Nowhere else in Germany do celebrated cultural institutions vie for attention with such a spectacular skyline. Frankfurt attracts connoisseurs of both the fine and the performing arts. The museum embankment along the banks of the Main makes Frankfurt one of the leading museum locations, not just in Germany but in Europe.
The mix of distinguished museums, outstanding company collections and highly acclaimed exhibitions, supplemented by a range of first-class stage productions, is without equal across the country.
The Städel Museum has its origins in a private art collection and is now one of the main attractions of the museum embankment. The Deutsche Bank Collection brings together important contemporary artists, and Frankfurt Opera has been voted 'Best opera house in Germany' by critics several times.
Alongside such prestigious institutions, Frankfurt's creative talents, artists' groups and gallery owners all contribute to the vibrant local arts scene. Two studio complexes offer artists ideal conditions for their workshops.
The city of Frankfurt supports this diversity with the largest annual culture budget in Germany, making it the country's undisputed city of art.
Some things you can only see in Frankfurt. Senckenberg Natural History Museum is one of the leading museums of its kind. Goethe House, the birthplace of the great writer, also includes a museum. The Heinrich Hoffmann Museum is dedicated to the Frankfurt psychiatrist and author of 'Struwwelpeter'.read more »
Seeing cultural objects and innovations up close while learning about other countries and times gone by is an exciting experience, and one offered by many of Frankfurt's collections. The Icon Museum, the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum of World Cultures, the Film Museum, the Museum for Communication and the Historical Museum all document and present cultural history. What's more, they are all located on Frankfurt's museum embankment.read more »
Some of Frankfurt's cultural events are renowned far beyond the city itself. During Museums Night and the Museum Embankment Festival venues stay open late into the night. A particular favourite with young people is 'Bahnhofsviertelnacht'. Every two years Frankfurt is lit up both literally and metaphorically by the Luminale arts festival. And the Frankfurt Studio Open Days, organised by the two local studio complexes, draw art lovers to the artists' workshops.read more »
Beauty, goodness and truth. Connoisseurs of classical art are in their element in Frankfurt. The Städel Museum presents works of art dating from the 13th century right up to contemporary pieces. At the Liebieghaus sculpture collection, lovers of classical art can enjoy sculptures dating back to antiquity, while the Giersch Museum mainly exhibits older works by local masters.read more »
Many galleries in Frankfurt offer art for sale and participate in international trade fairs. Frankfurt's best-known gallery is Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, which represents Tobias Rehberger and other artists. The Parisa Kind, Anita Beckers, Heike Strelow and Martina Detterer galleries also feature artists of national and international standing.read more »
There are many reasons for visitors interested in film and literature to visit the city on the river Main. The choices on offer include the Literature House, Frankfurt Book Fair, the Open Books series of events, the German Film Museum and several film festivals.read more »
For Museums Night and during the Museum Embankment Festival there is always a run on tickets for the bank collections in the companies' headquarters. Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank and DZ Bank all present their works of art to the public on these occasions. But they also offer guided tours at other times.read more »
Beyond Frankfurt's big, popular shows there are unusual exhibitions and independent theatre groups just waiting to be discovered. Frankfurt Art Association's 'grenzraum', the Solalanotte exhibition space, exhibitions at the 'basis' studio complex and at ATELIERFRANKFURT, along with the open-air stage projects 'Weseler Werft' and 'Stoffel' all present unexpected and surprising perspectives free of charge.read more »
The museum embankment was created in the 1980s and combines high-calibre cultural offerings with well thought-out urban design. It saw a number of 19th century buildings deemed worthy of preservation gutted and given new interiors. Their historical facades continue to dominate the southern bank of the Main. The new buildings and extensions include some architectural gems designed by leading international firms.read more »
Radical and monumental, but also experimental and multidisciplinary. Some of Frankfurt's exhibition spaces are dedicated exclusively to the very latest art. The Städel extension and the Schirn art gallery, along with the Museum of Modern Art (MMK) and the Portikus exhibition hall show art from 1945 to the present day.read more »
Award-winning and amazing. Frankfurt presents performing arts at the highest level. Frankfurt Opera is regarded as one of the best in Germany. The productions at the Schauspiel Frankfurt theatre on Willy Brandt square regularly attract huge audiences, while the Mousonturm building provides a venue for a range of performance types. The English Theatre is the largest English-language theatre on the European mainland. The Alte Oper concert hall was rebuilt in 1986 and hosts performances by touring theatre companies.read more »
The skyline is probably Frankfurt's most famous and most eye-catching attraction, and it is celebrated every few years with the skyscraper festival. However, the area around Römerberg square in the city centre has a distinct historical charm. The German Architecture Museum (DAM) provides an overview of building design through the ages, while the Ernst May estate is an example of Modernist town planning.read more »
Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. At one time, it was famous for its Old Town rather than its skyline. Today, "Mainhattan" offers an attractive fusion of old and new, with skyscrapers, original half-timbered buildings in Höchst and vibrant reconstructions shaping the face of the city.
