How to Spend 3 Days in Frankfurt
With three days in Frankfurt, you’ll have plenty of time to tour the city’s historic monuments and museums, and to explore farther afield. To maximize your time, look for tours that combine multiple attractions in one day or take advantage of money-saving deals and sightseeing passes. Here are some ideas.
Day 1: Shopping and Sightseeing
Joining a guided sightseeing tour or hop-on hop-off bus tour is a great way to get your bearings and make sure you don’t miss anything. Listen to the onboard commentary as you drive through Frankfurt’s Financial District, past historic sites like the Frankfurt Stock Exchange building and the Eschenheimer Tower, and towering skyscrapers like the Main Tower.
Jump out to explore the Altstadt (Old Town) on foot, starting at the main square, the Römerberg. After admiring landmarks like the Rathaus (Town Hall), St. Nicholas Church, and St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, stroll along the Zeil, Frankfurt’s main shopping boulevard, and browse the stalls at the Kleinmarkthalle, Frankfurt’s daily food market.
Continue sightseeing into the evening with a scenic cruise along the Main River and enjoy dinner onboard as you admire the illuminated skyline from the water.
Day 2: Explore the Rhine Valley
The UNESCO-listed Rhine Valley is the most scenic stretch of the Rhine River, flowing between Mainz and Koblenz. Set sail aboard a traditional steamer and cruise past the vineyards, medieval towns and mountaintop castles of the Rhine. Stop along the way to visit historic Rudesheim and the landmark Loreley Rock, enjoy wine tasting at a family-run winery, or savor lunch with a view at a riverfront restaurant.
You can choose to explore this region on a full-day cruise from Frankfurt or opt for a Rhine River cruise pass and take in the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, combine an afternoon cruise along the Rhine with a morning visit to Heidelberg, where highlights include the hilltop Heidelberg Castle and the picturesque Old Town.
Day 3: Parks and Museums
Frankfurter’s Museumsufer, or Museum Embankment, stretches along the south bank of the Main River and is home to 13 museums. Spend the morning admiring the artworks at the Städel Museum, visit the German Museum of Architecture or the German Film Museum, or browse the exhibitions at the Museum of World Cultures.
In the afternoon, enjoy a change of pace and take a walk around the Palmengarten, one of the largest botanical gardens in Germany. Alternatively, pay a visit to Frankfurt Zoo, where the 4,500 animal residents include tigers, giraffes, gibbons, and rhinos.
On your final evening, head into the atmospheric Sachsenhausen district, where the cobbled lanes are filled with restaurants, bars, and jazz clubs. Perhaps enjoy a dinner of traditional Frankfurt cuisine, sample the city’s famous apfelwein (apple wine) at one of the historic wine taverns, then go bar-hopping along Dreieichstrasse and Bruckenstrasse.