Top 10 things to do in Frankfurt in winter
Home to the financial centre of Germany, Frankfurt might not be the first place you think of as a winter getaway destination. You might be surprised, however, as the city of Frankfurt is the fifth-largest city in Germany and has more than enough activities to keep you and your party occupied over the festive season. There are few places in Europe more beautiful than Frankfurt on a crisp, cold, winter day with clear blue skies. Enjoy an enchanting evening in the beautiful old town in Frankfurt walking around taking in the bars and restaurants and enjoying the warm atmosphere of the city to shield you from the cold weather. Frankfurt can endure extreme temperatures due to its location with winds blowing in from the Baltic Sea, so wrap up warm with your gloves and hat and cross your fingers for a white Christmas in this romantic German city.
Delighted to give you inspiration of things to see and do whilst you are in Frankfurt over the winter months in 2019/2020, we’ve provided a countdown of top 10 things to do in Frankfurt this winter. Experience all that Frankfurt has to offer with its rich history, modern architecture, cultural cuisine and arts scene. All within easy reach of your residence at Capri by Fraser Frankfurt.
10 - Ice Skating at Eissporthalle
The Eissporthalle in Frankfurt opened in 1981 and is the home arena of Löwen Frankfurt. There are four different ice rinks at the Eissporthalle but the main one open to the public is a large outdoor oval-shaped track. Take to the ice with this most wintery of activities. Entry will cost you around 6 euros.
9 - Why not take a ride on the Ebbelwoi Express
Coming in at number nine on our list of the top 10 things to do in Frankfurt this winter is a fun and exciting way to see the city.
The Ebbelwoi Express is a tram ride that takes you on a historical journey around Frankfurt. The trip takes about an hour from beginning to end and will take you through the city letting you observe the cultural and historic sights. As an added treat, you can also try some of their apple juice and cider while enjoying a comfortable ride in a comfortable and warm tram.
8 – Explore Frankfurt’s history at a local museum
Step out of the cold and into the long and interesting history of the city of Frankfurt. If the weather is a bit more “Singing in the Rain” than “White Christmas” Frankfurt has many museums such as the Senckenberg Natural History Museum, Städel Art Museum or the Explora science centre.
The Städel Art Museum has a vast array of interesting artworks. With more than 3,000 paintings, 600 sculptures and over 4,000 photographs on display covering 700 years of European art, the impressive is perfectly suited for a great day out for any visitor to the city.
The Senckenberg Natural History Museum is the second biggest natural history museum in Germany. The museum has an incredible collection of natural history exhibits including a fascinating section pertaining to birdlife.
7 - Go shopping on the Zeil
The Zeil district is lined with different shops and international designer brands. If you’re looking to do some Christmas shopping this is definitely the place to visit. Pick up a souvenir of your trip, treat yourself or a loved one or browse the German fashion lines for some continental pieces.
6 – Sample some of the local cuisine
Visitors to the city will be pleased to know that apple wine with potatoes is never missing on the menu at Apfelwein Wagner’s! Aside from being extremely tasty the restaurant has a great atmosphere, a plentiful menu and should be among your places to visit.
Frankfurt’s culture deeply ingrained apple wine as you will discover during your trip! The beverage is extremely popular here and can be found in almost every of the city’s pubs and restaurants. Frankfurt’s famous crown cake was made in 1735 and is a national symbol positioning the city as the “crown city” of the German empire.
5 - Visit the view at the Dom Church
Frankfurt Cathedral, otherwise known as St Bartholomew’s Gothic church dominates the skyline of the Old Town and certainly provides a good model for a photograph. Visitors of Frankfurt can admire its architecture and beautiful interior or climb the tower to enjoy mesmerizing views of whole Frankfurt.
4 - Check what’s on at the Alte Oper
Perhaps you would be interested in hearing Grigory Sokolov or see Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra play live. View the schedule for its winter program and book tickets for a show while you are in town. Among other things due to winter classics like ‘The Snow Queen’, a visit here is a must for all ages.
3 - Enjoy some warmth inside the greenhouses at Palmengarten
The renowned Palmengarten is one of the city’s best-loved attractions with millions of visitors each year. The indoor area is popular during winter months with its wide range of different plants including such as Torch Ginger, Wallich Milk Parsley, Red Torch Banana and Angel's Trumpets. Various activities and family events are held here for everybody to enjoy.
2 - Attend the Pealing of the Bells
At 5 pm daily, Frankfurt has the Pealing of the Bells which is an event where 10 of churches in the centre of Frankfurt ring their bells 50 times for half an hour. The event gathers crowds of thousands of people who come out to drink Glühwein or Sekt. Listen to bells ringing to the same rhythm and hear the echoes around the city – an event not to be missed.
1 - Visit the Christmas market
The Christmas market is right outside Frankfurt’s town hall - the Römer. The market dates back to 1393 and is one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in Germany, making it well worth a visit. The Market has more than 200 decorated stalls that sell Christmas gifts, souvenirs and some delicious treats and confectionery. The festive atmosphere and the enhancement of heart-warming carols makes this Christmas Market the perfect day out for a day in December and top of everyone’s must-do top 10 things to do in Frankfurt this winter.
The wide range of food at the market is overwhelming – there are so many tasty choices available from sausage to pretzels and nuts. If you’re not sure what to pick - order a Bratwurst. Or, opt for a Knoblauch Baguette - an open-faced sandwich that includes a tasty filling spread. Of course, trying some local beer or mulled wine is also a must.
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