Main River, Frankfurt am Main
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.
The name Old Bridge derives from the fact that this is the location of the very first (and for several centuries the only) bridge in Frankfurt, connecting the Old Town to Sachsenhausen. The history of the various bridges that existed here is well documented since 1222, but it is almost sure that a bridge here existed long before that date.
For several centuries the bridge had towers at each end, but sadly they were demolished, one in the last years of the 18th century, the other at the beginning of the 19th.
The various bridges that existed here suffered floods, were often damaged by ice and were badly damaged or destroyed during wars.
The Old Bridge we see now was built in red sandstone in 1926. During the WW2 two of its arches were destroyed by bombs, so the bridge required partial reconstruction after the end of the war.
It is a good place for taking pictures of the city and of the river, in fact the main picture in my intro page was taken from this bridge.
Brickegickel means “bridge tap“ and it refers to the deepest point of the river under the Old Bridge. Since 1401 this point has been marked by a crucifix placed on the bridge, to help the boats that had to pass under the bridge.
This very place was used also for the execution of criminals in those times when executions were performed by drowning.
The crucifix we see now is the sixth, it was placed here in 1994 because its predecessor had been stolen in 1992.
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.
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.
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!
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
there are a number of cruise operators that offer main river cruises. the primus line can be boarded on the river near the romer. they offer a one hour frankfurt city cruise which runs frequently every day. on weekends you can take day cruises to aschaffenburg, mainz, rudeshein and other locations along the river main. even though i did not have time to take it i have been told that the aschaffenburg cruise is a very nice trip.
We spent only a day in Frankfurt. I was glad that we went for a nice walk along the river. Walking along the river was wonderful; all the activity of the boats, bikes and people. We crossed the bridges several times and explored each side of the bank. There were some incredible trees in the park that we photographed which looked like large candlabras.
We were on the bridge as the sun began to set. It was very beautiful watching the sky turn such beautiful colors and the reflections on the water.
The largest city on the river is Frankfurt, that is how they called in Frankfurt am Main. There are several bridges over the river and I’m sure it would be great having a walk along it. It was so windy when we went there but although I climb on a bridge and I forgot about the cold weather, I felt free…
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.
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.
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.
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 pedestrian bridge you will see if you walk down from "Römer" and if you would like to go to the museums at the south bank of the river or the quarter of "Sachsenhausen" you can use it. Or you can cross it and have a stroll at the south side of the river with spectacular views to the skyline.
At this bridge on the city side you could also start a short or long river boat tour. Information desks are close by.