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Photo: Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung
Photo: Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung

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Frankfurt must-dos

Frankfurt's reinvigorated self has much to offer on all fronts. Our top picks range from the best niche museums and green spaces, to the most hip and happening neighborhood in town.

Photo: Frankfurter - Goethe-Haus/Burkhard Rosskothen

Spend some time with Goethe

Born in Frankfurt in 1749, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is arguably the most famous literary figure in Germany. Wander around the replica of the house in which the writer and poet grew up (the original was bombed in WWII, though the cellar and its steps are the very ones he trod on). You'll discover rooms including Goethe's study, where he wrote some of his most famous works, including The Sorrows of Young Werther. The Goethe Museum next door (which will move into a new space in 2020) showcases an extensive collection of paintings, graphics and busts from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as a research library and the poet's archive - portions of which get an airing when temporary exhibitions are held.

Goethe House and Museum

Grosser Hirschgraben 23-25, Frankfurt am Main

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Ebbelwoi by the river

A Frankfurt must in many a local's opinion, so set some time aside to relax with a glass of Ebbelwoi (apple wine) by the river Main - one of the main tributaries of the expansive River Rhine and the aorta of this city. Watch locals amble (or whizz) past on foot or two wheels and take in the famous Frankfurt skyline at the same time.

Eyssenstrasse on the banks of river Main

Eyssenstraße, Frankfurt am Main,

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Photo: Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung

Sculptures and kuchen

Liebieghaus is one of the world's most significant sculpture museums. Some 3,000 works, dating from ancient Egypt to the Neoclassical era, are housed within the beautiful Gründerzeit villa, the former home of Baron von Liebieg. Once you've explored the collections and every corner of this fascinating building, sit down with a kaffee und kuchen (coffee and cake) - The Liebieghaus' Café is a delight and a magnet for local culture vultures.

Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung

Schaumainkai 71, Frankfurt am Main

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Coolest spot in town

Much of Frankfurt has been given a facelift in recent years - perhaps most notably so the quarters around the train station. The former no-go spot that is Bahnhofsviertel is still a little gritty (and the red light district is still there), but it has cleaned up its act enough to become the city's most creative and vibrant area, in which art galleries, clubs and indie restaurants cater for the young and hip - or anyone wanting to have a bit of non-corporate fun. Anything is possible in Bahnhofsviertel and locals tell us that not a day goes by without something new popping up.

Bahnhofsviertel

Bahnhofsviertel, Frankfurt am Main

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House of fun

This small niche museum celebrates the comic art of the New Frankfurt School, a group of cartoonists putting Frankfurt on the map as the "capital of satire" in the 1970s (the movement's name is a play on the more famous Frankfurt School of philosophy). Set within the historic Leinwandhaus building, the museum spreads over three floors, housing both permanent exhibits and temporary displays. In total there are some 4,000 works to look (and laugh) at, by artists including F. W. Berstein, Robert Gernhardt, Chlodwig Poth and Hans Traxler. Most information is written in German only, but much of the caricatures on show speak for themselves.

Caricatura Museum Frankfurt

Weckmarkt 17, Frankfurt am Main

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Photo: Palmengarten of Frankfurt:Germany

Palm perfection

Get a green fix courtesy of Palmengarten, Frankfurt's inner-city botanical garden. Here, you'll get to mingle with flora from all over the world. The park area spreads across some 22 hectares and a jungle of tropical greenery is housed in 9,000 sqm of greenhouse space. The history of this green oasis stretches back to the 1860s, when the city of Frankfurt acquired a significant collection of exotic plants from the Duke of Nassau, following the Austro-Prussian War. Take a look at the website for news on current exhibitions, events and concerts.

Palmengarten

Siesmayerstrasse 61, Frankfurt am Main

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On top of the world

Towering at 95m (312ft), the Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew (also known as Frankfurt cathedral) is the tallest religious building in town. The current edifice is the third church on the same site - the original's been traced back to the 7th century, while the current one is a 1950s reconstruction of its 19th century incarnation. Make sure you haul yourself up to the top, climbing some 350 steps. You'll be rewarded with amazing views of the cityscape and beyond.

Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew

Domplatz 1,Frankfurt am Main

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Last edited: February 15, 2018

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