Hessen Activities

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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Pickup and Lunch

1. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Pickup and Lunch

Step into history with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Learn about the tragic history of the largest Holocaust concentration camp from your guide. Travel by climate-controlled bus from Krakow, and take a break with a nice boxed lunch during your tour.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Krakow and board a comfortable bus for the 1.5-hour trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a historic site that serves as an important Holocaust memorial.  Explore the museum in the outskirts of Oświęcim, approximately 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival, meet a local guide who will show you around the site and tell you about its inhuman history. Stop for a break where you can refuel with a tasty box lunch before continuing your tour.  Find out how Auschwitz-Birkenau has become both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Hear about how it became the final resting place of millions of people, mostly Jews, that were sentenced to death in hideous gas chambers.  Walk through the gate marked "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work frees) to enter Auschwitz 1, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and introduce the history of the place. Spend approximately an hour in Birkenau, where the mass killings as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" took place. After the visit, you can reflect on the experience during the ride back to Krakow. 

Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

2. Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

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.

Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

3. Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour through Frankfurt aboard a comfortable double-decker bus. When the weather's good, the roof of the bus stays open, letting you take in a clear view of the most beautiful buildings and parks in the city. Get to know this bustling metropolis in a whole new way as you listen to commentary in 10 languages. Hop on or off the buses as often as you like at any of the stops along the route, sprinkled throughout the city's most interesting areas. Learn about Frankfurt's main attractions while on the bus, or explore the city's beautiful sights at your own pace. Take a trip through the bustling city center (Express City Tour) or along Frankfurt's famous skyline (Skyline Tour), both available for one just one price. Stops: Paulskirche - Römer - Goethe-Haus - Main Tower - Alte Oper - Palmengarten - Senkenbergmuseum - Messe - Hauptbahnhof - Museumsufer - Eisener Steg - Alt Sachsenhausen - Untermainkai - Mainkai - Zoo Frankfurt - Hauptwache. You can get on or off at any of the 16 stops as many times as you please with the 1-day hop-on hop-off ticket.

Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

4. 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

5. 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.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

6. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Experience the charm of Heidelberg on this day trip from Frankfurt which includes entrance to Heidelberg Castle. Board a bus in the morning and spend the day seeing sights like the one of the largest wine bottles in the world.  Hop aboard an air-conditioned bus at a centrally-located bus stop in Frankfurt. Sit back and relax on the drive to Heidelberg. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle which has a stunning combination Gothic and Renaissance elements.  Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Wander through the medieval town center to find 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. Take a walk on old narrow lanes lined with half-timbered houses. Pass by Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories.  Extra time can be spend philosophizing on the Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or purchasing a glass or two of excellent regional wine. Return to Frankfurt by bus at the end of your tour. 

Frankfurt: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

7. 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.

Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

8. Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

Discover Frankfurt with a 1- or 2-day city card. Travel the city hassle-free with free public transportation and benefit from discounts at Frankfurt's top sights. Visit the Anne Frank Educational Centre, join a guided tour, or watch a show at Oper Frankfurt. Enjoy discounts and entry tickets to a wide range of art and cultural institutions, shows, stores, and tours: Art and Culture Museums (50% Off) • Archaeological Museum • Frankfurt Bible Experience Museum • Anne Frank Educational Centre • Museum of Comic Art • German Romanticism Museum • German Film Institute and Museum • Frankfurt Cathedral Museum • Eintracht Frankfurt Museum • EXPERIMINTA ScienceCenter • Photography Forum Frankfurt • Goethe-House • Frankfurt Arts Association • Historical Museum Frankfurt • Icon Museum • Jewish Museum • Young Museum • Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art • Museum of Applied Arts • Museum for Communication • Museum Giersch • Museum Judengasse • Porcelain Museum in Frankfurt Kronberger House • Senckenberg Museum of Natural History • Struwwelpeter Museum • Museum of World Cultures Reduced price on the spot (discount up to €2 possible) • Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung • SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT • Städel Museum Stages • Old Opera House (Alte Oper) - 15% off on proprietary events • Frankfurt Opera House - 15% off, excluding premiers • Papageno Music Theater - 20% off on evening performances, excluding special events and New Year's Eve • Schauspiel Frankfurt - 15% off on single tickets (redeem at box office) • The English Theater - 25% off on single tickets Sightseeing • Guided city tour (@visitfrankfurt) - 20% off • Airport tour (for full-paying visitors) - 20% off • Blue Bus (ETS GmbH + Co KG), CityTour Frankfurt - 20% off • Red Bus (Frankfurt Sightseeing GmbH), Skyline Tour - 20% off • Primus Linie (Skyline Tour) - 20% off • KD Deutsche Rheinschifffahrt GmbH (Panoramafahrten) - 20% off • 3-hour segway tour - 20% off • TimeRide - 20% off on adult fares • Terranova & Frankfurt Bike Tour - 20% off on bike and e-bike rentals Shopping • Apfelweinkontor - 10% off on the assortment • Gallery Brücke 54 - 20% off on all purchases • Hessen Shop at Kleinmarkthalle - 10% off (books excluded) • KULTUROTHEK Frankfurtladen - 10% off on the assortment or selected items • Tourist Information Römer and Hauptbahnhof - 20% off on selected souvenirs • MyZeil: KULT - 10% off • Skyline Plaza - 10% off at all participating stores (must show card at the customer information desk on the ground floor) • Wertheim Village/The Bicester Village Shopping Collection - 10% off all participating brands (check in first at the info point) Attractions • Main Tower (visitor terrace) - 20% off • Palm Garden - 50% off • Black-Light Mini-Golf (reduction on the regular 2-for-1 entry free; redeemable daily until 6 PM) - 50% off • Zoo Frankfurt - savings of up to 16% on the day ticket • Fraport Visitor Center - 20% off adult tickets Gastronomy • FLOWDELI at the Jewish Museum - 10% off food and drinks (between 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM) • Cider gallery - 20% off entire purchase (own bottling) • Skyline Plaza - 10% off at all participating restaurants (must show card at the customer information desk on the ground floor) • Häagen-Dasz Shop Frankfurt - 20% off on all ice cream products (available at Große Bockenheimer Strasse 46, Mannheimer Strasse 2-4 (main train station), and Liebfrauenberg 39)

Frankfurt: Night Pub Crawl through Alt-Sachsenhausen

9. Frankfurt: Night Pub Crawl through Alt-Sachsenhausen

Discover Frankfurt on a group tour with a guaranteed fun factor. Visit 3 bars and 1 club on a pub crawl, enjoy free shots, and make new friends. After receiving your VIP wristband at the meeting point, head off toward Alt-Sachsenhausen to begin your pub crawl. Spend about an hour at each of the 3 bars and the final club. As you travel between bars, enjoy free shots all night, while stocks last. At each bar, make new friends and discover Frankurt's trendy party district.

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A very enjoyable trip up and down the river, with the lovely sunny weather it made for a very relaxing 2 hours. Plenty of room on the boat, good food and friendly crew. Great views of the Frankfurt skyline with good commentary in English and German. We'll worth taking this trip.

The landscape, the restaurant, everything was awesome and the tour guide was excellent. Super kind, joyful and always smiling. Vielen dank. Totally recommend doing the tour.

It was amazing...the explanation was in english so we have the opportunity to know all about Frankfurt

Nice way of getting to know the night life of the city and meeting new people!

Very good experience. Perfect tour guide and very comfortable bus.