What to see in Frankfurt in one day and things to do

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Before our roadtrip to Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands we were in Frankfurt only at its airport. But this time, we had 2 full days to explore the city at the river Main.

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The river Main offers nice views and a good place for recreation (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

Even though we were exploring Frankfurt for two days, we could do all the things and seen the sights also only in one day. Due to bad weather and my pregnancy, we adjusted the exploration tempo to a little bit slower one. So this blog posts is for everyone, exploring Frankfurt in one day.

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The old city Opera (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

Frankfurt is not a general touristic city. Foreign visitors normally stop at Frankfurt due to business meetings, fairs or a long layover at the airport. That makes Frankfurt perfect as a one day destination.

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Romantic tree-lined lane (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

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Parks are great for families too (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

We must admit – Frankfurt is not a city which we would be totally impressed over. Maybe we felt this because its lack of tradition or maybe it was due to bad weather during our complete stay.

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City’s University (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

But even though we have not fallen in love with Frankfurt, we still managed to find few things, which were to our liking. So what to do in Frankfurt in one day? What to see if you have few hours to spend in Frankfurt between business meetings, flights or after a visit to the fair?

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The river Main has been important from economical point of view too (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

One day in Frankfurt – what to do and see:

  • Take a selfie at the city square

We just love the half-timbered houses there and with them, this was one of the most charming places in Frankfurt.

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Selfie in front of the half-timbered houses (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

  • Visit the city cathedral

Even though the interior is not covered in gold, but rather plain, Frankfurt’s cathedral is worth few minutes of your time.

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Beautiful interior of the cathedral (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

  • Enjoy the night at the Sachsenhausen

This is probably the best place for a good night life. There are lots of clubs and bars, offering cheap drinks and bites.

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Sachsenhausen is a great place for cheap bites and night life (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

  • Taste the traditional food for Frankfurt

Even you will spend only one day in Frankfurt, you have to eat, right? If you’d like to try local food, you cannot leave Frankfurt without its green sauce, made out of seven different herbs, and the famous apple-wine.

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Apple wine has a special meaning in Frankfurt (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

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You cannot leave Frankfurt without tasting the famous green sauce (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

  • Do a tour with Velo taxi

This electrical-bike taxi is great for one hour long tour, especially if you explore Frankfurt in one day only. Our tour was more to the greener side of the city, as we were visiting numerous city parks.

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Exploring Frankfurt with Velo taxi (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

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There are lots of green areas and parks in the city (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

  • Enjoy the views over Frankfurt from the boat tour

If you like to see a place from other perspective, you definitely don’t want to miss out on the boat trip on the river Main.

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Taking the boat tour shows you Frankfurt from another perspective (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

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View to so-called Mainhatten (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

  • Visit a gallery or a museum

Frankfurt has lots of galleries and museums to choose from. It is up to you or maybe up to the weather, how enjoyable this might be for you.

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Frankfurt invites lots of tourists also because of its galleries and museums (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

  • Shop till you drop

Frankfurt’s city center is a great place for some shopping spree. There are pedestrian streets, full of shops and malls, so save some money for shopping as well. Maybe you can even buy traditional dirndel or leather hosen from a designer Bembeltown (nickname for the city of Frankfurt).

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Traditional wear from Bembeltown designer (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

  • Relax at the park

We were really impressed how many beautiful parks can be found in Frankfurt. If you are fed up with traffic, buildings and noise, head up to a park or two. We loved best the Chinese and Korean areas in parks. If we would have better weather, we would definitely spend some more time there.

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One of the most beautiful parts of Frankfurts’ parks – Chinese garden (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

  • Lock your love

Locking your love at the bridge is becoming more and more popular all around the world and it is no different in Frankfurt. If you have not locked your love yet, you might want to do it in Frankfurt.

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Lock your love in Frankfurt (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

Frankfurt may not impress you like some other German cities will, but nevertheless, if you have one day to spend, take it. Visiting Frankfurt is also a great way to kill time between long connection flights, as its city center is easily reachable by the city metro  / S-Bahn.

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In Frankfurt, everything is connected with apples (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

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Cute square with half-timbered houses and town hall (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

Some useful travel tips for Frankfurt in one day or more

Accommodations in Frankfurt

Camping: Frankfurt is perfect for everyone visiting with a camper or a tent. Only 20 minutes ride with the metro line from the city center, you can find the Frankfurt City Camp. The metro station is in its vicinity and so is the grocery store Aldi. (Camping coordinates: 50.09.49.7 / 008.39.02.2). The price for 2 persons, electricity and camper is 25€/night.

Hotels: The city of Frankfurt has numerous hotels to choose from. We did not only camp in Frankfurt, but we also spend two nights in a Hotel an der Messe. The hotel has great location for everyone visiting the fairgrounds, which is only 10 minutes by foot from the hotel. There is also a metro station close by, which has great connection to the main train station and city center.

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Our spacious room in Hotel an der Messe (Frankfurt in one day, Germany)

Where to eat in Frankfurt?

The best traditional restaurants can be found in Sachsenhausen – we ended in Atschel, without knowing it is one of the best. Don’t forget about the green sauce and apple-wine. Even if you are in Frankfurt for one day only, you must not skip those. You will also find lots of quick and cheap bites in Sachsenhausen, like pizza, kebabs and other middle east and Balkan food.

Where to park in Frankfurt?

If you will visit Frankfurt for one day only, without staying the night, there are lots of parking garages available. Our 4WD was too high for all of them though, but at the end we have managed to find an open parking space near the fairgrounds and the newly opened shopping mall Skyline Plaza. The price was 5€/day. (Coordinates: 50.06.27.6 / 008.39.15.8).

Local transportation in Frankfurt

The best way to explore Frankfurt is by its metro (S-Bahn). It is cheap and fast. One day ticket costs 7€/pp or 11€/group up to 5 people.

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2 Comments

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    Shane McDonald on

    This is wonderful. I am going to Frankfurt soon and knew very little. I intend visiting the Chinese gardens, trying the local green sauce and taking a boat trip.

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