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

2. 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.

Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

3. Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

Experience a castle tour in the Middle Rhine Valley, where fine wines from ruby red Pinot Noir to shimmering golden Riesling are grown. Discover one of Europe’s oldest trade routes along former toll castles and robber barons' nests, where Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard in spirit. Explore beloved places of the Middle Rhine Valley that inspired the poets who created Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Let the myth of the Rhine Romanticism enchant you. Admire the red wine region of Assmannhausen with its famous Pinot Noir vineyards as well as the flourishing town of Bingen with the beautiful Rhine park of the 2008 horticultural show and Rüdesheim with the famous Drosselgasse.

Frankfurt: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

4. Frankfurt: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

Travel back in time to the vibrant, everyday life of Frankfurt in the 19th century. Use virtual reality to adopt the role of a venerable merchant, just as if you had been there yourself. During your time-traveling experience, you will accompany the fictitious businessman, Theodor Riedel, through Frankfurt’s history at three exciting stops.  Start at the grocery store and learn about the trading city during the colonial period. Immerse yourself in the store's hustle and bustle, learn about the fragrant spices and exotic goods, and admire the shop's interior. Then, make a virtual visit to a private library. Learn about the ideas and ideals of the local citizens in the setting of a family's study.  Finally, take the virtual reality carriage ride, the highlight of your journey back in time to 1891. Board the carriage with Theodor Riedel and experience the charm of the flourishing trading city. With your VR headset, enjoy a 360° panoramic view of medieval half-timbered buildings and sublime Wilhelminian-style architecture. Along your virtual journey, you will also accompany Theodor on his own personal day of fate: find out if he can save the family’s legacy or if he will lose everything. Whether ruin or triumph, uncover the answer on your journey through time.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

5. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows.  In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Frankfurt: Entry Tickets for Christmas Garden Frankfurt

6. Frankfurt: Entry Tickets for Christmas Garden Frankfurt

Get into the holiday spirit at Deutsche Bank Park’s Frankfurt Christmas Garden. Pre-book your ticket to spend time in the magical atmosphere of a typical German Christmas market. Walk along the garden trails and try Christmas treats while immersed in an enchanted setting full of discoveries.  Enter Deutsche Bank Park and finish off the holiday season with a very special walk in the Christmas garden. With your entry ticket, explore an illuminated fairy-tale setting that transports you into a magical Christmas world. You can expect exclusive light designs, millions of light points, and a unique, glittering illuminated winter wonderland. Discover a magical world with family, friends, and colleagues, surrounded by dreamlike worlds of sound. During your walk along the sparkling circular path, you can take part in winter and regional specialties. Enjoy a memorable outdoor experience during this special time of year. 

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Fast Track Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

7. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Fast Track Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp on a guided tour with a WWII expert. Explore the history of this infamous complex and learn about the tragic events that took place in it. See the original barracks in which prisoners were held to fully understand their situation. Meet your guide near the museum entrance, receive your entrance ticket, and go through security to join your group. Pass through the famous "Arbeit macht frei" gate to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the original preserved site and explain its touching history. After a short break, visit the second camp in Birkenau, where mass murders were carried out as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Problem".

Wiesbaden: Exciting Self-Guided Outdoor-Escape-Game and Tour

8. Wiesbaden: Exciting Self-Guided Outdoor-Escape-Game and Tour

Get to know Wiesbaden while playing an escape game. Download the app to your phone, then meet your friends or family in the center of the city. Walk or cycle to different sites, receive clues, and solve a crime. Go on a tour that is interactive, fun, and perfect for groups of 2 to 5 people. Start your tour by meeting at Marktplatz. Listen to a fictional crime case about a police officer turned author who has disappeared. His latest book should have been a bestseller, but that, too, has gone missing. Visit several witnesses and try to find out what has happened and crack the case. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks as you go. As you search for clues, marvel at Wiesbaden’s famous sights. Visit 15 different locations. See if you and your team can set the record for the fastest tour. Enjoy completing some extra tasks from the app after the tour has finished.

Guided City Walk: Frankfurt Highlights and the New Old Town

9. Guided City Walk: Frankfurt Highlights and the New Old Town

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the quarter’s winding laneways and experience the past and the present of Frankfurt's new old town. With its recent reconstruction, Frankfurt has managed to bring part of its colourful history back to life. Become better acquainted with Frankfurt's urban history during this one-and-a-half hour guided tour of our time-honoured old town, home to many famous locations such as the Römer, Emperors' Cathedral, St Paul’s Church and the Museum Embankment with its magnificent views of the city skyline.

1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

10. 1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

Hop on a boat tour along Frankfurt’s River Main and discover the bustling metropolis, departing at least 6 times each day. Take an hour to explore the riverine side of Germany's financial capital and experience stunning views from the water. Enjoy the best views of Germany’s most imposing skyline on board the new KD boat, the MS Palladium. Discover the impressive financial city of Frankfurt and get some insight into the history and traditions behind this dynamic city. On this unique tour along the River Main, you'll learn the history behind all of Frankfurt’s major attractions. The MS Palladium is also handicapped-accessible, making it possible for every person to experience Frankfurt by water.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 4,861 reviews

Our guide Michael was very knowledgeable about the area, he was funny and spoke English very well. He explained a lot about the towns along the way, the signs on the Rhein River, how far from where the river started in Switzerland. He explained about the wines and when grapes are harvested. The weather was quite cold and foggy so slightly difficult to see out of the frosted up windows on the boat ride.

Everything was absolutely perfect, we managed to get on the 100 Minute boat ride an hour earlier, was absolutely wonderful Service. Highly recommended keep up the excellent work and a happy healthy new year to you all.

Great trip, very energetic guide. Despite all road challenges ( some piers were closed), the administration team could manage very well. Would recommend to any friend and family.

I found the card easy to use and economical. The ladies at tourist info main train station were very helpful.

The light show was fantastic. Dress for weather, was muddy in some areas.