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European Central Bank: Our most recommended tours and activities

Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

1. Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

The 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from Eiserner Steg. The boat leaves every hour. You have can choose between either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. Sailing towards Griesheim, see the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbor. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. Sail past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbor of the city. You can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum embankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. All tours are accompanied by commentaries in English and German.

Frankfurt: 1 or 2-Hour Hotrod Sightseeing Tour

2. Frankfurt: 1 or 2-Hour Hotrod Sightseeing Tour

Climb aboard a hotrod vehicle and start your engine. Begin at the Hanauer Landstrasse and drive straight to the industrial port of Frankfurt. Take in the spectacular views of the Frankfurt skyline known as Mainhattan. Next, drive along the Mainufer river and pass by numerous museums. Continue on to Sachsenhausen before you drive over the Friedensbrücke bridge to reach the famous financial district. Finally, drive through the Gallusviertel and make a short photo stop at Frankfurt's number one hotspot, the Römer.

Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: Cathedral, Financial District & More

3. Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: Cathedral, Financial District & More

This hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour on board a double-decker bus will take you to all the most important sights of Frankfurt, like St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, site of the election and coronation rites of the Holy Roman Empire, and the Financial District, now Europe's most important banking center. Visit the historic Old Town, its famous City Hall – called Römer for its association with the Emperors – the Cathedral, the Church of St Paul, and Goethe's house. Scarcely any other German city boasts as many extraordinary contrasts as Frankfurt: the towers of the ancient city wall, dwarfed by the massive skyscrapers of the Banking Quarter – among them the second-highest one in Europe – offer just one of its stunning architectural vistas. Here you can see the European Central Bank, the old Hauptwache – headquarters of the town militia in the 18th Century – and the justly famous shopping quarter, known as "Zeil." And of course there is the Museum Riverbank, one of the most important cultural districts in Europe, containing the Old Opera House, the scene of internationally renowned premieres. On this tour you'll discover what Frankfurt has to offer. The last trip of the day starts at 17:15 and a circuit without stops takes approximately 60 minutes. Bus stops: 1. Hauptbahnhof 2. Museumsufer 3. Eiserner Steg / Sachsenhausen 4. Haus der Jugend 5. Affentorplatz / Altes Sachsenhausen 6. Berliner Straße / Paulsplatz 7. Bankenviertel 8. Opernturm 9. Palmengarten 10. Senckenbergmuseum 11. Messe Frankfurt

Frankfurt: Guided Bike Tour

4. Frankfurt: Guided Bike Tour

This bike tour is ideal for both Frankfurt old-timers and new visitors to the city. The tour offers the perfect mix of famous landmarks (the Römer, European Central Bank, the Goethe House, etc.), and insider tips. Your qualified tour guide will show you the most beautiful sides of Frankfurt. Your tour begins in the heart of Sachsenhausen, one of the most popular districts in the city. Numerous old buildings from the Gründerzeit period give the neighborhood its flair, as well as numerous trendy bars, cozy cafes, and a wide selection of restaurants and traditional cider taverns. Here traditional food is served in a rustic setting together with cider. Sachsenhausen was dominated by orchards up until the 19th century and apple cider was produced here. Cycle through small streets and the painters’ quarter to the southern banks of the Main River with the famous Museum Embankment. Here you will find the Städel Museum with the spectacular extension and the renowned exhibitions, the Liebieghaus, and the Museum of Applied Art. Cross over the Holbeinsteg bridge to the other side of the Main River and ride through Frankfurt’s old town. The Römer overlooks the old royal road leading to the Frankfurt Cathedral (which isn’t actually a cathedral) and the beautiful half-timbered buildings. St. Paul’s Church, the cradle of German democracy, is located only a few meters away. You will then ride along the Großer Hirschgraben to Goethe’s family residence. The famous writer was born here and spent his youth here. He impressively described this time in his autobiography Poetry and Truth. The green Alleenring was built on the former medieval line of defense in the 20th century. Cycle through the heart of the city on traffic-free roads to the new and old opera houses, and admire the impressive cityscape with its high-rise towers. A detour takes you to the old stock exchange with the popular motif of the bull and bear. Back on the Alleenring, you will cycle east of the city and return to the Main River. The new landmark of the city will then be located directly in front of you. The new tower of the European Central Bank (ECB) is the impressive counterpoint to the high-rise buildings located on the west side. One of the most popular bars in the city is situated right by the water, at the foot of the former wholesale market hall, which is now part of the ECB. The Oosten bar has a great terrace overlooking the city. Ride across the much acclaimed new bridge from the East Harbor back to the southern banks of the Main River, and make another detour to the Gerbermühle building. It was the former summer resort of the Willemer banking family. Goethe socialized here in 1814-1815 and was inspired by the daughter of the house in some of his works. The Gerbermühle building is now home to a popular restaurant. You will then cycle a few meters back to the starting point in Sachsenhausen, where the tour ends. At the end of the tour your tour guide will show you the traditional cider taverns in Frankfurt. The bike route takes you along quiet, traffic-free cycle paths and roads. Your tour guide will provide detailed information on the sights during regular stops along the way.

Frankfurt: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

5. Frankfurt: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

Discover Frankfurt's unique economic and political history on a guided walking tour, led by a local historian. Perfect for both history buffs and amateurs alike, step into the past and learn how the city's first market rose to become the financial leader of Europe, now serving as the headquarters of today's European Central Bank. Wander through the narrow streets of the Old Town as your guide details fascinating accounts of bygone times, including the world of local shopkeepers and some of Frankfurt's most famous (and infamous) residents. Learn how the city's middle-class not only accumulated economic power, but how this consequently transformed Frankfurt into becoming a leader of German democracy.

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What people are saying about European Central Bank

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Hot Rod Sightseeing in Frankfurt Germany is fantastic! Our fantastic guides fluently spoke multiple languages. They took extra care of each person in our group. Even if you have never driven a go cart, you can still do this! Honestly, our entire group was in awe! This activity is fantastic! Thank you for such a great time!!!

A very enjoyable trip up and down the river, with the lovely sunny weather it made for a very relaxing 2 hours. Plenty of room on the boat, good food and friendly crew. Great views of the Frankfurt skyline with good commentary in English and German. We'll worth taking this trip.

Is a great low impact activity. Great if you have kids. Bathroom and restaurant abord. Especially nice if you're jetlagged and just want to sit and relax while seeing the sights

It was amazing...the explanation was in english so we have the opportunity to know all about Frankfurt

highly recommended and as a tip, the 100-minute drive is recommended.