Weekend Breaks to Frankfurt
Planning a short break to Frankfurt? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Frankfurt. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Frankfurt. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Frankfurt on a Short Break
Saalgasse 19, take the U-bahn to Romer. This outstanding museum was established in 1878 and houses exhibits that portray the history and culture of Frankfurt.
The museum has a great collection, including gold and silver plateware and jewelry; pottery and porcelain; paintings; lithographs; photographs; and models of the Altstadt.
The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10h00 - 17h00; Wednesday from 16h00 - 20h00; Friday 10h00 - 14h00; and Saturday 13h00 - 17h00. Admission is $4.80 for adults; $2.60 for children 6 - 18; and children under 6 are free.
Siesmayerstrasse 61, take the U-Bahn to Westend. This beautiful park and botanical garden has been recently renewed and all the historic greenhouses restored. The park has a perennial garden; an expanded rock garden; and a beautiful rose garden. There is also an exhibition hall for flower shows and other botanical exhibitions, surrounding the 1869 palm house. Recently a few new conservatories have been added, including a Tropicarium; Sub-antarctic House; and Entrance Conservatory. The park is open daily, March to September 09h00 - 20h00; October and February 09h00 - 18h00; and November to January 09h00 - 16h00. Admission is $4.20 for adults; $1.80 for children; or $9 for a family ticket.
Schaumainkai 71, take the tram to Otto-Hahn-Platz. This sculpture museum, housed in an 1896 villa, is along with Bargello in Florence one of the most important in Europe. Its extensive collection includes, objects from ancient Egypt; classical Greece and Rome; medieval and Renaissance Europe. Some of the museum's highlights are a small 8th century BC bronze horse and Roman copies of the Torso of Polycletus; Praxiteles's Satyr; and Myron's Athena. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday from 10h00 - 17h00 and Wednesday from 10h00 - 20h00. Admission is $4.80 for adults and $2 for children and seniors.
Alfred-Brehm-Platz 16. The Frankfurt zoo is one of the top attractions of the city, and is a great place to take the children. The zoo has many animals and also takes part in the European Endangered Species Programme, and presently supervise 150 species. Some of the most popular animal houses at the zoo are the Exotarium, with many fish; lizards; crocodiles; and other reptiles and insects, the Seal Cliffs, the Big Cat Jungle, and the Grzimek House. The zoo is open daily from 09h00 - 19h00 in summer and from 09h00 - 17h00 in winter. Admission is $9.60 for adults; $4.80 for children; and $24 for a family ticket.
For further information visit the zoo's website: www.zoo-frankfurt.de
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 40, take the S-Bahn to Platz der Republik. This private and traditional hotel, with an elegant atmosphere, is one of the top hotels in Frankfurt. The interior of the hotel is glamorous and spacious. Facilities at the hotel include a fitness centre; sauna; massage; restaurant and bar; room service; and baby sitting. The rooms have a range of facilities, including air conditioning; satellite TV; in house movies; radio; telephone; mini bar; and a full bathroom.
For more information visit: www.hessischer-hof.de
Domplatz, take the U-Bahn or S-Bahn to Hauptwache. The 15th century red-sandstone tower of the Dom is the dominant feature of the Altstadt. Inside its chapels the emperors of the Roman Empire were elected and crowned for almost 300 years. The Dom was destroyed by Allied bombers in 1944 and was rebuilt in 1953. The Dom museum is located in the cloiseter and has many exhibitions including robes of the imperial electors. The Dom is open daily from 09h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 18h00, admission is free. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10h00 - 17h00 and weekends 11h00 -17h00, admission is $2.4 for adults and $1.20 for children.
Schaumainkai 63, take the U-Bahn to Schweizer Platz. This is the most important art gallery in Frankfurt, and houses a collection of most European schools of painting. On the first floor there are French Impressionists like Renoir and Monet, and German painters of the 19th and 20th centuries. on the second floor there there is an excellent collection of Flemish primitives; 17th century Dutch artists; and 16th century German masters including Durer; Grunewald; Memling; and Elsheimer. The gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 10h00 - 22h00, Tuesday; Friday; Saturday; and Sunday from 10h00 - 20h00. Admission is $7.20 for adults; $6 for children 12 and older; and children under 11 are free.
Schaumainkai 41, take the U-Bahn to Schweizer Platz. This is the best film museum in Germany, and showcases the history of film and its development. It has an extensive collection of old films, which are shown continuously on the second floor. On the first floor exhibits chronicle the history of the film making industry, displays include Emile Reynaud's 1882 Praxinoscope; Edison's Kinetoscope from 1889; and a copy of the Lumiere brothers' Cinematograph from 1895. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10h00 - 17h00; Wednesday and Friday from 10h00 - 20h00; and Saturday from 14h00 - 20h00. Admission is $3 for adults and $1.80 for children and students.
Alter Stadt, from the Romerberg to the Main River. The Christmas Fair in Frankfurt is one of the most popular events of the year. The Fair runs from November 20 to December 23, and you can browse through the shops at the Fair; or sample some of the tastey local treats on offer. There are a wide range of arts and crafts on sale, as well as delicious local food. The Market is open from Monday to Friday 11h00 - 20h00; Saturday 10h30 - 20h00; and Sunday 11h00 - 20h00.
Heiligkreuzgasse 16-20. The Tigerpalast is the most famous and popular caberet in Frankfurt, and was founded by Johnny Klinke and Margarita Dillinger in the late 1980s.
The shows presented in the blue-and-black theater, feature four Italian acrobats; three Russian acrobats; an East Indian shadow puppeteer; a Mexican juggler; and a Ukrainian ballet artist. The show lasts 2 hours and is presented as child-approved, family-style entertainment.
Shows are on Tueaday to Thursday at 19h00 and 22h00; Friday and Saturday at 20h30 and 22h30; and Sunday at 17h00 and 21h00.
Tickets cost $54 and half price for children under 12.
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