The city's history meets the present day in a unique mix of architectural styles.
In the "DomRömer" Quarter, the new Old Town is emerging, reconstructing the historic area between the Kaiserdom (Imperial Cathedral) and the Römer (City Hall). Old town houses are being rebuilt using historic materials, skilled craftsmanship and loving attention to detail. Frankfurt's Old Town was formerly the centre of business and political life for both the city and the Old Empire. Markets and trade fairs were held here, kings elected and emperors crowned. The reconstruction has restored access to the old Krönungsweg (coronation path). The new Old Town is already an impressive example of Frankfurt's urban development and a unique construction project in Europe.
Just a few steps away are the impressive streets of the financial district, carved out between imposing skyscrapers. Rising up to 260 metres, the Commerzbank Tower is currently the tallest of the giants. With its distinctive facade, the Westhafen Tower brings to mind images of a typical Frankfurt apple wine glass, while the pencil-shaped Trade Fair Tower is one of the city's landmarks.
The observation deck in Main Tower offers a breathtaking view over the city from a lofty height of 200 metres. Viewed from the banks of the River Main, the silhouette of the skyscrapers against the red glow of the sunset or illuminated by a starry night sky is a particularly attractive sight.
From the IAA and Automechanika leading international trade fairs to modern vehicle production at the Opel plant in Rüsselsheim or the vintage cars maintained with loving care in the Klassikstadt – Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region are a Mecca for car enthusiasts from all over the world.
Since 1951, the International Motor Show (IAA) has been held every two years at the "Frankfurter Messe" exhibition centre. The IAA is the world's most comprehensive automotive trade fair for anyone who develops, produces, uses or loves cars. It includes a wide selection of symposia and conventions for trade visitors, as well as an SUV track, classic car shows and tuning and collector events for car fans. The last IAA attracted almost one million visitors to the metropolis on the Main.
The automotive sector is one of the key industries in the Rhine-Main-Neckar region, and has a long history. Opel cars have been built in Rüsselsheim since 1898. Opel offers visitors guided tours of its vehicle production, accompanied by expert employees. History and state-of-the-art production intertwine at the Hessian plant. Opel Patent motor cars, Doktorwagen (Doctor's Car), the Laubfrosch (Tree Frog), Rekord, Kapitän and Admiral are just a few of the historic highlights.
For those who prefer classic cars to that new car smell, a visit to the "Klassikstadt" in Frankfurt am Main is a must. The huge brick factory building, constructed around the turn of the century, has a very special historic atmosphere and promises car enthusiasts a real treat with its mobile legends. Visitors can admire rare brands and valuable classic cars in the exhibition area and watch mechanics and restorers at work.
Frankfurt's residents love their traditional specialities, from tasty "Frankfurter Würstchen" (Frankfurters) to fresh "Grüne Soße" (green sauce), hearty "Handkäs" (sour milk cheese) or the sweet "Frankfurter Kranz" (Frankfurt wreath) cake. They have even created special annual festivals to celebrate their favourite dishes.
Spring is season of the Green Sauce Festival, revolving around Goethe's favourite food and its seven aromatic herbs which have been subject to special protection throughout the EU since 2016.
In summer, visitors to the Apple Wine Festival can enjoy traditional apple wine varieties, new creations and unusual cocktails. The apple wine culture can also be sampled all year round in traditional apple wine taverns.
