8 Things to Do in Frankfurt, Where Culture and Charm Abound
Explore the Museums
There are over 50 museums that can be explored in Frankfurt, which means, unless you plan to spend an extended period of time here, it would be impossible to visit them all. By walking along the river Main, which runs through the city center, you’ll find some of the best. This area is referred to as Museumsufer, “Museum embankment.”
The Sennckenberg Museum of Natural History is a must-experience as the largest natural history museum in the country. It features thousands of exhibits, including everything from Egyptian mummies to its most popular exhibit, the array of large dinosaur skeletons, one of the largest collections of its kind in all of Europe.
Other highlights include the Germany Film Museum and the Stadel Museum, which holds one of Germany’s most important collections focused on the old masters – it’s frequently been compared to the Louvre in Paris and offers an incredible overview of seven centuries of European art history, dating from the 14th century.
It includes works by Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Botticelli and many others.
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Visit the Goethe House
Frankfurt is the birthplace of the country’s greatest writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. His family home, Goethe House, is one of the most popular Frankfurt attractions and is the place he was born on August 28, 1749.
He resided here until 1765, and the home showcases how he and his wealthy family would have lived. You’ll find lots of rooms to explore, including Goethe’s writing room where he penned many of his earlier works and played as a child with his puppet theater.
If you want to find out more about the period he lived in, the Goethe Museum is right next door and features masterpieces from the Romantic and Late Baroque periods.
Catch a Performance
Frankfurt’s opera house, Oper Frankfurt, is home to Germany’s premier symphonies and operas, and a must for visitors that want to enjoy a bit of high culture while traveling Frankfurt.