Frankfurt Itinerary – What to do in Frankfurt

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So you have a layover in Frankfurt? Or you live here and have people visiting? Perhaps you are here on a day trip? This post is for all of you, and for anyone else who needs to fill a day or two in Frankfurt.

Frankfurt is seen to be a boring place to visit. The truth is, it does kind of suck for tourism but it is great for living. However, there are things to do here and I’ve successfully entertained visiting friends, parents, grandparents as well as Couch Surfing visitors as well. Here’s my itinerary maker for Frankfurt which will hopefully help you have a great time!

Big Day-Fillers

These are things that will take up most of a day. It’s probably best to have one of these and then place smaller things around it.

Frankfurt walking tour – 3+ hours walking for just 10 euros.

Frankfurt zoo – 10 euros and can easily amuse you for a whole day. I’ve been there twice, for about 5 hours each time and I’ve not covered the whole place yet.

The Senckenberg Museum – Known as the “dead zoo”. 8 euros and keeps you busy for most of the day. Try not to go on school holidays.

The Flea Market – A massive flea market that takes place on the Sachsenhausen side of the river every other week. Check the link and where it says “Schaumainkai” is a day when it’s in Sachsenhausen. Be warned – this isn’t a place where you’ll get many bargains!

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Smaller Things

Padding for around your big day filler!

The Dialog Museum – The blind museum. You’re taken round an “experience” where it’s so dark it’s like you are blind. Probably not good for children. 16 euros for the 60 minute tour, 19 for the 90 minute tour.

The Cathedral – I’d advise going here with the walking tour as they give really excellent explanations about the history and so on of the building.

Mini Golf – Good for a few hours!

Markets – Aside from the flea market, there are many other great markets in Frankfurt. My favourite is the farmers’ market on Konstablewache on Saturdays (and Thursdays). See this link for a full list of markets in Frankfurt!

Places to Go See

These are places where there’s not much to do, but it’s good to walk there and just go see it and take photos.

The Main River – The perfect place to watch people and a haven for runners, dog walkers and, in the summer, sun bathers.

Meditation corner – Tucked away behind a busy street, this is one of my favourite secret spots. From Zeil shopping street, find the street called Liebfrauenstraße. Cross over the small road and on your left there will be a little square, usually with a few homeless people hanging around. In the left hand corner of this square is the entrance to the meditation corner. Listen as all the noise from the street vanishes!

Places to Take a Break

Galeria – At the top of Galeria is a cafeteria with an amazing view. Grab a nice hot chocolate or maybe a German beer and sit outside on the balcony to watch the world go by as you relax. It’s one of my favourite places to take people.

Fleming’s Hotel – Another great view…with a very interesting lift!

Drinks at pop-up bars along the river [summer time] – As far as I know, there are temporary summer drinks shacks along the river. One I posted about over a year ago, and the other is Main Cafe which is at lamp post number 23 on the Sachsenhausen side of the river (I’m sad. Yes. And also please marvel at the fact that the lamp posts are numbered along the river. This is a GENIUS idea.)

Maingold Cafe – I posted about the brunch here but actually the drinks in the evening here are really nice too. In winter, it’s nice to snuggle down on one of their sofas, and in the summer it’s great to sit under the lanterns in their garden. Easily my favourite place to eat and drink in Frankfurt.

Day Trips out of Frankfurt

Hoechst – Just a short tram or S Bahn journey away, and lovely for a long walk! A great place to walk dogs!

Wiesbaden – Lovely for a full day. Be sure to take the English walking tour!

Heidelberg – Not been yet, but a very popular trip location!

Cologne – A little bit more expensive to travel to, but still very much worth a visit!

Have I missed anything off the list? What’s your best thing to do in Frankfurt?

Cute Shop – Nima

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Last week I was on my way to a cafe to meet a friend when I came across the CUTEST little shop called Nima. I was drawn in by a window display that seemed to have the theme “all the things Charlotte would like”.

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I loved how things weren’t so organised, just placed in every available space. Like these adorable books.

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I very nearly bought these…in fact, I may have to go back and buy them…

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I WANT IT ALL.

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In the end, what I did buy was a map of the world with a layer of scratch away surface on it, and you have to scratch away countries that you’ve been to. I also bought two water glasses with funny fake branding for tap water on them.

If you have someone to buy a gift for I think this would be the perfect place to find a chic gift! The only downside is that the woman running it doesn’t seem to want to be friendly at all, and when I asked if I could take photos for my blog she was like “yeah, whatever”. I think if this was in England they’d love to know who is giving them free advertising…but anyway…

Find Nima at – Koselstraße 57 60318 Frankfurt

Palmengarten Winter Lights

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Last weekend I went with a few friends to the “Winterlichter” display in Palmengarten park here in Frankfurt. I’ve blogged about this place before, but it’s a huge park area with green houses keeping lots of interesting plants nice and toasty. It’s 7 euros to enter, which is a shame because a lot of free parks I’ve been to are actually much nicer than these. When there’s an event like this happening, however, I don’t mind paying.

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There were lots of interactive parts which was pretty cool!

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The winter lights end today, sadly, but it’s always worth a trip to the gardens themselves so check it out if you’re in town!

Frankfurt Zoo

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I caught wind of there being a baby tiger in Frankfurt zoo, so I ditched my own little tigers grabbed the boyfriend and marched right over there.

It was meant to be the hottest day of the year and promised temperatures of 38c, but in fact was something around 35c. Regardless, the place was pretty much empty so that was pretty awesome. What’s a shame is that they’ve bumped up the entry price from 5 euros to 10 since I went last time, but it’s a pretty special zoo so I guess it’s all for the greater good. If you are a new resident to Frankfurt, you should have a 2 for 1 ticket in the voucher book they gave you when you registered.

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After ALL THE FAFFING we eventually arrived at the zoo at about 3pm, which happened to be feeding time. I think the daddy lion was the most interesting when he was eating – gently licking the chunk of meat as if he was really enjoying it. But we did get to see the baby tiger have his dinner too. The photos of him were much much cuter than him eating, however. You can get postcards of him at the giftshop, so I have him on my wall now.

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They have a great section for fish and insects which are all indoors, so we could escape the sun. Personally, I love the fish (and penguins!!) the best. I love aquariums so much and the ones near where I was in Japan were really great – especially Nagoya Aquarium. I think fish are so much better at being models than animals, so aquariums are the best places to test out new cameras.

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Not that this guy wasn’t trying his hardest, too…

The best thing about Frankfurt zoo is that they are part of a breeding programme to help endangered species. The rhinos, giraffes and many other animals are there to help save their species, so you get to see some really rare animals, like the aye aye, which are endangered because people think they are bad luck so kill them (and I know that because I read and understood the German sign! Yay go me!)

Frankfurt zoo is one of my favourite places and needs at least 4 or 5 hours to see it all. It’s well worth a visit if you’re in town.

Find the zoo at Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1  60316 Frankfurt and get there either by getting the tram or U Bahn, or simply by walking up from Konstablewache, which is a nice walk with lots of lovely restaurants and cafes (including my favourite, Maingold cafe!)

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