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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

Rudesheim

Amsterdam To Frankfurt

6 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Frankfurt
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Rudesheim

Frankfurt to Amsterdam

6 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Amsterdam
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Mainz

Christmas Time on the Rhine -Basel To Frankfurt

1 sailing date November 2021
4 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Frankfurt
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Heidelberg

The Majestic Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

1 sailing date August 2021
11 Nights From Frankfurt, to Zurich
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Breisach

Christmas Time on the Rhine - Frankfurt to Basel

1 sailing date November 2021
4 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel

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Koblenz

Zurich & Lucerne with The Majestic Rhine

2 sailing dates July 2021
11 Nights From Zurich, to Berlin (Warnemuende)
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Frankfurt

Grand German Sojourn

1 sailing date May 2021
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Nuremberg
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Vienna

Enchanted Europe - Westbound

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Switzerland , Basel
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Breisach

German Grandeur(Westbound)

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
8 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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Passau

Christmastime from Vienna to Basel

3 sailing dates November 2021 to December 2021
15 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Switzerland , Basel
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Rudesheim

Christmastime from Basel to Nuremberg

1 sailing date December 2021
9 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to Germany , Nuremberg
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Nuremberg

Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt

3 sailing dates November 2021 to December 2021
11 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Frankfurt
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Heidelberg

Christmastime from Nuremberg to Basel

3 sailing dates December 2021
9 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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Strasbourg

Roundtrip Strasbourg

9 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
6 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
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Esztergom

Trans-european Cruise, Contrast Of Cultures

2 sailing dates April 2021 to May 2021
12 Nights From Strasbourg, to Hungary , Budapest
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Melk

Trans-European Cruise, Contrast Of Cultures

1 sailing date May 2021
13 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
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Nuremberg

Vienna to Strasbourg

1 sailing date October 2021
8 Nights From Vienne, France to , Strasbourg
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Budapest

Budapest to Frankfurt

5 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Frankfurt
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Frankfurt

Legendary Rhine & Moselle -Bernkastel to Frankfurt

8 sailing dates July 2021 to October 2022
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Frankfurt
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Trier

Legendary Rhine & Moselle with Berlin

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
9 Nights From Berlin (Warnemuende), to Frankfurt
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