Frankfurt's skyline is one of the major sights in the city and it is worth to look at it from an elevated position. Especially around dusk, the lights of the city are good for some marvellous effects.
While the most famous and highest platform is located at the Maintower, that platform is also the most expensive. Another popular viewing point you have to pay for is the spire of the Kaiserdom. The Zeilgalerie shopping mall as well as the restaurant terrace of the Kaufhof warehouse are the only higher places from which you can enjoy the view for free. You are not obliged to buy anything at Kaufhof, but I think that you somehow feel you have to. Therefore, I prefer the Zeilgalerie to look at all the skyscrapers.
You will find the platform at the uppermost floor of the Zeilgalerie, on the side facing the Zeil pedestrian zone. A metal relief will help you to identify all important buildings in Frankfurt you can see from here.
The most notable are:
Europaturm: It’s Frankfurt's tallest building and one of the world's tallest TV towers, known locally as the Asparagus because of its long, slender asparagus-like shape. It's worth seeing at night when it glows with beautiful purple lights. It was Completed in 1979 and designed by Erwin Heinle.
Address: Ginnheimer Stadtweg 90, 60431 Frankfurt Am Main
Messeturm: It’s Frankfurt's second tallest building, known locally as 'the pencil' by locals, this biro-shaped office complex completed in 1991, is the work of architects Helmut Jahn and Richard Murphy. It won the world record for the longest continuous pouring of concrete to build its foundation - the epic pour took a whopping 78 hours!
Address: Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 49, 60308 Frankfurt Am Main
Kronenhochhaus: is easily recognised by the 12m sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen of an inverted collar and tie outside the building Shaped like the prow of a boat, this 208 metre high building was completed in 1993 and designed by Willian Pedersen. Two years later, it was classed Best Building of the Year by the American Chamber of Architects.
The interior houses a vast winter garden, as well as a shopping area and restaurant facilities that are open to the public. Admission: Free
Address: Mainzer Landstraße 58, Frankfurt Am Main
Main Tower: soars 826m above the Main River and is the only skyscraper with two viewing platforms on the 54th and the fancy Main Tower revolving restaurant on the 53rd floor. 5 EUR admission
Address: Neue Mainzer Strasse 52 - 58, 60311 Frankfurt Am Main
Commerzbank Tower: Frankfurt and One of Frankfurt’s iconic buildings and the world’s first ecologically friendly skyscraper. Built mainly of steel, the skyscraper, which was completed in 1997, made use of the best energy conservation techniques in use at the time and has stunning sky gardens. It was designed by world-renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster.
No admission except to bank customers, but on the last Saturday of every month the Commerzbank organises tours of the building by advance request. The tour includes a visit to those fabulous sky gardens.
Address: Kaiserplatz 1, Frankfurt Am Main
Admission: 5 euros adults, 3 euros reduced; free for children under 6
Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 01:00 a.m.; Saturday -Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
In summer: Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
In winter: Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
The Commerzbank tower was well ahead of its time when it was built, and not just architecturally. The tower, which has been a landmark on the Frankfurt skyline ever since, is also a leading example of environmentally-friendly and energy-saving architecture. Commerzbank received the "Green Building Frankfurt" award in 2009.
Free public tours are offered by pre-booking at firstname.lastname@example.org
The tours run on the last Saturday of the month from 10 am to 5 pm.
The expert guide will take you to the Lobby with colour fleece by Thomas Emde, One or two sky gardens, One office floor and The panorama floor on the 49th floor
Frankfurt's skyscraper scene is very impressive, and Frankfurt is the only city in Europe that allows the construction of such monsters directly in the city center. This gives Frankfurt a uniquely foreign feeling, and it often looks more like it should be a city in Australia, America or the Far East, than your typical German city. Underneath the skyscrapers, Frankfurt is your typical German city, and the juxtaposition of the old buildings in the Altstadt with the shining modern glass and steel structures tearing up into the sky makes for some great photographs.
Unfortunately only one of the city center towers is open to the public, but thankfully it is a tall one. At one shy of 200 meters, the Main Tower (Mainturm) is the fourth tallest building in the city, and its viewing platform allows for some astonishing views. From the Mainturm you can see the Europaturm ("The Asparagus of Ginnheim"), which if not for aerials would be the tallest structure in Germany. You are also placed right next to the Commerzbank Tower, which is currently the tallest building in the EU.
It costs 4.50 euros to be taken up in the super fast lift, but be aware that you will get the full search and metal detector treatment before you are allowed in. There's a good reason for the sensitivity. Apart from a tourist attraction it is also a working building, containing the offices of several companies, including the local TV station. In addition there's also a restaurant on the 53rd floor.
