Most cities, especially those associated with big business, tend to emphasize just how green and liveable they really are. I suppose that Frankfurt doesn’t feel that necessary, as I have had a rather difficult time finding out about this wonderful green space along Junghofstrasse after stumbling on it on my way back from the Alte Oper. It was winter, so the trees and shrubs were not green or in bloom, and there are was rather muddy and grey. Nevertheless, this expanse of green and parkland provides a nice break to the city’s financial district, and I suspect that it is used by more than a few of the office towers’ occupants to escape from the monotony of their desks.
Grüneburg is a lovely multi-use park just on the northern edge of the Westend neighborhood. It's a great place to continue your longish walk around the outskirts of Frankfurt - a walk which might also encompass the Palmengarten and the Botanischer Garten as well. Grüneburg is not really a garden - but it's full of trees and grassy and flowery, so it's another extension of Frankfurt's "Greenbelt."
The park is on the grounds of what was the estate of the local Rothschild family. The "Neue Palais," constructed in 1845 for Amschel Rothschild, stood in the center of the park. You can't escape history in Germany: the Palace was destroyed in a 1944 bombing raid.
The Alte Fasanerie is a historic Game Park first established by the local dukes to disencourage poaching in their hunting grounds. A stone wall was erected around the area that in itself is ten times as large as the Frankfurt zoo. The "Alte Fasanerie" has 15 km hiking paths on their grounds, all the while you are walking past the spacious animal enclosures where several species of deer, bison, wild pigs, lynxes, wild cats, red foxes and even three polar wolves can be seen. There is also a falconry with daily shows (within the doe deer enclosure).
30 minutes east from Frankfurt, direction Würzburg on the motorway A3, exit Hanau - then follow brown sign "Wildpark".
Near to where my aunt lives in the centre of Frankfurt, on Holzhausenstrasse, you will find a beautiful little park, which as yet remains unspoiled by mass tourism, unlike some of the larger parks in the city. I love to go there when we visit in spring and summer, when the sun is shining, it's really relaxing to lie down under the green trees, maybe have a picnic, or play with the family or friends. Alternatively, I have it on good authority that it's a great place to go alone with a book and while away the hours under a plane tree or a lime. The park's not huge, so on particularly hot days it can get a little crowded with German schoolchildren, but usually they stick to the playground area. The park is a short walk from the U-Bahn station at Glauburgstrasse (U5).
The town of Kronberg/Taunus has a small zoo that is very busy to compete with the Frankfurt Zoo. A major attraction will be the newly built "African Plains" enclosure with giraffe, wildebeest, and zebras, soon to be opened. The zoo is eager to rebuild some enclosures according to modern standards and has come quite a long way so far.
The Vogelburg is a "parrot zoo" that keeps parrots that have been neglected by and taken from their owners. In this way, it serves as a kind of "bird asylum". The parrots usually have spacious enclosures and can fly freely. You can even feed them! Quite scary, because once you feed the first nut, you`ll have scores of parrots on your shoulders. It is great fun for kids and families. It is worthwhile to assist this institution with your entrance fees - it serves a good cause.
It is located 1 hour west from Frankfurt. Take the motorway direction Wetzlar and leave at the turnoff Bad Camberg.
Shielded from big-city traffic by thick walls, this peaceful oasis was at one time the serene and idyllic garden of Frankfurt´s renowned Bethmann family. Featuring a floral splendour of special magnificence, Bethmann Park could well double as the lush parklands of a regal spa resort. The Chinese Garden, landscaped according to the principles of feng-shui, is the park´s biggest attraction. Its pond, bridges and the dragon-guarded portal serve as popular photo motifs. A place of great serenity – perfect for meditation and quiet contemplation.
Address: Mauerweg 8
Stop Tram 12 Hessendenkmal
Visiting here you can experience flora from a variety of climatic zones within a park area of over 20 hectares and 9,000 sq/m of conservatory space.
Internationally renowned exhibitions and festive events offer an array of splendidly colourful programmes.
Stop U 6, 7 Bockenheim
The Archaeological Gardens, situated between city hall, cathedral and Schirn Art Hall, feature various excavations commenced in 1953. These diggings have uncovered part of a Roman settlement, a Roman sauna as well as the foundations of a Carolingian chapel.
Stop U4 / 5 Römer
Tucked away on the corner of the Berger Strasse and the Friedberger Anlage, lies the secret garden of Frankfurt. Stumbling on this garden is like walking in on the park scene in the movie "Notting Hill". This garden once was the private property of Moritz von Bethmann, one of the wealthiest Jewish bankers in Frankfurt. In 1941, when the Nazis seized Jewish property by force, the park was made the property of Frankfurt. In 1952, the Bethmann family decided it could remain property of the city, and today it can be considered Frankfurt's most beautiful park. The park includes a Shinto garden, with temple and park, the remains of the old Friedberger guard tower, and a wonderful flower garden. It's tranquil and quiet, and many people come here to read, of play a game of garden chess, or stoll in the wonderful gardens. The temple is open to the public during daylight hours.
The most wonderful feeling in this park is to sit in the temple during a summer shower.
Too nice to stay in a stuffy museum? How about a picnic in the Ostpark? the Ostpark is about a 5 acre park on the East end of Frankfurt, just across the street from the ice skating rink. Because the parking lot across the street from the park is huge, they often have events here, such as summer carnivals or midways, such as the Dippemess around Easter or early September. Circus' often play here.
The park across the street, in contrast is quiet, and is a nice place to meet people. Groups of families, neighbors, colleages or friends get together here every day to play an impromptu game of soccer, baseball or badmitton. Some bring their own barbeques and picnic lunches. There is also a jogging circuit here that's 2 miles long for people with itchy feet.
Sometime ago I walked down the Berger Strasse till the end for the first time ... I was really surprised to find a wonderful park with many flowers and a part of this park (no idea about the name) is a Chinese garden.
Wonderful! I guess also another hidden beauty in FFM :-)))
I guess the nearest tube station is Merianplatz, but I'm not sure ...
I really like the Palmgarten (Westend - between Grüneberg Park and the US Consolate). I have been at least once in each of the four seasons, but I'd have to say it's the most fun in summer. Besides roaming around in the greenhouses, and walking through beautiful nature, you can rent a boat and row around the lake, feed the fishes, or play a round of miniture golf (the holes are actually quite hard, so it might take you a while!). Adult admission is 5 Euro for the day and students enter for half price.
There is nice Alley wth interest trees a long r. Main! These trees makes shade by their crowns! Good place to get shade at hot time in Frankfurt!