Travelling to Europe is a rite of passage for many, and with a European river cruise, you can do it in luxury. Frankfurt is the largest financial centre in continental Europe, and has many great things to see and do. With cultural, historical, and architectural splendours, there is something for every traveller.
Translated to: ‘small market hall’, Kleinmarkthalle is located in the Frankfurt city centre. Despite its name, it is actually one of the largest public market places in the area. Locals and tourists stroll the paved streets and dine at the local eateries, before they do their grocery shopping. The stands sell fruit and vegetables, ethnic specialties (though tourists will want to try the local cuisine), wine and beer establishments, and, of course, several ‘sausage places’. Narrow tables also run along the walls, so you can sit back and dine while people-watching.
Goethe-Haus (Goethe House) is the birthplace and former residence of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He was a famous German poet/playwright/philosopher/diplomat, and this house is accessible to tourists, with PDA tours available in German, English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The site was completely rebuilt after Allied bombing left only the cellar intact, and has been furnished to resemble what it would have looked like when the Goethe family lived there.
For even more information on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Goethe Museum is located next door.
Jüdisches Museum, housed in two villas, tells of the history and culture of the Jewish community of Frankfurt. These nine centuries are told in chronological order, and includes artefacts (from synagogues and homes), paintings, photographs, and documents. So none are excluded, an audio guide is available in German, English, French, and Spanish.
You can then choose to try another activity, retire to your European River Cruise luxury cabin, or stick around and have a snack in the lobby’s cafe.
Explora is not your typical museum. Also referred to as a ‘science centre’, it contains pieces that display 3-D images using various techniques. The optical illusions will keep the kids and teenagers entertained, even using 3-D photographs to transport them back to the beginning of the twentieth-century in Frankfurt, including WWII destroyed structures. Historical and artistic buffs will love every bit of this museum.
There are always so many things to do in Frankfurt, that a stroll along the riverfront promenade can be a welcome break. The parkland runs along both banks of the Main River. For many tourists, Eiserner Steg – one of the two pedestrian bridges that cross the Main River – is where they will go. Like the ‘Love Lock’ bridge in Paris, couples engrave their names on small locks, attach them to the bridge, and throw the key into the river. Whatever the plan, a sunny day brings droves to the riverfront promenade.
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