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About Frankfurt

Situated on the Main River in the state of Hesse, Frankfurt is Germany’s fifth largest city and a river cruise along the Main will often involve a stop there, because there’s so much to see and do. Located on an ancient fjord, the city partly derives its name from the Germanic term for ford, ‘furt’, as it was situated at the point where the river was shallow enough to cross by wading. In its earliest times, it was populated by the Franks, the reason for the origins of the first part of its name. From 855AD onwards Germany’s kings and emperors were elected there and like a great many German towns and cities, it has suffered greatly at the hands of battle over the years being bombarded by French troops during the Napoleonic conflict and by allied air forces during the Second World War.

Exploring Frankfurt

In a city so massively rebuilt after the Second World War, there are few ancient buildings to see which have not undergone extensive reconstruction but one of the most impressively restored is the Cathedral of St Bartholomew. The original structure dates back to 680AD, though the post-war era building is a faithful tribute to it and is a must-see structure during your visit. Not quite so old but also a very popular landmark is the Frankfurter Romer, the city’s city hall since 1405 and a structure forever linked with its history.

In contrast, a building with a much shorter history is the Main Tower, one of the city’s tallest buildings at 656 feet. Travel to the top (don’t worry, a lift takes you most of the way) and you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the city and the Main River. It’s important to note that the best views can be enjoyed if the weather’s fine during your visit.

If you have a little more time on your hands while in the city, Frankfurt is also home to some rewarding museums, including the Staedel, which houses a hugely impressive collection of fine art, the Senckenberg Natural History Museum and the German Film Museum. Conveniently, many of them are located on the appropriately-named Museumsufer, which is a scenic street to stroll in its own right and a popular attraction, whether you choose to explore any museums or not.

If you simply want to get away from it all, Palmengarten are the city’s beautiful botanical gardens and home to 50 acres of tropical plants, trees and flowers. Or, if you’re in the city long enough to take in a show, the English Theatre is one of the city’s leading attractions, while the Old Opera House is also very popular with theatre-goers and has been faithfully reconstructed following allied bombing during the Second World War.

Frankfurt tips

Frankfurt is a shopper's dream, with everything from huge malls selling all the leading brands, to a host of smaller bespoke outlets at the forefront of the latest trends. The Zeil is where much of the action is and it's known as one of Europe's busiest shopping streets.

Frankfurt Itineraries

Cochem

Strasbourg to Remich

4 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
8 Nights From Strasbourg, to Remich
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Strasbourg

Antwerp to Vienna

1 sailing date April 2019
18 Nights From Antwerp, Belgium to Austria , Vienna
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Rudesheim

Fitness Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date November 2019
5 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Frankfurt
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Vienna

Strasbourg to Vienna

3 sailing dates April 2019 to May 2019
8 Nights From Strasbourg, to Austria , Vienna
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Nuremberg

Vienna to Strasbourg

2 sailing dates October 2019
8 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Strasbourg
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Berlin

Journey through Poland to Germany

1 sailing date March 2019
10 Nights From Krakow , to Tegel
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Arnhem

The Rhine and her Tributaries

2 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Frankfurt
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Bonn

Cologne to Frankfurt

10 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Frankfurt
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Arnhem

Grand Cruise of the Rhine, Moselle and Main

2 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
14 Nights From Arnhem, Holland to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Christmas and New Year on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2019
13 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Berlin

Journey into Poland

1 sailing date March 2019
10 Nights From Berlin, to Krakow
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Frankfurt

Christmas on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2018
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Rudesheim
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Frankfurt

Grand Cruise of the Rhine, Moselle and Main

2 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
14 Nights From Arnhem, Holland to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Wine Towns of the Main and Rhine

2 sailing dates June 2019 to July 2019
7 Nights From Frankfurt, Germany to , Amsterdam
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Mainz

The Rhine's Enchanting Christmas Markets

1 sailing date December 2019
4 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Strasbourg

Berlin & The Majestic Rhine

2 sailing dates July 2019 to August 2019
9 Nights From Berlin, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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Frankfurt

Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland from Basel

6 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Bonn

Magneficent Moselle & Rhiine

10 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2019
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Germany , Cologne
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Arnhem

Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland from Amsterdam

8 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Nuremberg

Germany's Finest - Regensburg to Frankfurt

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Regensburg, to Frankfurt
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