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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

Passau

European Jewels - Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date July 2023
15 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Passau

Ultimate European Journey- Amsterdam to Bucharest

1 sailing date July 2023
24 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £8549pp
Frankfurt

The Majestic Rhine & Berlin: Basel - Berlin

5 sailing dates June 2022 to August 2023
9 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Berlin
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Rudesheim

Zurich - Lucerne & The Majestic Rhine

5 sailing dates June 2022 to August 2023
10 Nights From Zurich, to Frankfurt
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2899pp
Strasbourg

Berlin & The Majestic Rhine: Berlin - Basel

5 sailing dates June 2022 to September 2023
9 Nights From Berlin, to Switzerland , Basel
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2189pp
Lucerne

The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

5 sailing dates June 2022 to September 2023
10 Nights From Frankfurt, to Zurich
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2439pp
Mainz

Christmas Time on the Rhine: Frankfurt - Basel

1 sailing date November 2023
4 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
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Mainz

Wines of the Moselle Cruise from Frankfurt

1 sailing date August 2022
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Frankfurt
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Bernkastel

Berlin & Wines of the Moselle Cruise

1 sailing date August 2022
9 Nights From Berlin, to Frankfurt
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2729pp
Frankfurt

Christmas and New Year on Spirit

1 sailing date December 2022
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Dusseldorf
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Bamberg

New Year on Spirit of the Danube

1 sailing date December 2022
7 Nights From Munich, to Germany , Dusseldorf
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Heidelberg

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

5 sailing dates June 2022 to August 2023
14 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
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Heidelberg

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

5 sailing dates June 2022 to August 2023
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Frankfurt
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Rudesheim

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Frankfurt

3 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
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Berlin

Legendary Rhine & Moselle from Bernkastel

6 sailing dates June 2022 to August 2023
9 Nights From Bernkastel, to Berlin
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1939pp
Koblenz

Berlin & Legendary Rhine & Moselle from Berlin

6 sailing dates June 2022 to August 2023
9 Nights From Berlin, to Bernkastel
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1939pp
Rudesheim

Rolling On The Rhine - Frankfurt to Amsterdam

10 sailing dates June 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Amsterdam
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Koln

New Year on the Rhine from Cologne

1 sailing date December 2022
5 Nights From Cologne , Germany to Cologne
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Koblenz

Frankfurt to Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2021
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Christmastime from Basel to Nuremberg

2 sailing dates December 2022
11 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Prague
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