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FREE Frankfurt ATTRACTIONS

FREE THINGS TO DO IN Frankfurt

Top Frankfurt Attractions Free

Best Free Things To Do in Frankfurt - 2018

1. Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

Known as Dom St. Bartholomaus in German, the cathedral dates from the 14th century and was the site of coronations of the Holy Roman Emperors for 300 years. The altar is said to contain the skullcap of St. Bartholomew.

The cathedral is one of the buildings that suffered severe damage during the war, so the interior decoration is recent. It still makes for an impressive sight and has the advantage of free entry. However, you can ascend to the top of the tower from April to October for a small fee (2 Euros) to take in the sweeping views. It’s quite a climb with 324 steps, so be prepared. The 95-foot tower only came about during rebuilding after an 1867 fire, but the plans dated from 1415.

A museum in the cloister holds several interesting displays from the museum’s treasury as well as the fascinating remains of the grave of a girl, which date from the church’s earliest incarnation as a Merovingian chapel.


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2. St. Paul’s Church (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

This church is known as the birthplace of German democracy, as it is where the first parliament was held in 1848. The oldest part of the building dates from 1789 and it was completed by 1833. After being heavily damaged during the war, it was the first building in the city to be rebuilt, using public subscription. The interior was redeveloped in a modernist style, due to the low budget, but the exterior is mostly original.

No longer used as a church, nowadays it hosts various exhibitions and special events such as the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the Goethe Prize, which are awarded in the first-floor assembly hall.


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3. Museum Embankment (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

This promenade along the south of the river Main (known as the Museumsufer in German) marks the cultural heart of the city, flanked as it is by a high concentration of museums and galleries. You can take your pick as to which to enter, or simply stroll along the river, taking in the sights and perhaps enjoying a picnic on a summer’s day.

Perhaps the most famous of the embankment’s museums is the Staedel (link), with its famous Impressionist works and modern-classical paintings. However, there is something to suit every interest, from the German Film Museum, to the Icon Musuem, the Architecture Museum, the Liebieghaus with its classical sculptures, the Communication Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts with furniture dating to the 10th century.

If you’re around at the end of August it’s well worth catching the Museumsuferfest when all the museums host a plethora of special events, including boat races, concerts and a fireworks display.

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4. Römerberg (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

The historic heart of Frankfurt’s Altstadt (Old Town), this charming square offers many delights to the visitor. Chief among these is the Römer, the Town Hall, dating from 1405, with its ornate gold leaf decoration and portraits of kings and emperors.

You can also see the Ostzeile, a row of six beautiful half-timbered houses on the east side of the square. They were first built in the 15th and 16th centuries and painstakingly reconstructed after Allied bombing in 1944.

The Fountain of Justice stands in the middle of the square, with the goddess Justitia facing the Römer.

You can see scale models of the Römerberg as it looked during various ages in the Historiches Museum, just south of the square. These include a representation of the medieval era, what the area looked like post-war and as it was following reconstruction.

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5. Berger Strasse (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

This lengthy, vibrant street located in the Bornheim district is a central point for shopping, eating and people-watching. An array of small, locally owned shops offering a diverse range of goods awaits you, and the area is particularly pleasant for an evening meal in the summer as many restaurants offer outdoor seating.

There are numerous other points of interest. At the south end of the street, nearest to the city centre, you will find the tranquil Chinese Garden. Berger Strasse also contains many original half-timbered houses dating from the 16th century, so it’s well worth checking out the architecture. All in all, the area has mostly retained a pleasantly local feel, without too much intrusion from larger chain stores and supermarkets, while embracing the cosmopolitan atmosphere brought by its eclectic eateries and international visitors.

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6. Waldspielpark Goethe Tower (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

This tower, constructed completely from wood, stands 43 metres high and offers stunning views over Frankfurt. It is located at the northern end of the Frankfurt City Forest.

The attraction was inaugurated in 1931, in time for the centenary of Goethe’s death the following year. It replaced an earlier tower, half as tall, which fell into disrepair after the First World War.

The area is extremely popular with families, not just for the tower itself but for the large playground and water park, with heated pool and water slide, situated at its base among idyllic forest surroundings. There is also a restaurant with outdoor seating, and a maze.

The tower, which is used for mobile transmissions, is currently undergoing renovations and is expected to be reopened in April 2014. The playground facilities remain open.


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7. Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

One of the most important and busiest stock exchanges in the world, it is open to visitors who are curious to see the ins and outs of stock trading and what goes on in such a place.

Upon entering, you must first go through security. It’s possible to phone ahead and book a free tour, which is advisable in order to gain a deeper understanding of what you will see. The tour begins with a Powerpoint lecture, followed by a visit to the viewing gallery, from where you can look down on the trading floor below. The tour guide will answer any questions you may have. Stocks are listed on LED boards in the gallery, and are lit up either green for stock up or red for stock down.

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8. Freibad Stadion (Free)

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This large outdoor water park located near Frankfurt’s Football Stadium is a great place to spend a hot summer’s day. There is a selection of pools to cater for all swimming abilities, including a fun pool with long slides, a lazy river, a waterfall and a water cannon. There are also massage jets and floor jets. Separate to the rest is a 118m giant slide.

For divers, there are several springboards at various heights including 1m, 3m, 5m, 7 ½ and 10m. Away from the water, a restaurant offers snacks and drinks at reasonable prices, and there are also table tennis facilities, a bowling green and a playground.

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