The viewing platform is open from 10am until 11pm on Friday and Saturday during the summer. Take off two hours for other days of the week, and then two more hours for winter time.
If you are stopping in Frankfurt for only a few hours before going somewhere else like i was doing then you may want to climb the Main Tower (i think Meine in German). It is easy to find and the very fast lift you takes you nearly all the way up there - i had about 45 min - 1 hour up there because it was not fully dark when i arrived and it was very nice with the Sky turning a very Special Blue as it does on an Evening.
Of course it is very windy up there - so wear something warm and ensure your Hat fits "snug" (well/ tight) or it will away.
There is a short climb up a couple of flights of stairs to the top.
Unfortunately like other Towers i have been up - the Beetham Tower in Manchester and a Tower in Riga, Latvia - there is not a Bar at this one - and no Cafe neither - it may not be that there is nothing - there have been a very expensive Restaurant there - i could not remember exactly.
Still worth doing although you are outdoors.
I think however there was some fee - i think you had to pay a little money to go here.
The only public skyscraper is the Maintower (pronounce it: "Minetower") It contains among others a bank and a radiostation.
A huge sightseeing platform is open from 10am to 9pm. (weather permitting)
Entrance fee is Euro 4.50 dicounts 3.00 and a family ticket 12Euro (2 adults+ 2 children)
If you are also a person who loves to get to the highest point in town to get an impression of a city than thats a sight which is a must!
I don’t know why but those buildings( twin ones) amazed me much, probably because they’re twins,155 m tall each. It was build in the early 80-s but then in 2006 it should have been renovated because it didn’t have the appropriate fire installation. It’s located also in the Business center of Frankfurt
As I already mentioned the European Bank is situated in Frankfurt and its building is one of the skyscrapers (only 148m comparing to the others). And of course I didn’t miss to make a photo in front of the EURO sign.
This building is the central bank Helaba. It is interesting with its observational platform on its rough (the only one in Frankfurt). It is the forth skyscraper in the city and its 240m high. Our guide (a good friend of mine) insisted to climb there but we had lack of time and to be honest, I was a little afraid. She said that the view is amazing. I hope that next time I’d be braver.
The view with lots of skyscrapers and river is so beautiful in Frankfurt. There are many hotels which are at the top floors of the skyscrapers, the prices were little bit high but not really so high.. Walking between the long buildings is so nice..
The Henninger Brewery, on the south bank of the Main River, has a tower that offers a magnificent view of the entire city. It's built atop a giant grain storage tower, which can hold 16,000 tons of barley. Completed in 1961, it was designed by Karl Lieser. It stands 33 stories tall. There is a restaurant and bar up there, slowing rotating and offering a 360-degree panorama. If you only have a short time in this city, and only enough time for one thing, this should be it.
Frankfurt is the only city in Germany with skyscrapers, and a skyline. Seen from a distance, it could be somewhere in North America. After the river Main that goes through the city, Frankfurt downtown is commonly called 'Mainhattan'.
Main Tower (pronounced "mine", as in the river Main) is one of the newer skyscrapers in Frankfurt. It is also one that you can ascend to enjoy a great view over the city and its surroundings. For an entry fee of 4,60 Euro, a lift takes you to the rooftop terrace in 200m height which provides a 360° view.
To the southwest, you see the tiny railways of the main station and further in the distance Frankfurt airport, to the north the Taunus mountains, to the east the Main river and the city centre with the famous townhall Römer. Plaques inform you about other visible buildings. Spending some time there is advisable as the views are really marvellous.
Before entering the tower, you have to pass through a security control. The tower opens at 10am and closes at 9/11pm (in summer) respectively 7/9pm (in winter).
A trip to Frankfurt would not be complete without a visit to the financial district, lovingly called "Mainhattan" by Frankfurters. I'd recommend walking through the district as you will then be able to get amazing glimpses from the streets up the houses - some of them more than 200m high. This might not be an impressive view if you're from the USA, as American downtowns generally have some skyscrapers, but for Germany Mainhattan is unique. Furthermore, Germany's most important stock exchange is situated in Frankfurt, so you could call the city the financial capital of Germany.
Walking through the financial district can easily be done even if you've only got 1 or 2 hours for Frankfurt. Leave the train station and cross the street towards the centre. After 15 minutes you'll be surrounded by skyscrapers and your view will most likely be turned to the sky from now on. Impressive buildings are the Commerzbank Tower, the Main Tower and many other bank-owned skyscrapers.