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Frankfurt: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

1. Frankfurt: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

Travel back in time to the vibrant, everyday life of Frankfurt in the 19th century. Use virtual reality to adopt the role of a venerable merchant, just as if you had been there yourself. During your time-traveling experience, you will accompany the fictitious businessman, Theodor Riedel, through Frankfurt’s history at three exciting stops.  Start at the grocery store and learn about the trading city during the colonial period. Immerse yourself in the store's hustle and bustle, learn about the fragrant spices and exotic goods, and admire the shop's interior. Then, make a virtual visit to a private library. Learn about the ideas and ideals of the local citizens in the setting of a family's study.  Finally, take the virtual reality carriage ride, the highlight of your journey back in time to 1891. Board the carriage with Theodor Riedel and experience the charm of the flourishing trading city. With your VR headset, enjoy a 360° panoramic view of medieval half-timbered buildings and sublime Wilhelminian-style architecture. Along your virtual journey, you will also accompany Theodor on his own personal day of fate: find out if he can save the family’s legacy or if he will lose everything. Whether ruin or triumph, uncover the answer on your journey through time.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

2. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows.  In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Frankfurt: Skip-the-Line Main Tower & Old Town Private Tour

3. Frankfurt: Skip-the-Line Main Tower & Old Town Private Tour

There is no better way to admire Frankfurt’s skyline than from the observation deck of the 4th tallest skyscraper in Germany. You will have the best time with a Private Guide who will point out all the important landmarks. Enjoy the breathtaking views with live commentary on Frankfurt’s history. During the 2-hours tour, you will see the outside of the Frankfurt Cathedral with its Gothic-style architecture and Renaissance frescoes. The guide will lead you through the charming New Old Town towards the historical Römerberg with its characteristic line of timber houses, the iconic 15th century Römer town hall, Old St Nicholas Church and Fountain of Justice. You will also pass by St Paul’s Church, which is an important memorial to the start of German democracy. The main attraction of this tour will be the Main Tower, located in the bustling banking district. We provide skip-the-line tickets to give you a better experience. Visit the observation deck on the 55th floor to get the best views of Frankfurt’s impressive skyline. You will see the tallest skyscrapers in Germany, the magnificent Old Opera, the whole of Old Town with the Frankfurt Cathedral, and the Dreikönigskirche on the other side of the Main River. This is the best place to see all of Frankfurt’s highlights at once and take amazing photos. Choose the 3-hours option if you'd like to visit the inside of Frankfurt Cathedral. You will discover its important role as the religious counterpart of the royal palace and admire its stunning interior. There are vaulted ceilings, intricately carved altar backdrops, statutes, painting and stained-glass windows.

Frankfurt: Day Trip to Eltz Castle

4. Frankfurt: Day Trip to Eltz Castle

Visit the perfectly-preserved and beautifully-located castle, which has been inhabited by the same family since its construction. Admire the unparalleled architecture and the original furnishing dating back over 8 centuries. Tour rooms and halls that contain hundreds of years' worth of cultural history. Admire the festive knight's hall, the medieval kitchen, exquisite furniture, wall hangings and paintings as well as fascinating weaponry and armor. The treasury in the cellar vaults houses a precious art collection with over 500 exceptional pieces. Stop in a restaurant right on the banks of the river in the enchanting Rhine Valley on the way back and enjoy a delicious dinner before returning to Frankfurt.

Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

5. Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

Explore romantic Heidelberg and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley on a delightful combination of a city tour and river cruise. Admire some of Germany's most charming sights, from the medieval castles in one of the country's most beautiful cities to a ride on a classic steamer. Your day starts with a ride south from Frankfurt to the picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, the tour takes you into the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its remarkable scenery and medieval structures. Admire the mighty castles, villages, and charming little vineyards, and then board a Rhine steamer for a voyage downriver from Kaub to the town of Assmannshausen. Once you're back ashore, stop to sample the local wine in a local tavern and enjoy a delicious dinner in a restaurant by the riverbank before the time comes for your return to Frankfurt.

