Travel Frankfurt | Top 5 Things to See & Do

Romerberg

The Romerberg should be at the top of your list of things to see when you travel Frankfurt. Surrounded by the Romer, the Nikolaikirche, and the six half-timbered houses of Ostzeile, this famous plaza is the historical epicenter of Frankfurt.

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The Romer or Frankfurt’s Town Hall has been around since 1405. Pay close attention to its gabled facade and exquisite balcony. They constitute Frankfurt’s official emblem, and are a definite stop on your “Travel Frankfurt” tour.

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Alte Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church) was built in the late 13th century as a royal chapel for the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. If you’re lucky, you can catch the ringing of the bells when you travel Frankfurt. The carillon of 47 bells rings three times a day: 9:04am, 12:05pm, and 5:05pm. 

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Throughout history, Romerberg has played host to markets, tournaments, festivals, coronations, and even executions, and continues to serve many public festivals including the December Christmas Market. Even today when you travel Frankfurt, the plaza is always alive with music, drinks, food, friendly banter and camaraderie. A great place to relax and unwind after a long day of exploring Frankfurt.

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Paulskirche

Another monument to visit when you travel Frankfurt is the Paulskirche. In 1848, the first all German parliament was held in Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church). Today, this Frankfurt church stands as a symbol of German democracy. 

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Kaiserdom St. Bartholomaus

Despite not being the seating residence of a bishop, this  church is referred to as the Kaiserdom or Imperial Cathedral. This is because the Holy Roman emperors were crowned here from the 16th to 18th century. After the Romerberg, this is the second most iconic stop when you travel Frankfurt.

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Affectionately called “The Dom” by locals, the most impressive feature is the cathedral’s massive, red sandstone tower. Around 300 feet tall, it survived World War II, along with the cathedral’s other treasures.

You can climb the tower for great views of Frankfurt, all 324 steps. That’s a lot of steps, but by now you would have warmed up enough from all that walking around! Besides, there is no such thing has “too much walking” when you travel Frankfurt.

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Eschenheimer Turm

An unusual piece of history when you travel Frankfurt is the Eschenheimer Turm. Built in early 15th century, the tower is the finest example of Frankfurt’s original 42 towers. Today it houses a restaurant and bar, and is a unique monument on the Frankfurt landscape. 

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Eiserner Steg 

And lastly when you travel Frankfurt, the Eiserner Steg. The Iron Bridge is Europe’s first suspension bridge. Also a pedestrian pathway, it connects the city center to Sachsenhausen’s museums and pubs. 

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Plenty of love locks can be seen on the bridge, symbolizing many lovers and their unbreakable bond. While it might be tempting to attach a padlock of your own, this popular trend is causing damage to the bridge and compromising Frankfurt’s architectural heritage. Leave no mark behind when you travel Frankfurt, and help preserve historic treasures.

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The Eiserner Steg offers great views of the Frankfurt skyline, something not to miss when you travel Frankfurt. The cityscape features some of Europe’s tallest skyscrapers, and locals refer to it as “Mainhattan”. 

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Indian Chili Tandoori Restaurant 

When you travel Frankfurt and spend hours exploring the city on foot, great food is something you look forward to at the end of your day. I know I was so ravenous by the time we were done!

I had picked this Indian spot for dinner from Google Maps, and I am so glad that I did. Everything was authentic, packed with flavor, and was super delicious. If you’re looking for some amazing Indian food when you travel Frankfurt, then this is your place! 

~Butter Naan: Oven baked flatbread made from refined white flour.

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~Dal Makhani: Black lentils slow cooked overnight with tomatoes, cream and butter. Served with rice.

~Karahi Paneer (the reddish looking curry): Indian cottage cheese seasoned with spices, and cooked with tomatoes and green bell peppers. 

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