To get you intimately acquainted with Frankfurt’s history and culture, Villa Kennedy’s concierge has revealed their favourite places to visit. From gorgeous gardens to impeccably restored architecture, here’s how to embrace the city’s highlights.
For the freshest fruit and vegetables, beautiful flowers, artisanal cheese and chocolates, Kleinmarkthalle is Frankfurt’s ultimate foodie destination. Located in the city centre, the colourful indoor market hall is bursting with gastronomic delights. Enjoy delicious oysters at Mare Blu oyster bar before picking up some fine wine and local pastries.
THE STÄDEL MUSEUM AND MUSEUM EMBANKMENT
Housing an astonishingly comprehensive collection from the 14th century to the present day, the Städel Museum is an essential stop for any art lover. Here, you’ll find everything from classic Renaissance paintings to Surrealist masters like Picasso and contemporary mavericks such as Wolfgang Tillmans. To discover more Frankfurt art, the nearby embankment on the south side of the Main River is lined with many other enchanting galleries and museums.
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH
Proudly dominating the picturesque Paulsplatz square, St Paul’s Church (Paulskirche) is symbolic of German democracy. The elegant red sandstone neoclassical building was the seat of the first German national assembly, and presents a fascinating glimpse into the history of the country’s political past.
The historic, once-destroyed DomRömer quarter has recently been restored to its former glory of romantic squares, quaint courtyards and charming shops and cafes. This captivating corner of Frankfurt is home to a magnificent Cathedral (Dom) where you can get a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the city from its tower.
PALMENGARTENAND BOTANISCHER GARTEN
For a beautiful botanical experience head to Frankfurt’s PalmenGarten and its neighbouring Botanischer Garten. These centuries-old gardens are home to over 13,000 exotic flora species from all over the world, such as tropical orchids, azaleas and blue Egyptian waterlilies. Stroll around pristine lawns taking in pretty water features filled with fish, ducks and swans.
OLD OPERA AND OPERA SQUARE
The grand Old Opera (Alte Oper) is Frankfurt’s premiere concert hall. The handsome building located on Opera Square (Opernplatz) was destroyed during the war, but has been lovingly restored since. Catch an iconic musical like Cats, a world-class operatic performance or classical concerto. You’ll also find the city’s most luxurious shopping boutiques to the east of Opera Square.
EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK
The European Central Bank is not only a financial epicentre, but it also houses a marvellous collection of over 400 contemporary works of art with a diverse assortment of paintings, sculpture, photography and illustrations. Finance enthusiasts can also enjoy a guided tour to learn about monetary policy and payment systems.
ALTE OPERA © iStock/instamatics
EZB © iStock/instamatics
KLEINMARKHALLE © HFM/Jim Brutto
PALMENGARTEN © Palmen Garden
PAULSKIRCHE © iStock/JuergenSack
ROMER DOM © iStock/Nikada
STADEL MUSEUM © Stadel Museum