You’ve climbed Frankfurt’s Main Tower and explored the enchanting Römerberg – what’s next? Germany’s financial capital has so many hidden delights to unearth. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, take some time out to explore these weird and wonderful places with our pick of unusual things to do in Frankfurt.
Explore Goethe House
Legendary writer, poet and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt and his former home is now a museum, lovingly restored to its former glory after WWII. Located in the Innenstadt district, the imposing building has four storeys of book libraries, elegant antiques and classic paintings to admire.
Ride the Ebbelwei-Express
All aboard the Ebbelwei-Express! You won’t miss this traditional tram, with its colourful muralled exterior, rumbling through Frankfurt’s streets. One of the best ways to sightsee in Frankfurt, the Ebbelwei-Express takes its name from the city’s iconic apple wine. You’ll have the option to sip this – and try a local pretzel – as you ride through Altstadt and Sachsenhausen.
Discover what it’s like to be blind at Dialog Museum
Frankfurt has an incredible array of museums, some utterly unique. The DialogMuseum presents an uncommon sensory experience whereby you’ll be led through different life scenarios – like visiting a bar or walking through a park – in complete darkness by a guide.
Marvel at Eschenheimer Turm’s medieval beauty
Frankfurt was once ringed by a gigantic medieval wall with nine towers. Today, only one tower remains, the Eschenheimer Turm, which guarded the north wall. Standing at 10 storeys high, the dramatic tower with its pointed turrets is a remarkable architectural legacy of Frankfurt’s ancient fortifications. Apart from being Frankfurt’s oldest building, Eschenheimer Turm is now a fine-dining restaurant.
Check out the Pinkelbaum
Bearing the trophy as Frankfurt’s most unusual thing to do, the Pinkelbaum is a witty art installation from cartoonist Friedrich Karl Waechter. It’s a tree that emits a ‘sprinkle’ when you approach it. Literally translated as the ‘peeing tree’, the Pinkelbaum was conceived by Waechter as the tree’s payback for years of being ‘peed on itself’.
Become a cinephile at Deutsches Film museum
From cinema’s infancy in the 1800s to 21st century special effects, get to know your celluloid history at the Deutsches Filmmuseum. Expect a fully-immersive experience at this institution dedicated to movie magic. You’ll get to know film’s technological processes, interact with exhibits and kick back in front of the silver screen in the Deutsches Filmmuseum’s in-house cinema.
Eat local in Old Sachsenhausen
On the south bank of the River Main, this historic quarter is a time capsule of old Frankfurt. All cobbled streets, timbered houses and winding alleyways, Old Sachsenhausen makes a charming, leafy destination to spend an afternoon. Seek out traditional delicacies like handkäs cheese or Frankfurt’s famous grüne soße – green sauce – served with boiled potatoes.
If you’ve been inspired to explore Frankfurt’s delightfully unusual things to do, book your stay at the elegant Jumeirah Frankfurt. Situated in the heart of the city, close to the historic Altstadt, it’s perfectly positioned to access the city’s superlative sights.