Frankfurt: Historisches Museum Admission Ticket

6. Frankfurt: Historisches Museum Admission Ticket

Visit the Historisches Museum Frankfurt: an absolute must-have for your planned city trip! Built in the heart of Frankfurt's old town, the museum is one of the largest city museums in Europe. It offers a wide range of opportunities to discover the city of Frankfurt and its history from different (and also unexpected) perspectives. In its six permanent exhibitions, the Historisches Museum Frankfurt presents the city's rich heritage and its most outstanding objects: - Snow Globe: Typical Frankfurt! - Frankfurt Once? Thousand Years of City History: - Frankfurt Now! The City of Today and Tomorrow - Frankfurter Collectors and Donors - The Staufer Age and The Staufer Harbour - Main Panorama in the Toll Tower Get in the mood right at the beginning of your visit to the museum: the multi-media and artistic installation "Snow Globe" in the new building of the house will give you an entertaining insight into exciting facets of the city of Frankfurt. The Young Museum Frankfurt also offers lively and interactive on-site activities, which can also be found in all permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Historisches Museum Frankfurt. Book your ticket for the permanent exhibitions: You get admission to the six permanent exhibitions. Book your ticket for the current temporary exhibition: You get admission to the current temporary exhibit. With its temporary exhibitions, the Historisches Museum Frankfurt presents thematic topics and perspectives related to the city of Frankfurt. The current temporary exhibition is from 12.11.2022 - 12.03.2023. „Everything is disappearing! C. Th. Reiffenstein (1820-1893) – Visual Chronicler of Old Frankfurt“ Upcoming temporary Exhibition: 03.05.2023-10.09.2023 „Inflation 1923. War, Money, Trauma“ You have the option to book your ticket either for all exhibitions (permanent exhibitions + temporary exhibition), just the permanent exhibitions, or just the temporary exhibition.

Hohenzollern Castle: Full-Day Tour from Frankfurt

7. Hohenzollern Castle: Full-Day Tour from Frankfurt

Journey into the mountains of the Swabian Alps to visit one of the most remarkable fortresses in Germany. This day trip takes you through the charming woodland in the south of Germany, on a journey filled with history and stories from the height of the House of Hohenzollern. Depart Frankfurt for the drive south into the forests of Baden-Wurttemberg. Get an outstanding look at the isolated peak of Hohenzollern as the mountain rises over the countryside, crowned by the majestic 19th-century castle that stands atop its peak.  As you step onto the castle grounds, your guide will explain how an earlier fortress built on this mountain lent its name to the family dynasty that would rise to rule the kingdom of Prussia and become emperors of Germany. Reflect on 1,000 years of heritage, from Friedrich I to Wilhelm II, as you explore the mighty ramparts, courtyard, and towers. Take spectacular photographs of the surrounding lands. Next, follow your guide into the grand halls and exquisitely furnished rooms, where old paintings, porcelain, and works of gold and silver rest among artifacts from the Hohenzollern dynasty. Take a look at a uniform that belonged to Frederick the Great and the crown of Kaiser Wilhelm II before you depart for your journey back to Frankfurt.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

8. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

Two of southern Germany's most charming communities offer a look at the country's medieval charm. You'll see the romantic city of Heidelberg and the historic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Your journey begins with a morning tour to Heidelberg. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, follow the Romantic Road into the uplands of Bavaria for a visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. High above the Tauber River valley, the picturesque old lanes and the castle garden give you a look at the elegance of another era. See the wood-carved altar of St. Jakobs Church and marvel at half-timbered houses, the city gates, and the mighty Renaissance Town Hall. In the afternoon, take some leisure time to explore the town on your own. Look for the local delicacy called a "Schneeball," a fried dough ball with many different toppings before you meet your group for your journey back to Frankfurt.

