See and Do in Frankfurt
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Expats moving to Frankfurt will be pleased to know that there are many attractions and activities in the city.
Sights include the Well of Justice Fountain in Romerberg Square, the beautiful and opulent Goethe-Haus, and the Eschenheimer Turm (the old city gate which dates back to the 15th century).
Culture and history buffs will love meandering through the Städel Gallery or the Museum of Sculpture, while those preferring a bit of rest and relaxation can head to the beautiful Frankfurt Botanical Gardens for a picnic in the great outdoors.
Recommended attractions in Frankfurt
Dating back to the 15th century, the Eschenheimer Turm is one of the few remaining medieval portions of the wall that was built to encircle Frankfurt. Expats who are new to the city should climb to the top of the 154-foot high (47m) Gothic tower to admire the views of the city.
This famous house is where the renowned poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. Though the house underwent a number of modifications when it left the hands of the Goethe family, it was eventually purchased and restored as a tribute to the writer. The house was then destroyed during World War II, but has since been rebuilt.
Well of Justice (Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen)
Built in Frankfurt’s central square of Romerberg in 1541, the Well of Justice has changed a lot over the last few centuries and the original sandstone statues were moved to the Museum of Local History. Still, the historical site is worth a visit for anyone new to Frankfurt.
Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten Frankfurt am Main)
Spend a day strolling through the beautiful Botanical Garden in Frankfurt and enjoy the journey through its different sections of flora and fauna. This is a great spot to enjoy a picnic while relaxing in the sun during the summer.
German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum)
This museum is constantly screening old films from its collection, and expats who are eager to learn about the country’s movie history should head to the Deutsches Filmmuseum to look at the exhibits, models and images.
Built in 1896 for Czech Baron Heinrich Liebieg, Liebieghaus hosts Frankfurt's sculpture museum and is a definite must for culture lovers. It boasts a variety of sculptures from ancient Sumeria, Egypt, Greece and Rome.
This is Frankfurt’s most important gallery and contains some exquisite European works of art. The institution features everything from 19th and 20th-century German painters, to French impressionists such as Renoir and Monet. The most impressive piece in the museum is Jan van Eyck's Madonna (1433).
Nearly destroyed in World War II, with only 20 animals surviving, the zoo has added over 3,200 furry and feathered friends. Today the zoo features the popular Big Cat Jungle and the Exotarium, a collection of exotic and aquatic animals, as well as some very realistic replicas of many of the creatures' natural habitats.
Historical Museum (Historisches Museum)
With changing exhibitions, the Historical Museum features objects and artefacts that date back as far as the Middle Ages – a great way for non-European visitors to catch a glimpse into the very distant past of Frankfurt and Europe.