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Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

1. Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

Our 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from our landing stage "Eiserner Steg". The boat leaves every hour. You have two opportunities either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. The tour starts at 11h00 downstream direction Griesheim. This trips takes you through the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbour. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums  along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. This trips takes you past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbour of the city. Just to mention a few of the sights: you can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum enbankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. The tours changes every hour upstream and downstream. All tours are accompanied with commentaries in English and German.

1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

2. 1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

Hop on a boat tour along Frankfurt’s River Main and discover the bustling metropolis, departing at least 6 times each day. Take an hour to explore the riverine side of Germany's financial capital and experience stunning views from the water. Enjoy the best views of Germany’s most imposing skyline on board the new KD boat, the MS Palladium. Discover the impressive financial city of Frankfurt and get some insight into the history and traditions behind this dynamic city. On this unique tour along the River Main, you'll learn the history behind all of Frankfurt’s major attractions. The MS Palladium is also handicapped-accessible, making it possible for every person to experience Frankfurt by water.

Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

3. Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

Experience a castle tour in the Middle Rhine Valley, where fine wines from ruby red Pinot Noir to shimmering golden Riesling are grown. Discover one of Europe’s oldest trade routes along former toll castles and robber barons' nests, where Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard in spirit. Explore beloved places of the Middle Rhine Valley that inspired the poets who created Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Let the myth of the Rhine Romanticism enchant you. Admire the red wine region of Assmannhausen with its famous Pinot Noir vineyards as well as the flourishing town of Bingen with the beautiful Rhine park of the 2008 horticultural show and Rüdesheim with the famous Drosselgasse.

Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

4. Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour through Frankfurt aboard a comfortable double-decker bus. When the weather's good, the roof of the bus stays open, letting you take in a clear view of the most beautiful buildings and parks in the city. Get to know this bustling metropolis in a whole new way as you listen to commentary in 10 languages. Hop on or off the buses as often as you like at any of the stops along the route, sprinkled throughout the city's most interesting areas. Learn about Frankfurt's main attractions while on the bus, or explore the city's beautiful sights at your own pace. Take a trip through the bustling city center (Express City Tour) or along Frankfurt's famous skyline (Skyline Tour), both available for one just one price. Stops: Paulskirche - Römer - Goethe-Haus - Main Tower - Alte Oper - Palmengarten - Senkenbergmuseum - Messe - Hauptbahnhof - Museumsufer - Eisener Steg - Alt Sachsenhausen - Untermainkai - Mainkai - Zoo Frankfurt - Hauptwache. You can get on or off at any of the 16 stops as many times as you please with the 1-day hop-on hop-off ticket.

Frankfurt: 19th-Century Time Travel VR Experience

5. Frankfurt: 19th-Century Time Travel VR Experience

Travel back in time to the vibrant, everyday life of Frankfurt in the 19th century. Use virtual reality to adopt the role of a venerable merchant, just as if you had been there yourself. During your time-traveling experience, you will accompany the fictitious businessman, Theodor Riedel, through Frankfurt’s history at three exciting stops.  Start at the grocery store and learn about the trading city during the colonial period. Immerse yourself in the store's hustle and bustle, learn about the fragrant spices and exotic goods, and admire the shop's interior. Then, make a virtual visit to a private library. Learn about the ideas and ideals of the local citizens in the setting of a family's study.  Finally, take the virtual reality carriage ride, the highlight of your journey back in time to 1891. Board the carriage with Theodor Riedel and experience the charm of the flourishing trading city. With your VR headset, enjoy a 360° panoramic view of medieval half-timbered buildings and sublime Wilhelminian-style architecture. Along your virtual journey, you will also accompany Theodor on his own personal day of fate: find out if he can save the family’s legacy or if he will lose everything. Whether ruin or triumph, uncover the answer on your journey through time.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

6. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows. In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

7. Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

Art and Culture Museums 50% Archaeological MuseumFrankfurt Bible Experience MuseumAnne Frank Educational CentreMuseum of Comical ArtGerman Romanticism MuseumGerman Film Institut & MuseumCathedral Museum FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt MuseumExperiMINTA ScienceCenter FrankfurtRheinMainPhotography Forum FrankfurtFrankfurt Goethe-HouseFrankfurt Art AssociationHistorical Museum FrankfurtIcon Museum of the City of FrankfurtJewish MuseumChildren's Museum/Young MuseumFrankfurt Museum of Modern ArtMuseum of Applied ArtsMuseum of CommunicationMUSEUM GIERSCHMuseum JudengasseFrankfurt Porcelaine MuseumSenckenberg Museum of Natural HistoryStruwwelpeter MuseumMuseum of World Cultures Discount – reduced price on the spot (discount up to €2 possible)Liebighaus SkulpturensammlungSCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURTStädel Museum Stages: Alte Oper (discount only on proprietary events) – 15 %Oper Frankfurt (excluding premiers) – 15 %Papageno Musiktheater am Palmengarten (discount on evening performance, excluding special events and New Year's Eve) – 20 %Schauspiel Frankfurt – 15 % discount on singletickets. Discounts apply to regular tickets, not special events at Schauspiel Frankfurt. The discount can be redeemed at the box office.The English Theater – 25 % discount on single tickets Sightseeing: Daily walking tour Tourismus + Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main – 20 %Airport Tour “Starter Tour” (for full-paying guests) – 20 % with coupon code "jH2U6CiS"Blue Bus (ETS GmbH + Co KG) – City Tour Frankfurt – 20 %Red Bus (Frankfurt Sightseeing GmbH) – Skyline Tour - 20 %Frankfurter Personenschifffahrt Primus Linie (Skyline Tour) – 20 %Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschifffahrt GmbH (Panoramafahrten) – 20 %Segway Tour (discount for the 3-hour Tour) – 20 %TimeRide – 20 % discount on adult faresTerranova & FrankfurtBikeTour – 20% on rental bikes (normal bikes and e-bikes) Shopping: Cider shop ‚Apfelweinkontor‘ – 10% on the assortmentGallery ‚Brücke 54‘ – 20% on all purchasesHessen Shop at Kleinmarkthalle - 10% (books excluded)KULTUROTHEK ‚Frankfurtladen‘ - 10% on the assortment or selected itemsTourist Information Römer and Hauptbahnhof - 20 % on selected souvenirsWertheim Village / The Bicester Village Shopping Collection - 10% off all participating brands (Please check in at the Infopoint first.)MyZeil: KULT - 10 % discountSkyline Plaza: 10% discount at all participating stores, upon presentation at the customer information desk on the ground floor in the Skyline Plaza Attractions: MAIN TOWER – 20 %Palmengarten Frankfurt (Botanical Garden) - 50 %Schwarzlichthelden Minigolf/Black-Light Mini-Golf (Reduction on the regular entrance fee (2 for 1) Redeemable daily until 6 p.m. – 50 %Zoo Frankfurt - Day ticket at the current group price (savings up to 16%)Fraport visitor center - 20 % price reduction on adult tickets with coupon code "jH2U6CiS" Gastronomy: FLOWDELI at the Jewish Museum - 10% Discount on food and drinks (between 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.)Cider gallery - 20% off the purchase (own bottling)Skyline Plaza: 10% discount at all participating restaurants, upon presentation at the customer information desk on the ground floor in the Skyline PlazaHäagen-Dasz Shop Frankfurt (on all ice cream products) - 20 %Häagen-Dazs Shops Frankfurt:Große Bockenheimer Strasse 46Mannheimer Strasse 2-4 (im Hauptbahnhof)Liebfrauenberg 39

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

8. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Discover the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with scenery and historic buildings. Get to know the countryside with a cruise along the iconic river, wine tasting at a charming tavern, and a delightful dinner by the riverbank. After you set out from the heart of Frankfurt, board a boat and ride along the Rhine River. Admire the villages, charming little vineyards, and mighty medieval castles that define the German countryside. Your steamer takes you along the shores of Kaub. Then, step ashore in the winemaking town of Ruedesheim and visit a little tavern to try some local wine.  Complete your experience in the village of Assmannshausenn with a delicious dinner at a cozy restaurant by the riverbanks. Then, ride back to Frankfurt as your tour comes to an end. 

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

9. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Enjoy a morning tour to the romantic city of Heidelberg situated on the River Neckar, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It's simply magical. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a stunning combination of architectural styles stretching from the Gothic period to the Renaissance. Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the imposing terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. You then wander through the medieval town center. Here you will see the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade and discover the old narrow lanes with their half-timbered houses. Heidelberg is also home to Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories. And if you still have some time to spare, you can philosophize on Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or discover the excellent regional wines – the two go together quite nicely.

Frankfurt: Old Town Wonders Exploration Game and Tour

10. Frankfurt: Old Town Wonders Exploration Game and Tour

Discover Frankfurt’s fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around the Old Town. Explore this beautiful German city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Embark on an adventure where each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Book the quest and receive your access code by email that can be used in the app. The tour will take you up to two hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

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4.3 / 5

based on 3,350 reviews

Wonderful trip down the beautiful Rhine with a very informative, humorous, professional tour guide who truly enjoys his job. This excision is a must, via this company, for anyone visiting Frankfurt. Wished the trip would go on forever!! Would highly recommend to everyone. The Greenwoods

This was a brilliant experience! I would highly recommend. My children 11 and 14 loved it. They were very kind and changed the tour to English for us. Lovely people, excellent tour!

Very informative, clean, google maps took us to the opposite side. Could have more details on location.

Explanation and points of interest were easy to follow.

Fun way to see the city when you are tired of walking.