Frankfurt: Skip-the-line Städel Museum with Guided City Tour

9. Frankfurt: Skip-the-line Städel Museum with Guided City Tour

Discover Frankfurt's finest art museum, the Städel Museum, with skip-the-line entry. Learn all about the art history of one of the oldest museums in the city, and immerse yourself in the stunning collection. Afterward, take a guided walk through the Old Town and stroll along the Main River. Meet your guide at the entrance to the Stadel Museum, and skip-the-line to the museum embankment. Founded in 1817, it is one of the oldest museums in the entire city and hosts one of the largest art history collections in all of Germany. Walk through the museum, seeing over 3000 paintings, 600 cultures, and 4500 photographs. Experience displays of modern and classic European art, from seven centuries. Travel through time from the early 14th-century, to the Late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and then into the Modern periods. Find works by French impressionist painters, like Claude Monet, Cubist master, Pablo Picasso, and contemporary artist, Francis Bacon. Admire the painting of portraits, life in nature, religious events, history, natural phenomena, and other thought-provoking themes of humanity. Listen to your guide's expert commentary, ask as many questions as you want, and dig deeper into the artistic masterpieces. Take the extra option to then embark on a sightseeing tour of the Frankfurt Old Town. Stroll the museum embankment, along the Main River. Cross the Iron Footbridge, with its padlocks placed there by romantic couples. Discover the market square and many other important sites.

Frankfurt: Struwwelpeter Museum Entry Ticket w/Audio Guide

10. Frankfurt: Struwwelpeter Museum Entry Ticket w/Audio Guide

Enter the world of Struwwelpeter, the children’s book classic by Heinrich Hoffmann, and admire the charming exhibitions and games for all ages. Book your entry ticket to Frankdurt's Struwwelpeter Museum and enjoy commentary from your audio guide.  Step inside the Struwwelpeter Museum and enter a world of imagination filled with curious characters. Listen to insightful commentary from your audio guide as you explore the permanent exhibition as well as special exhibitions on cultural history and children’s literature. Get a glimpse into the life of Heinrich Hoffmann, from psychiatric reformer to beloved children's author. Admire rare book exhibits, parodies, kitsch art, and illustrations that bring his passion and imagination to life. Enjoy interactive installations designed for all ages. Be whisked around the world with "Mr Fix von Bickenbach" in 77 days, have your picture taken with familiar characters, dress up and reenact the Struwwelpeter stories in the theater room, or let your imagination soar with a creative table. Browse the colorful objects and children's books at the museum shop to take home a memory of your experience.

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4.7 / 5

based on 128 reviews

Was glad to get Michael as our tour guide again. This time around we had a group of 5. We had a meal at a restaurant and since Im a vegan, I was happy that the restaurant was able to provide something for me. Michael then shared with us about the different types of wine. Since I do not drink, I decided to listen to what the wine had to offer. We then had a 2 hour boat ride which was very spectacular. We ended the trip with exploring the Christmas market at Rudeheim. It was totally a memorable trip thanks to Michael.

Our guide Michael was very knowledgeable about the area, he was funny and spoke English very well. He explained a lot about the towns along the way, the signs on the Rhein River, how far from where the river started in Switzerland. He explained about the wines and when grapes are harvested. The weather was quite cold and foggy so slightly difficult to see out of the frosted up windows on the boat ride.

Our guide was friendly and humorous. He had many stories to tell and told them well. The ride along the river was beautiful with our guide pointing out the various castles along the way. Lunch was delicious. The wine tasing was fun and included a crash course in how the wine was made. As we went in November, we had the castle tour rather than the boat ride, but it was all fun and interesting.

Great trip, very energetic guide. Despite all road challenges ( some piers were closed), the administration team could manage very well. Would recommend to any friend and family.

The driver cum tour guide is detailed and knowledgeable. He makes the trip even more enjoyable.