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From Goethe to Great Views - a Walking Tour of Frankfurt

See some of the highlights of the city where great German writer Goethe was born - and get some great pictures, too
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  With its heady blend of new millennium architecture and medieval buildings, Goethe's hometown has plenty of iconic sights. Take this... more »

Tips:  Green and friendly Frankfurt is ideal for walking, but make sure you wear sturdy footwear that cope with cobbled streets.
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Points of Interest

1. Eschenheimer Turm

In a city which was very badly damaged during World War II it's quite miraculous to discover this fairytale tower intact, right in the heart of Frankfurter Neustadt, the city's new town.

Dating from the 15th century, this spired tower was part of the city's medieval fortifications, the tower's guards lived in this narrow, 47-metre tower right up... More

Another of the city's major ancient landmarks, this 18th century building has a long and troubled history.
A prison until the late 19th century,this Baroque building later became a police station before being badly bombed during World War II.

Nowadays the Hauptwache houses a small cafe/restaurant with a pretty roof garden where it's pleasant to... More

One of the city's most famous sons, Goethe, angst-ridden author of the famous play Faust, was born here in Frankfurt, so a walking tour of the city's highlights wouldn't be complete without a visit to the great man's house. Born here in 1749, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived in this steep roofed building for many years, before moving to Weimar... More

4. Medieval Jewish Cemetery

At the heart of the city's old Jewish quarter, this vast, historical cemetery which has been in use since medieval times and has around 6,000 graves is well worth a peek.
One of the oldest of its kind in Europe, graves, which are covered with fascinating coats of arms, include that of banking dynasty founder Amschel Rothschild.

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5. Kaiserdom Sankt Bartholomäus

You can't miss Kaiserdom Sankt Bartholomäus, the city's Gothic church whose elegant spires rise like needles above Frankfurt's Altstadt. It earned the title Kaiserdom (Imperial Cathedral) in the 18th century because most of Germany's Kings and Emperors were crowned here between the 12th and 18th centuries. Still, the Dom, as it's known... More

What better place to end a tour of the city's highlights than Eiserner Steg, Frankfurt's famous iron footbridge over the Main river?

Originally constructed in 1869 to connect Frankfurt with Sachsenhausen, a district on the river’s south side that is home to many of the city’s most notable museums, this striking bridge was partly destroyed during ... More