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Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

1. Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour through Frankfurt aboard a comfortable double-decker bus. When the weather's good, the roof of the bus stays open, letting you take in a clear view of the most beautiful buildings and parks in the city. Get to know this bustling metropolis in a whole new way as you listen to commentary in 10 languages. Hop on or off the buses as often as you like at any of the stops along the route, sprinkled throughout the city's most interesting areas. Learn about Frankfurt's main attractions while on the bus, or explore the city's beautiful sights at your own pace. Take a trip through the bustling city center (Express City Tour) or along Frankfurt's famous skyline (Skyline Tour), both available for one just one price. Stops: Paulskirche - Römer - Goethe-Haus - Main Tower - Alte Oper - Palmengarten - Senkenbergmuseum - Messe - Hauptbahnhof - Museumsufer - Eisener Steg - Alt Sachsenhausen - Untermainkai - Mainkai - Zoo Frankfurt - Hauptwache. You can get on or off at any of the 16 stops as many times as you please with the 1-day hop-on hop-off ticket.

Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

2. Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

Discover Frankfurt with a 1- or 2-day city card. Travel the city hassle-free with free public transportation and benefit from discounts at Frankfurt's top sights. Visit the Anne Frank Educational Centre, join a guided tour, or watch a show at Oper Frankfurt. Enjoy discounts and entry tickets to a wide range of art and cultural institutions, shows, stores, and tours: Art and Culture Museums (50% Off) • Archaeological Museum • Frankfurt Bible Experience Museum • Anne Frank Educational Centre • Museum of Comic Art • German Romanticism Museum • German Film Institute and Museum • Frankfurt Cathedral Museum • Eintracht Frankfurt Museum • EXPERIMINTA ScienceCenter • Photography Forum Frankfurt • Goethe-House • Frankfurt Arts Association • Historical Museum Frankfurt • Icon Museum • Jewish Museum • Young Museum • Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art • Museum of Applied Arts • Museum for Communication • Museum Giersch • Museum Judengasse • Porcelain Museum in Frankfurt Kronberger House • Senckenberg Museum of Natural History • Struwwelpeter Museum • Museum of World Cultures Reduced price on the spot (discount up to €2 possible) • Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung • SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT • Städel Museum Stages • Old Opera House (Alte Oper) - 15% off on proprietary events • Frankfurt Opera House - 15% off, excluding premiers • Papageno Music Theater - 20% off on evening performances, excluding special events and New Year's Eve • Schauspiel Frankfurt - 15% off on single tickets (redeem at box office) • The English Theater - 25% off on single tickets Sightseeing • Guided city tour (@visitfrankfurt) - 20% off • Airport tour (for full-paying visitors) - 20% off • Blue Bus (ETS GmbH + Co KG), CityTour Frankfurt - 20% off • Red Bus (Frankfurt Sightseeing GmbH), Skyline Tour - 20% off • Primus Linie (Skyline Tour) - 20% off • KD Deutsche Rheinschifffahrt GmbH (Panoramafahrten) - 20% off • 3-hour segway tour - 20% off • TimeRide - 20% off on adult fares • Terranova & Frankfurt Bike Tour - 20% off on bike and e-bike rentals Shopping • Apfelweinkontor - 10% off on the assortment • Gallery Brücke 54 - 20% off on all purchases • Hessen Shop at Kleinmarkthalle - 10% off (books excluded) • KULTUROTHEK Frankfurtladen - 10% off on the assortment or selected items • Tourist Information Römer and Hauptbahnhof - 20% off on selected souvenirs • MyZeil: KULT - 10% off • Skyline Plaza - 10% off at all participating stores (must show card at the customer information desk on the ground floor) • Wertheim Village/The Bicester Village Shopping Collection - 10% off all participating brands (check in first at the info point) Attractions • Main Tower (visitor terrace) - 20% off • Palm Garden - 50% off • Black-Light Mini-Golf (reduction on the regular 2-for-1 entry free; redeemable daily until 6 PM) - 50% off • Zoo Frankfurt - savings of up to 16% on the day ticket • Fraport Visitor Center - 20% off adult tickets Gastronomy • FLOWDELI at the Jewish Museum - 10% off food and drinks (between 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM) • Cider gallery - 20% off entire purchase (own bottling) • Skyline Plaza - 10% off at all participating restaurants (must show card at the customer information desk on the ground floor) • Häagen-Dasz Shop Frankfurt - 20% off on all ice cream products (available at Große Bockenheimer Strasse 46, Mannheimer Strasse 2-4 (main train station), and Liebfrauenberg 39)

Frankfurt: Guided Bike Tour

3. 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: Private Walking Tour with Relaxing Cruise

4. Frankfurt: Private Walking Tour with Relaxing Cruise

"On this tour you will discover Frankfurt’s most interesting landmarks with commentary on the city’s history and culture. Add a touch of adventure to sightseeing by joining an exclusive cruise to see the city’s impressive skyline from the Main River. The 2-hours walking tour will start at St Paul’s Church, which is an important memorial to the start of German democracy. Your Private Guide will provide interesting commentary on German history as you will pass the Goethe’s House and the Gutenberg Monument commemorating the Printing Revolution in Europe. You will stroll through Frankfurt banking district to enjoy the impressive modern office towers and skyscrapers, such as the Commerzbank Tower, Tanustrum, Eurotower and Main Tower. You will also see the historical Römerberg with its characteristic line of timber houses, the iconic 15th century Römer town hall, Old St Nicholas Church and Fountain of Justice. You will follow the so-called “coronation route” through the narrow streets of New Frankfurt Old Town towards the Frankfurt Cathedral. Also known as the Imperial Cathedral, this amazing Gothic structure plays an important role in the general history of Frankfurt as the religious counterpart of the royal palace. Finally, you will reach the Mainkai riverfront road and join an exclusive cruise along the Main River. You can go either downriver or upriver, depending on the time of the departure. Upriver you will see landmarks such as the Dreikönigskirche, Main Plaza, Literature House, the industrial memorial site Ruhrorter Werft - Frankfurt-Ost and the Gerbermühle. Downriver you will see Städel Museum, Commerzbank and University Hospital. The guide will not accompany you on a cruise but you will enjoy the informative audio guide. During the 3-hours tour you will get to know Frankfurt even better. You will walk past Goethe Statue on the Goetheplatz and through Goethestraße, a high-end shopping street open since 1892. You will see one of the city’s top attractions, the Old Opera on the Opernplatz. This grand 19th century concert hall is known for its beautiful Renaissance-style architecture and detail. "

