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Free walking tour through Frankfurt's old town. The best introduction to historic Frankfurt.

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: German, English
Guru: Holger
Quality Verified Registered on November 25, 2022

Hello, my name is Holger and I was raised in the area around Frankfurt. I have been a travel guide and ambassador for my hometown since my student days. With a lot of passion and energy, I manage to bring you closer to the sights and historical facts of the city of Frankfurt am Main.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Welcome to Frankfurt's Old Town!
 
Frankfurt is a fascinating city. There are contrasts here that you can rarely experience in such compactness in such a small space in other cities. It is a diverse, tolerant and cosmopolitan city with everything that goes with it.
 
Frankfurt was a center of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. This is where the German emperors were elected and crowned. It is also the city where the first German parliament met, the cradle of German democracy.

Immerse yourself in the history of this fascinating city and follow in the footsteps of emperors, poets, thinkers, saints and democrats.

Below are some of the highlights we will visit on our tour:
 

  • Römerberg
  • Imperial Hall
  • New old town
  • Chicken market
  • House at Golden Scales
  • Imperial Cathedral of St. Bartholomew
  • Hall Alley
  • House Werthym
  • Iron Bridge
  • Paul's Church


I look forward to seeing you and hope you enjoy the tour.

Best regards

Holger

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Römerberg 26, 60311 Frankfurt am Main...
    Römerberg 26, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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    We meet on the Römerberg behind the fountain. You can recognize me by my pink umbrella.

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    Outside visit
    Römerberg

    Typical representatives of half-timbered construction were rebuilt through the reconstruction of the east row on the Römerberg. Each wooden element had its specific name. Frankfurt's first bank was founded in the 17th century in the Großer Engel corner building.

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    Outside visit
    Römer

    The patrician house became the city hall of Frankfurt as early as 1405 and is still the seat of the Lord Mayor. Large halls were built on the ground floor, which were rented out during trade fairs. There are several explanations for the name of the town hall: one says that the merchant who lived here until the building came into municipal ownership mainly traded with Rome and Italy.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Kaisersaal

    The Kaisersaal is the undisputed gem of the Römer. Initially, the Kaisersaal was used as the assembly hall of the Frankfurt Council. In 1612 the councilors invited for the first time to a festive banquet in their council chamber, reason: the coronation of Emperor Mathias. To this day, it is the ballroom for all important receptions.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Neue Altstadt

    Immerse yourself in the new Frankfurt old town with its winding streets and picturesque perspectives! 35 houses, 15 of which are reconstructions true to the original and 20 new buildings, form the lively new district between the cathedral and the Romans. Around 60 apartments, over 30 shops, restaurants, cafés and museums offer plenty of space to relax, enjoy and discover.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Kaffeehaus Goldene Waage

    The wealthy Dutch spice merchant and confectioner Abraham von Hamelin had the Golden Scales built for himself and his family from 1618 to 1621. In 1898 the house of the religious refugee became the property of the city. Until the Second World War, the Goldene Waage was one of the flagship buildings of the Renaissance in Frankfurt and housed a branch of the Historical Museum.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Frankfurter Dom

    In the Middle Ages, the sacred building was the seat of the imperial cathedral chapter of St. Bartholomew, in 1356 Emperor Charles IV designated Frankfurt as the location of the German royal elections in the "Golden Bull" and from 1562 a total of ten German emperors and kings of the Holy Roman Empire were elected or elected in the imperial cathedral. crowned. Today the “Wahlkapelle” is a room for silent prayer

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Haus Wertheym

    The Wertheim House is the oldest half-timbered house in Frankfurt's old town and the only one that survived the air raids of the Second World War almost unscathed. Today's building is a Renaissance half-timbered house dating from around 1600 and served, among other things, as a department store, customs house and quarters for the Frankfurt City Guard.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Eiserner Steg

    The Eiserne Steg is one of the most popular photo spots in Frankfurt with a view of the Frankfurt skyline. The pedestrian bridge made of steel and concrete, which is crossed by around 10,000 people every day, connects the city center around the Römerberg with Sachsenhausen on the other side of the Main.

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    Outside visit
    Paulskirche

    Here the National Assembly created the first democratic constitution for Germany. Consecrated in 1833, the church became the seat of the first German National Assembly in 1848, on whose draft today's Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany is based. Presently award ceremonies as well as political and cultural events take place there.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Cristina 24 Jun 2024
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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Holger was indeed a guru. The tour was very fun.
Jackie 22 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Great tour guide with informative stories.
Sinead 09 Jun 2024
Perth

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
He showed the best areas and more important areas in terms of history. I really recommend his tour
Petra 08 Jun 2024
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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Na klar ist er der Beste.
Sonja 02 Jun 2024
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Holger gave a very good overview of the history of Frankfurt and explained very well the influence it has today. I can highly recommend this tour!
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

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Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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