Five beautiful winter strolls in Frankfurt

Explore Frankfurt on foot with our five themed routes to introduce first-time visitors and regular guests to the city’s many charms

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Look beyond the modern skyline and buzzing financial district, and you’ll find a charming old town, cultural attractions and skyline views from the riverbank just waiting to be explored — all within walking distance of Jumeirah Frankfurt.

Immerse yourself in the Altstadt

While many of the city’s original buildings were destroyed in the Second World War, a tour of the Altstadt reveals a range of fascinating architectural styles. Start this short circular walk at Jumeirah Frankfurt and head clockwise towards the soaring spire of the Gothic-style cathedral before continuing along Saalgasse, passing through the Dom-Römer Quarter, Frankfurt’s “New Old Town” which underwent a two-year renovation project between 2012-18. Admire the colourful post-modern houses and arrive at Römerberg. The central square is the best place to get a sense of Frankfurt’s historical heritage amid the restored half-timbered buildings, striking city hall and green-tipped Old St Nicholas Church. Having reached the river and the attractive Eiserner Steg iron bridge, the route returns to the hotel via the birthplace of philosopher-writer Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe and St Paul’s Church, which is often referred to as the cradle of German democracy. Both are open to visitors and host regular exhibitions, should you decide it’s time to head in from the cold.

Frankfurt Mainufer view of architecture


Wander along the Mainufer

Referring to the banks of the River Main — which runs through central Frankfurt — the Mainufer is a picturesque waterside promenade that takes in several local landmarks. Starting at the attractive Alte Brück, this walking route runs along the north side of the river and passes through Nizza — an 11-acre city park that’s filled with landscaped gardens. Even if you don’t visit in spring or summer, there’s still the opportunity to see the place in bloom thanks to the winter flowering garden. If you haven’t already climbed Frankfurt Cathedral’s tower, turn off the river and make your way past the pretty Märchenbrunnen fountain and through Willy Brandt Plaza towards Main Tower. From its observation deck you’ll have 360-degree views of the city’s modern financial district; look out for Jumeirah Frankfurt’s striking architecture. On a crisp, clear day you might even spot the Taunus Mountains in the distance.
Frankfurt view of 'Old New Town' 

Walk the Wallanlagen

A greenbelt of seven urban parks created on the site where the city's defensive walls once stood, the Wallanlagen is the perfect place to take a break from bustling city life without leaving the heart of the city. Situated just a few minutes north of Jumeirah Frankfurt, take a left turn and follow the tree-lined paths of Bockenheimer Anlage towards the Alte Oper concert hall. Alternatively, head right past the statues and terraces that dot Eschenheimer Anlage before arriving at the atmospheric Bethmann Park with its charming Chinese garden, waterside pagodas and ornate bridges.

Explore the city’s ‘museum embankment’

The south side of the River Main is home to 38 museums. And while you could easily spend a few days exploring the area’s cultural attractions — from the European art collection at the Städel Museum to the fascinating artefacts on display at the Museum of World Cultures — you could just as easily grab a coat and scarf and spend a leisurely afternoon wandering the waterside path. As the sun sets on another day, make your way back to the hotel via Flöberbrücke, which is a popular spot for photographers to catch the last of the evening light as the city’s skyscrapers and beautifully illuminated bridges are reflected on the water. If you fancy an early morning run, paths on both sides of the river form a 7km running route that’s popular with joggers.

Combine strolling with shopping

For a dose of retail therapy, enjoy a ten-minute stroll from our hotel across to Goethestrasse, where you can an array of sparkling luxury boutiques. Admire window displays and write your festive wish list as you walk. Then, for an alternative atmosphere, leave the Zeil behind and continue through the tranquil Garden of Heavenly Peace — where locals take time out to enjoy tai chi and meditation sessions — towards the independently owned shops of Berger Strasse. When it’s time to rest and recharge, the upper end of Berger Strasse offers an attractive respite from modern life thanks to its half-timbered houses and traditional apfelwein (apple wine) restaurants.

Whether you are visiting for business or for pleasure, it couldn't be easier to explore this pedestrian-friendly city with Jumeirah Frankfurt as your base.