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May 4, 2007updated Dec 07, 2015

What to Do in Frankfurt During the Day

By Chris Boyle


More than just a place of business, Frankfurt, which sits on the Main River, boasts historic quarters, outstanding museums, lush green parks and world class event centers.

In the summer the riverbanks offer a wonderful green oasis, while in the winter its countless museums and sights offer a cultural refuge from the cold.



At the very heart of Frankfurt lies the Palm Garden, a wonderfully lush oasis where the strains of modern day life can be forgotten.

Completed in 1871 the Palmengarten, as it is known in German, brings the world’s most beautiful plants to one of Europe’s most modern trade capitals. Visitors to this urban paradise can explore numerous gardens, such as the rockery with its imposing waterfall, the vivid rhododendron garden, a colorful tropical underwater world and, in the summer, the 12,900 square foot cactus garden. The Palm Garden also features a tropicarium, which replicates the warm tropical climes of monsoon jungles, and a sub-Antarctic House where you will experience the cold temperatures of the southern hemisphere. There is something at the Palm Garden for everyone: regular tours and lectures are held in the stunning glass houses, while playgrounds, mini golf and a small railway can occupy children for hours. There is also a picturesque pond complete with rowing boats fit for the romantic.



Despite being a relative newcomer to Frankfurt’s art scene, the MMK Frankfurt has already established itself as one of the world’s most important museums of contemporary art.

The MMK collection includes over 4,500 works, ranging from the 1960s to the present. The building is designed according to architect Hans Hollein’s belief that there should not be any neutral spaces in a museum – even access routes must have a purpose. The concept at heart is that visitors should perceive the art through the architecture.

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Frankfurt’s Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral is the main church in Frankfurt.

It was constructed during the 14th and 15th centuries on the foundations of an earlier church dating from the Merovingian period. Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral has played a significant role in Germany’s rich history and on this site from 1356 onwards emperors and emperors-elect of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned. The anointing and crowning took place before the central altar, as it was believed to enshrine part of the head of Saint Bartholomew. This iconic cathedral has suffered greatly over the years and is often seen as a symbol of Germany’s unity. This inspiring 310-foot-tall cathedral is a Frankfurt must-see.

Domplatz 14, 60311


Money makes the world go round, and where better to discover the history behind it than in Frankfurt, one of the most important commercial cities in the world.

At the Bundesbank Money Museum thought-provoking exhibits explain the concept behind money and the facts that govern its modern-day use. Divided into six themed areas, this fascinating museum turns the concepts of monetary and foreign exchange policy, inflation and deflation into exciting exhibits.

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