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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

Bamberg

Prague to Trier

2 sailing dates August 2020 to September 2020
10 Nights From Prague, to Frankfurt
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2319pp
Cochem

Strasbourg to Remich

1 sailing date August 2019
8 Nights From Strasbourg, France, to Remich
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1369pp
Bamberg

Vienna to Strasbourg

1 sailing date October 2019
8 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Strasbourg, France
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1549pp
Cochem

Magnificent Moselle and Rhine

7 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Frankfurt
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2499pp
Koln

The Rhine's Enchanting Christmas Markets

1 sailing date December 2019
4 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
Shearings logo FROM £919pp
Frankfurt

Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland from Basel

12 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3419pp
Frankfurt

Magneficent Moselle & Rhiine

8 sailing dates July 2019 to November 2019
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Germany , Cologne
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2499pp
Frankfurt

Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland from Amsterdam

14 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3419pp
Bamberg

Germany's Finest - Regensburg to Frankfurt

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Regensburg, to Frankfurt
U by Uniworld logo FROM £1329pp
Nuremberg

Germany's Finest - Frankfurt to Regensburg

1 sailing date May 2019
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Regensburg
U by Uniworld logo FROM £1219pp
Amsterdam

Rolling On the Rhine - Frankfurt to Amsterdam

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Amsterdam
U River Cruises logo FROM £1379pp
Amsterdam

Rolling On the Rhine - Amsterdam to Frankfurt

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Frankfurt
U River Cruises logo FROM £1379pp
Breisach

Munich to Basel

2 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
10 Nights From Munich, Germany, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland

Includes flights and transfers. No single supplement, prices from £3649

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3449pp
Breisach

German Grandeur - Basel to Munich

1 sailing date August 2019
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Munich
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4339pp
Prague

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Prague

2 sailing dates August 2020 to September 2020
10 Nights From Frankfurt, to Prague
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2319pp
Bernkastel

Prague & Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

1 sailing date August 2019
10 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK

Includes HUGE savings | 2019 selling out fast, don't miss out!

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3229pp
Colmar

The Majestic Rhine - Basel to Frankfurt

3 sailing dates August 2019 to August 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Frankfurt

Includes HUGE savings | 2019 selling out fast, don't miss out!

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1949pp
Strasbourg

The Majestic Rhine - Frankfurt and Basel

4 sailing dates July 2019 to August 2020
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland

Includes HUGE savings | 2019 selling out fast, don't miss out!

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1949pp
Munich

Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt

1 sailing date December 2019
11 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Frankfurt
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2159pp
Cochem

Legends of Moselle Rhine and Main from Frankfurt

3 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Germany , Nuremberg

Includes HUGE savings, FREE unlimited drinks when you book a Balcony Suite or above plus up to £250 OFF, exclusive to RiverVoyages.com

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1899pp

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