From a fairy-tale palace towering over the Rhine River to one of Germany’s oldest forts, there are a number of impressive medieval castles to explore outside Frankfurt and they each make for a great day trip destination. Here are a few of the best.
Frankfurt Main Tower
Neue Mainzer Straße 52 - 58, Franfurt, 60311
Visitors can take in the views from the rooftop observation deck or enjoy a drink or meal at the Main Tower Restaurant and Lounge. The tower also makes a popular photo stop on city tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours of Frankfurt and can be seen on sightseeing cruises along the Main River.
Things to Know Before You Go
Discounted entry is available for Frankfurt Card holders.
Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.
Large items, backpacks, and strollers are prohibited inside the tower.
The Main Tower is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Main Tower is located in Frankfurt’s financial district, and it’s hard to miss. It’s only a 10-minute walk from the main train station (Hauptbahnhof), but the closest public transit stops are the Taunusanlage S-Bahn station and Willy-Brandt-Platz U-Bahn station.
When to Get There
For the best views, head to the Frankfurt Main Tower to watch the sunset over the city, but prepare for a crowd. From March to October, the observation deck stays open until 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights, affording a fantastic view of the illuminated city.
About the Tower
Built in 1999 by architects Schweger and Partner, the Main Tower features two buildings—a rectangular office block and a cylindrical communications tower topped with a 131-foot-high (40-meter-high) transmitter. Behind the tower’s glittering blue glass facade are the offices of Landesbank of Hesse and Thuringia, Merrill Lynch, and other multinational companies.
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- Old Opera House (Alte Oper)
- Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus)
- St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)
- Römerberg Square
- Frankfurt City Hall (Romer)
- Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom)
- German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum)
- Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof
- Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg)
- Städel Museum (Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie)
- Old Sachsenhausen
- Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg)
- Botanical Garden Frankfurt (Palmengarten)