However, as well as its loyalty to regional specialities, Frankfurt is also a diverse, colourful and cosmopolitan city. Visitors to Frankfurt's "Bahnhofsviertel" (Station Quarter) can embark on a very diverse gourmet tour. This youthful and international district is a culinary melting pot. Münchener Straße is lined with restaurants serving dishes from all over the world, from Turkish fishmongers to Indian spices, Japanese sushi and Pakistani desserts. If you are looking for somewhere hip and trendy, the Station Quarter is also home to lots of bars and restaurants.
Frankfurt also offers visitors the chance to sample menus from Michelin-starred chefs. Diners can choose from several Michelin-starred restaurants offering top-class innovative cuisine in elegant surroundings. The selection ranges from cuisine inspired by the bistronomics culture with outstanding wine lists and clear linear design to regional produce with an international twist. The Tigerpalast offers a very special mix. Awarded two Michelin stars, the Tiger gourmet restaurant and the international variety show in the same building combine haute cuisine and top entertainment in a very pleasurable experience.
Frankfurt is a stylish metropolis. To ensure a good night's sleep, the city offers a selection of top-class hotels with outstanding service catering to your every need. Whatever your preference, from unusual to modern or exclusive, you can find your ideal accommodation among Frankfurt's design hotels.
The shopping metropolis is also a paradise for design and fashion fans, with shops and boutiques selling selections ranging from elegant and stylish to hand-made and individual. The famous shopping street of Goethestraße is home to elegant stores such as Armani and Versace. However, you can also find many small independent labels selling unusual one-off items by young designers. The Skyline Plaza offers a shopping experience with a difference. As well as lots of shops, it also has cafes and restaurants, a roof terrace with an amazing skyline view and a relaxing pampering area of 10,000 square metres in the spacious spa.
The city also boasts many cultural attractions. Artists from cities all over the world come together in Frankfurt's Tigerpalast to perform breathtaking shows in the famous variety hall. The Theatre and multiple-award winning Opera House present a consistently high-quality programme of top-class concerts and plays.
Many visitors may be surprised to discover that Frankfurt is also a porcelain city. Germany's second-oldest porcelain production site is located in Höchst. Visitors to the site can view the entire craft production process. As well as Frankfurt's many excellent museums featuring world-famous exhibitions, you can also find a small and interesting porcelain museum here offering guided tours.
Take in the urban vibe in Frankfurt – sipping a sundowner by the River Main, enjoying an after-work party at the Wochenmarkt market, Tuesday night skating against the backdrop of the Frankfurt skyline or eating street food in the "Bahnhofsviertel" (Station Quarter). Frankfurt offers almost endless choices for relaxed chill-out days and unforgettable party nights.
Watch the sunset from the sophisticated and cosmopolitan setting of the trendiest rooftop venues in the middle of Frankfurt's skyscrapers or treat yourself to a cool beer by the River Main. Choose from countless venues and summer gardens for a refreshing break with a spectacular skyline view. The Oosten restaurant is located right next to the Hafenpark park in the east of the city and has a large outdoor terrace.
Slightly further upriver, the Yachtklub is the perfect setting for cool parties on the water. It is then just a few steps to Meral Events Dönerboot, a boat offering Turkish specialities on the water's edge; you can even order from your own boat. The Maincafé between the Untermain bridge and Holbeinsteg bridge is a real classic. Relax on wooden decking, a deck chair or your own picnic rug and take in the urban Frankfurt scene.
Frankfurt's "Bahnhofsviertel" (Station Quarter) is brimming with restaurants, delicatessens and street food varieties from all over the world. Innovative new dining hotspots and trendy bars and clubs, such as Plank or Oye, are continuously opening up in this small and edgy district. Frankfurt's nightlife has something for everyone, from iconic or wild theme parties to concerts showcasing new bands. Clubs such as the Gibson have already become a real tradition and the after-work parties at the Wochenmarkt market on Friedberger Platz are no longer an insider tip, but a cool meeting place where bankers and students welcome the weekend with a glass of wine in a city that never sleeps.