If you want to see the top sights of the city, you won't get passed the cathedral. During the Middle Ages the Frankfurt Kaiserdom (Imperial Cathedral) was where German kings were elected, and later the crowning church of Holy Roman emperors. It evolved from the Salvatorkirche that was endowed by Ludwig II. in 852, and rebuilt in 1953 after severe damage had occurred during World War II. Today it harbours valuable altars and tombs of the late Gothic era. Of course, most of the time it's quite calm and contemplative here, however, different events, changing exhibitions and church services on Sundays bring life into the old walls. If you don't want to stay inside for too long, a visit will still be worth your time. You can climb the cathedral's tower and enjoy a beautiful view of the city. And the final surprise: Admission is free!
Der Eiserne Steg
How do pedestrians from the Frankfurt Old Town, the Römerberg, get across the Main to the opposite neighbourhood of Sachsenhausen? Of course, via the Eiserne Steg. Luckily, this important connection has been free-of-charge since 1886. Before it became municipal property, people had to pay for using it. The Eiserne Steg is a neo-Gothic, 170 metres-long pedestrian bridge, the architectural counter piece of the Holbeinsteg. Because of its location, and its characteristic silhouette, the Eiserne Steg has become a beautiful landmark of Frankfurt. From the bridge you also have a great of of the Frankfurt skyline and the Museumsufer. Tip: Every two weeks, directly at the Main shore, at the southern end of the Eiserne Steg, the well-known Frankfurt flea market takes place. You can find things that you definitely won't find anywhere else, and that you didn't even think you would ever need.
Roses, stone, heath and rhododendron garden, long walking paths lined by tropical plants and then a romantic waterfall. If you need some downtime from the stress in the city, if you want to take a deep breath, and be one with nature, the Palmengarten (palm garden) is right for you. With 22 hectares this is the biggest palm garden in Germany, and if you manage to go with the calm flow, you'll feel like in paradise. Aside from beautifully designed walking paths, a boat rental at the pond as well as shady green areas with reclining chairs, the different exhibition spaces such as the palm house, the petal or the subantarctic house invite you to discover botanical diversity. With an entry-fee of only 5 euros for adults, the green oasis is a reasonably-priced option for relaxing and revitalizing in the middle of the city.