There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Frankfurt, which has been dubbed the ‘Mainhattan’ of Europe. Located along the Main river in Germany, you’ll be surprised that the continent’s bustling financial centre has many eye-catching landmarks to be explored beyond its steel and glass facades.
From world-renowned art to historical treasures, every corner is a photo opportunity waiting to be discovered. So, ready your cameras and get ready to explore these Frankfurt attractions, starting from the south bank of the Main and working your way up!
Begin your day at Museumsufer, Frankfurt’s museum quarter. Head to the striking white neo-classical building housing Museum Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts), where Michael Riedel’s Graphic Art as Event (featured in main image) as well as The Pinkus/Ehrlich Collection of stolen art by the Nazis are now on display until mid-October.
If your interest is old masters, Städel Museum should be your first choice instead. Founded in 1815, this minimalist-influenced and modern building is Germany’s oldest museum foundation. The seemingly small museum has 104,000 art pieces to be seen, with impressionist works ranging from Monet to Van Gogh, to fine art from Matisse and Picasso, and contemporary works including Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol.
For film and culture buffs, explore the Lumière brothers-related exhibits and history of cinema at Deutsches Filmmuseum (German Film Museum) or cultural exhibits at Weltkulturen Museum (Museum of World Cultures). With more than 65,000 artefacts from around the world, the latter is one of Europe’s top ethnological museums.
Alternatively, visit Liebieghaus (Museum of Ancient Sculpture) for its large collection of Asian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman sculptures as well as pieces from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Tip: Frankfurt’s largest flea market is held here on Saturdays, so you might want to coincide your visit with it. If you’re planning to visit a number of museums, be sure to also buy a Museumsufer discount ticket at the first museum you’re exploring.