A nice and relaxing way to get a first overview of the many tall buildings of Frankfurt is to do a boat trip on the Main-River.
There are 'short cruises' that don't cost an arm and a leg driving only along the river within city borders and daytrips to neighbouring cities like Aschaffenburg, Seligenstadt, Mainz or Rüdesheim.
But not all boats are as funny as the one in my picture. This one belongs to an association that runs several adventure-playgrounds in Frankfurt.
The Mainriver does belong close to the city. The City Council is spending money on improving it even further, on beautieful days, weekends in particular, people stolling along the river, hanging out, head for the museums along it on the southside but also near the Dome. Restaurant and coffee's have popped up and walkers, bikers and skaters co-exist.
Offical bikepaths exist linking Frankfurt with the Rheinriver to the West and Aschaffenburg and beyond going to the east.
Enjoy the skyline from the "Sachsenhausen" side and bridges.
This is the most popular meeting point at the river with the skyline right in front of you. The bar serves apple wine, coffee, soft drinks, cake and snacks. (selfservice)
People order the apple wine and sit everywhere, even on the edge of the river...
Remember plenty of museums around and urbanity pure around you, but open air!
A Döner Kebap store "Meral's Imbiss" has been coming and sells food from the boat.
It contributes to an open atmosphere along the river. Good idea, since not many snack opportunities are available along the river.
Since my presence in Frankfurt the city council has more and more integrated the "Main" (say Mine) river into the life of the city.
The banks have been refurbished, coffeeshops, bars and restaurants have popped up. I will add a couple of examples of great things to do along the river.
You can not only walk along both sides but also ride your bike or skate along it.
Many bars remain open in the evening and every sunspell will be used for people to relax
Take a break from rushing here & there by joining one of the many boat trip on river Main !!!
It sounds a little bit touristic ant it is probably touristic, nevertheless it's a pleasant break.
For some pix pls check the travelogue 'River'.
Relax ... total relax :-)
For a pleasant break from the city take a stroll down the Main. River. Frankfurt is laid out so that the highrise buildings are on one side of the river while the nightlife is on the other side. Every once and awhile you'll run into a little church.
A nice afternoon activity for the whole family is to rent a paddle boat on the Main. You can rent one from Dreyer or from Klaus for 7 Euro for ½ an hour or 12 Euro for 1 hour.
It should be noted that it is restricted where you paddle your boat - namely between the small Main island and the left bank (Sachsenhausen) You cannot take the boat to the other side (Frankfurt) of the River. The reason for this is because the river is a commercial waterway and you might get run over by a passenger ship or a barge. The barges can't even see you, let alone go around you.
The current is hardly noticeable in the summer, so you won't have to worry about being swept downstream.
If you like, you can eat lunch here, too.
They are closed from November to May, an hour before sundown and during flooding.
The 1 hour Main cruise is a tourist trap. But the day cruise from Frankfurt to Aschaffenburg is an adventure! Unfortunately they only do this cruise once a week on Saturday, and you will have to get up early to get on the boat on time. You will also have to plan the whole day for this trip, but the cruise is unforgetable! The boat whisks you along the scenic Mainhatten skyline, past the smelly scrap yards, and out into the quiets of the slow Main river. There are wonderful things to see on the Main, including some castles, church steeples, palaces and wildlife, including swans, otters and beavers. The Main river is lush and overgrown, and reminds you of a Monet painting.
The trip departs at 8:30 a.m. from the Eisener Steg (Old Iron Bridge - Frankfurt Side) and goes all the way to the Bishop's city Aschaffenburg in Bavaria. The boat will stay in Aschaffenburg for a few hours so that you can go shopping and sight-seeing. The trip costs 22 Euro, and food and beverages can be purchased on board. The boat will return to the Old Iron Bridge on the same evening at 8:30 p.m. Departure is on most Sunday, but the schedule varies. Please see link below.
If you really want to do something in Frankfurt that would be a lifelong pleasant memory, then I would recommend a Riverboat dinner on one of the Primus Line cruise ships on the Main. It's not the usual 2-bit tourist trip. Promptly at 7:30 p.m. at the old iron bridge (Eisener Steg), you board the ship, which wisks you away on the dark Main river to see the glittering lights of the Mainhatten skyline.
A delicious four course dinner, including German champagne is served on board by schooled personnel, while a pleasant relaxed live orchestra plays while you dine. The trip will take you up and down the Main river for a three hour trip, which includes the city lights from Offenbach and Hanau as well, where you can see old castles and towers.
Certainly there are more expensive restaurants in Frankfurt, but nothing can really top this, and it's affordable for everyone. It only costs 52 Euro per person (incl. dinner and champagne). This is guaranteed to be a romantic experience you won't forget!
Check the link below for the dates.
Frankfurt is situated on both banks of the Main River. This river, with it's nice bridges brings more glamour to the city. You have two chioces, stay on the bank with highrise buildings or go to the other bank is Sachsenhause to party during the night.
I seem to quite like bridges don't I? anyway this nice old pedestrian only one crosses the Main to Sachsenhausen. On Saturdays there is a market (more of a jumble sale) selling all kinds of junk you don't really need !
Do you like site seeing? Do you like joining in boating? If it is so, come follow me!
As I said before Main is the name of a River, which passes in sough of Frankfurt. Excuse me that I couldn't get a interesting picture of Main because my camera lens wasn't suitable for large area, second it was autumn and there was not any people on the River.(I heard in summer many people are going to boat and skiff) there are many forest and parks in Frankfurt due to existence of the river. There is greenery to soothe the eye at virtually every corner you turn. Riderwald, Fechenheimerwald and enkheimerwald are examples of our manner (Wald means forest). They are in east and northeast of the city. I also can mention to majestic jungles such as Statwald and Oberwald in south of Frankfurt. I recommend you to walk on Fechehheimer forest because you may not be lost and second, walking in dark forest is very thriller. If you are looking for relaxation and leisure activities go to Ostpark. I visited it several times. There is a small lake and many beautiful eiders on it that people nourish them. There are also many aged men and women (more than 65 years old) who are bicyclist and drive their bicycles so happily. I think everybody who meets them will be refreshed and heart some. They are attractive of this park for all Virtual Tourist members. They had recommended me to go to PalmenPark, which is bigger one and has many play instruments, but I lost ground and never could visit there. However if there is anyone who visited there explain us.
When in Frankfurt you've got to take a stroll along the river that floats by a lovely walking path on the south side of the city. It's very relaxing! You can even rent a paddle boat and go up/down the river on a nice day.
While in Frankfurt I've noticed that there are Hotel Cruise Boats that do Cruises on the River Main.