Feb 06, 2022
Frankfurt frequently ranks amongst the world’s leading financial capitals, with an impressive skyline that has drawn favourable comparisons with New York and Chicago.
It is also renowned for its cultural attractions, owing to its plethora of museums, historical sites and monuments. Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of Frankfurt over a weekend.
If you’re a vulture for culture, Frankfurt’s impressive collections of fine art are not to be missed.
The Städel Museum is a great place to start, offering one of the most important art collections in all of Germany, with 700 years of art under a single roof. The gallery opened its collection to the public in 1817 and continues to entice visitors to Frankfurt with its diverse array of German, Dutch and Italian paintings from the Renaissance and the Baroque periods.
If you’re a natural history buff, take a trip down to the Senckenberg Natural History Museum and explore its exhibits of stuffed birds and fish from prehistoric times. If you’re more interested in the other sort of history, take a trip to the Historisches Museum, which recently installed a giant snow globe exhibit that displays eight different perspectives of the city.
The German Film Museum allows visitors to go behind the scenes and understand how films are made. Five permanent exhibits bring the history of film to life, from the development of early photography to the production of short films.
Riverboats offer a diverse array of excursions and pleasure cruises on the River Main and the River Rhine. Taking a sightseeing cruise along the Main offers magnificent views of St. Paul’s Church and Frankfurt Cathedral. Frankfurt's Museumsufer, or Museum Embankment, is a fantastic cultural hub: both sides of the river offer an array of museums and exhibition buildings, such as the Städel, the Historical Museum and the Jewish Museum.
Seeing the city by open-top bus is another great option that allows you to take in the Museumsufer, the Old Opera House and the historic Altstadt (old town) on the northern banks of the Main.
Frankfurt's colourful nightlife scene has something to offer everyone, from sophisticated wine bars and jazz clubs to underground techno clubs.
Kleine Bockenheimer Straße, also known as Jazzgasse, or Jazz Alley, is home to some of the city's best venues for live music - amongst them Jazzkeller, Europe’s oldest jazz club. If you’re more of a techno fan, we recommend that you head down to Robert Johnson, one of the world’s greatest techno clubs. Whilst the club may be small, holding less than 100 people, it delivers fantastic music and a sound system that some claim is the best in Europe.
If you’re looking for an adventure after months spent indoors, now’s the perfect time to get away from it all with a weekend in Frankfurt.