water.

Day 2: Explore the Rhine Valley

The UNESCO-listed Rhine Valley is the most scenic stretch of the Rhine River, flowing between Mainz and Koblenz. Set sail aboard a traditional steamer and cruise past the vineyards, medieval towns and mountaintop castles of the Rhine. Stop along the way to visit historic Rudesheim and the landmark Loreley Rock, enjoy wine tasting at a family-run winery, or savor lunch with a view at a riverfront restaurant.

You can choose to explore this region on a full-day cruise from Frankfurt or opt for a Rhine River cruise pass and take in the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, combine an afternoon cruise along the Rhine with a morning visit to Heidelberg, where highlights include the hilltop Heidelberg Castle and the picturesque Old Town.

Day 3: Parks and Museums

Frankfurter’s Museumsufer, or Museum Embankment, stretches along the south bank of the Main River and is home to 13 museums. Spend the morning admiring the artworks at the Städel Museum, visit the German Museum of Architecture or the German Film Museum, or browse the exhibitions at the Museum of World Cultures.

In the afternoon, enjoy a change of pace and take a walk around the Palmengarten, one of the largest botanical gardens in Germany. Alternatively, pay a visit to Frankfurt Zoo, where the 4,500 animal residents include tigers, giraffes, gibbons, and rhinos.

On your final evening, head into the atmospheric Sachsenhausen district, where the cobbled lanes are filled with restaurants, bars, and jazz clubs. Perhaps enjoy a dinner of traditional Frankfurt cuisine, sample the city’s famous apfelwein (apple wine) at one of the historic wine taverns, then go bar-hopping along Dreieichstrasse and Bruckenstrasse.

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Rhine Valley Trip from Frankfurt including Rhine River Cruise

Rhine Valley Trip from Frankfurt including Rhine River Cruise

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Journey along the romantic Rhine on a half- or full-day tour from Frankfurt and take in the UNESCO-listed wonders of the Rhine Valley. Set sail along the Rhine River on a traditional steamer and cruise past sweeping vineyards, medieval towns and mountaintop castles. Jump off to explore historic Rudesheim, see the landmark Loreley Rock (full-day trip only) and indulge in wine tasting, then tuck into a delicious lunch (full-day trip) or dinner (half-day trip) by the riverside.
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  • 7 hours 45 minutes
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Frankfurt Super Saver: FRA City Highlights plus Full-Day Rhine Valley Trip

Frankfurt Super Saver: FRA City Highlights plus Full-Day Rhine Valley Trip

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See the best of Frankfurt by land and water on this combo city tour and steamboat cruise on the historic Rhine River! Enjoy a guided morning coach trip through the Frankfurt City, where you’ll see landmarks like St Paul's Church, Frankfurt Cathedral, Goethe House and Hauptwache Plaza, and on to the UNESCO-listed Rhine Valley for breathtaking natural vistas. You’ll break for lunch before your afternoon sightseeing cruise, and conclude your day with a fun wine-tasting session.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Frankfurt 100-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

Frankfurt 100-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

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Admire Frankfurt from the water on a 100-minute sightseeing cruise along the Main River. Starting from Eiserner Streg (Mainkai) in central Frankfurt, enjoy views of the city skyline as you hear audio commentary about the city's highlights. Sights you’ll pass include Staedel Museum, St. Paul’s Church, Romer, The Three Kings Church, and Portikus.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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Frankfurt Skyline Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Frankfurt Skyline Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Frankfurt is home to a great number of landmarks and attractions, but getting around the city on foot takes time and effort. With this 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket, spin through the city in comfort and enjoy fine views along the banks of the Main River. Hit sites of interest including the Hauptwache and the Senckenberg Museum with ease, and enjoy the freedom to explore Frankfurt at your own pace.
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  • 2 hours
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Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt

Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Visit the beautiful city of Cologne on this guided, full-day sightseeing tour from Frankfurt. Enjoy a scenic drive north to Cologne, then hop on a double-decker bus to see many of this 2,000-year-old city’s top attractions. Pass by the Romanesque Catholic Great St. Martin Church, bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt square, Cologne City Hall and much more. Then visit the Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s most-visited site, for an independent tour. On the return trip to Frankfurt, discover the medieval old town of Limburg.
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  • 9 hours
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Frankfurt Private Walking Tour

Frankfurt Private Walking Tour

Learn how a sleepy medieval trade center became a cutting-edge financial capital on this in-depth walking tour of Frankfurt. Highlights include half-timbered houses and a 13th-century church, the birthplace of the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and the spot where German kings and emperors were once coronated. Tours depart every hour, so you’ll be sure to find a time to fit your schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Frankfurt City Highlights

Private Tour: Frankfurt City Highlights

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Discover top landmarks and famous sites in one of Germany’s most vibrant cities on this private 2.5-hour Frankfurt city highlights tour. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle and discover city attractions such as the medieval Römer, St Paul’s Church and Frankfurt Cathedral. Head into Old Sachsenhausen with your private guide, where locals enjoy coffee in buzzing cafes. Cross the Main River toward the Old Opera House and Hauptwache. Learn of 18th-century poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at Goethe House and admire soaring skyscrapers at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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