Frankfurt: Private City Center Sightseeing Walking Tour

5. Frankfurt: Private City Center Sightseeing Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of central Frankfurt, home to Germany’s only high-rise skyline. Find out about the German capital of finance and see top sights like Römerberg Square, St. Paul’s Church, and the birthplace of the writer Goethe. Meet your local guide at Frankfurt's main train station and begin your walking tour. Stroll past the highest building in the city at Commerzbank Tower which contrasts with the imposing 95-meter-tall Frankfurt Cathedral. Admire the Cathedral's Gothic Imperial architecture before crossing the 19th-century iron Eiserner Steg footbridge. Gaze out over the Main River, the high-rise skyline, and the museum embankment as you cross the bridge. Pass by the medieval Town Hall which lies on the picturesque Römerberg Square. Walk by the the Kaiserdom (Imperial Cathedral) and Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church). Hear about how Paulskirche is the cradle of German democracy. Look up at the towering headquarters of many global banking players, such as Commerzbank Tower built by world-famous British architect Sir Norman Foster. View the Goethehaus, where the German classical literature genius Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. Learn about the life and times in Frankfurt during the 18th century in Goethe's formative years. Get a glimpse of Frankfurt’s history and its development from a medieval trade center and coronation location to an international capital of finance and business.

Frankfurt: A Self-Guided Audio Tour by Smartphone

6. Frankfurt: A Self-Guided Audio Tour by Smartphone

Explore the city of Frankfurt on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the instructions on your voucher after booking. Visit the Old Town, St. Paul's Church, and more at your own pace with the help of an audio guide.  Download the app and start your near the Opera House. You will walk through the modern shopping heart of the Altstadt, discovering the stock market. Hear about the bull and bear statues and the statues at the stock exchange. Marvel at the Goethe's house, a garden, the new town, and much more along the way. You will also learn about why Hitler hated Frankfurt so much. Listen to the audio guide and know why the old Hühnermark was rebuilt and how the town hall came to be called the Römer.  You will walk through the indoor market and sample the famous fleischwurst from Schreibers or pick up other goodies from stalls. Try the Rollanderhof stall at the indoor market or, Balthasar’s Wine Bar on the Hühnermarkt for some top-quality wines. Soak in the views of the main river while listening to the story of Zeppelin wurst. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend more time seeing the sights. Delve deeper into the fascinating history of the city on this informative tour.

Frankfurt: Private Sightseeing Tour in Retro Ape Calessino

7. Frankfurt: Private Sightseeing Tour in Retro Ape Calessino

"Sunset" We first "cruise" along the banks of the Main with a stop at the Iron Bridge, where lovers can immortalize themselves with a love lock on the railing. The "Eiserne Steg" is the pedestrian bridge, which is generally already called the bridge of love and connects the Main river banks of Frankfurt's old town and Sachsenhausen. After that we drive to a nice place to watch Sunset before we go back over the Main bridge. The view of the skyline at dusk will leave you speechless. Ape Tour "Apfelweintour" This Ape Tour is all about apples. If you think of Frankfurt, apple wine comes to mind, also called "Äppelwein, Äppelwoi" or "Äppler" for short. Since the later Middle Ages, Frankfurt has been a city of elections and coronations, with the "imperial orb" being the status symbol of a German emperor alongside the crown and scepter. The way of the emperors led from the cathedral to the Römer. With the "new" old town, this "coronation path" can be experienced again. We will end the tour on the "Lohrberg", in a way the highlight of the city in the green with a spectacular view of the skyline. Frankfurt's highest park (190 m above sea level) shows a Frankfurt as no one would suspect. Frankfurt's wine grows here, and the Main Äppel Haus is a large orchard area where you can learn all about apples. Of course, the enjoyment of a cider is not neglected :-)

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What people are saying about Goethe House

Overall rating

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based on 1,022 reviews

Well organized and very informative. We had the last ride of the day (start 5:00 p.m.) and it took longer than planned due to traffic jams (rush hour). Please plan for this if you plan to do any activities afterwards. The friendly driver was a real artist as he confidently steered the big bus through the narrow streets with their cars parked all over the place - hats off!

Great insight! I had booked the Skyline Tour because you can drive both routes and also stop at different sights. (1 hour Express and 2 hours Skyline - it says on the front of the bus which one you are doing) The audio guide works well and everyone gets their own headphones. I can only recommend Hop on/Hop off, everyone who hasn't been to Frankfurt should do it.

I love this type of tour! The bus tour offers a great opportunity to see the whole city in just a few hours with an excellent guide in headphones. Thank you very much for an interesting tour!

Great for getting an overview and some knowledge about the city! The driver was very friendly and skilfully drove through the sometimes very narrow streets!

Easy to find 1st stop at edge of Old town city square. Lines overlap in some sections but overall good info on city.