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Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

1. Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

The 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from Eiserner Steg. The boat leaves every hour. You have can choose between either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. Sailing towards Griesheim, see the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbor. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. Sail past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbor of the city. You can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum embankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. All tours are accompanied by commentaries in English and German.

Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

2. Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

Experience a castle tour in the Middle Rhine Valley, where fine wines from ruby red Pinot Noir to shimmering golden Riesling are grown. Discover one of Europe’s oldest trade routes along former toll castles and robber barons' nests, where Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard in spirit. Explore beloved places of the Middle Rhine Valley that inspired the poets who created Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Let the myth of the Rhine Romanticism enchant you. Admire the red wine region of Assmannhausen with its famous Pinot Noir vineyards as well as the flourishing town of Bingen with the beautiful Rhine park of the 2008 horticultural show and Rüdesheim with the famous Drosselgasse.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

3. 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.

Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

4. Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

The new Berlin World Balloon is as unique as the city itself and one of the largest helium balloons in the world. The World Balloon has become something of a second icon of Berlin and draws countless visitors each day. Ascend to a height of 150 meters in total silence in a gondola secured by an extremely strong steel cable. Hover over Berlin from this height and enjoy an unobstructed view in every direction. Exactly in the center of Berlin, the World Balloon floats above Checkpoint Charlie, the buildings around the Axel Springer building, the Sony Center and the Brandenburg Gate. Get a unique look at historic Berlin and an incredible view of the new heart of Europe. On warm summer weekends, you can enjoy the beautifully-lit skyline of the capital after dinner with family and friends.

Frankfurt: Downtown Bar Tour with Cocktail Tastings

5. Frankfurt: Downtown Bar Tour with Cocktail Tastings

Dive into local drinking culture in Frankfurt on a tour to trendy bars. Hear stories and get tips about going out in Frankfurt from your local guide. Discover an extraordinary hand-crafted cocktail at each bar on the route. Share a Plate Club card and receive small surprises at the bars. Meet your expert guide in front of the Euro sculpture at Willy-Brandt-Platz, one of the most popular landmarks in Frankfurt's financial district. Follow your guide on a journey through Frankfurt's nightlife and get secret tips to help you party like a local. Stop at three local hotspots to soak up the hip atmosphere and get your buzz on as you try unique alcoholic cocktails. Finish your tour where it began in Willy-Brandt-Platz.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

6. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Enjoy a morning tour to the romantic city of Heidelberg situated on the River Neckar, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It's simply magical. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a stunning combination of architectural styles stretching from the Gothic period to the Renaissance. Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the imposing terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. You then wander through the medieval town center. Here you will see the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade and discover the old narrow lanes with their half-timbered houses. Heidelberg is also home to Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories. And if you still have some time to spare, you can philosophize on Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or discover the excellent regional wines – the two go together quite nicely.

Wiesbaden Biebrich: 2-hour Outdoor Escape Game

7. Wiesbaden Biebrich: 2-hour Outdoor Escape Game

Set out with your team as heroes in a gripping story to save the city. Before it comes to the grand finale, crack a lot of codes within 120 minutes and deliver logically successive solutions. The tasks are streamed on an iPad, as the live chat with a personal game master. Embrace the excitement to get the game going in a real-world setting. It can happen that you completely forget where you are, in the city or in a distant, strange world... Your neighborhood offers the perfect territory for enthusiastic thinkers. Be inspired by the cityscape, decipher architectural codes and find the missing elements to solve your mission.

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

8. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Discover the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with scenery and historic buildings. Get to know the countryside with a cruise along the iconic river, wine tasting at a charming tavern, and a delightful dinner by the riverbank. After you set out from the heart of Frankfurt, board a boat and ride along the Rhine River. Admire the villages, charming little vineyards, and mighty medieval castles that define the German countryside. Your steamer takes you along the shores of Kaub. Then, step ashore in the winemaking town of Ruedesheim and visit a little tavern to try some local wine.  Complete your experience in the village of Assmannshausenn with a delicious dinner at a cozy restaurant by the riverbanks. Then, ride back to Frankfurt as your tour comes to an end. 

Frankfurt: 1 or 2-Hour Hotrod Sightseeing Tour

9. Frankfurt: 1 or 2-Hour Hotrod Sightseeing Tour

Climb aboard a hotrod vehicle and start your engine. Begin at the Hanauer Landstrasse and drive straight to the industrial port of Frankfurt. Take in the spectacular views of the Frankfurt skyline known as Mainhattan. Next, drive along the Mainufer river and pass by numerous museums. Continue on to Sachsenhausen before you drive over the Friedensbrücke bridge to reach the famous financial district. Finally, drive through the Gallusviertel and make a short photo stop at Frankfurt's number one hotspot, the Römer.

Frankfurt: 2-Hour Green Segway Tour

10. Frankfurt: 2-Hour Green Segway Tour

Jump on a Segway and explore Frankfurt in an effortless and comfortable way. Discover the city far away from the famous skyline and visit the greenbelt that runs through the city like a lifeline. With the Segway you can easily make your way around the city and experience a new perspective. Admire the forest, meadows, rolling hills, gardens, parks, streams, and ponds, whose flora and fauna will enchant you. See Frankfurt-Höchst and its picturesque old town with impressive buildings. Explore the old town with Schlossplatz and the Bolongaropalast before crossing the Main river with the ferry. Here you can see one of the last inland dunes.

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What people are saying about Hessen

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,754 reviews

Finding the starting point was easy! There was someone there to answer questions. It was a beautiful day so we rode on top. We didn’t hop off at all. For our desire to take a ride around the city- it was perfect.

It was a great experience calm and relaxing. Will definitely go again

Very reasonabley priced and a wonderful way to see Frankfurt:).

Everything was great. Very punctual. Service was great!

The river cruise was very relaxing and comfortable.