Admittedly, Frankfurt may not be the first city to come to mind when deciding on a city getaway.  But that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be a consideration!  Frankfurt, Frankfurt, often hailed as the financial heartbeat of Germany, is not just about suits and ties; it’s a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Whether you’re a culture vulture, a food enthusiast, or just someone seeking a good time, a weekend in Frankfurt may have just what you are looking for. Here’s your cheat sheet to unlock the best of this vibrant city in 48 hours.

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Day 1:  A little History with a dash of Grüne Soße

Morning: Römerberg Rendezvous

Kickstart your weekend at Römerberg; no visit to Frankfurt is complete without visiting here.  This picturesque square boasts charming medieval buildings, including the iconic Römer, Frankfurt’s city hall.  Next, marvel at the iconic Dom Römer, Frankfurts Cathedral, before taking a slow meander along the cobblestone streets, stopping at the Archeological Garden, the site of the burning of the books in 1933 and the Fountain of Justice.  Also, be sure to stop at Wertheim House, which is located directly opposite the Historische Museum Frankfurt. It is the only half-timbered house in the Altstadt that survived the air raids on Frankfurt during World War II.

Additional or alternative stops include The Schirn, Kleinmarkthalle

Afternoon: Foodie Fiesta in Sachsenhausen

After some serious sightseeing, lunchtime calls! So, mosey across the Eisener Steg bridge into Sachsenhausen, where traditional Apfelwein (apple wine) flows freely.  Now, make your way into any number of cosy traditional German restaurants and order a hearty platter of local delights before washing it down with the signature beverage.  After a hearty meal, make your way to the Museumsufer, the museum embankment along the Main River. Either dive into the Städel Museum for a dose of classic and contemporary art or hop over to the German Film Museum for a cinematic adventure.

Pro tip: try the Grüne Soße (green sauce) – it’s a game-changer for your taste buds.

Evening: Sunset at Main Tower

As the sun gets heavy and sinks behind the horizon, head to the Main Tower for a panoramic view of the city. Take the elevator to the top and witness Frankfurt’s skyline transforming into a dazzling canvas of colours. It’s the perfect backdrop for a memorable evening in the heart of the city.  Before calling it a day, be sure to check out some of the best restaurants Frankfurt has on offer!

Traditional German Restaurants

Day 2: A Green Oasis and Cultural Landmark

Morning: Botanical Joy at Palmengarten

Trade yesterday’s concrete jungle for a lush green oasis at Palmengarten, Frankfurt’s botanical garden. Stroll through themed gardens, from tropical wonders to succulent paradises. It’s a perfect spot for a leisurely picnic or a relaxing nap under the swaying palm trees.

Afternoon: Alte Oper and Fressgasse

The Alte Oper in Frankfurt is a historic and grand concert hall that stands as a cultural landmark in the city. Originally built in the 19th century, it was meticulously reconstructed after being damaged in World War II.  If you continue past Alte Oper in the direction of the river, you will find Fressgasse.  Fressgasse is a bustling and iconic street renowned for its gastronomic delights and vibrant atmosphere.  Also, if you visit during the summer months, it is host to plenty of wine and food festivals!

Bonus Round:  Alternatives for a Weekend in Frankfurt

If the above didn’t give you enough options, here are one or two more options to tickle your adventurous fancy!

Wine tour

For the wine connoisseurs, a glorious and indulgent wine tour of the Rheingau is the perfect day out.  Sampling the famous Riesling and meandering along the Rhine River is sure to put a smile on your face.

Main River Magic

A leisurely Main River cruise may be just what the doctor ordered.  So head down to the water edge and hop aboard.  Whether you’re on a romantic getaway or a solo soul-searching mission, the twinkling lights of Frankfurt’s skyline from the water create a magical ambience.


Perhaps no trip is complete for you unless you scratch your shopping itch!  Here are your go-to places to shop in Frankfurt.

Kid Friendly Stops

Of course, adults generally don’t live in a vacuum!  So, if you are travelling with your little humans, here are a few playground stopovers and kid-friendly activities to make the weekend survivable (wink wink).

Alte Oper


Frankfurt, with its eclectic blend of history, culture, gastronomy, and natural beauty, promises a weekend getaway like no other. Whether you’re exploring historic landmarks, indulging in culinary delights, shopping ’til you drop, or embracing nature’s tranquillity, Frankfurt captivates with its undeniable charm. Now, all that’s left to do is pack your bags!!

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