Frankfurt by Foot:
5 Top City Attractions You Can Walk To
Single parent travel | Bree Williams | 03 July 2013
A diverse city with great art, shopping, historical sites, architecture and outdoor areas…
Whether you’re preparing to visit Frankfurt on vacation, for business, or have an airport stop-over, you’ll find many fascinating attractions just waiting to be explored by foot in this great city. A diverse city with great art, shopping, historical sites, architecture and outdoor areas, Frankfurt can easily be explored by foot, whether you have a day, a week or even longer to spend on your travels. Enjoy soaking up the sights and the sounds of this beautiful city by foot and, apart from leaving no carbon footprint, you’ll also have a memorable experience at an affordable price. Read on for five great attractions you don’t want to miss in Frankfurt.
The Goethe House
Germany’s most famous writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, was born in Frankfurt in 1749. Fans of his work can take a trip back in time by visiting the house where he wrote the first version of his best-known work, “Faust”. Although the house was actually destroyed by bombing in World War II, it has been fully rebuilt and restored in every detail. On a visit you can see the original furniture, books and paintings of the Goethe family, plus also some manuscripts written in his own hand. The adjoining museum contains artworks that inspired Goethe (who also loved to paint) plus works associated with some of his literary contemporaries.
One of the best ways to see Frankfurt is from the top of the 200-metre-high Main Tower. The city’s only high-rise open to the public, the tower offers sweeping views of Frankfurt’s bustling cityscape plus the forests that ring the city. Head to the 55th floor observation deck to see the 360-degree views and, if possible, visit at sunset to watch as the city changes from day to night life. If you find you get a little hungry during your visit, you can grab a snack at the restaurant located within the tower as well.
A Frankfurt city landmark, gothic-looking Eschenheimer Turm was built in the early 15th century and is one of the few remaining towers of the medieval fortifications that used to encircle the city. Sitting in the middle of downtown Frankfurt, the 47-metre-high Eschenheim Tower, as it is also known, managed to survive the war completely intact. These days it’s a popular tourist attraction that houses a restaurant and bar at the base — a good spot to enjoy some people-watching.
Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall
The Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall contains more than 11,000 names, in alphabetical order, of Frankfurt’s murdered Jewish citizens. Honouring all the local people who perished in the Holocaust (including Anne Frank and her mother and sister), the Memorial Wall provides travellers with a powerful opportunity to learn from one of the greatest horrors of the 20th century. Surrounding a medieval Jewish cemetery, the wall provides families and visitors alike with a spot to come and pay their respects.
A perfect place to visit in spring or summer, the Palmengarten botanical gardens is a green gem in the city. Founded in 1868 by a group of Frankfurt locals, the gardens take you on a nature-driven study of the world. The horticultural journey covers different climates from around the world, from the African savannah to the exotic rainforests and European flower gardens. Palmengarten covers 50 acres and offers a variety of greenhouses to explore, as well as more than 6,000 different botanical species. While visiting you can also rent a rowing boat, ride the miniature train, take a tour, or enjoy outdoor concerts in the summer months.
About the Author: Bree Williams is a travel writer and blogger with a passion for international holidays, outdoor nature experiences and the path less travelled. She loves to keep up-to-date with the latest travel news and recommends you look for cheap flights to Frankfurt on Expedia.
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