ActivityFrankfurt on foot and how to make the most of the city's green spaces

Here’s where to get outdoors and explore, whether visiting the city for business or pleasure

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It might be one of Germany’s major urban hubs, but Frankfurt is home to gorgeous green spaces that invite you to connect with nature.

Where to jog… Grüneburgpark

At almost 60 acres and intersected with gently winding paths, Grüneburgpark in the west of Frankfurt is perfect for an invigorating jog. An open-air theatre makes the sweeping lawns a firm favourite with locals during summer, while the peaceful Korean Garden with its pagoda, plum trees and bamboo makes for a serene spot to catch your breath once you’ve jogged around the park’s 2km perimeter.

Korean Garden in Grüneburgpark

Where to cycle… the Green Belt

At almost 70km in length, the Green Belt circles the city and offers one scenic landscape after another — from flower-filled gardens and nature reserves to expansive fruit orchards. A well-signposted cycling trail starts at the mouth of the Nidda River in Höchst and follows the waterway to the northern part of Frankfurt. From here, an uphill stage from Berkersheim to Bergen-Enkheim will put your stamina to the test. South of the River Main, the route heads from Oberrad to Frankfurt City Forest and onto Schwanheim.

Rothschildpark public park in Frankfurt

Where to walk… Bethmann Park

One of the esteemed writer Goethe’s favourite places, this compact park is the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll away from Frankfurt’s hustle and bustle. Wander down pathways that run alongside blooming rhododendrons bushes and vibrant flowerbeds, while the locals play at the chessboards nearby. Pause to ponder the Chinese Garden’s ornate bridges. Landscaped according to Feng Shui principles, this oriental corner of the garden brings a touch of the East to the West.

A woman exploring Frankfurt's parks

Where to hike… Frankfurt City Forest

About 5km from the city centre, the sprawling Frankfurt City Forest is a tree-filled paradise (and also part of the Green Belt) that features a vast network of clearly marked trails, which are a magnet for hikers looking for an urban escape. Away from the city hubbub you’re immersed in the silence of nature. As you make your way beneath the lofty boughs and around tranquil ponds, keep your eyes peeled for Ice Age dry riverbeds and remnants of Bronze Age settlements.

Located in the heart of the city, Jumeirah Frankfurt is perfectly positioned to explore the city’s beautiful green parks and lush spaces.