Free walking tour through downtown Frankfurt. The best introduction to today's Frankfurt.

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: 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
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Tour description

Welcome to downtown Frankfurt!

Frankfurt is a fascinating city. There are contrasts here that you can rarely experience in this compactness in other cities in such a small space. It is a varied, tolerant and cosmopolitan city with everything that goes with it.

Trade fair, banks, airport and business are one side, comfort, culture and tradition are the other. In addition to a wide range of cultural activities, the city also offers popular local recreation opportunities such as the Main or the nearby city forest and the many parks within the city.

On the tour, experience what makes the city so unique, why it's known as the heart of Europe and why I've loved living there for the past 12 years.

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

  • Paul's Church
  • Kleinmarkthalle
  • Goethe house
  • Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof
  • Frankfurt Opera
  • Euro sculpture
  • station district
  • wall algae
  • Deutsche Bank skyscraper
  • Schiller memorial
  • Old opera
  • feeding gas
  • Goethestrasse
  • main guard
  • line
  • German Stock Exchange

I look forward to your coming and wish you a lot of fun on the tour.

Best regards

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Paulsplatz 11, 60311 Frankfurt am Mai...
    Paulsplatz 11, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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    We meet in front of the Paulskirche. You can recognize me by my pink umbrella

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    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.

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    The 1,500 m² small market hall offers visitors a culinary paradise. Every day except Sunday, all kinds of fresh food, but also flowers, are offered at 156 market stalls. In addition to regional specialties such as the green sauce, imported foods from all over the world are also sold today. And if you get hungry, you can try many of the freshly prepared delicacies on the spot

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    Johann Wolfgang Goethe's parents' house is one of the most important and popular poet memorials in Germany. Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born here on August 28, 1749 'on the stroke of twelve'. He grew up here with his parents Johann Caspar and Catharina Elisabeth, together with his sister Cornelia. With its old furniture and pictures, the town house from the 18th century conveys a vivid picture of Goethe's youth.

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    Outside visit
    Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof

    The Steigenberger Icon Frankfurter Hof has been located in the heart of the banking district and the historic old town, at the place where emperors were once crowned. Since then, the house has been an attractive place for guests from all over the world, each of whom is as unique as the 303 glamorous rooms. Whether in a classic style or renovated in a modern way, the luxurious and timelessly elegant interior fulfills all of the guests' wishes, no matter how demanding.

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    Outside visit
    Oper Frankfurt

    Oper Frankfurt has already been named "Opera House of the Year" several times and is making a name for itself in the international opera world with outstanding singers, great teams of directors and innovative program planning. With around thirteen premieres and fifteen revivals per season, the audience can expect a varied program with more than 300 events per season.

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    The 15 meter high sculpture with the yellow stars marks the beginning of the euro age on January 1st, 2001. The Euro sculpture is a work of art executed in two copies by Ottmar Hörl. The neon sign, 14 meters high and weighing 50 tons, features a monumental blue euro sign surrounded by twelve yellow stars, the colors of the European Union.

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    Outside visit

    The bustling Bahnhofsviertel, named after nearby Frankfurt Central Station, is an up-and-coming area full of casual international restaurants - particularly on Kaiserstrasse and Münchener Strasse. Known as the Red Light District, the area is home to numerous hotels, bars and cool clubs that stay open late.

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    Outside visit

    The plant ring stretches around 5 km in a semicircle around the old town between the lower and upper main plant. The park follows the course of the medieval city walls, which were razed and planted in the early 19th century. A green belt worth seeing was created from the former defensive wall. The walking paths are lined with babbling fountains, modern sculptures, monuments and memorials.

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    The Deutsche Bank twin towers, built in 1984, are 155 meters high - from afar they are a conspicuous part of Frankfurt's city skyline with a special effect due to their reflective surfaces. The draft comes from W.Hanig, H.Scheid and J.Schmidt. Both towers are not constructed as skeleton structures, but on partially adjustable stilts with double shells like nested concrete structures.

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    Erected and unveiled on May 9, 1864. Transferred to the Taunusanlage in May 1955, on the 150th anniversary of Schiller's death. Book and pen characterize the author of dramas ("The Robbers", "William Tell") and poems ("The Bell", "Ode to Joy"). The laurel wreath is a special honor and underlines the importance of Schiller, who significantly influenced German literature.

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    Alte Oper

    As a cultural landmark of the economic metropolis of Frankfurt, the Alte Oper offers a state-of-the-art event house with two halls, four salons and five foyers behind a historical facade. Whether for gala dinners, press conferences or international congresses - a tailor-made event service creates a highly stylish event atmosphere from the planning to artist and guest support to exclusive catering by the Kuffler gourmet team of the Opéra restaurant.

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    The Große Bockenheimer Straße and the Kalbächer Gasse branching off from it, which connect the Opernplatz with the Rathenauplatz, are popularly known as Freßgass. After the First World War, a colorful variety of grocery stores and delicatessens lined up here - and that hasn't changed much to this day. Bars, cafés and restaurants entice you to relax and feast under plane trees with lunch and happy hours.

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    Outside visit

    Exclusive boutiques west of the Zeil present the current collections from the international fashion world. Fashion labels such as Chanel, Gucci and Hermès can be found here, as can the iconic jewelry brands Tiffany & Co. or Cartier. Parallel to Goethestrasse are Neue Rothofstrasse and Freßgass'.

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    A baroque guard building was built between 1729 and 1730 based on a design by the master builder Samhainger. It was the watch of the Frankfurt military, in which, among others, the famous robber captain Schinderhannes was imprisoned. A café has been housed in the building since 1904.

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    Outside visit

    THE shopping street in Frankfurt. Since the end of the 19th century, it has been one of the best-known and best-selling shopping streets in Germany. Before that it was famous for its magnificent inns and palaces from the Baroque and Classicist periods. The western part of the street, around 500 meters long, has been a pedestrian zone since the 1970s.

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    Börse Frankfurt

    In front of the stock exchange building are the bronze symbolic figures of stock market traders: bull (bull) and bear (bear). When the stock exchange celebrated its 400th anniversary in 1985, the board of directors also decided to design the forecourt and commissioned the Würzburg sculptor Reinhard Dachlauer to create the two sculptures that stand for the ups and downs in money and securities trading. Bull and bear are now among the most popular photo motifs.

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).

Tour opinions

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Frank 25 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Die Tour war super interessant. Holger konnte die Geschichte Frankfurts unterhaltsam weitervermitteln.
Finn 03 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Very professional and knowledgeable guide.
Nele 06 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
Holger hat es geschafft, die Tour interessant und unterhaltsam zu gestalten. Seine Begeisterung für die Geschichte von Frankfurt war ansteckend und hat die gesamte Gruppe mitgerissen. Es war wirklich toll, so viel über die Stadt zu erfahren und dabei auch noch Spaß zu haben. Ich kann die Free Walking Tour mit Holger jedem empfehlen, der sich für die Geschichte von Frankfurt interessiert. Sein großes historisches Wissen und seine Art, die Informationen zu vermitteln, machen die Tour zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis.
Josh 18 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Holgers a great guide with heaps of information about the area including some great food recommendations!
Felix 15 Jul 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2023
Great guide and very interesting Tour. Strongly recommended if you want to explore the historic center.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

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.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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